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The Roman Road… without commentary

Many people know the Roman Road. It’s 4 verses that explain the Gospel and a relationship with Christ. What tends to happen is that we say the verse (Romans 3:23, 5:8, 6:23, 10:9-10) and then explain what it means. The explanation many times, takes quite a while and at times, people can get tripped up over what words to use. Today, I want to simply expand the four points of the Roman Road to the paragraph that contain them and let you read it for yourself. It explains itself very well in the paragraphs and, I think, paints a great picture of a relationship with Christ and how to go about living it. (verses come from the New Living Translation)

Romans 3:23-26 – For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past,  for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for he himself is fair and just, and he declares sinners to be right in his sight when they believe in Jesus.

Romans 5:6-11 – When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.

Romans 6:20-23 – When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the obligation to do right. And what was the result? You are now ashamed of the things you used to do, things that end in eternal doom. But now you are free from the power of sin and have become slaves of God. Now you do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 10:9-12 – 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. As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

I believe that the Roman Road is a great tool. I know it impacts lives. I also think that it’s comparable to drawing with pencil when we have the opportunity to use any medium we want to create a beautiful picture. Obviously, it’s easier to remember 4 small verses. it makes it easier to share with someone because you have the points. Here’s a challenge (one that I’m taking myself). Take time to read through these 4 passages regularly and work towards memorizing them. They are full of truth and leave no room for error and very little need to explain things.

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