Another idea from my Husband: the Roman Road. A way of walking through salvation. Both my husband and I are firm believers that Christians have a responsibility to know what they believe in, including important doctrinal issues. It is the best to believe that the bible is true but even better to know what you are believing in the bible. What better way to start than to understand the whole basis for our beliefs?
The first key verse is Romans 3:23; “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”. It’s so simple, but we still manage to get this idea wrong. Sometimes I think we view it as “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, but if I do this or that, then it will be enough for God to love me or enough to be saved”, or the opposite: that we are so low, and so screwed up that there is nothing beyond this verse.
It is important to realize that there is nothing we can do to ever be good enough. Isaiah 64:6 says that our most righteous acts are like filthy rags (literally talking about a dirty feminine hygiene product, to put as nicely as I can) before God. The best part is: we don’t have to be good enough. This concept is not meant to depress us, but to truly show how miraculous and absolutely grace based Jesus’ act on the cross was. We are free indeed (Romans 6)!
Stay tuned for the next installments of the Roman Road (there are 4 more concepts we need to know).