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Make no mistake; you will not inadvertently end up in paradise. Jesus promised to prepare a place for those willing to make an effort to be acceptable for Heaven. Translate into many languages.    Written by?J.W. Goddard, Ph.D., active member the Eufaula Church of Christ
I Want To Go To Heaven

With or without Jesus Eternity is Forever


Our singular Mission is to explain clearly the required steps to be saved, to fulfill the predominance purpose of your life and supreme hope of spending eternity in Heaven

Over the centuries, people have pondered how to develop a proper relationship with God, the Father and Lord Jesus Christ, their Savior, how the get Right with God, how to be saved from sin and escape the everlasting fires of Hell, how to obey the Gospel or what are the requirements of God’s Plan of Salvation and most of all,

What must I do to be SAVED?
This is the most important question that anyone can ever ask!

This information is provided freely to ALL in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
God’s Simple Plan of Salvation
God’s plan of Salvation is the answer.  Everyone must ask because we simply do not possess the answer to this question within ourselves.  Such knowledge is not instinctive and God does not directly communicate the answer to each member of the human race.

O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his step.

– We know that it is a legitimate question, because there is no record in the scriptures, of the apostles ever rebuking anyone for asking it.

ACTS 2:37
Now when they heard this , they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do.

ACTS 16:30
And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?

– The task of spreading the “Good News” of the Gospel has been assigned to every Member of the Church.
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

The following Outlines God’s Plan of Salvation:
• Which defines the steps each person MUST take in order to be saved - key word(s) highlighted in blue
• We have also included answers to frequently asked questions.   
Please allow us to stress that following each step, beginning with “We must have Faith” is a verse or listing of verses, which provide Biblical support.  It is further emphasized that there MUST be a "Thus saith the Lord" or scriptural substantiation for each step that is to be accomplished. 

• We must have FAITH.  Specifically what is FAITH?
   FAITH is defined in the book of Hebrews.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen

But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

• How do we get FAITH?
The answer is found in the book of Roman.      

ROMANS 10:17
So then faith [cometh] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God

• Specifically what is the meaning of HEARING
HEARING is either listening to the words of a Minister in a service of the Church or by carefully studying the Bible, which teaches us all need to know regarding God and his Will for our lives.

• After we have acquired our FAITH, we truly BELIEVE that Jesus is the Son of God.

LUKE 1:35
And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

MARK 16:16
He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
JOHN 6:47
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
JOHN 11:25
Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.

• We must REPENT of our sins and admit that we have sinned against God.

Repentance is required of all men and women, since the only sinless individual to have ever walked the earth was Jesus Christ.  True repentance is a change of heart in our attitude regarding sin.  The Greek word for repentance is “metanoeo” which means to change your mind or purpose, forsaking evil and following righteousness.  A change of heart that desires to do that which is right and is sorrowful when its does things that are wrong.        

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

LUKE 13:5
I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

ACTS 2:38
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

2 PETER 3:9
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.      

For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.        

LUKE 15:10
Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

• We must CONFESS our Faith and Belief in Jesus, as the Son of God, before men.

This is a simple confession of Faith, which is made just before your baptism.  The minister will ask, a question such as; “Do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God, with all your heart.”  You simply answer yes.  

ACTS 8:37
And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

ROMANS 10:10
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  

MATTHEW 10:32-33
Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.

1 JOHN 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

• We must be BAPTIZED.  What does it mean to be BAPTIZED?

– Webster’s defines BAPTISM as the sprinkling, pouring water on an individual or the immersion, in water, of an individual. 

However, the examples provided in Bible clearly indicate that in the view of God only complete immersion is acceptable.  The Greek word for BAPTISM as used in the Scriptures “baptizo” means, “to plunge or submerge”.  Since we must strictly follow the instructions in order to be saved, it is clear that we must be BAPTIZED by total immersion only.

When a person is BATIZED, he or she goes into the water a sinner, is buried in the water and raised sinless through the blood of Christ.

ACTS 8:38
And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.

For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

JOHN 3:5
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and [of] the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

• Once an individual has been BAPTIZED.

He or she has been forgiven and is saved from their sins.

1PETER 3:21
The like figure whereunto [even] baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:

He or she has been added to the Church.

ACTS 2:41
Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added [unto them] about three thousand souls

He or she has been Born Again.  In the same manner as the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus, so God raises us up from the watery grave of BAPTISM in newness of life.

