The Roman Road
The Roman Road: A Well-engineered Road to Salvation
The Roman Road is a collection of verses in Paul’s Epistle to the Romans that offers a clear and structured path to Jesus Christ. Although many people believe they will go to heaven because they have lived a good life, done charity work, been baptized as a child, attended church, or treated others fairly, the Bible declares that none of us can live up to God’s standards of righteousness. Therefore, we need a road to God that doesn’t rely on anything we do, but rather, relies on the gift of His grace alone.
KNOW THIS FIRST
The Roman Road Map
1. There is a God and He has a Purpose for each one of us
We must acknowledge God as the Creator of everything, accepting our humble position in God’s created order and purpose.
“For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.” (Romans 1:20-21, ESV)
2. I consider myself a ‘good person’… won’t that be enough?
While you might consider yourself ‘good’ compared to most people, how do you measure up against God’s standards? We must realize that we are sinners and that we need forgiveness. None of us are worthy under God’s standards.
“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.“ (Romans 3:23, ESV)
3. Is sin really THAT big of a deal? If it is… what HOPE is there?
God gave us the way to be forgiven of our sins. He showed us His love by giving us the potential for life through the death of His Son, Jesus Christ. If we remain sinners, we will die. However, if we repent of our sins, and accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we will have eternal life.
“ but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8, ESV)
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23, ESV)
4. HOW can I be saved?
Confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead and you are saved.
“ because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.” (Romans 10:9-10)
5. Did God HEAR me? Did He accept me?
There are no other religious formulas or rituals. Just call upon the name of the Lord and you will be saved!
“For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13, ESV)
6. What should I do then?
Your journey as a child of the King of Kings has just begun! As a new born Christian, you need to grow and seek support and learn what is God’s purpose for you. That’s why you need a spiritual family.
“Do not be conformed to this world,[c] but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”(Romans 12:2, ESV)
Are you ready?
The Roman Road shows you the path – are you ready to accept God’s gift of Salvation now? If so, believe in what Jesus Christ did for you on the cross, repent of your sins, and commit the rest of your life to Him. This is not a ritual, just a prayerful guideline for your sincere step of faith:
“Father, I know that I have broken your laws and my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry, and now I want to turn away from my past sinful life toward you. Please forgive me, and help me avoid sinning again. I believe that your son, Jesus Christ died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, is alive, and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my heart from this day forward. Please send your Holy Spirit to help me obey You, and to do Your will for the rest of my life. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”
“Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38, ESV)