The Romans Road is a selection of verses from the book of Romans that explain the gospel. I am planning to teach four big group lessons about the Romans Road every second week during this term and I will post them as I teach them.
- Romans 3:23 – All of us have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory.
- Romans 6:23 – Sin pays off with death. But God’s gift is eternal life given by Jesus Christ our Lord.
- Romans 10:9 – So you will be saved, if you honestly say, “Jesus is Lord,” and if you believe with all your heart that God raised him from death.
- Romans 8:38-39 – Not powers above or powers below. Nothing in all creation can separate us from God’s love for us in Christ Jesus our Lord!
There are a some games in the lessons. If you have a large group select a smaller group to play the games at the front or play the games with everyone if you have a smaller group.
Romans 3:23 All of us have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory.
Introducing the theme:
Following directions game
- Choose three pairs of children. Ask one of each pair to stand at one end of the room, blindfold the other three children and ask them to stand at the other end of the room.
- Scatter a number of squares of paper (30cm2 or 12inch2) on the floor between the pairs of children. The blindfolded children have to walk to their partners without stepping on the paper. Their partner calls out directions to help them. If blindfolded children step on a piece of paper they must return to the start.
- Ask: What was difficult/easy in this game? How do we know which way to go?
Explain that we are going to be learning about the Romans Road, a set of verses in the book of Romans that helps us to understand the good news of Jesus.
Show the children your Bible and explain how to find Romans. Use the following to help them:
- Bible is divided into Old and New Testament. The Old Testament takes up about the first 3/4 of the Bible, and the New Testament takes up the last 1/4. Hold the Bible closed and find the half way point; and then halfway again to get into the New Testament.
- Ask the children what the first four books of the New Testament are called.
- Remind children of the rhyme – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John; Acts and Romans follow on.
- The book of Romans was written about twenty years after Jesus’ death and resurrection. It was written by Paul to help people understand who Jesus is.
What is God’s glory:
- Brainstorm all the words that describe God. Write the words on the God list.
- God’s glory is all these things and more that make God perfect.
- The Bible describes God’s glory as:
- The bright glory of the Lord in a cloud (Exodus 24:15)
- The Lord’s glory looked like a blazing fire on top of the mountain (Exodus 24:18)
- The Lord’s dazzling glory filled the temple (2 Chronicles 7:1)
- God lets his glory be seen in the heavens above (Psalm 8:1)
- Sin is doing, saying or thinking things that don’t please God.
- Explain that every time we sin we get further and further away from what God is like. As you give examples of sin, gradually tear bits of paper off the top of the “us” sheet so that it gets shorter and shorter.
All of us have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory.
Show the verse written word by word on paper plates and read it aloud with the children. Read it a few times, asking the children to read it slow, fast, loud, soft etc. Let’s think about what this verse means.
- Choose some children to try and reach their target with your ‘arrows’. I used a blow up arrow game I found at a cheap shop (I found it ages ago and have been waiting for the right time to use it in my ministry) You can also use paper airplanes or balls. Make sure that your starting point is too far away for children to be able to hit the target.
- Ask: What happened to our arrows?
- Imagine that the target is God’s glory. No matter how hard we try we can’t get to God’s glory. We have all sinned and fall short of God’s glory.
- Ask: How could we make sure that we always hit the target?
- Let the children stand a lot closer to the target. Explain that although we can’t get to the target, Jesus helps us to be with God. He changes everything by dying on the cross for us. Because when he died on the cross he took away all the things that keep us away from God’s glory.
- Let kids throw arrows really close to the target. Jesus makes it easy for us to reach God’s glory. But without Jesus we cannot do it.
Frisbee throw the twelve paper plates to children. The children who catch the frisbees bring them to the front and display the words. Ask children to put the words in the correct order and read aloud with the group.
Here are the other lessons for this series:
Lesson 2 – Romans 6:23
Lesson 3: Romans 10:9
Lesson 4: Romans 8:38-39