“So faith proceeds from hearing, as we listen to the message about God’s Anointed.” Romans 10:17 The Voice
In the midst of the praise and worship, around midnight, “there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed” (Acts 16:26 NKJV). The men could have easily left but everyone stayed; had they departed it would have led to the execution of the guard.
QUESTION: What do people see you do and hear you speak?
THINK ABOUT: How much you depend on and trust in God.
“Do not allow this world to mold you in its own image. Instead, be transformed from the inside out by renewing your mind. As a result, you will be able to discern what God wills and whatever God finds good, pleasing, and complete.” Romans 12:2 The Voice
“But someone will say, “You have faith ;I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.” James 2:18 NIV
QUESTION: Do you know what it means to be saved?
He is God- part of the Trinity (1 John 5:7);
He was in the beginning -the Word (John 1:1);
He entered the natural world through the womb of a virgin- Mary (Matthew 1:18-25) and became flesh (John 1:14).
We believe Jesus lived as the son of man - through the lineage of David (Matthew 1) but without sin (2 Corinthians 5:21).
We believe Jesus died through crucifixion and then arose from the dead and is now seated on the right hand of God the Father (Book of Hebrews).
We Believe the Bible is the infallible word of God used to teach us how to live on earth (2 Timothy 3:16).
It is through Him, Jesus, that we have victory here on earth (1 Corinthians 15:57) while we wait for His return (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).
These truths may not be fully understood by a new Believer however to reject part is to reject all which could lead to unanswered prayer.
THINK ABOUT: Are there parts of the Bible that you believe no longer relevant today?
QUESTION: How can you believe Jesus saved you if you do not know what you are being saved from?
The New Testament Greek Lexicon defines Sozo as follows:“to save, i.e. deliver or protect (literal or figurative) :- heal, preserve, save (self), do well, be (make) whole.
Soteria is the Greek word from which we get the translated word ‘salvation.” Soteria is a noun, a noun is a person place or thing not a behavior. Salvation is the all inclusive gift from God, through Jesus, that contains everything we need for life and godliness. Jesus saves us from a life of condemnation and gives to us everything we need.
“We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. For since the message spoken through angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.” Hebrews 2:1-4 NIV