adapted by Deborah Martin
Roman's Road is one version of sharing the gospel message. Its name reflects the fact that only verses from the book of Romans are used to convey the way of salvation. In compiling this tract I have kept to that theme.
The inspiration and scriptural details for this version of Romans Road were taken from "Here's Hope: Jesus Cares for You" NIV from Broadman and Holman Publishers. You can find them on the web at www.broadmanholman.com. Any personal comments I have added to their material are in italics.
I hope this proves to be a simple way to share the basics about salvation with those you care about.
God's Power Can Make Us Secure
I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.
God's Power Can Result in Change
Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance, and patience, not realizing that God's kindness leads you toward repentance?
Sin Makes Change Necessary
...for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God...
God Still Loves Us
But God demonstrated his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Sin Earns Death, God Gives Life
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 10:9-10, 13
Confess, Repent, Believe, Call
That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
...for, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."
I would change the last verse statement to say "Believe, Repent, Confess, Call" because we must first believe in God and all that Jesus represents to have reason to repent, we must truly repent within our hearts in order to confess, and we must earnestly confess our sinful condition before we can call on the name of Christ to forgive and save us.
What follows are some additional references from the book of Romans to help you pass through the changes in your life that salvation causes. May God, in His mighty power, protect you from the wiles of the Evil One. Don't let him steal your future.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope, by the power of the Holy Spirit...
The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children...
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord...
Romans 12:1-2, 9-18
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God -- this is your spiritual act of worship. do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
What Does a Prayer of Repentance and Confession Look Like?
When people are meeting God for the first time, they don't know what to say to Him. This is why many Christian groups, organizations, and churches like to develop a sample prayer for interested people to use. I think this is a grave mistake. It makes salvation a group process rather than a personal communion with a holy God.
If you are ready to meet God then you are aware He already knows everything you have done. He is God. More than anything else, He wants to know what you hold in your heart. If you pray in your own words, your heart will flow and both of you will discover what lives within.
We are not saved by a social prayer uttered to appease an audience we fear. We are saved when God's Truth reaches our heart and we meet Him on HIS term. In grasping the depths of Christ's great sacrifice for us, nothing but the deepest emotions can come from a truly repentant heart. Don't waste your time pretending to kneel at the foot of the Cross. It won't do you any good. God searches the utmost depths of our heart and we are saved only when His Truth takes up residence there.