HOW TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN
THE "ROMAN ROAD" TO SALVATION
The Roman Road to Salvation is a selection of Bible verses taken from the book of Romans that present the plan of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. You can memorize these verses and/or mark them in your Bible and use them when sharing your faith with family or friends. If you have not yet confessed and believed on Jesus as your Lord and Savior, please read and consider the meaning of each verse and act accordingly.
STEPS DOWN THE ROMAN ROAD TO SALVATION… READ ON!
Step 1 - "I consider myself a ‘good person’… won’t that be enough?"
- Romans 3:23 NKJV – for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
- Romans 3:10 NKJV – As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one;
- Romans 5:12 NKJV – Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned–
The creator of the universe is HOLY. God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 1Jn 1:5 (KJV) He has set laws in place for his creation to obey. What are these laws? They begin with the 10 Commandments. While you might consider yourself ‘good’ compared to most people, how do you measure up against God’s law? Have you ever told the smallest lie? Then you are a liar. “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.” James 2:10 (NIV) Disobedience to God is sin.
Step 2 - "Is sin really THAT big of a deal? If it is… what HOPE is there?"
- Romans 6:23 NKJV – For the wages of sin [is] death, but the gift of God [is] eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Disobedience to an infinite eternal God deserves an infinite eternal consequence. God shows us His character and his laws in his creation, the world around us. He has also written his laws in our hearts… on our conscience. He has also given us his WORD the Bible. No good judge would let the guilty go free, the criminal go unpunished. Neither can a holy righteous God allow sinful man to go unpunished… but God LOVES man whom he has made in his image and He has provided a way of escape by sending his only son to die in our place.
Step 3 - "After what I’ve done to grieve God… HOW could He willingly die in my place?"
- Romans 5:8 NKJV – But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. Jn 3:16-NKJV While he died on the cross, he was mocked, spit upon, and cursed. Yet Jesus cried out, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do…” (Lk 23:34-KJV) With such love, Jesus died in your place… knowing every evil act, word, and thought you would commit. What powerful love! He loves you unconditionally even to the point of death when you are at your worst!
Step 4 - "HOW can I be saved?"
- Romans 10:9-10 NKJV – that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
You can never be saved by trying to be a good person, nor can you be saved through any amount of ‘good works’. Ephesians 2:8,9 says “For by grace have you been saved by faith. And that, not of yourselves. It is the gift of God, not of works. Lest any man should boast. (KJV) You and I can be saved only by confessing our sins and placing our faith in God’s son, Jesus Christ who died and paid for our sins on the cross. We must also surrender our life to His lordship… placing him in charge of every area of our life because we now belong to him.
Step 5 - "Did God HEAR me? Did He accept me?"
- Romans 10:13 NKJV – For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”
God promises that “to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (Jn 1:12 NIV) Yes, God does hear and accept ALL who come to put their faith in Him. There is no need to fear death any longer because Jesus BROKE the power of death on the cross with his own blood. The price has been paid in full and it is God’s promise to receive all who come to him by placing their faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
Step 6 - "What do I do now?"
- Romans 10:17 NKJV – So then faith [comes] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Your journey as a child of the King of Kings has just begun! It is a relationship. Rather than a list of do's and don’ts, the following are ways that God has designed for you to grow in relationship with Him and are important parts of being a Christian:
1. Spend time daily in prayer and in God’s Word (we suggest you start in the book of John), it will allow you to build connection with Him and to get to know what He thinks about things.
2. Find fellowship with other believers in a church that teaches and preaches the Bible. It is a key for you to growing in your faith and being a part of His family.
3. Confess Jesus, your savior before men. Just as He has transformed your life, He wants to transform others’ lives. Share about your new faith in Christ with your family, co-workers and others whom God has placed on your daily path.
How to become a Christian – 2 writings -
Before the creation of the world (Eph 1:4) God dreamt you up and with passion and joy and designed you to be holy and blameless in his sight. He created you to have freedom and to be a display of his love and goodness. He created you to become His child that would reflect His nature, just as children reflect the nature of their physical parents. He created us with free will and the option to choose how we would live.
In the Garden, Adam and Eve had that choice and they decided to choose against God. They chose to obey the devil, who wanted to destroy them, instead of God, who wanted to give them life. Unfortunately you and I have lived like that too.
Many of us want good things and try to live good lives but we are tied to sin. No matter how hard we try to live good lives we are bound by sin and we need to be set free from it. Our sin makes us enemies of God, who is good, because sin is evil. Sin turns us into orphans who are without hope in this world.
However, God in heaven saw our situation and didn’t want it to stay like that for any amount of time. He couldn’t stand being separated from the ones he loved. He took what was most precious to him, the son of God, and made him man. God came, in human likeness to earth, fully God and fully man, and lived a perfect life on earth. At the end of his life Jesus, the holy one, got up on a cross and died a sinners death. He took all of what you and I deserved because of the joy of reconciling us to God.
Howevere, death couldn’t hold Jesus down. After three days in the tomb Jesus resurrected, came back to life and defeated the grace. There is now no power on the earth stronger than the power of Jesus. Father God wants to set you free through that same power today.
Today you and I have access to the Father through Jesus Christ. We can turn around run back to the Father because Jesus made a way for us to be restored. We no longer have to live bound by sin, sickness, poverty, disease, but instead we can have complete freedom in Jesus.
If you want to experience this freedom turn to Jesus and ask him to break the chains of slavery to sin, sickness and disease. He will make you free and give you abundant eternal life. Ask him to fill you with his spirit. His spirit makes love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control flow out of our lives. We no longer have to work against our nature for these things, but they have become our new normal because Jesus lives in us. You are FREE!
If you are making this decision today to turn your life over to Jesus, go and tell a friend, and ask them to pray with you. Find like minded people who have also been set free by Jesus and look for a church in your area that celebrates freedom in Jesus.
Before the creation of the world God dreamed you up to live healthy, whole and in unity with him. Do you sometimes feel like that’s not how you’re living? That’s because as human kind we have chosen our own way, not God’s way. We have sinned, made a mess, and need someone to help us clean it up. That’s why Jesus came. He came to take away the sin in our life so we could live as saints, make us whole again so we could live in peace, and heal our bodies so we could live full lives. If you realize you are not living with that freedom, but want it, then Jesus is offering it to you today. He requires us to repent, and surrender our lives to him, and when we do this he gives us his life: holy, whole, and healed.