Have You Traveled Down the Roman’s Road?
We have all heard of the Roman’s Road method of sharing the Gospel. It’s a simple way of demonstrating how one can become a Christian using the book of Romans as an outline (or road map). But when we follow the Roman’s Road, do we always reach our destination, or do we tend to stop just short of where the book of Romans is leading us?
Let’s start our Journey at Romans 1:16
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”
Here we get one description of what the Gospel (or Good News) of Jesus Christ is. It is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes. Paul also gives us another description of what the Gospel is in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4
“Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures”
The Gospel (Good News) is that Jesus Christ:
- Died for our sins just like the Old Testament said he would. (Isaiah 53:10-12)
- That he was buried.
- That he was raised on the third day just like the Old Testament said he would. (Psalm 16:10)
Before we talk about how we should respond to the Gospel, lets take a couple more stops on our Journey through the book of Romans.
Let’s look at Romans 3:23-24
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus”
These verses tell us a couple different things. First, it shows us the state of all mankind. We are all sinners that fall short of God’s glory. Second, we have good news! We can be justified by his grace as a gift! But how is this gift found? Through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus! Two key ideas to remember when we journey through Romans are the ideas of Justification and where is redemption found? In Christ Jesus!
In Romans 6:23 we find out what the consequence of our sins is.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
So far on our journey we have discovered that we have all sinned and deserve death! But in contrast we also have Good News! We have a free gift of eternal life, and we can find this gift in Christ Jesus!
So how do we go about responding to the Gospel (Good News)?
First we need to BELIEVE the Gospel! In the first verse we looked at (Romans 1:16) it tells us that the gospel is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes!
We need to REPENT of our past sins that have separated us from God! To repent means to feels such regret for our past conduct that we change our minds about how we are living our lives and turn to God. We can find this in Romans 6! We must allow our old man of sin to be crucified! (vs. 6). We must become dead to sin and alive to God (vs. 11). We must change masters and no longer be slaves to sin, but we must become slaves to righteousness (vs. 16-17).
We need to CONFESS that Jesus is Lord! Romans 10:9
“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.”
We need to be BAPTIZED into Christ Jesus! Romans 6:1-7
“What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin.”
What is Baptism?
1. It is how we call on the name of the Lord.
“For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Rom. 10:13
“And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name.” Acts 22:16
2. It’s a reenactment of the Gospel: (1 Cor. 15:1-4) (Acts 6:1-7)
Earlier we saw that Paul defined the Gospel in 1 Corinthians 15 as the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Baptism is a death, burial, and resurrection. In Acts 6:5 it tells us that “if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.”
3. It is how we are put into Christ (Acts 6:3-4) [Galatians 3:26-27 (pg.632)]
As we have traveled through the book of Romans we have discovered how someone can become a child of God, a Christian. But becoming a Christian is only the beginning of our journey, and is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the wisdom that can be found in the book of Romans. I encourage everyone young and old to continue growing. Don’t stop short of your destination! Keep pressing forward, down the narrow path, until our race is done!
Campus Minister, 708 Ministries