Scriptures: 1 John 5:11-13, Matthew 3:17, John 10:10
Ninety-six percent of all Americans believe in God and seventy-nine percent believe there is a heaven. If there is a God to believe in and a heaven to go to, then life's greatest question has to be, "Do I know for sure that when I die I am going to heaven?" Believe it or not, a lot of people who are going to heaven really are not sure. The church suffers from a great illness today. It's ADD (Assurance Deficit Disorder). There are people who have done everything God requires in order to be a part of his family and to go to heaven and yet if you ask them if they are going to heaven, they say, "I think so", "I feel like I am", or "I certainly hope so." But can we really know for sure that we have eternal life?
"The word 'believe' means more than just to believe it in your head. It means to be absolutely committed to with your heart--to totally trust in something or someone." --Dr. Merritt
Keywords: death, decision, eternal life, Gospel, knowing, assurance, salvation, surrender, Heaven, Jesus, New Testament
Pastors Edge provides Bible preachers and teachers with ready-to-use resources and materials based on the preaching of Dr. James Merritt, Senior Pastor at Cross Pointe Church in Duluth, GA and host of the international broadcast ministry Touching Lives.