A Pastor I met over thirty-five years ago, Reverend Bert Williams, had a five minute radio program, also produced in written form, called, “My Spiritual Notebook.” Those brief messages would have been perfect for a blog, if blogs had existed at the time. I’m not a pastor, nor do I believe I’ve been called to act in that capacity, yet I do want to share my Christian journey with all of you here.
Today I want to go back fifty years to when I was nine years-old. My family attended Trinity Protestant Church in Glassboro, NJ. One of the activities for the youth was called simply, “Friday Night Meeting.” It was a time for games, crafts, and Bible study. It was through that ministry that I came to Christ. I remember three ladies in particular – Mrs. Nash, Mrs. Nickerson, and Mrs. Uhl, teaching us and telling us about salvation. It was at one of those meetings when I was about nine years-old that I accepted Christ into my life. My memory being what it is (or maybe isn’t), I may be off slightly on the year, but I clearly remember sitting in a folding wooden chair while one of those three ladies (I’m not exactly sure which one now) explaining the road to salvation and praying with me.
One of the amazing and wonderful things about God’s plan for us is that it is simple enough for even someone young to understand. Young or old, the message and the truth is simple to see. While future posts will explore the ups and downs of my journey, my purpose today is to simply lay out here what was presented to me half a century ago.
Everyone needs salvation because we have all sinned.
Romans 3:10-12, and 23
As the Scriptures say, “No one is righteous—not even one. No one is truly wise; no one is seeking God. All have turned away; all have become useless. No one does good, not a single one.” … For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. (NLT)
The price (or consequence) of sin is death.
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. (NLT)
Jesus Christ died for our sins. He paid the price for our death.
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (NLT)
We receive salvation and eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ.
Romans 10:9-10, and 13
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. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved … For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (NLT)
Salvation through Jesus Christ brings us into a relationship of peace with God.
Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. (NLT)
So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. (NLT)
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. (NLT)
Responding to Romans Road
If you believe Romans Road leads to the path of truth, you can respond by receiving God’s free gift of salvation today. Here’s how to take a personal journey down Romans Road:
Admit you are a sinner.
Understand that as a sinner, you deserve death.
Believe Jesus Christ died on the cross to save you from sin and death.
Repent by turning from your old life of sin to a new life in Christ.
Receive, through faith in Jesus Christ, his free gift of salvation.
One of the byproducts of the situation I discussed yesterday, especially without cable and internet, is that I have plenty of time to read. I have been reading the Left Behind series by Tim LaHaye, and I have (for the first time in a long time) made a daily habit of reading the Bible. I will be writing more about all of that in future posts.
The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. Numbers 6:24-26