Is Jesus Christ the Only Way to Heaven?

Saved Sinners Only Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. Matthew 7:13-14 We can’t enter heaven just as we are. And I don’t mean …

Is There More Than One Heaven?

Heavenly Splendor: Seen and Unseen In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1 When God “created the heavens and the earth,” what heavens did he make? Genesis 1 clarifies that the days of creation included the formation of the sky (vv. 7–8) and outer space (vv. 14–18). Scripture often refers to these realms as the heavens …

How Is Heaven Connected to Earth?

Heavenly Visitors [Jacob] dreamed, and behold, there was a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven. And behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it! Genesis 28:12ESV One of the glimpses the Bible gives of heavenly activities occurs in Genesis 28:12. God appeared to Jacob when he was fleeing from …

Is Heaven a Real Place?

God’s Throne Room The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord is on his heavenly throne. He observes everyone on earth; his eyes examine them. Psalm 11:4 When you envision heaven, what image comes to mind? Do you think of a lush garden, stunning mountain vistas, or a walled crystal city? The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines heaven as “the dwelling …

Heaven

Our series on heaven will explore what the Bible says about the following topics: Is heaven a real place? Moses, Aaron, and the elders caught a glimpse of God’s throne and his footstool. How is earth connected to heaven? Jacob saw angels and the Lord in a dream. Is there more than one heaven? Genesis 1:1-8. Creation of the heavens, …

But God Disciplines Us for Our Good

Loving Discipline Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. Revelation 3:19 Do you love discipline? Most of us don’t. But Scripture says, “My [child], do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he …

But God Produces the Harvest

Who Gets the Credit? I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. 1 Corinthians 3:6 During my daughter’s school years, she disliked group work. “I did my part, but we got a C because Jimmy didn’t do his work,” she said. Or “Julie took credit for what I did.” I empathized. I’d felt the …

But God Chose the Foolish and Weak

The People God Calls Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. …

But God Raised Him from the Dead

The Life-Giver Peter said, “You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead.” Acts 3:15 The religious leaders came to watch an execution. They mocked the man who hung on the cross. “‘He saved others,’ they said, ‘but he can’t save himself’” (Matthew 27:42). His crucifixion was a victory for them: the popular rabbi wouldn’t charm …

But God Knows Our Hearts

He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight. Luke 16:15 What do you do when no one else is around? Do your actions match the image you portray when someone else is watching? The teachers of the law …