My name is David Crosby. Perhaps you have never become a Christian by asking Christ into your life and trusting him alone for your salvation. I invite you to read on and find out what the Bible teaches about God's amazing plan for your life.
The Roman Road
I want to give you some Bible passages to read concerning committing your life to Christ. The following description is sometimes called "The Roman Road." If you can find a Bible, please turn to the Book of Romans in the New Testament.
The Letter to the Romans is written by the Apostle Paul to tell us how to know God. It is a road map from where you are to the God who loves you. The New Testament books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John tell about the life and ministry and death and resurrection of Jesus. The Acts of the Apostles tells about the history of the early church, particularly the ministries of Peter and Paul. Romans, the sixth book in your New Testament, tells about the nature of salvation. As you go through the Roman Road you are seeing the key ideas of this important book.
These four stops in the Bible Book of Romans will communicate clearly how to commit your life to Christ.
I. FIRST STOP:
ROMANS 3:23 All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.
Chapter One of Romans tells us that the Gentiles (most of us) need a Savior. Chapter Two takes into the circle the Jews, the people of God. They are also spiritually lost. Chapter Three wraps up the first major movement of the book--all have sinned. Simply put, when we get old enough, we go our own way and go against the Word and will of God.
THE FUNDAMENTAL NATURE OF SIN is this--doing it your own way. "Your own way" is the definition of sin. All we like sheep have gone astray. We have turned everyone to his own way (Isaiah 53:6). If a person is "doing their own thing" rather than following Christ, they are spiritually "lost," the Bible says.
Most people are very aware that they have broken God's law and gone their own way. The Bible says that all of us have done so, including me and you.
II. SECOND STOP:
ROMANS 6:23 The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Apostle Paul began talking about wrath and condemnation in the first chapter of Romans. He includes a rather detailed account of spiritual death in Chapter 5 where he says that death reined from Adam to Moses. Death is linked to sin in this book. Death is separation in three ways:
A. Spiritual death-being separated from God in this life means that many beautiful things will die in our lives.
B. Physical death-being separated from physical life. The Bible says that death came into the world because of sin. One day God will do away with death, but now it reigns by his permission because of sin.
C. Eternal death-being separated forever from God. When people refuse the gospel of Jesus Christ, they are literally choosing to be apart from God now and in the hereafter. This terrifying reality is something which Jesus talked about much. To be without God is to be in Hell. The individual retains his identity and self-awareness, but there is no longer any communication or fellowship with God or others.
We think about earning favor with God by doing good things. But God's favor is a free gift according to this verse. What we earn--our wages--is death, as the Scripture says here in Romans 6:23.
This means that our spiritual condition is very serious. We have all sinned, and we have all earned death.
III. THIRD STOP:
ROMANS 5:8 God demonstrates his own love for us in this way: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Throughout the book of Romans Paul is describing the desperate human condition and the marvelous divine provision. This verse is set in the context of God's wrath (v9).
God has done something for you that you cannot do for yourself. You have sinned and your sin has earned you death. These are two terrible realities. But God has moved before you were born to provide a way for you to escape the horrible consequences of your sin. He sent Jesus. God has been at work preparing the way back. Even when you were a sinner, going your own way, intentionally excluding God from your life, he loved you. He loved you when you didn't love him.
God has demonstrated something--his great love for you. This is a very personal verse. We need to put our name in it. God demonstrates his own love toward David Crosby in that while David Crosby was a sinner, Christ died for him. Put your name there.
NOTE: Knowing these three things does not make you a Christian. There are people who have heard and understood these three points that we have made, and yet they have not trusted Christ for salvation. They remain outside of Christ. The fourth stop is critical:
IV. FOURTH STOP:
ROMANS 10:9, 10, and 13: That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. 13for, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
These verses are imbedded in three chapters--9,10, and 11--which clearly teach that salvation is all of God and not of us. They show without doubt that we are helpless unless God rescues us. Yet here is this marvelous truth. We must believe in our hearts and confess with our mouths.
Believing in Jesus Christ means TRUSTING AND ENTRUSTING--trusting him as Lord and entrusting your life to him. Confessing with your mouth means VERIFYING YOUR FAITH WITH YOUR WORDS. God is looking at your heart as you speak. He is seeing where no man can see.
Have you ever trusted Christ as Savior? Have you received Him as Lord?
If not, you can pray right now and commit your life to Christ. Some things all of us know and feel when we come to Christ. We feel unworthy. We need forgiveness. We feel lost. We need found. This prayer expresses these common concerns.
A Sinner's Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner. Please forgive me for my sin and show me mercy. I believe that you died on the cross for my sin and that you were raised from the dead. I ask you to come into my life, to save me and make me your child. I confess that you are my Savior and my Lord. I open my heart to you right now. Thank you for saving me. Amen.