Romans on Christianity 101: What the Bible Says
I hear the term “The Gospel” what does it mean?
If you’re not ready to read the Bible, here is the cliff notes version of the Gospel:
- We were created by God, to be in relationship with God (see Colossians 1:16). It’s only in relationship with the one who created us that we find the true meaning and purpose in life, as God intended.
- Sin has separated us from God. To sin is to do something that’s against the will of God. You’ve probably heard about Adam and Eve. Well, they had an issue with sin (see Genesis chapter 3) and ever since, sin became an ongoing issue for us humans.
- This is where salvation comes in. God couldn’t stand the fact that sin separated Him from His greatest creation of all time (that’s us). So, He sent His Son Jesus to earth to live the human experience, suffer death on a cross and rise to life so that we could be restored to God again.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” John 3:16-17
Why did Jesus need to die and rise again for my sins to be forgiven?
“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21
“Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.” Romans 5:18-19
Is Jesus the only way for me to get to God?
“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” John 14:6
“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12
“I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture.” John 10:9
Why did the law come first? Couldn’t God have sent Jesus sooner to restore our relationship with Him?
“Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.” Romans 3:20
“To be sure, sin was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not charged against anyone’s account where there is no law.” Romans 5:13
“What shall we say, then? Is the law sinful? Certainly not! Nevertheless, I would not have known what sin was had it not been for the law…” Romans 7:7
I keep seeing/hearing the words ‘saved’ and ‘born again’ – what do they mean?
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17
Will I be saved if I get baptised?
“having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.” Colossians 2:12
“Peter replied, ‘Repent and be baptised, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’” Acts 2:38
“Those who accepted his message were baptised…” Acts 2:41
“Whoever believes and is baptised will be saved…” Mark 16:16
What is grace?
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
If grace covers my sin, it doesn’t matter if I sin, right?
- Yes, it does matter
- If you do sin, it’s not the end of the world – we’re only human, after all!
“The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more.” Romans 5:20
“What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?” Romans 6:1-2
“I have the right to do anything, ‘you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything’—but I will not be mastered by anything.” 1 Corinthians 6:12
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” Romans 8:1
I really want to change my ways, but I keep messing up. Am I a lost cause?
“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39
“For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” Psalms 103:11-12
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
“if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9
“But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.” Romans 6:22
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