One of the greatest tools to lead someone to the Lord is the Roman Road. These are verses that appear throughout the book of Romans that outline the primary principles of salvation. Explain to the person that the Bible is the inspired Word of God and begin to walk through the following steps.
Preparation: If you know that you are about to reach out to someone spend some time in prayer. Pray for strength. This is no easy task, but it is what all have been called to do. “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19).
Recognize your sin: The first step to salvation is recognizing that there is sin in your life. The following verses identify that there is sin in the lives of all men and women.
“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
“There is no one righteous, not even one” (Romans 3:10).
Penalty for Sin: Based on the following verse, explain that the death is not a worldly death, but it is an eternal death; separation from God for eternity.
“The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23(a)).
God’s Gift: God’s gift to man is salvation, eternal life, through the death on the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God’s son. We are not deserving of this gift because we are sinners, but God gave us this gift because of his love for us.
“The gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23(b)).
“God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
Become part of the family of God: These verses identify the need to take action in order to find salvation.
“That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9).
“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13).
No Condemnation: Once you have prayed to accept Jesus Christ you no longer have any condemnation. That means that you will not be punished for your sins because you have received forgiveness through Jesus Christ.
“We have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1).
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).
The Question: Once you have talked through all the verses, ask if they would like accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior? If at this point they say yes move on to the next step.
If they say no, they may not be ready. Ask if you can contact them at another time to talk about it. Encourage them to get a Bible or read online and take a look at more of Romans or the Gospels. Make sure you follow up if they will allow it.
The Prayer: Only faith in Jesus Christ can provide salvation! Have the person accepting Jesus pray to Him. Make sure they cover the following points. If they want to pray for other things as well that is OK. There is not a specific prayer that is required as long as they acknowledge the following.
• Recognize your sin.
• Recognize that you are deserving of punishment.
• Recognize that Jesus Christ took that punishment upon himself and provides forgiveness for your sins.
• Offer your life to God.
• Ask forgiveness for your sins.
• Thank God for his gift of grace and forgiveness, for eternal life.
Once they have finished praying, ask for a phone number. Follow up with them to make sure they find a doctrinally sound church body. Also, make sure they get a Bible and encourage them to enter into a discipleship program.
Whenever possible, regardless of the situation, try to follow up.
Be knowledgeable of the scriptures and make sure that you understand the doctrine of Salvation. If you do not fully understand it, talk to a pastor or other church leader.