Have you ever slowed down long enough to think about the big questions of life? “What happens when I die? Where will I spend eternity?” But the single most important question that you will ever answer is this – “If I were to die today, would I spend eternity in Heaven with God?” Your relationship to Jesus Christ is central in answering that question. The Bible tells us in 1 John 5:13 “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life…” The simple truth is God wants you to know where you’re going! It is not hidden from us and there is nothing mysterious about it. God has laid out the truth about eternity and a possible relationship with Him in very definite terms.
First, you must understand your need for a personal Savior. The Word of God is very clear that we all have a huge problem called “sin”. Romans 3:10, 23 “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:” “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” These verses simply mean that none of us are perfect. I know we like to think of ourselves as being pretty good people, but honestly, we all know we have done wrong things and made wrong decisions. Now the question is: Are you willing to admit that to God? You see, the problem is that sin, including ours, has a high price tag. Romans 6:23a tells us, “For the wages of sin is death…” In other words, the price for our sin is eternal death, separated from God in a place called Hell – not a good thing! Death is certain and eternity is certain. Because of our sin, none of us can make it into Heaven on our own. There can never be enough “good works” to outweigh our sin. Again the Bible speaks: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9 Now, here’s the good news – God sent help! The rest of Romans 6:23 goes on to tell us, “…but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Again in Romans 5:8 the Bible says “But God commendeth (demonstrated) His love toward us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us!”
This leads us to the second step. You must believe that Jesus Christ wants to be your Savior! Jesus Christ came to earth as God in the flesh, lived a perfect life, and then voluntarily died on the cross because He loves you. In John 3:16 the Bible says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Finally, you must place your full trust in Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. Romans 10:13 says “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” In verse ten of that same chapter God says, “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” He says it’s as simple as believing and receiving! If you’ve never asked Jesus Christ to be your Savior, you can do that right now!
If you have any questions, we invite you to come to Island Baptist Church. Let us share this message of God’s love with you. Our hope is that you too can experience His forgiveness and share in that promise of heaven one day. Our church services provide relevant, helpful messages from the Word of God, uplifting music, and a spirit of caring for others. Just like us, you CAN know how to get to heaven from Hong Kong.Have a Question? We would love to hear from you!
Dear brothers and sisters,
Due to the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus and its impact for us all in Hong Kong, Island Baptist Church is adopting the following measures for February 2nd:
• The main service (11am) will be held as normal.There will be no Sunday School (10am) or afternoon (2:30pm) service.
• If you are not comfortable traveling, or are sick, please stay home. We have uploaded a pre-recorded video of the message today here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiGXgfwFxcg
• Those who attend are requested to (1) wear masks; (2) do not shake hands this week 😀; use provided sanitizer. If you do not have a mask at this time, please stay home – due to the mask shortages IBC is unable to provide these. This includes children, so please plan accordingly. If numbers are low we may be unable to provide nursery or children’s classes.
• Also, if you are recently returning from affected areas in China, or have been in contact with persons/places affected in HK, we would advise you to stay home this week (as following the observation period various governments have recommended: ~1 week).
• Our expectation is that this week and next (first half of February) will show if the situation becomes contained or worsens – we will revise our plans next week and inform you as soon as possible.
In the meanwhile, let us be in prayer for one another and for the general population.
As Christ comforted his apostles with His good plan and the presence of the comforting Holy Spirit, let us remember His words:
”Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me…
… Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
John 14:1, 27
God bless, Pastor J