The Roman Road

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Here is a short summary of the Gospel based on key verses in Paul's letter to the Church in Rome known as the "Roman Road".

  • The Bible teaches that we are all created by God to have a living relationship with Him for all eternity. Sadly, because of sin, this relationship is broken. In the book of Romans, Paul, writes "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3v23).
  • Sin started with Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. We have all inherited this sin. Sin is anything we do which is displeasing to God and it ruins our relationship with Him. We can't help it because we are born with the tendency to sin. "Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned" (Romans 5v12).
  • As God is the source of all life, this breakdown in relationship with Him means that we die. "For the wages of sin is death" (Romans 6v23a).
  • God still loves us - even though we sin. He loves us so much that He wants to sort out the problem with sin and have a loving relationship with us that lasts for all eternity. Jesus died in our place place on the cross and paid the penalty for our sins. "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5v8).
  • God forgiving us our sins and saving us from their consequences is a gift. But, like all gifts you have to accept it - "but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 6v23b).
  • To accept God's gift, you must pray and ask God to forgive you of your sins, thank Jesus for dying on the the cross for you and ask Him to come into your life as Saviour and Lord. Paul explains what to do in this way - "If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved; for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in Salvation" (Romans 10v9-10).
  • It doesn't matter who you are, what you have done, where you are or when you did it. If you ask God to forgive you, save you and be your Lord, He will do it! - "for whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved" (Romans 10v13).