Gr. SOTERIA (fem.) = Rescue, Safety (physical or moral) also translated as "deliver, health, save, saving" FROM Gr. SOZO = To save, deliver, protect, also translated "heal, preserve, save, do well, make whole" Gr. SOTER = Deliverer, translated "Saviour".

- Although it is critical to understand the birth, life and ministry of Jesus Christ, salvation focuses us on the death and resurrection. We are saved by the blood of His cross.

      1Co 15:1-28  Ac 20:28  Ro 3:23-26; 5:8,9  Eph 1:3-7  Col 1:19,20  Heb 9:11,12; 13:10-12   1Jn 1:6,7   Rev 1:4,5; 5:8,9

- THEN, as the Gospel is proclaimed, people hear and respond in FAITH and receive SALVATION.  Ro 10:8-10, 14-17  1Co 1:18-25  1Th 1:4-10

SALVATION DOES NOT IMPLY/PROMISE/GUARANTEE:

Material Prosperity/Success Ac 3:6  2Co 6:1-10

Physical Health/Well-Being  1Ti 5:23   2Ti 4:20  Phil 2:25-30  2Co 12:7-10

Avoiding Physical Hardship/Danger  1Co 4:9-13   2Co 11:23-30   Ac 7:55-60

Avoiding Injustice/Ill Treatment  1Pe 2:18-25

In fact we are assured of:

- Persecutions Mk 10:29,30

- Chastening by God   Rev 3:17-19   Heb 12:1-11

SOTERIA = DELIVERANCE, LIBERATION, RESCUE FROM WHAT?

The Evil One   Mk 6:13   (1Pe 5:8,9)

The Ultimate Consequences Of Sin  1Jn 1:8-10   Ro 6:18-23

Death   1Pe 1:3-5   1Co 15:51-58

Guilt   Ro 4:23 - 5:2   Heb 10:19-22

The Law and Its Curse  Ro 8:1-10   Gal 3:10-13

Judgment   Ro 5:6-10   Heb 9:16-28

Fear   2Ti 1:6-10   1Jn 4:16-19

Bondage   Heb 2:11-15   Tit 2:11- 3:6   Gal 4:28 - 5:1

Alienation From God  2Co 5:17-19

Separation From God's Kingdom  Ro 8:13-17

Spiritual Blindness    2Co 4:3-6

The Power Of Darkness    Col 1:12-16

The Second Death   Rev 21:1-8

SOTERIA = Being Made WHOLE, Being HEALED

Jn 3:16 ÷ 1Pe 1:5-9 ÷ Mt 9:22; (Mk 5:34; 10:52; Lk 8:48, 17:19)

JOHN

Ch. 1: 10-14 Born as Sons of God. By trusting in Christ.

      2: 1-5 Restoration/salvation through obedience

          13-22   Ro 10:17.

      3:  5 New birth from the Spirit is REQUIRED.

           14-18 Trusting in the death of Jesus is REQUIRED.

      4: 22-24 God sends revelation & equips us to worship.

      5: 8-15  Lk 11:24-26.

         24 Believers have eternal life

     6: 35 Jesus is the bread of life.

         68 Jesus is the source for words of eternal life.

     7: 37-39 Jesus' death was necessary before indwelling (Jn 3:27-30).

     8:10-12 The guidance and safety of the Light.

        32,36 Liberty through truth.

     9: 24,25,35-41 Salvation is spiritual sight. Ignorance is blindness.

    10: 7-10 Christ is the only entrance for safety and abundance.

    11: 25-27 Resurrection life belongs to the believer.

         47-53 The saving purpose of His death.

    12: 31-33 Jesus, lifted up in death, draws men to Him.

    13: 6-10 Salvation - clean all over, throughout.

    14: 6 The true living way to the Father's house.

    15: 1-6 The Vine provides resources for life.

    16: 7-15 The Spirit guides us for Christ's sake.

    17: 1-3,11,12  He safely keeps those who know Him.

    18: 14,36,37   The saving purpose of His death.

    19: 30   Salvation accomplished through His death.

    20: 21-23   Words of PEACE and PARDON.

    21: 15-19   He re-instills love and reinstates us to service.

