The Romans Road
Summary of Method – The Romans Road is an Intellectual Evangelism method that uses several scriptures from the book of Romans to describe the way to salvation through Jesus Christ. Particularly, the following verses are used: Romans 3:23, which states, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God;” Romans 6:23, which states “for the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord;” Romans 10:9, “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;” and Romans 5:1, which says “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” In a nutshell, the Romans Road explains that we all are human, and sin by nature. We all are doomed to death but if you confess and believe that Jesus is your Lord and Savior, you will be saved. Advantages of Using This Method – This method is great for new believers as well as more knowledgeable believers in that it gives a brief overview through scripture of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. These verses are easy to memorize as well. This method simplifies the process of salvation to new believers. Disadvantages of Using This Method – According to Andrew Perriman, the Romans Road “takes a large political narrative about Israel, pagan empire, and the future existence of the people of God and hacks it down to the dimensions of a personal narrative of salvation and life after death.” In other words, he is saying that these verses have been taken out of context with what Paul was writing about and have been applied to our personal salvation. Another disadvantage to this method, is it does not fully explain the Gospel. In order to fully evangelize and answer any questions the recipient has, you need to have a better knowledge of the circumstances surrounding the story of Jesus Christ and his coming to earth to eventually die for our sins. Servant Evangelism
Summary of Method – “Servant evangelism is a simple, straightforward approach to sharing God’s love in simple, practical ways.” (Servant Evangelism) In this method, there is an outpour of servanthood to those in the community. Basically it means being the hands and feet of Jesus and serving those in need, whether it be buying groceries for the homebound, raking leaves for the elderly, or visiting a nursing home. Advantages of Using This Method – “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45. Jesus did not come here to be served like many kings would expect. No, he came to earth to show love and mercy to others – to show what it means to get on the same level as the people he was communicating with and to physically help them out. I believe there are many advantages to this method of evangelism and that many things can be accomplished. When you are helping others out, you are spreading joy and possibly bearing another’s burdens. Another definite advantage of this method of evangelism is that it can appeal to even the newest Christian. Doing good deeds for others is not difficult and this method can be done in groups and it is easily adaptable. This method of evangelism also shows the unbeliever that you are willing to put forth Christ-like actions, and not just tell them what they should do. I think this is very important when trying to reach those who are lost. I know that I, personally, when learning something new would rather be shown what to do instead of just being told. Disadvantages of Using This Method – If done for the wrong reasons, this method could be somewhat self-indulgent. A person practicing servant evangelism must always keep God in the forefront and let that be known to the recipient. Servant evangelism should never be done to uplift the person doing the serving. And the Gospel of Christ should be presented at some point. Also, some might say...
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