DAY 47: Romans Road

Read: Romans 5:6-21

Think: The essence of faith is captured in the first seven chapters of Romans. In fact, one commentator suggests that Paul’s “tone” changes between chapters 7 and 8, after which point, he begins to talk about the experience faith—how to live out our faith. In fact, Romans has been considered one of, if not the, most impactful New Testament book by many scholars because of how Paul so masterfully shares the doctrines of faith. Even so, five verses have been pulled aside from all sixteen chapters of Romans and called Romans Road, encapsulating the Gospel message.  Romans 3:23, “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” Romans 5:8, “God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” And Romans 10:9-10, “If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.” 

Act: Have you ever used Romans Road to share the Gospel with anyone? Because the verses are all found in one book of the Bible and in consecutive order, they make it very easy for someone to explain the Gospel. Today, take time to mark each of these verses in your Bible (and read additional verses before and after them). Perhaps you might even list these verses in the back of your Bible or put them in your wallet so that you will have the Gospel message at your fingertips should God give you an opportunity to share it! Finally, consider memorizing Romans Road with your roommates or family members!

Pray: Dear Lord, thank You for the book of Romans! It is so full of ways and reasons to share Your love for others! Give me a renewed desire to grow in my confidence and knowledge in the Word of God. I love You, Lord. Amen.

Be full of faith today!