Since we have had the Word of God in written form, we have been looking for an easy way to communicate the saving message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Many different routes have been explored to best show a person who is outside of the body, what they would have to understand to become a Christian.  One of the most simple and well-known plans to convey this message is called "The Roman Road to Salvation".  Let me guide you through the verses along this road.

First we begin in Romans 6:17, "But God be thanked that though you were the slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered." The word "form" in this verse is better translated "pattern". So what is this "pattern" of teaching? It's the gospel.  

Romans 1:16, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek."  

Next you try to explain what the gospel is.  The verse to do this is 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, "Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I declared to you- unless you believed in vain.  For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures."  This passage explains that the gospel (good news) literally involves the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  

So how is someone to obey a form of teaching, that is the gospel, which is the power of God unto salvation, which involves the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus?

Romans 6:3-4, "Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we are buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we should walk in the newness of life."

So one does these things to see the symbology of being buried in the watery grave of baptism. Just as Jesus went into the tomb and was resurrected, we also walk out of the water a new person.  Our old man of sin has been put to death, and we are a new creature in God's sight through Jesus' sacrifice.  

The last verse for the Roman Road is Romans 8:1, "There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit