by Zachary Feinberg
April 28, 2019
The Romans Road is an intellectual method to evangelism. It uses a simple, yet effective way to share the gospel truth to an unbeliever. "The Romans Road provides a detailed map for our salvation and eternal fellowship with God" . This method utilizes key verses all throughout the book of Romans. The first journey on the Romans road is, "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Rom 3:23). This is the root and foundation of man standing with a Holy God. Humanity has missed the standards of God and for that we all have fallen short, because of sin. Next on the road map is, "For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Rom 6:23). This verse shows that this crime deserves death. However, eternal life is a free gift only found in Jesus Christ. Nevertheless, "God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Rom 5:8). This is where we see God's grace and mercy. In the act of Christs death on the cross, the greatest act of love is shown to mankind. This gift of forgiveness can be ours when we confess with our mouth and believe with all of our heart that God raised Christ from the dead. For whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved (Rom 10:9,13).
At the end of the road map we see that, being justified by His blood, we have peace with God (Rom 5:1) and that there is no condemnation (Rom 8:1). No matter what happens in this life, whether we live or die, we will never be separated from the Love of God. This is because of the great work of Jesus (Rom 8:38-39). The Romans road "is a simple yet powerful method of explaining why we need salvation, how God provided salvation, how we can receive salvation, and what are the results of salvation".
An advantage of this method is clarity in its point of the gospel. It is found in the scriptures and is easy to access, seeing it's all based in the book of Romans. It uses scriptural logic to reason man's position with God. The Bible is clear on the status of man. Man has sin and its a problem. We need a Savior, Jesus Christ. It starts with the problem but systematically goes through the solution on how to resolve the problem. This is to receive God's forgiveness, which will give us a right standing with Him. This is all by and through the blood of Christ.
The disadvantages of this method are that it is solely based upon the Scriptures. When speaking to a non-believer and bringing them proof of solely the Bible, it can be difficult to go systematically through the Scriptures to make your point. Sometimes people will just say they don't even believe in God so you will first have to try and turn this atheist into a theist, then show them salvation.
A great way to start a relational approach to spreading the truth of the gospel message is by servant evangelism. With this method it, "connects people to people in a natural, easy, low risk, high grace way". This is done by ministers of the gospel going out to the communities and serving the lost by giving them what they need. Believers need to open to people by serving them. This is the example of Christ. Jesus came to serve the sick and needy (Mark 2:17) and this is the example we need to follow. We do this by love. We need to first give people something tangible that they can touch and feel. They need to see the living hands of Christ in action. After that, we can then speak to the heart.
An advantage to this method is that you are first giving the people who you're speaking to something they need. For example, when you go out to share the gospel to people on a hot summer day, you can bring with you ice cold water and soda. That way you can meet people's physical needs first. With this, you also soften people because you gave them something they need for free and people love free things. It shows them love. Love is the key to opening people's heart to make it more acceptable to what you are sharing.
Some of the disadvantages to this method is people themselves. Unfortunately, there are people that take advantage of these types of outreaches by taking the free stuff, knowing that they are taking them away from people that need it. Also, this takes the time away from other people who might pay attention. It takes discernment to know who to talk to and give time to those specific people. Yet we were called to speak the truth, not knowing who will really hear Gods Word. Only God knows.
Another great way to get into conformational evangelism is by the Way of The Master. This approach was popularized by Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron, "which seeks to witness to the lost by application of the Mosaic Law to show men their sin and ultimately bring them to conviction and subsequent repentance". They ask people, "have you ever stolen"? It could be anything at all? Then when the person confesses, they ask the person what they call a person that steals? By this method it brings sin to the forefront to show people that they need a savior because we all are guilty by God's standards. The advantage to this method is it addresses the sin in our lives. Paul does this in the book of Romans. Paul addresses the sin problem in chapters 1-3 to show the readers that, "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Rom 3:23). This will convict a person's heart, that if they were to die today without Christ, they would be guilty of breaking God's laws. By this, it will ultimately break this person so that they will see Christ and will come to Him for salvation.
The disadvantage to this method is that people will see it as judgmental and not loving. People might think you are throwing stones at them because of their sin. This is a problem when trying to share the message of Christ because people get offended when you expose sin. By sharing the gospel this way, you might run people away rather than drawing them in.
Out of the three methods of evangelism the best that suits the way I share the gospel would be The Romans Road. I feel that this method is the gospel through and through. It starts out with man's sin and systematically goes through the gospel. We are all guilty. Yet God loves us so much that He died for us, even though we were sinners (Rom 5:8). Jesus is the only way of salvation for us to have peace with God and it's through the faith in the work of Jesus. This method is what really opened my eyes to the truth of the gospel, even before I ever knew anything about the Scriptures. I can only share what God has shown me and using The Romans Road is a clear and cut answer to the gospel. It cut straight through my heart, so I will continue to use it to help the lost come to Jesus.