fellowship baptist Church | 863 Roscoe Ave | South Beloit, IL 61080 | Ph: 815-269-5776 | sunday worship at 10Am | wednesday worship at 7:00pm


Eternal life is a free gift.

It seems like in this day and age so many people would try to make you believe that you have to earn your way to Heaven and fight your way to redemption. Even if it were possible to earn your own forgiveness you would still be carrying around your own regrets and burdens weighing you down the entire time you were trying to make amens. God doesn’t want that for you. He offers you the truest freedom and complete forgiveness. One that never has to be earned or deserved. That doesn’t mean freedom doesn’t come at great cost. It means that God loved you enough to give his Son to pay that cost to set you free once and for all.

What the Bible says about God’s free gift:

The Lord Jesus Christ paid the full price for the salvation of your soul. He “gave himself for our sins,” (Galatians 1:4a)
Jesus, the Son of God, “loved me, and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20b)
Now because “by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.” there remains no price for us to pay! (Hebrews 9:12b)
We are “justified freely by his grace.” (Romans 3:24a) “It is finished:” (John 19:30b)

Doing good works cannot save you.

It isn’t that you have or haven’t done something that is too horrible to forgive. It is the fact that we are born into a broken world with a sin nature that constantly temps and prods us toward sin that we have to constantly accept or reject. That is why doing good works will not earn you freedom from sin. Even after being forgiven, you will sin. We all do. God’s gift of Salvation covers all past, present and future sins. It is the only way to truly be forgiven.

What the Bible says about good works:

Salvation is “Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:9)

God “hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,” (II Timothy 1:9b)

The Bible, God’s Word, says, “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:” (Romans 3:10)

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” (Romans 3:23)

“Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3b)

“Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.” (Romans 3:28)

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:” (Ephesians 2:8)

You cannot take your chances.

Tragedy strikes the best of us unexpectedly. Putting off something as simple as accepting God’s forgiveness is a dangerous game as we arn’t even guarenteed we will have a moment to reconsider on our death bed. Of all the freedoms we have to fight for, God’s freedom is not one of them. Don’t spend a moment longer struggling your way through life when all you have to do is accept God’s gift of peace and forgiveness.

What the Bible says about tomorrow:

 The Bible says, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” (Hebrews 9:27)

“Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” (James 4:14)

Salvation is free to all.

No matter who you are or what your life has been like up to this point, God loves you and wants you to give you the gift of Salvation. Come as you are and accept the unconditional love offered to you by Jesus Christ. He knows and loves you.

What the Bible says about Salvation:

The Bible says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)

The Bible says, “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners;” (1 Timothy 1:15b)

“For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God,” (I Peter 3:18a)

If you do not get saved …

God doesn’t “send” people to hell. We are all imperfect, bound to our sin and that is why, without being released from our sin we cannot enter into Heaven. That is why God has done everything to make it a simple matter of choice to accept His gift to you or reject it.

What the Bible says about hell:

 The Bible says, “And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night,” (Revelation 14:11a).

“For the wages of sin is death;” (Romans 6:23a)

The Bible says, “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” (Revelation 21:8)

How you can be saved.

God wants to have a relationship with you through His Son, Jesus Christ. He wants to take your sinful heart and transform it permanently. Today, will you choose to believe in Christ? Right now you can pray and ask God to forgive you of your sin. All you need to do is put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ believing He alone can save you.

What the Bible says about accepting God’s gift of Salvation:

The Bible says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:13