  1,2,3 John

1 Jn 1:1-2 Jesus IS Eternal Life

           6,7 Believers are cleansed from sin

       2:1-2,12 The Blood of Jesus appeases the wrath of God

          20-29 Believers have an anointing and a Promise*

      3:5-14 Born of God, through Love, receiving Life

      4:7-10 God, in Love, provides Salvation through Jesus Christ

          13-15 Salvation through Confession

      5:4,5,11,12 Deliverance through God's Gift

           13,18-20 Safety through Belief in the Name of Jesus

           21 Warning

2 Jn 7-11 Warning

3 Jn 2 The Truth of Salvation Prospers The Soul

           11 Warning

            *1 Jn 2:27 ÷ Heb 5:8-6:3 (2 Ti 2:15)

REVELATION

1:5,6 Christ's Blood Saves Us To A Royal Priesthood

     17,18 Christ's Resurrection Is Our Evidence

2:10,11 Promise

3:5,10-12, 21 Promise

5:9,10 Redeemed by the Blood

7:9-17 Cleansed by the Blood

12:7-11 Power in the Blood

20:1-6 First Resurrection

21:1-8 Delivery from the Second Death

22 Beginning/End

ROMANS

Ch. 1:1-7 Believers are summoned to salvation. Ro 8:28-30

           16-20 Salvation is the manifestation of God's righteousness.

      2:1-11 We have only two options.

      3:19-28  Believers are justified by grace through Christ.

      4:13-25  Believers are the seed of Abraham. Jn 8:31-47

      5 Death reigned through Adam, Life through Jesus.

      6:3-11 Believers die with Christ to live with Christ.

           17-23 Believers are servants to God and righteousness.

     8:1-4 The law had no power to save, only to condemn.

         11-18 Believers are joint heirs with Christ.

         31-39 We cannot be apart from God's love.

    10:1-4 Believers are not under the law.

          5-13 Salvation is available to all.

    11 God has called some, blinded others. MYSTERY

    12:1-3 God provides the means to serve through gifts.

    14:1-13 Salvation required the death and resurrection of Christ.

   16:17-20  Believers are delivered from the enemy.

MATTHEW 5 - Law vs. Grace

 5:1-2 Disciples Taught

     3-12 Sermon On The Mount

    13-16 True Discipleship

    17-20 Fulfill The Law

    21-48 Transcend The Law

         21-26 Murder

         27-32 Adultery

         33-37 Perjury

         38-42 Retaliation

           - Ex 21:22-25

           - Lev 24:17-20

           - Deu 19:15-21

         43-48 Love

HEBREWS

What Price Salvation? How Secure Is It?

Ch 1: Jesus - Superior to Angels To Save Us

     3: Jesus - Superior To Moses To Save Us

     4:1-11 No entry into God's rest for unbelievers 

     5: Jesus - Superior To Priests To Save Us

     6:4-6 We Need Only To Be Saved Once

         13-20 The Resurrected Christ Is Our Forerunner

     7:14-25 Christ: The King-Priest Forever

     9:11-17 Saved By The Blood of Jesus

          20-28 Believers Await Christ

   10:1-18 Jesus - Perfect, Ultimate, Permanent Sacrifice

         26-31 Warning

         36-39 Believers Await Christ

   11:1-16 Heaven Is Our True Home

   12:1-11 Believers Will Be Chastened By God

   13:10-21 Jesus Was A Sin Offering For All Time

Why Do We Need To Be Saved? (Jer 17:9, Col 1:21)

Gen 6:5

Ps 14:2,3

Ecc 7:20

Mk 10:18

Ro 3:23

We cannot hide sin Nu 32:23

We cannot cleanse ourselves Pr 20:9

We cannot be justified by deeds Gal 2:16

The penalty for sin is death Eze 18:20

The wages of sin is death Ro 6:20-23

What Can Go Wrong?

Jn 3:16   Do You Believe? Who/What Do You Believe In?

    Falling Away Lk 8:13,15

                          2 Th 2:1-4

                          Heb 6:4-6  10:26-31,36-39

MODEL PRAYER OF SALVATION

Read  Ro 10:8-15, John 3:16, 1 John 1:9, Acts 4:12

DEAR LORD JESUS,

FORGIVE ME OF MY SINS. I take You at Your Word that You forgive those who ask. I believe that You died for me and my sin, were buried and rose on the third day, and now sit at the right hand of the Father. I ask You and accept You to be my Lord and my Savior. I give myself to You. Thank You for being faithful, forgiving me of my sins and for saving me. I have asked in faith and believe that You have saved me. Lord help me and direct me in living a life that pleases and glorifies You. Thank You Lord for loving me enough to save me. Amen.

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The Apostles' Creed

 I BELIEVE in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth: And in Jesus Christ His only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic* church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

*catholic does not refer to the Roman Catholic Church, but has its literal meaning of "universal" or "general" and means the entire Christian Church as one body. Many substitute the word "Christian."


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