Not of works

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

Some of us do more works than others. If we could work our way to heaven, perhaps a certain number or kind of works would get us there. But we can’t. Even though some people work harder at being good and doing good than others, we can’t deserve heaven through our efforts.

If works could get us there, some would have reason to boast. But the Bible says it doesn’t work that way. That only the work of Jesus is effective to get us to heaven. Our works are not. Trust in his work today, and stop placing your confidence in your own works, which will let you down. Jesus will not let you down: he will give you eternal life if you trust him.

Not by works

“Not by works of righteousness which we have done” Titus 3:5a

Understanding that we’ve all done something wrong – we’ve all sinned – and that the wages of sin is death, how are we to avoid receiving those wages, which are spiritual death, eternal separation from God?

Many people come up with the answer, “I just need to do more good than I do bad. Then when my good outweighs my bad, I’ll be safe and I’ll get into heaven.”

But this verse tells us that we don’t get into heaven by doing works of righteousness. You see, our righteousness can’t out-weigh our sin, but Jesus’ righteousness and his sacrifice for us makes it possible for him to wipe away our sins and assign his righteousness to our account.

The world keeps telling us we are all good enough, but the Bible tells us we are not, and that we must throw ourselves on God’s mercy. Will you give up relying on yourself today and rely on the Lord Jesus for your salvation?

The wages of sin

“The wages of sin is death” Romans 6:23a

“Wait!” say those who know this verse, “finish the verse!” But the truth is that the second part of this verse, which we will memorize another day, is not relevant until we agree with the truth of the first part of this verse.

When I work at my job, I deserve to get paid. I get paid my wages. It would be (and sometimes it happens) very unjust to work and not get paid. I’ve had that happen to me, have you? Usually I really want my wages. I deserve them, and I did good work to get them.

But not everything we do is good, and when we do bad, when we sin, we also deserve something for that. This verse says that the wages of sin is death. That because we sin, we deserve to die. Think of that! Every sin a capital crime! Does that sound harsh to you? If it does, you might not have a clear picture of how our Creator made us in his own likeness, and even though we are each of us sinners, wants to make us again in his own likeness, and is so deeply grieved when we reject him. And that is what sin is. Every time we decide to do something wrong, no matter how small, we are rejecting him who loves us so much.

Sin is a terrible thing. And we treat it so lightly. Its wage is death. Run to the Savior who is able and willing in mercy to shield you from the wages of sin. No longer delay, do it today!

All have sinned

“For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23

Some people are better than others, but nobody is perfect. Nobody, that is, except Jesus. He lived a perfect life, never did anything wrong, and completely pleased God.

We might do some good things, even many good things. But none of us can say we’ve never done anything wrong. We all have done wrong. We have all sinned.

This verse teaches us that we all fall short of God’s expectation, his standard for us. Because we fall short, we need a Savior. Jesus, the only one to live a perfect life, took our place, our punishment, and offers us his place, his reward, if we will believe, put our trust, place our confidence, in him for our salvation. Will you do that today?

God so loved the world

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

This might be one of the most well-known verses in the Bible, but it is not well-enough known. Each person in the world needs to know that God loves you. Loves you and me enough to offer his beloved Son to suffer and die instead of us, so that you and I do not have to take the punishment for our sins. Instead of perishing for our sins, we can not perish, and live forever!

And anyone who believes will not perish, but have everlasting life. That means you, if you will believe. That means me. That means anyone who will believe. Trust in Jesus today and he will give you everlasting life!

Reaching people for Christ

We at Helmers Street Baptist want to reach people.

But what if people don’t want to be reached? If you were drowning, you would want to be reached. If you were dangling, you would want to be reached. If you were falling, you would want to be reached. If you were lost in the dark, you would want to be reached.

But some people do not know that they are drowning, dangling, falling, lost. The world does it’s best to make people comfortable about their eternal soul. “Don’t worry.” “Plenty of time for that.” “Just a bunch of fairy tales.” “You’re not really that bad.”

John 3:18-20 tells us “he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.”

Jesus is the light of the world, and it is through faith in him that we avoid condemnation. He says in John 12:46, “I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.”

We hope you believe the truth that Jesus came into a dark world of sin to save you and bring you into the light of his truth. If you would like to know more, please visit us on Sunday Morning at 10 a.m.

