About Our Class

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.

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