The Roman Road : The Plan of Salvation

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The Bible is a big book with sixty six divisions in all. The book of Romans is a series of verses that outlines God’s plan for salvation. I’ve seen people write these verse on a page in their Bible to always have close. You can memorize them and be able to tell anyone God’s plan for salvation should they need to hear it. It’s important to memorize and arm yourself with God’s word. If you need a place to start then I suggest starting with the Roman Road.

Romans 3:23 // Romans 6:23 // Romans 5:8 // Romans 10:9-10 // Romans 10:13

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

Romans 3:23

For the payoff of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 6:23

But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:8

Because 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 with the heart one believes and thus has righteousness and with the mouth one confesses and thus has salvation.

Romans 10: 9-10

For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Romans 10:13

 

The Roman Road: This is one of the most effective presentations for people who’ve heard the message but need to see it in black and white, right out of the pages of the Bible. It’s based on…verses in the book of Romans I’d suggest highlighting these in your Bible so that they’re easy to find and show to others. -Bill Hybels

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Be Worthy of Your Calling

Walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

Ephesians 4:1-7

We ALL have a calling from God.

He has set an assignment for each of us only you can do. No one else can do what God has set and designed specifically for you. Use your calling for the glory go God and walk in a manner worthy for the calling he gave us. We each have something very precious, and what we do with it on this earth matters. It can well be the game changer in the life of someone who doesn’t know God, and brings them to Jesus. What a privilege and responsibility we have.

Be humble, gentle, patient, and love each other deeply. We win others to Christ by the life we live as an example to others.

Let us not take our gifts and calling by God lightly. Pray each day that God uses you and develops you more and more to enhance your gifts and move into your calling!

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Refuge in the Lord

Read this passage. Meditate on it. Memorize it. And stand on His Word!

Psalm 91

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”

Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.

He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,

nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.

A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.

You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,

10 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.

11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;

12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.

15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.

16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”

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Faith in Trials

These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold- through your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trails, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy.

1 Peter 1:7-8

At times God gives us trials so that our faith may be purified as gold is refined by fire, that Christ may be honored and glorified.

Testing and temptation are two different things. God can not tempt. (James 1:14) Temptation is an attempt to get you to sin. God will never tempt you with sin, but he will test you at times.

God tested Abraham, Jacob, Job, and Joseph. Each of the tests these men faced were meant to bless them, build their faith, and make them stronger than before.

Testing builds character and will bring you closer to God. Without faith it is impossible to please God. (Hebrews 11:6) When you keep the faith while being tested and don’t doubt God he tells us that the end result will be far more precious than gold.

The blessings and joy of the Lord are endless and more amazing than we can imagine. Finish the good fight of faith and our God will lift us up every time!

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Comparison

But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such “wisdom” does not come from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.

James 3:14

The Sin of Comparison

There are two kinds of wisdom. The wisdom that is earthy and demonic, and the wisdom that is from heaven. Envy is the root of comparison. What this verse is saying is where you find envy and comparison you find every evil practice. Think about it. We all fall short in this area. Whether you are comparing your job, relationship, material things. Comparison produces a resentment and rejection in us that God never intended for us to have. When we compare and think God has blessed someone else more than us we are developing a resentment towards God. It opens the door for Satan, and allows him to work you against God. If you continue reading on to James 3:17 it says:

“But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.”

Give thanks to God and break off every chain of comparison that you’ve done in the past. Seek wisdom from above and ask Him who generously gives to those who ask and believe.

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Your Calling

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you posses these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But if any of you do not have them, you are nearsighted and blind, and you have forgotten that you have been cleansed from your past sins.

Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Peter 1:3-11

Confirming one’s calling and election

If you are not living a good godly life then you are living below your means. This verse tells us very clearly that his divine power has given us everything we need in this life.

Make every effort to be:

  • Faithful
  • Goodness
  • Knowledge
  • Self-Control
  • godliness
  • Mutual affection
  • Love

If you strive to have all these qualities then it will keep you from being ineffective & unproductive in your knowledge of Jesus. We should pray every day for these qualities and ask the Holy Spirit for guidance in all truth.

Also find your God given calling and claim it. Use it to enhance God’s kingdom and your reward in doing so is a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom!

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He Knows You

During my quite time I came across this chapter in the bible and was reminded just how wonderful my Heavenly Father is! He knows me and He knows you better than you know yourself. I could write down all the details on how He knows us, but I don’t think I can say it better than Him.

Psalm 139

You have searched me, Lord,
and you know me.

You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.

You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.

Before a word is on my tongue
you, Lord, know it completely.

You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?

If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.

If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,

10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.

11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”

12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.

13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.

15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.

16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.

17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
How vast is the sum of them!

18 Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand—
when I awake, I am still with you.

19 If only you, God, would slay the wicked!
Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!

20 They speak of you with evil intent;
your adversaries misuse your name.

21 Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord,
and abhor those who are in rebellion against you?

22 I have nothing but hatred for them;
I count them my enemies.

23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.

24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.

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Obeying His Word

Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s who sent Me.”

John 14:23-24

To love Jesus is to obey his teaching.

We need to be doers of the word. We must read it, meditate on it, and live the word in our everyday lives.

Jesus says that if we love him we will do what the word says. This is Jesus talking. He couldn’t have made it any more simple then that.

When we become born again in Christ, we become new. We experience Jesus’s love and don’t want any part of our old lives. We find that there is a better way.

Becoming born again is just the first step. Leading a godly life is not always easy because there is an enemy who wants to destroy us. The only way to fight the enemy is with the word of God. It’s powerful and mighty.

When we don’t listen to his word and refuse to do what it says, Jesus is saying that by not doing so, we don’t love him. We need to understand that Jesus is the Word. He is the way, the truth, and the life. We find victory and truth in his word.

God commands us to be doers of his Word. When we take action and are obedient, He promises to bless us.

Reading the Word of God and doing what it says, proves our love for Jesus and motivates us to lead godly lives.

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Suffering in Christ

Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? And, “If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?” So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.

1 Peter 4:12-19

Suffering for Being a Christian

The trials we face in life don’t have to be viewed as negative! In fact we should rejoice when His glory is revealed.

As Christians we will be condemned, hated, and seen as judgmental in the eyes of the wicked. The world is getting worse and we are the only lights in this dark place.

If you are insulted because of Jesus’s name, you are actually blessed. Do not be ashamed of your faith. We are heirs to the Most High. We are children of the Almighty, and even called friend.

Jesus took a stand for us all on the cross, and paid his life for us. We need to live our lives for Him who is worthy.

It’s not an easy road. God knew it would be hard by saying so in verse 18. “If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?” What a powerful question that rings so true.

We have to commit ourselves 100 percent to Him. Anything less will not be enough. We need to be faithful to our God, and nothing can tear us from his mighty love!

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Created New in Christ

You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

Ephesians 4:22-24

Christians are renewed in the image of God and our being transformed more and more into the likeness of Christ Jesus.

Imitate Jesus.

Every Christian is predestined and called to become Christ-like.

Why put off our old selves? Because we were once corrupted by sinful nature. Jesus is the truth and Satan is the father of lies. As Christians we must take no part of our former lives.

We are made new in our minds. Our thoughts provoke our actions. We think differently therefore we want to live better lives.

We are made righteous and holy through Jesus.

We were created in the image of God. It is His desire for us to live as he does. We love Him and therefore we want to please him in our new way of living.

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