ROMANS 6:3-4
Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

The moment after YOU have arisen from BAPTISM, YOU have been Born Again and have begun your new life in Christ. Happy Birthday!

• What shall I Do?  I have already been baptized.

The baptism you received may not be scriptural and therefore would have no force or effect.  You, along with a large percentage of the population, may have been at one time or another been Baptized by Immersion.  Please do not assume that your original baptism is acceptable to God.  It is most important that you consider the conditions and decisions you have personally made, not decisions made by your parents, grandparents, friends or others. 

God foresaw that this would occur and provided a solution.   In the book of Acts, we have a clear example.  Certain disciples had been properly baptized by John the Baptist by immersion, but were not baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins, as they were under the Old law at the time of their original baptism.  Paul instructed them to be baptized a second time, in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins.

ACTS 19:3-5
And he said unto them, unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism.
Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him, which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

What could it harm to be baptized again, if you did not properly understand the purpose of baptism the first time?  

Why would anyone risk the loss of salvation?

If you do not obey God’s specific instructions for being saved, YOU ARE ON A JOURNEY TO HELL, where the eternal condemnation and everlasting punishment is indescribable or unspeakable in human terms

If you do obey, you will have the Hope of Heaven, where the peace, joy, happiness, pleasure and bliss are beyond human understanding.

Your Immortal Soul has a greater value that the entire world.


For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?


• Now the Challenge, which is not difficult, is to Remain Faithful and to follow the Narrow Path that leads to eternal Life, until death. 

MATTHEW 7:13-14
Enter ye in at the strait gate: FOR WIDE [IS] THE GATE, AND BROAD [IS] THE WAY, THAT LEADETH TO DESTRUCTION, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait [is] the gate, AND NARROW [IS] THE WAY, WHICH LEADETH UNTO LIFE, AND FEW THERE BE THAT FIND IT.

Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast [some] of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: BE THOU FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH, AND I WILL GIVE THEE A CROWN OF LIFE.

MATTHEW 25:23 His lord said unto him, WELL DONE, GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

• What does it mean to Remain Faithful?

After an individual has been saved, it becomes their personal mission is to continue to be saved by remaining faithful. The steps we took leading us to salvation are of little value if, we do not keep the FAITH.  The Greek word for faithful is “Pistos”, which means faithful, reliable, trustworthy and dependable.
A saved individual may sin and be lost. (1 John 1:6-10, 2 Peter 2:20-22)

Confession and prayer bring forgiveness. (1 John 1:6-10, James 5:16)     
Remaining faithful is carefully and strictly following the specific commandments, warnings, examples and patterns set by Jesus and his Apostles as defined in the Holy Scriptures. There are many facets or elements of remaining faithful to God. God, your creator, is well aware of the sinful nature of man, as well as, the perfection He requires.  It is a process that naturally develops as you begin to spend ever-increasing time in prayer, study and associating with other Christians, in the work of the Lord, which begins, like a journey of ten thousands miles, with a single step.  All the new Christian has to do is to begin and the various components will fall into place.  God will help you and to the surprise of most, the progression is filled with joy and self-satisfaction.
Our Hope is Sure and Stedfast. (Hebrews 6:19) 
God has provided everything we need in his Word to have everlasting life and to be happy while on Earth.  Fortunately, the path leading to perfection is stated clearly completely within the Bible, which is summarized as follows: 
– Faithfully attending the Church that Jesus built.
--(Matthew 16:18, Hebrews 10:25, James 4:8)

– By following the Commandments of Jesus
--(John 14:23)

– Going regularly to your Heaven Father in Prayer
--(Philippians 4:6-7, Colossians 4:2, Hebrews 4:16, 1 Peter 3:12, Ephesians 6:18)

– Seek to actively serve the Lord
--(James 2:24, James 1:27, James 1:25, Colossians 1:10, 1 Corinthians 15:58)

– Spread the Good News of Christ to others
--(1 Corinthians 3:4-9, 2 Corinthians 5:11, Matthew 28:19-20)

– Avoid Temptation and Sin
--(John 3:6, 1 Thessalonians 5:22, Matthew 26:41, James 1:12)

– Live a Simple Life
--(Matthew 6:19-34, Romans 13:8, 1 Timothy 6:10, Matthew 19:23-24, Hebrews 13:5)

– Study the Scriptures Daily
--(1 Peter 2:2, 2 Timothy 2:15, 2 Peter 3:18, James 1:21)

