Are there Rewards in Heaven? How do I know?

One of the Subjects Dodged by Christians today.   In his book,Your Eternal Reward, Erwin W. Lutzer addresses this question.

Title: Your Eternal Reward

Author: Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

Publisher: Moody Publishers/2015 (originally published

by Moody Publishers in 1998)

Cover: Paperback

Suggested Retail Price:$13.99

About the Author: Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accrording to the site of The Moody Church, Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer is Pastor Emeritus of The Moody Church where he served as the Senior Paster for 36 years.  He earned his B.Th. from Winnipeg Bible College, a Th. M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, a M.A. in Philosophy from Loyola University and an honorary LL.D.fromSimon Greenleaf School of Law.

He is a featured speaker on three radio programs heard in the U.S. and around the world.  Running to Win, Moody Church Hour, and Songs in the Night.  He has been on the air for many years.

He is also an award-winning author of many books, including: Rescuing the Gospel, He Will be The Preacher, One Minute after You Die, When a Nation Forgets God, and Hitler’s Cross (Gold Medallion Award Winner), to name a few.

He has spoken both domestically and internationally at Bible studies and conferences in Germany, Guatemala, the Republic of Belarus, Scotland, Russia and Japan.  He leads tours to Israel as well as the cities of the Protestant Reformation in Europe.

The Publisher’s Description on the Back Cover

Quoting Dr.Lutzer in his book, ‘When we reflect on how we lived for Christ, we might weep on the other side of the celestial gates.’

Dr. Lutzer addresses the fact that many Christians have emptied the judgment seat of Christ of its meaning, living as though they will never meet His knowing gaze.  For this they may have ‘tears in heaven’.  He explores the often overlooked Scriptures about reward and judgment for Christians.

For instance:

  • How will believers be judged?
  • Do rewards for faithfulness vary?
  • If heaven is perfect, why do the rewards even matter?

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What the Apostles’ Creed Teaches

What is the Apostles’ Creed?

The Apostles’ Creed is the oldest creed of the Christian church.  It was not written by the Apostles.  It is the basis for other creeds that followed.

The most common form is:

1)  I Believe In

In its oldest form it goes back to at least 140 A.D.  The church leaders wrote this summary of their beliefs as they had the need to stand for what they believed.  It is not Scripture but is a simple list of the doctrines of the beliefs of the Christian faith and the Apostles’ teachings.

2) God the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth

This statement clearly states that the Christian believes in God, the Heavenly Father and that we believe that He created the Heavens and the Earth.

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Steps to Peace with God – Is saying a prayer all that it takes?

Steps to Peace with God – Billy Graham Evangelistic Tract

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My husband and I have been on the New Member Counselor team with our church for the last ten years.  We were trained on how to witness to unbelievers and to ‘lead them to Christ’ using this Evangelistic tract.   Many people are confused on what this means and how does saying a single prayer assure one of Salvation and eternal life in heaven with Jesus.

Many don’t know this but a man named Charlie Riggs, in a 1954 London Crusade, developed these four steps andttitled them ‘Steps to Peace with God’.  Since then, many versions of this have been used and in various forms, in dozens of languages and shared with millions.

In the 1950’s the message most heard from the pulpit was teaching Hell, Fire and Damnation and Riggs felt led to present the Gospel from a different perspective.  He had heard Billy Graham preach about peace and life and how to have that peace was to accept Jesus.  He took the message and made it into four steps.

This tract can easily be carried in a woman’s purse or a man’s wallet or pocket to have readily available to refer to when a conversation arises to walk through the steps with someone.   You can also leave it with the person for them to refer to later.

(From https://billygraham.org/decision-magazine/october-2004/step-one-peace-and-life/)

My goal in this blog is to explain the tract and the pieces of it and then to explain what should follow the prayer.

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