THE BOOK OF ROMANS
The book of Romans provides the most comprehensive understanding of spiritual regeneration (salvation chapters 3-5), the vital truth most attacked and hated by Satan. The book also furnishes an in-depth exposition regarding the way of deliverance from our sinful nature (“old man”) and the demonic influence of “this present evil world” (chapters 6-8). Therefore, the believer would do well to be extra familiar with this crucial book. Memorize the “Romans Road” “…and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear…” (1 Peter 3:15).
How to Share the Gospel Using Paul’s Epistle to the Romans
Pastor A.W. Weckeman 4/21/2022
(Essential truths that transform Lives)
1st The Fact of Sin
God’s assessment of the human condition:
“As it is written, ‘There is none righteous, no, not one.’” (Rom. 3:10)
No one possesses the pureness or blamelessness necessary to be justified before God.
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Rom. 3:23)
The fact is we are all sinners who fail to measure up to God’s glory.
When confronted with the indictment of the above Scripture, most people will proclaim their self-righteousness—measuring themselves against others. However, the apostle Paul points out that the standard isn’t how we stack up against others but God Himself. The standard is God’s holiness, and all of us fall far short of that measure.
2nd Sin Inherited from Adam
(Adam the “Federal Head” of the Human Race)
“Wherefore, as by one man [Adam] sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned…” (Rom. 5:12) [Emphasis mine]. We are not just sinners because we sin; we were born sinners. We are all sinners by birth, choice, and nature.
3rd The Wages of Sin vs. the Gift of God
(Bad news, good news).
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Rom. 6:23)
First, the bad news “For the wages of sin is death….” Because sin is inborn and universal, death is the consequence or wages of sin (earnings, reward, or punishment).
Because of our sin, we face the inevitability of physical death and eternal separation from God. For all who die in their lost and sinful state, this separation is twofold, physical and spiritual.
Once you have established the “bad news,” the next step is to explain the good news, the second half of the verse: “but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
|Once you reach this milestone in the Romans road it is essential to emphasize the fact that salvation is a free GIFT, not something we have to work for or earn. Use Ephesians 2:8-9 to establish this truth: “For by grace [unmerited favor] are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God; Not of works, lest any man should boast.” [emphasis mine]|
4th The Love of God
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Rom. 5:8).
God demonstrated His love for us by dying in our place, even though we didn’t deserve it.
5th How to Receive Christ and be Saved
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Rom. 10:13)
At this point, you have established (from God’s Word) the reality that we are all born sinners and therefore condemned and separated from God—facing both physical and spiritual death because of it. Now share the good news that God loved us and sent His Son Jesus to die in our place to pay for our sin.
Explain that if they are willing to sincerely repent of their sins and by faith call upon the name of the Lord and ask in prayer to be saved, they too shall have forgiveness and eternal life.
“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. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Rom. 10:9-13)
6th Eternal Security
Lastly, the fact of eternal security “in Christ” “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom. 8:35-39).
End with supplementary verse (1 John 5:11-13) “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may KNOW that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” [Emphasis added]. Notice: Not hope for or maybe but KNOW you have eternal life. With child-like faith, take God at His Word.