Have you heard of the Romans Road to Salvation blueprint for leading others to Salvation?
As a new believer, I was excited about sharing the gospel message with my friends and family. I loved talking about God, the Bible, and the church. But I wasn’t what you would call a soul winner.
You may have met those types of people. They’re always telling others about Christ.
They walk up to strangers and ask them if they have a relationship with Jesus. They tell the good news of salvation without skipping a beat.
Unfortunately, I was too intimidated to step out and do something like that. I was confident in who God was, but I had no confidence in telling others how to get saved.
My mind was filled with thoughts of self-doubt: What do I say? What if I mess up? What if I couldn’t persuade them to accept God’s free gift of salvation?
1 Peter 3:15 encourages every Christian to be ready to share the good news of Christ, but I had no idea what to say.
After hanging out with other Christians, I eventually learned how to witness using specific scripture as a guide.
These verses, strung together, create what is known as the Romans Road to Salvation.
If you desire to share the gospel message with others, then this simple yet powerful method will allow you to tell someone else about the good news of Christ.
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What is the Romans Road to Salvation
The Romans Road to Salvation is a selection of Bible verses from the book of Romans that lays out God’s plan of salvation.
This set of verses gives us a systematic way of explaining the consequences of sin and God’s plan for reconciliation.
In the book of Romans, the Apostle Paul pretty much sums up the fundamental foundation of the Christian faith and the church.
The entire book of Romans is definitely worth the read but our focus today is on certain key verses to help us discover all we need to know about who we are, who God is, and why Jesus came to earth.
By using these verses, we can share God’s plan of salvation with others without worrying about getting it wrong.
Romans Road to Salvation Verses
Although there are variations, basically, five verses make up the Romans Road. Each verse is a fundamental doctrine of the Christian faith that could be used for soul-winning on its own.
However, we will consider all these verses as signposts, directing us on a journey to salvation in Christ, the only way to eternal life.
(All of the verses listed below are take from the King James Version, but I encourage you to compare them to other modern translations to help you better understand them.)
For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23 (KJV)
The first signpost on our journey shows us that we all share a common human experience. We all have sinned and do not meet God’s perfect standards.
Some think they’re not that bad. They do good things. And they certainly are not as bad as some others.
But God’s standard is perfection. Romans 3:10 tells us that no one is perfect. And 1 John 1:8 says that if we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves.
You may think you aren’t as bad as someone else, but that’s not our comparison. The question is, are you as perfect as Jesus?
So, admitting that we are sinners is the first stop on the Romans Road.
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
This next signpost expresses the reason why God sacrificed Jesus. He did it because of His love for us. We are born into a helpless state because we have inherited the sin-nature of Adam.
Our nature is to rebel against God. That’s why Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the Garden.
Every time, we would instead choose our own way over God’s way. I mean, sometimes we want to do right, but our natural desire is to please ourselves.
And it’s that natural desire in each of us that causes us to be an enemy to God (Colossians 1:21).
But that didn’t stop God from sending Jesus. He loves us so much that He sent His only Son as a sacrifice so our sins could be forgiven.
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23
This second signpost we come to tells us the problem with sin. It’s going to kill us. We all know that we are going to die physically, but this verse is talking about spiritual death.
The wages, or payment, for sIn is death. In the Garden, God told Adam if they ate of the Tree of Good and Evil, they would die.
Well, they did die, but it was not a physical death. Their spirits died inside them.
Our payment for sin is eternal separation from God. But the love of God provided a way for Adam and Eve to be restored from their spiritual death.
God restored their spiritual beings through animal sacrifices.
God allowed the sacrificial deaths of these animals to be payment for their sins, until He gave His Son as the ultimate sacrifice for humanity's sin.
The gift of eternal life is IN Christ Jesus. Jesus paid the wages for our sins, so we don’t have to.
But He paid them once and for all. Animal sacrifices were no longer needed.
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. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:9-10
As we stop at this signpost, we see how we can accept God’s free gift of salvation. Romans 10:9 says we must say with our mouth Jesus is Lord.
But this is much more than just saying the words. It’s about choosing Jesus to be the Lord of your life.
Jesus is LORD, because He’s God’s Son, He died on the cross, and three days later, He was risen from the dead.
God said that Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross was payment for your sins. So, by accepting Jesus as YOUR Lord, you can obtain salvation from spiritual death.
This is a decision that must not be taken lightly. Unfortunately, some people stop at this destination, recite a prayer for salvation, but do not turn from their old sinful ways.
That’s tragic because some are not really choosing to surrender to God’s lordship, they are just saying words.
Having a true relationship with God means making changes in your life to be more in alignment with God's will.
For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:12-13 (NIV)
At this final stop along the Romans Road, we come to a powerful signpost. It tells us that there's no distinction between Jew and Gentile, meaning it doesn't matter where you come from or who you are.
The same Lord, the same God, blesses all who genuinely call out to Him. This verse allows for all to be included.
Salvation isn’t restricted by who we are, where we came from, or what we’ve done in the past.
The ultimate destination is seeing God’s glory in our heavenly home. And anyone can be a part of that glorious experience.
The Romans Road to Salvation is a fantastic tool and a great way to get started in leading non-believers to a relationship with God and, ultimately, to their Salvation.
Each step leads to the next:
- We’ve all sinned and can’t obtain righteousness
- God provided a way, even before we knew we were lost
- Jesus willing became a substitute payment for our sin
- Believing in the sinless life, sacrificial death, and resurrection is key to eternal life
Peace with God and a desire to please Him are the results of salvation in any believer’s heart.
It’s knowing we have forgiveness of sin, the hope of eternal life, and the blessings of being a part of God’s family.