Monday, October 10, 2011

Roman Road to Salvation

"For whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved."
- Romans 10:13

Have you heard of the Roman road to salvation? This is a simple walk through of key verses (most of which are in the book of Romans) that will clearly present the gospel. It would be a great idea if you could mark these in your Bible (or even just the references in the front cover) so that you are ready to share the gospel with someone.

Roman Road

John 3:16
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that
whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life."

Romans 5:8
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this:
While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 3:23
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

This verse tells us that all people have sinned. We have fallen short of God's intended purpose for us. God made us to know Him.... to receive His love and to love him in return.

For love to be love... for God to be God... and for humans to be humans.... God gave us a choice. We can choose to love ourselves and turn to our selfish pursuits. That is sin. In our sin we cannot know God and His love. The result of sin is that we are lost... separated from God.

Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death, but the
free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus or Lord.

Wages are just payment... due reward... what one has coming because of labor. The just payment for our sin is death.

Death here means spiritual insensitivity. When we are still in our sin, we have no life with God. We are alive physically but dead spiritually. If we continue in that condition, we will be separated from God for all eternity.

The wages of sin is death. but God's free gift is eternal life. While wages are earned, a gift is offered... no strings attached. God says He will give us eternal life - life with Him - in the place of sin's payment of death.

How can God remain true to His holiness and forgive unholy sinners? Because Jesus, His Son, has paid the price for sin by His death on the cross.

2 Corinthians 5:21
He (Jesus) who knew no sin became sin for us,
that we may be made the righteousness of God through Him.

Jesus arose from the grave to conquer sin and death for all who receive Him
as God's free gift.

How can you receive God's free gift of love and life?

Romans 10:9-10
that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord,
and believe in your heart that God raised Him from teh dead,
you will be saved;
for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness,
and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.

A person receives God's free gift of love and life by placing faith in Jesus Christ. To believe is simply to take God at His word. With our heart (whole believing) we believe that Jesus is God's Son who died for our sin
on the cross and arose from the grave to live in us as Savior and Lord.

To believe in Jesus will result in confessing that faith with one's mouth.

Do you acknowledge that your are a sinner?

Do you believe by faith that Jesus, God's Son, died for your sin on the cross?

Will you now confess Him as your Savior and Lord?

for whoever will call on the
name of the Lord
will be saved.
Romans 10:13

This verse says that any person who will call upon the name of Jesus, the Lord, shall be saved.

To call means simply to ask in prayer. The verse does not require one to know more... do better... clean up one's life... or in any way try to add to what Jesus has done for us.

Will you now call upon Jesus to save you from your sin so that you can know God's love and forgiveness?

Here I (Jesus) am!
I stand at the door and knock.
If anyone hears my voice and opens the door,
I will come in and eat with that person,
and they with me.
Revelation 3:20

And He (Jesus) died for all,
that those who live should no longer live for themselves
but for Him who died for them
and was raised again.
2 Corinthians 5:15

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