For the next few weeks, we will be studying the book of Romans. During this study we will learn how to receive salvation, how to keep it, how to live a sinless life, and how to follow after God’s holiness. The book of Romans is a great resource for each of us to learn more about living a holy, sinless life. Not only is it a good resource for those of us who know the Lord, but it is a good place to start when ministering to unbelievers.
For the next eight weeks we will study two chapters throughout each week. Make sure to have your bible present, some highlighters, a pen, and paper to take your own notes as you study the book of Romans with me.
Let us journey through the Roman’s Road to Salvation together.
Before I received the gift of salvation, I lived a life full of sin. I was a hurting teenager with issues that ran deep. Instead of taking my issues to the One who could fix them, I took to drowning them out with liquor. At the time, I had no desire to get back to God, but by God’s grace I found my way back to Him and haven’t looked back since.
We are all born into sin because of the fall that happened in the Garden of Eden. But because God sent His only Son to die on the cross for ALL of our sins, we have the choice to come to Him and ask for forgiveness to receive salvation or we can choose to stay in our sin.
What will you choose today?
The writer of the book of Romans is the Apostle Paul. We know that Paul was once a sinner, just like we used to be before coming to Jesus Christ. Paul wasn’t just your average sinner who cussed or drank a beer, but a sinner who persecuted Christians openly.
Wait a minute. Back up. You mean to tell me that one of the greatest Apostles of Jesus’ time was once a persecutor of Christians? How can that be possible?
Paul who was once Saul was gifted with grace that can only come from God Himself. Just like Saul, those of us who were once living in sin can now say that we were gifted with grace and were transformed into new beings because of the power of God.
We find the account of Paul’s (Saul’s) conversion in Acts 9:1-19. What would our conversion stories look like on paper today if we could see them? Do you have a conversion story today or are you still walking around lost in sin like Paul once was?
Acts 9:1-7 says, “And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,” “And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.” “And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:” “And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?” “And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.” “And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.” “And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.”
We learn about Paul’s past as Saul in these scriptures. I believe the writer of Acts recorded this account to teach us the importance of God’s saving grace and just how powerful it is. Through the story of Paul’s conversion, we can learn and see that there is no sin that is too bad to keep us from receiving salvation and being transformed.
Later on, in the chapter we learn that Saul lost his eyesight for three days, but that he found grace in the eyes of God and received his eyesight back. Not only did Saul receive his physical eyesight back, but he received his spiritual eyesight as well. From that point on, Saul was no longer Saul, but instead became one of the greatest Apostles this world would ever know.
Acts 9:15-16 says, “But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:” “For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.”
Saul a persecutor of Christians was a chosen vessel unto God. God called Saul to be something greater than what he was. God saw his potential and saved him from his sin. God can still do the same for us today.
Saul’s transformation into Paul teaches us that God’s power is mightier than any sin that chains us down.
Let’s fast forward to the book of Romans now and begin our journey on the Romans Road to Salvation. If you don’t know the Lord as your personal Savior, this book of the bible will teach you how to receive the gift of salvation and how to keep it in this dark world. If you do know the Lord as your personal Savior, this book of the bible will still teach you how to stay saved, how it is possible to live a holy life in this sin filled world, and how to teach others about salvation.
Today we will be focusing on Romans 1:1-6, so get your bible ready and let’s begin!
Romans 1:1 says, “Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,”
This verse is key in learning the way to salvation. We see that Paul was called to be an apostle, which meant he was to be separated from the world. In order for Paul to fulfill his god given calling, he had to be transformed from the sinful life he once lived.
We too, have to be separated from the world and be separated unto the gospel of God. In order to walk this road to salvation and to stay on the right road once we receive salvation, we have to be separated and different from those living in sin. We cannot have salvation if we are still sinning.
The bible is clear: Sin separates us from the grace of God and as Christians, we cannot be separate from God. We are either with Him or we are against Him by the way we live our lives.
Romans 1:2-6 says, “(Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,)” “Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;” “And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:” “By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:” “Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ:”
In verses five and six we learn that we receive grace from God Himself. It is only through His power and His son that we are ever able to discover His goodness to us. We cannot obtain salvation through our good deeds or by being a good person. The only way to receive salvation is through God’s Son Jesus Christ. It is when we come to His throne in prayer with a repenting heart that we receive the gift of salvation.
Salvation is life changing. Don’t decide to take another path in this life because it looks like fun or like you are going to miss out. Take the Romans Road to Salvation today and be another Saul transformed into a godly human being filled with holiness and righteousness.
DIY: DO IT YOURSELF
- Read Romans Chapter 1
- In a journal or on notebook paper, do verse mapping or the SOAP bible study method and write down the key scriptures that speak to you
- Define words that stick out to you in the Greek or Hebrew
- Apply the passage or certain verses to your own life
- You will do this for the remainder of the eight weeks