His Image, not our imagination

easter-island-statuesMany to day try to convince themselves and others that God is just something man made up in order to meet a weakness we have. But Genesis tells us that man was made in the image of God. God was not made up in the imagination of man. Moses tells us in Genesis 1:27 that “God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them”. And particularly in regard to his creation of human kind, God says in verse 31, “Behold, it was very good”.

Contrast that with what God said about mankind’s imaginations in Genesis 6:5, “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually”. That’s what mankind’s imagination apart from the good influences of God in a life produces. And of course we take it farther when we create physical images to represent God and worship them. In the second of the ten commandments, God says “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image…thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them”.

So in an ironic way, what modern man accuses Christians of doing (making up ‘God’), is very seriously prohibited by God himself. Although few educated people worship graven images, many unfortunately worship various created things, including humankind, or intellect. For those Paul has a strong warning in Romans, “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations…professing themselves to be wise, they became fools…and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator”. Ironic as well is the thought that those who think they are the wisest are the most likely to fall into the trap of not worshipping the Creator.

Which brings us back to the thought that God created you and me in his image. We’ve degraded that image through sin, but God is gracious and sent his Son Jesus to die on the cross to redeem us from our sins, and to re-create us in the image of Jesus. Won’t you believe on him now?

God cares, and teaches us:

1. We can know we have eternal life.

“These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life.” I John 5:13

2. We cannot gain eternal life by ourselves.

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy He saved us.” Titus 3:5

3. We are all sinners.

“For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23

4. Our sin condemns us to eternal death (hell).

“For the wages of sin is death.” Romans 6:23a

“And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20:14a

5. We have a Savior who died in our place.

“But God commended His love toward us in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

6. You must receive Him.

“But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” John 1:12

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” Romans 10:9

The above was written by Jeff Musgrave to be used in a tract by a small group of people starting a church in the Denver Colorado area in 1984. It is a simple and scriptural outline describing what one must understand and do (receive, believe) in order to become a Christian. If you have any questions about becoming a Christian, please come visit us at Helmers Street Baptist Church Sunday at 10am.

The Wordless Book


The gold color stands for heaven, or eternal life, the intended destination for every man, woman and child. The Bible describes the heavenly city as having streets of pure gold, “And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.” Revelation 21:21

The black color stands for sin, which brought death into the world, and made hell a destination for unbelievers. The Bible tells us that we are all sinners, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23

The red color stands for the blood of Jesus, who died in our place to pay the penalty for our sin, no matter who we are. “Thou [Jesus] wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation.” Revelation 5:9

The white color stands for Jesus’ pure righteousness, which God gives to us when we believe in Him. The Bible says we cannot keep enough rules to deserve it, but that we can trust God for it: “But now the righteousness of God without the law… which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe.” Romans 3:21, 22

The green color stands for growth in our Christian life after we are saved. We are not perfect, but we are forgiven and grow in grace and knowledge. If you believe–put your trust in the Lord Jesus to save you–place your faith in Him, you are a Christian. The Bible says that we Christians should “grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 3:18

If you would like to know more about what the Bible says about getting to heaven, or if you are a Christian and want to know more about God, please join us at Helmers Street Baptist Church next Sunday morning at 10 am. You’ll find our address and a map on the front page of this site.

Charles Spurgeon, one of the most well known preachers in the world 150 years ago, is the first person we know of that used the wordless book to tell the good news that God loves us, and sent his son Jesus to save us from our sins. A couple of extra colors have been added over the years to the original black, red and white.


From the time sin entered the world (Romans 5:12), people have been in need of salvation. According to the Bible, it is God’s will that everyone be saved (I Timothy 2:3-4). But the Bible also says that not everyone will be saved (John 3:17). And that we can ‘know that we have eternal life’ (I John 5:13). So how does one ‘get saved’? Since the Bible is chock full of teaching about how a person is saved, there are a number of ways to explain it. But they all point to one thing: faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who loved us and gave himself for us. In this series of posts, we’ll present several explanations as to how that deliverance comes about in the life of a man, woman or child who realizes they are a sinner in need of salvation.

Our hope is that you, the reader, either already know that you are saved, or will soon come to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.