Roman Road

I have some tools at my workbench.  Mitre saws, levels, angles, chisels, power tools and others.  These are tools I don’t use every day, but they’re good to have around for when I decide to add a bedroom to our house!  Then I have my toolbox that contains those essintial tools that will get me through almost any situation in a pinch.  Pliers, screwdrivers, wire, a handful of screws, glue, tephlon tape, electrical tape - and yes - duct tape!  These are the Swiss Army Knife tools for help in any standard household emergency.

The Bible is similar, in that the whole compilation of Scripture is a set of valuable tools effective for teaching us and bringing us into a close relationship with God.  But I may not always have my Bible with me.  So how about a toolbox, containing those verses useful in an emergency.  Say someone at work says, “I’ve noticed you’re different.  Why don’t you act like all the other people?”  What would I say and could I recall Bible verses from memory?

I need a Swiss Army Knife tool kit of Bible verses.  These are the verses that I could memorize to help in an emergency situation.  The Roman Road is a collection of four just such verses from the book of Romans.  I’ve noted them below from the New Living Translation Bible, but you could use the translation you’re most comfortable with.  If I had these four verses memorized, I could explain to someone who asks, “What does it mean to be a Christian?”  Or, “How do I become Born Again?”  (John 3:3-16)  1 Peter 3:15 says, "And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it.”  So if you don’t already have your Swiss Army Knife tool kit of memory verses, ask God if these might be a good place to start.

Roman Road:

Romans 3:23 "For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.”

Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 5:8 "But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.”

Romans 10:9 "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.”

There it is, the simple plan for salvation from key verses found in the book of Romans.  By the way, I can’t take credit for inventing the cool tittle of Roman Road.  I was actually taught this as a young man during a church class, shortly after being born again myself.  However, I was recently reminded of the Roman Road while listening to the radio the other day.  So I'm making a personal commitment to memorize these four verses again.

There are a couple other verses we might consider memorizing for your Swiss Army Knife tool kit.  These are 1 John 1:7-10 "But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.  If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth.  But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.  If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.”  And another addition to our Swiss Army Knife tool kit could be 1 John 4:4 "But you belong to God, my dear children.  You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.”

Of course, there are a lot of verses I could memorize and include in my Swiss Army Knife tool kit.  Memorization is healthy, both mentally and spiritually.  And, the Bible itself instructs me to commit Scripture to memory.  I was once told that during the time of the gospels, religious leaders would often make it their life goal to commit the whole of Scripture to memory!  WOW!

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