SOZO'S CORE BELIEFS
Many Churches and movements have a statement of faith. Sozo Church has Core Beliefs. These beliefs filter through everything that we teach and do. This is not an exhaustive theological statement.
- Original Identity: We believe that humanity has worth and value in the heart of God. Mankind was created in the image and likeness of God to enjoy oneness with God. Covenant partnership between God and mankind was defined by dependency on Him. Together, Adam and Eve would be “one” with God. They would rule, and He would (Genesis 1-2).
- Lost Identity: Adam and Eve were free to represent God in any way that was most natural to them; but God required that they depend on Him for their ethical decisions. They could eat from any tree in the Garden, including the tree of life. However, with all this freedom came one restriction: they were not allowed to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The boundary was not arbitrary—it gave a framework that would set them free to enjoy their relationship with God.
- Redeemed Identity: Because of man’s tremendous worth, God sent Jesus to restore mankind’s identity as sons and daughters and begin the process of advancing the kingdom of God (John 3:16-17).
- Empowered Identity: New covenant identity and authority are vital to walking out one’s calling and place in the kingdom of God (2 Corinthians 5:17-21).
By understanding the Bible correctly and living according to it, we have a high value for walking in the supernatural. To claim to have a high value for the Bible and not walk in the supernatural is a bizarre form of hypocrisy. We believe the book of Acts is what the “normal” life of following Jesus should be like: unified intercession (power of agreement), supernatural demonstration (signs, wonders, healings, etc.), bold proclamation (powerful preaching of Jesus), many salvations (“turned the world upside down” —Acts 17:6). See this pattern throughout Acts. We believe in the ongoing ministry of the five-fold equippers of Ephesians 4:11-12. All of the supernatural gifts and manifestations of the Holy Spirit are for today. We are opposed to quenching the Holy Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19-21).