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    Every day this week, you'll find some devotional notes to inspire prayer and praise. We'll also be gathering together for prayer and worship tonight at 8pm, Wednesday at 7pm and early Friday at 6am; all of those gatherings are at our brand new building The Living Room, High Street Cowley, UB8 2DZ.

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    Salvation

    IF YOU DECLARE WITH YOUR MOUTH, “JESUS IS LORD,” AND BELIEVE IN YOUR HEART THAT GOD RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD, YOU WILL BE SAVED. (ROMANS 10:9, NIV)

    Salvation isn’t a spiritual concept, it’s physical.

    One of the most common words in the New Testament is ‘Sozo’. That’s the greek word translated as ‘saved’ in the passage above; it’s the word Jesus used when he said he came to ‘seek and save (sozo) the lost’, it’s also the word he spoke to the woman who touched his cloak so that she would be healed of long-term illness in Mark 5:34, “Daughter, your faith has made you well (sozo); go in peace, and be healed of your disease.” Salvation means being saved from God’s judgment against sin. This can seem like a distant, spiritual event that has little impact today, but the truth is the judgement we will be saved from is very physical. Eternal separation from God, the penalty for sin, will be physical torment and exactly what we deserve. However, anyone who believes that Jesus is the Risen Lord will be saved—physically enjoying the presence and rule of God instead.

    Salvation is being transferred into Jesus’ Kingdom; coming under his care. This is good news for eternity and it’s good news now. Just as people who met Jesus 2000 years ago were healed and set free from demonic activity, so we can expect the same tangible evidence of salvation in our lives.

    Prayer Prompts

    1) Thank God for paying the debt of your sins on the Cross, giving you salvation that is physically good news both now and eternally.

    2) Ask God to give you faith that when you tell others about Jesus this week, they too can be ‘safe and well’ (sozo).

    3) Think of someone you can invite to the Comedy Night on 4th October and the Alpha Course starting on the 11th. Pray for them.

     

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