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Who We Are: We’re FOR Soul-Level Healing

[Today, we continue the series about our “Who We Are” statement.]
There’s a big difference between a Band-Aid® and a surgical procedure. A minor first-aid treatment is fine for cuts and scrapes, but we’d never treat cancer, for example, that way. And when we consider the human condition apart from Jesus:
We’re for soul-level healing.
A topical treatment for our sin condition would never do. “… without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins” (Heb. 9:22) so God provided the perfect Lamb of God in His son, Jesus (John 1:29). When Jesus walked the earth, He healed physically and spiritually. Over and over, we see him interact with lepers, the lame, the blind, and those in spiritual darkness, and miraculously grant healings. While it is right to ask God for physical healings (James 5:15), it is not always God’s will to grant it (John 9:3).
We are for soul-level healings because this is the deep-down work of the Holy Spirit in a human heart, as only He can do. Even after we’re saved, our living in a Genesis 3 world means we will still have trouble (John 16:33) and undoubtedly need healing of wounds that are not always visible. Yet God is Jehovah Rapha – the God Who Heals. “I am the Lord who heals you” (Ex. 15:26)
Soul-level healing means change at the root level. Father, help us to be FOR soul-level healing, so we can exalt Your Name and live authentic lives of faith in Jesus.

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Who We Are: We’re FOR New Salvations

[Today, we continue the series about our “Who We Are” statement.]
The Great Commission tells us how important salvation is to God. Jesus has all authority and we’re instructed to “go therefore and make disciples of all nations…” (Matt. 28:18-20). That’s why:
We’re for new salvations.
It must break God’s heart to see people, harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd (Matt. 9:36), when He has provided the Good Shepherd (John 10 -- and even, the Great Shepherd, Heb. 13:20) in His Son, Jesus. God “desires all people to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all (1 Tim. 2:4-6).
When we understand God’s high standards of holiness (perfection!) and the depths of our sin (Rom. 3:23), there is no way to bridge that gap apart from Christ and Christ alone (Acts 4:12). But we don’t have to clean ourselves up or get it all right before we’re saved: “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom 5:8). We’re saved by grace through faith. “And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works…” (Eph. 2:8-9). In salvation, there is fullness of life because in Jesus there is abundant life! (John 10:10).
Father, help us to be FOR new salvations, in prayer, in word, and in action, so we can exalt Your Name and live authentic lives of faith in Jesus.

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