Following on from yesterdays post Equipping The Saints – Witnessing With The Romans Road: Part 1, is the second part aptly named part 2. If you haven’t read part 1 I encourage you to click on the above link and have a read. After all it contains steps 1, 2, and 3. Tonight the remaining steps to help witness to someone using the Romans road.
Step 4 – Romans 5:8 - ‘But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.’
This step of the Romans road shows that it was always God’s plan to redeem us, to offer us a way out of the certainty of an eternity away from Him. It breaks God’s heart every time one of us leaves this earth to spend eternity away from Him, because He created us for relationship with Him. So while we went on sinning and remained ignorant He devised a plan that would set us free, but it meant seeing His own son sent to hell. Now that is an amazing measure of His love for us!
Practical Witnessing Tip – This is a great time just to talk one on one about God’s great love for us, and how it has no measure, and that it eclipses any feeling of love we could ever experience for any person. He loved us so much, he paid an amazing price so that we could be free. And that plan had been laid down from the very beginning of time.
Step 5 – Romans 10:9-10 - ‘that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.’
This is probably the most vital step, followed of course by the recognition of having sinned and needing to be forgiven. This step requires all travelers down the Romans Road to confess that Jesus is their Lord and Savior and that they believed He was raised from the dead. Confessing this, is as the rest of the scripture says the way to salvation. In doing this step, you’re also acknowledging that you are your life is forfeit and that you are taking on Christ likeness, meaning that you know you weren’t living your life right, and that has to change.
Practical Witnessing Tip - If you’ve made it to this stage they are probably already at a stage where they understand that they have lived a life of sin and that Jesus is the only way out of that sin. It can also be the hardest step, sometimes people require a demonstration of power before they will believe, but that’s okay. Our God is God who likes to show himself. He likes to prove to us that he is real and living. This is a great time to ask Him for a word of knowledge, pray for a healing, or just ask for the holy spirit to touch them and invite God to reveal himself. Don’t worry, He Will. He’s got your back!!
Step 6 – Romans 10:13 - ‘For whosoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved’
Reassurance. Reassurance that if you call upon the name you WILL be saved. No if’s buts or maybe’s. There may be no outward manifestation, no tingles, no nothing. You may not even feel any different. Which can naturally lead to doubt. And doubt can lead to denying that anything even happened, which is the easiest way to find yourself back in the mess you’ve come from. But this verse assures us, that no matter how we feel. If we admit Jesus as our Lord and savior, and call upon his name we are saved. It’s black and white!
Practical Witnessing Tip - Reassure the person you’re leading down the road that this is the greatest decision they could have ever made. It means that their soul is secure, and they now have the greatest friend and ally the universe over. The creator. Reassure them that believing in Him doesn’t make you loopy, or mean you have to get on your knees and pray. Tell them that God wants you real. Just the way He made you. He wants them their relationship with Him to be like a father to a child. And that He is a loving father! Also reassure them that though they may not have felt anything, now that they have called upon His name, they are saved!
Step 7 – Revelations 3:20 - ‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.’
From the moment we were born God has given us opportunities to find Him and come into a relationship, and even if you turn your back on Him now, He will not turn His back on you. He will stand and knock and hope that you open the door to Him. His relationship is really so one sided. We open the door and He gives us the desires of our heart, dines with us, and ensures our place with Him for salvation!
Practical witnessing Tip - If the person you were talking down the Romans road wasn’t open or receptive, don’t force them. Love them! God hasn’t forgotten about them, and He will keep knocking and hoping that they will open the door to the them. But don’t stop witnessing either. God uses us as His tools on this earth. If you aren’t sharing the word with them, or telling them of his love, or of the miracles you’ve seen, there’s a good chance no one else will! Most importantly, be a good representative of Jesus. Don’t tarnish His image with your actions. Your life is a testimony. Don’t be afraid to share it!
Well there you have it folks. It is my genuine hope and desire that this helps you in your witnessing, or even helps you come to a decision to make Jesus your lord and savior! We’ll be praying for you, and that there will be harvesters out in the fields.
If you want a good sinners pray to pray with anyone who walked down the road and wanted to make a decision, or you want to make a decision to follow God yourself, check out Old Fellow Johns post on it HERE.