One of the tools that has helped me the most in living out discipleship is the Romans Road. It’s five verses that, when placed in order, walk someone through the basics of a saving faith in Jesus Christ. Let me walk you through it!
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Before you understand how you can be saved, you have to understand why you need to be saved and what you need to be saved from. In this verse, we see that we need to be saved because we are broken sinners who cannot reach God on our own.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
We need to be saved from sin because it results in death. God offers us an alternative, though: eternal life through Jesus Christ!
But God demonstrates his own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Here is where the solution lies: Jesus shed his blood to cover the penalty of our sins. He did this before we did anything good, while we were still his enemies.
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.
This is the how. Salvation comes through confessing with your mouth that Jesus is Lord (that He is now in control of your life) and believing in your heart that God raised him from the dead (that he is God in the flesh).
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
This is the result. When we believe in our heart and confess with our mouth, we are justified, which means that our sin is no longer on our record so we can have peace with God.
These verses have the power to transform lives. In my own faith journey, I struggled the most with acknowledging Jesus as my Lord, like Romans 10:9 so clearly tells us to do. I was fine with Jesus being my Savior, my Friend, and my Advocate, but I was unwilling to submit to Him as Lord and place Him at the center of my life in the place of honor He deserves. When I truly accepted Jesus as my Lord and my Savior, I was justified before the Father and able to have peace with God!