– Control your tongue, emotions and thoughts
--(Ephesians 4:24-27, Ephesians 5:4, 2 Corinthians 10:5, Matthew 12:36-37, James 1:26,
-- James 5:12)

If a Child of God sincerely desires to go to Heaven above all else and is willing to meet His simple requirements, he or she will definitely have the Hope and Expectation of being included the multitude of Saints in Heaven.  “Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;” (1 Peter 1:13) Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: (2 Peter 1:10)
The rewards of living a righteous life that properly prepares one for death are many. They include receiving a hundred-fold in this life and in the age to come, eternal life (Mark 10:30); being carried away by angels (Luke 16:22); going to Paradise (Luke 23:43); going to a house with many mansions (John 14:2); being with Christ (Philippians 1:23), at home with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8); and gaining (Philippians 1:21) an eternal inheritance (1 Peter 1:4) as a joint-heir with Christ (Romans 8:17), reigning with Him eternally (Revelation 22:5).” (Gene Taylor, excerpt in an article entitled, “Planning for Death”)

The Facts of Eternal Life

Someday we will all die and there will definitely be a Judgment Day.
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:
Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this [is] the whole [duty] of man.
For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing,
whether [it be] good, or whether [it be] evil.
And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

  The Words of Jesus from Word of God will judge every man and woman,
who has ever lived, on Judgment Day.

JOHN 12:48
He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him:
the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

  Jesus Christ will be the judge all mankind on Judgment Day.
JOHN 5:22
For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:
ACTS 17:30-31
And the times of this ignorance God winked at;
but now commandeth all men every where to repent:
Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by
[that] man whom he hath ordained; [whereof] he hath given assurance unto all [men],
in that he hath raised him from the dead.

MATTHEW 25:31-33
When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him,
then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another,
as a shepherd divideth [his] sheep from the goats:
And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

  The sheep will go into eternal life and the goats will go to
eternal everlasting punishment.

And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

   At end of life, your earthly body passes away,
but your Immoral Soul will live for all eternity.

If you fail to accept God's Grace and Love, by becoming His faithful servant,

With or Without Jesus Eternity is forever

  Please take a few minutes of quiet time and consider intensely the concepts of eternity and continuous creaseless retribution.
  Life is too short and time without end or eternity is simply too long and the everlasting punishment in the fires of Hell too terrifying to make any mistakes.
YOU are urged to carefully examine your life.
Now is the Time to take Personal Control of your Spiritual Life

MATTHEW 7:13-14
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide [is] the gate,
and broad [is] the way, that leadeth to destruction,
and many there be which go in thereat:
Because strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way,
which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

If you feel the need to make some changes,
we plead with YOU to do so as soon as humanly possible.

Sources of further Immediate Assistance

Telephone the Minister of your local Church of Christ and tell him you have visited this website and as a result, that you realize that you need to make some changes.  That you have decided to take personal control of your Spiritual Life and wish to meet with him as soon as possible.  
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The Minister and the Elders of your that Church of Christ stands ready to assist you in learning the TRUTH, in any way possible.  You are invited to make a complete investigation of the doctrine of Christ or any part thereof and they would be delighted to personally discuss any point or answer any question.
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JOHN 17:17
Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth

This web site is sponsored by
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James W. Goddard, Ph.D.
A Diplomat at large for Christ and an active Member of the
Eufaula Church of Christ
220 West Grand, Eufaula, Oklahoma 74432

e-mail: jwgoddard@seekingthelost.org
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Psalms 19:1
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.


Notes to Members and Leaders of congregations of the Church of Christ

Looking back on the awesome quantity of written material produced, to get to this point is absolutely astonishing, but the Lord knows what is doing, as well as what is needed to accomplish His purposes.  The end result of two years of writing, revising, study and more revisions is the website you are currently viewing, as well as, the following cluster of totally free web pages and fee based professional services.

Other web pages
Fee based Professional Services

Special Quick Start Evangelistic Program

The Special Quick Start Evangelistic Program is specifically designed for small to medium congregations of the Church of Christ, which are sincerely seeking to expand their membership, while possibly facing the reality of limited financial resources.  

A modified volunteer program designed for those congregations WITHOUT ELDERS is also available. 

All the materials required to begin a low-cost, simple, but successful soul winning program, are available at a minimal cost, including 2O booklets and brochures personalized with the name, full address, telephone number(s), web address or e-mail etc., READY TO COPY, an in-house training seminar in the use materials and overcoming fears or concerns of reaching out to others, a detailed listing of low-cost methods and techniques of encouraging and developing interest in the Church and your Congregation within the local area and more.  For a comprehensive synopsis of the resources included, please link to Professional Services.

