Heaven: If you discover Poetry, Texas, more specifically Poetry Baptist Church, you just might discover Heaven as well.

What do we mean? We believe that God so loved this world in which He created, that He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to live and die on our behalf so that we might have eternal life with Him. (John 3:16) Jesus Christ also said, "I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life, no one comes to the Father except through Me." (John 14:6) That means, left to ourselves, we will die and be separated from God, but if we believe and confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, we can have abundant life right here and now as well as eternal life in Heaven with God.

Let me explain a little more indepth for those who want to know more:

Salvation involves the redemption of the whole person, and is offered freely to all who confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. Those may be words you've never heard before, or may not simply be words in your conversation each day. These are important to understand, because there is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.

Regeneration, or the new birth, is a work of God's grace whereby believers become new creatures in Christ Jesus. It is a change of heart created and produced by the Holy Spirit through conviction of sin, to which a sinner responds in repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Repentance and faith are inseparable experiences of God's grace.

Repentance is a genuine turning from sin toward God. Faith is the acceptance of Jesus Christ and surrender of the entire person - heart, soul, mind, and strength - to Him as Lord and Savior.

Justification is God's gracious and full acquittal upon principles of His righteousness of all sinners who repent and believe in Jesus Christ. On our own, we stand condemned by the poor choices we've made - sin. When we repent of sin, we are given a new life in Jesus Christ. Justification brings the believer into a relationship of peace and favor with God.

Sanctification is the experience, beginning in regeneration, by which the believer is set apart to God's purposes, and is enabled to progress toward moral and spiritual maturity through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in them. Growth in grace should continue throughout the believer's life.

Glorification is the culmination of salvation and is the final blessed and abiding state of the redeemed.

Each of these terms describes an inner working of God through His Holy Spirit inside the one who surrenders to His will. God's Word has a lot more to say about this process of salvation or getting to heaven, so read on, and come visit us at Poetry Baptist Church to find out more.

Genesis 3:15; Exodus 3:14-17; 6:2-8; Matthew 1:21; 4:17; 16:21-26; 27:22-28:6; Luke 1:68-69; 2:28-32; John 1:11-14,29; 3:3-21,36; 5:24; 10:9,28-29; 15:1-16; 17:17; Acts 2:21; 4:12; 15:11; 16:30-31; 17:30-31; 20:32; Romans 1:16-18; 2:4; 3:23-25; 4:3ff.; 5:8-10; 6:1-23; 8:1-18,29-39; 10:9-10,13; 13:11-14; 1 Corinthians 1:18,30; 6:19-20; 15:10; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Galatians 2:20; 3:13; 5:22-25; 6:15; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-22; 4:11-16; Philippians 2:12-13; Colossians 1:9-22; 3:1ff.; 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24; 2 Timothy 1:12; Titus 2:11-14; Hebrews 2:1-3; 5:8-9; 9:24-28; 11:1-12:8,14; James 2:14-26; 1 Peter 1:2-23; 1 John 1:6-2:11; Revelation 3:20; 21:1-22:5.