Sozo Class began in the early 1980s. We chose this name because of our teacher’s belief that God’s salvation is temporal as well as eternal. The Gospels reveal a Savior Who made people better by healing them, feeding them, and delivering them from satan’s bondage. Scriptural foundations for this include [youversion]Mark 10.29-30[/youversion], [youversion]Acts 3.16[/youversion], and [youversion]Acts 4.12[youversion]. Jesus revealed Himself as God, ([youversion]John 15.24[/youversion] fulfilling [youversion]Exodus 34.10[/youversion] and [youversion]Deuteronomy 18.18[/youversion]) and the only way to the Father and Heaven ([youversion]John 14.6[/youversion]).
The dynamics of learning vary somewhat in each of our three classes, from more discussion to more lecture. Knowing God is the desired result; see Jeremiah 9.23-24. The teacher writes lessons from his study of the Bible under the leadership of the Holy Spirit. Study outlines are provided each week.
SOZO: To save, deliver, make whole, preserve safe from danger, loss, destruction. The basic meaning of the verb [sozo] is to rescue from peril, to protect, keep alive. Sozo, involves the preservation of life, either physical or spiritual.
Sozo occurs fifty-four times in the Gospels. Of the instances where “sozo” is used, fourteen relate to deliverance from disease or demon possession; in twenty instances, the inference is to the rescue of physical life from some impending peril or instant death; the remaing twenty times, the reference is to spiritual salvation.
Maurice Painter teaches Sozo Class. You can learn more about him at www.mauricepainter.com.