Leading Others to Christ Seminar
The Leading Others to Christ Seminar is dedicated to in-depth instruction in effective techniques and methods of successfully and tenderly bringing others, including members of other faiths, to Christ and a complete knowledge of the Truth, which are beyond the scope of this Website.  Section I covers the basics components of the Special Quick Start Evangelistic Program and includes all materials offered in that program. The final section covers the basic introductory elements of a successful Team Evangelism program.   Please link to Professional Services for an overview of the topics covered.
Seeking the Lost Seminar
The Seeking the Lost Seminar is devoted to providing comprehensive information regarding the procedures, methods and application of TEAM EVANGELISM concepts.  Includes over thirty methods of conveying the Truth to the general populate, some of which are far more productive than others, which is quite helpful in planning an effective program and the information contained could potentially save your congregation thousands in costly mistakes or false starts.  Section I covers the basics components of the Special Quick Start Evangelistic Program and includes all materials offered in that program. The final section provides a summary of advanced soul-winning techniques and ideas.   For additional information, please link to Professional Service
A combination of the Leading Others to Christ Seminar and the Seeking the Lost Seminar, which provides a inclusive educational program which includes a distillation of the entire body of research, completed by the author, on this significant subject is offered at a substantially reduced fee.

Evangelize via Internet
Evangelize via Internet with our carefree, almost turnkey quality web pages from fill in the blank examples to complete rewrites, for either congregations or individuals.  As you read this hundreds, if not thousands of Lost Souls are searching for the Truth on the Internet.  Unfortunately, the vast majority is being exposed to a wide range of false teachings.  Now is the time for the Church of Christ to bring the True Message of Christ to these individuals and to be heard clearly in both your local area and worldwide by all people.  You can work for our Lord and add to this endeavor by sponsoring a web page.  Please link to Professional Services for details and examples of websites designed for congregations and individual use.   
One of our top goals is to publish this website in as many languages as possible. If you are bilingual and willing to help, please forward your name and e-mail address to us at translations@seekingthelost.org and we will forward a copy of Translators Guidelines via e-mail.
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Important Note:  These materials have been prepared in a modified outline form: in order to, quickly convey the concepts, ideas and suggestions in a minimum number of words. For example, whenever possible, short phases are used in lieu of complete sentences.

The resources contained within this website maybe freely reproduced and distributed, provided that any reproduction or distribution is also free.  Active Members of the Church of Christ are authorized to alter and personalize these materials for their personal soul winning efforts, within the generally accepted conservative Doctrine of the Church of Christ, without citation or approval.  

Resources may be reproduced in whole or part for mass distribution, defined as one thousand copies or more, in an unaltered form, provided that the source, seeking the Lost.org is cited.  Altered forms may be distributed, with the written approval of the Author, if cited; such approval will not be unreasonably withheld. 

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And ye shall know the TRUTH, and the
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Learn the six simple steps to be
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And ye shall know the TRUTH, and the
TRUTH shall make you FREE
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Learn the six simple steps to be
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And ye shall know the TRUTH, and the
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A message to Current Members of the Church of Christ
Who are planning their retirement

Lake Eufaula is a Great Place To Retire.

Our Congregation Needs You. 

We are located near highway 69, just 25 miles north of McAlester, Oklahoma,
nestled on the shores of Lake Eufaula.
The village of Eufaula is a wonderful place to live, work, and play.
You don't have to look very far to find a friendly face and a warm smile. 
Lake Eufaula is a great fishing lake (the largest in Oklahoma) with good hunting in the area. 
Property taxes are quite low and quality housing can be purchased at very reasonable prices. 
We are a stable, conservative, main-line mission church.
Charlie Bailey, our full time Minister,
has served the congregation, since 1989. 
We need sound workers to retire in our area to help in the work of the Master. 
Come and visit to get acquainted.
Spend a few days vacation and get to know us. 
If you love the Lord and want to remain active in His vineyard when you retire,
this is your opportunity. 
For additional information,
link to eufaulachamberofcommerce.com
For a complete package of information, e-mail J.W. Goddard at:
lakeinfo@eufaulachurchofchrist.org or drop him a note,
in care of the Eufaula Church of Christ • 220 W. Grand • Eufaula, Oklahoma. 
Thank you.



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