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Witnessing 101-Part V

Witnessing 101-Sharing Jesus-Part V
The Romans Road to Salvation

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes... Romans 1:16 (NKJV)

In Part IV of this message we laid out a series of scriptures contained within The Book of Romans that outline everything we need to share with someone who has not heard the Gospel message of Jesus Christ.  In todays devotional we will begin to break down these 11-Scriptures so you can have a better understanding of each of them.

The Romans Road lays out the plan of salvation through a series of Bible verses from the Book of Romans. When arranged in order, these verses form an easy, systematic way of explaining the message of salvation. There are different versions of Romans Road with slight variations in Scriptures, but the basic message and method is the same.  Here are 5-statements of truth that we need to share with others, as well as the scriptures in Romans to back them up.

1.    We all need salvation because we have all sinned.

For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of Gods glorious standard.
Romans 3:23 (NLT)

As the Scriptures say, No one is righteous--not even one. Romans 3:10 (NLT)

Q:    Where did sin start?

When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam's sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned. Romans 5:12 (NLT)

Simply put, every one of us has sin in our life.  Fact is, we were born in sin.  Mankind's fallen state started with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, and it will continue until Jesus Christ returns and righteous judgment is pronounced.  

To be righteous simply means to be, Not Guilty.  So each of us was born with sin, and we have continued to sin and therefore we are guilty of sin.  

2.    The price or consequence of sin is death.

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23 (NLT)

The second Scripture on the Romans Road to salvation Romans 6:23, teaches us about the consequences of sin.  The punishment that we have earned for our sins is death. Not just physical death, but eternal death!

3.    Jesus Christ died for our sins.  He paid the price for our death.

The next verse on the Romans Road to salvation picks up where Romans 6:23 left off,

But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. Romans 5:8 (NLT)

Jesus Christ died for us! Jesus' death paid for the price of our sins. Jesus' resurrection proves that God accepted Jesus' death as the payment for our sins.

4.    We receive salvation and eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ.

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. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. "For Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved." Romans 10:9,13 (NLT)

Because of Jesus' death on our behalf, all we have to do is believe in Him, trusting His death as the payment for our sins - and we will be saved! Romans 10:13 says it again, "for everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." Jesus died to pay the penalty for our sins and rescue us from eternal death. Salvation, the forgiveness of sins, is available to anyone who will trust in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

5.    Salvation through Jesus Christ brings us into a relationship of peace with God.

The final aspect of the Romans Road to salvation is the results of salvation.  Romans 5:1 has this wonderful message,

Therefore, since we have been made right in God's sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Romans 5:1 (NLT)

And Romans 8:1 is a verse that every Christian should remember when the enemy comes and tells you that you are not good enough, or that you haven't done enough to earn salvation, and therefore you are going to be condemned to hell.  

So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1 (NLT)

Because of Jesus' death on our behalf, we will never be condemned for our sins.  And if that wasn't enough, we have this beautiful promise from God.

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow--not even the powers of hell can separate us from God's love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below--indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39 (NLT)

Hey Christian, I want to encourage you today, share what has been shared with you.  Let God speak through you as you walk in faith and join others in the Great Commission.

STUDY QUESTION: What are the 5-statements of truth?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to share these with whomever the Lord prompts you to share them with?

APPLICATION: Pray each day that the Lord would guide you in sharing these truths with whomever He leads to you.

Father, Thank You for Your Word, and for the ability to share it with others.  Help me today to have the courage and to be confident in what You want to do through me when sharing the Gospel message.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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