If you died tonight, would you go to heaven? The most common perception of Christianity is that there are good people and bad people and that God loves good people more than the bad.

People often think the goal is to try to be a good person, so God will love you and let you into heaven. That’s NOT what the Bible teaches!

The Bible teaches that there are only bad people – who are all in need of God’ s mercy.  God is holy and can’t exist in the presence of sinners.  But in His mercy, God the Father sent His one and only Son, Jesus, to die on the cross to pay the price for our sins.  Christians are sinful people who find forgiveness, mercy, grace, and love in Jesus.  They believe and trust in him as their Savior and Lord.

What does it mean to be a Christian? It means you believe in Jesus Christ as your only Savior from sin and trust Him as the Lord of your life. It means this “Good News” (the Gospel) is the greatest reality of your life, and is at work transforming your heart, mind, and life.  It doesn’t matter what you’ve done or not done.  Forgiveness is waiting!  God has a plan for your life.

How do I become a Christian? Baptism gives the forgiveness of sins, rescues from death and the devil, and gives eternal salvation to all who believe.