Healthy Christians Make Healthy Churches - Church Re-Imagined
Healthy Christians makeHealthy ChurchesThe Church Re-Imagined
James 5:13-20 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Therefore, confess your sins toone another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and heprayed fervently that it might not rain, and for threeyears and six months it did not rain on the earth. 18 Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit. 19 My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, 20 let him know that whoeverbrings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.
Quick Tour of Paul2 Corinthians 1:8-11 2 Corinthians 4:7-12 2 Corinthians 11:24-27 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
Suffering Has Purpose1 Peter 4:1 Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh,arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, forwhoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased fromsin, 2 so as to live for the rest of the time in theflesh no longer for human passions but for the willof God.
Suffering Has PurposeJames 1:2 Countit all joy, my brothers, when you meettrials of various kinds, 3 for you know that thetesting of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 Andlet steadfastness have its full effect, that you may beperfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
Praise to God for His Comfort2 Cor. 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our LordJesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of allcomfort, 4 who comforts us in all our affliction, sothat we may be able to comfort those who are inany affliction, with the comfort with which weourselves are comforted by God. 5 For as we shareabundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christwe share abundantly in comfort too.
Rejoice Because Christ is Coming1 Peter 4:12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fierytrial when it comes upon you to test you, as thoughsomething strange were happening to you. 13 Butrejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, thatyou may also rejoice and be glad when his glory isrevealed.
Healthy Christians Pray to God andPraise Him in All Things
James 5:14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray overhim, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. Suffering is External Trouble Sickness is Internal Suffering 1. The Sickness May Be Physical or Spiritual 2. The Ill Person Calls the Elders to Pray 3. The Elders Pray/Anoint in the Lord’s name Two Types of Anointing were Practiced – Medical and Sacramental
James 5:14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray overhim, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. James Admits the Need for Medicine James Acknowledges the Need for God The Physical and the Spiritual are Inseparable Sacramental Anointing = Being set apart for the specific plan of God’s work and glory God’s New Purpose comes with Healing
James 5:15 And the prayer (vow) of faith will save theone who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.Some Sickness is Related to Sin1 Cor. 11:29 For anyone who eats and drinks withoutdiscerning the body eats and drinks judgment onhimself. 30 That is why many of you are weak andill, and some have died.
• Adam and Eve’s Spiritual Sin had Immediate Physical and Spiritual Consequences• Cain’s Sin Had Physical and Spiritual Consequences Calling to God for Rescue and Healing is aRepentant Prayer for a New Purpose for God’s Glory.A New Lease on Life Comes with New Attention on God and His Will.
James 1:6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, forthe one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For that personmust not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.Prayer in faith = praying with absolute trust thatGod has the answer and that He will answer. It isnot “expecting” what we hope, but “expecting” Godto hear and answer.
James 5:16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.Confession = lit. continually admit your sins to oneanother – means to agree and admit sin and guilt.Prayer = Not just the elders – everyoneHealing from Sin and Illness can be Connected tothe Actions of Confession and Prayer
Galatians 6:1 Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restorehim in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For ifanyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
What Would Have to Happen in Our Church for Confession to Start Happening?What Would Our Meetings, Small Groups, and Visits Sound and Look Like? What Kind of Love and Trust Would Our Church Have to Have for This To Happen? What Kind of Influence and Impact Would Our Church Have if It Practiced James 5:16?
Healthy ChristiansConfess Sin and Pray for One Another
James 5:16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed.The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. 17 Elijah was a man with a nature likeours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain,and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. 18 Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.
Prayer is the Main Point- Prayer of the suffering- Praise of the comforted- Prayer of the Elders for the weak- Prayer of faith- Prayer of the righteousRighteousness – or people committed to obedienceto the Word of God are effective in prayer.Should unrighteousness be an excuse not to pray?Prayer may be the start of a renewed obedience.
Elijah – “My God is The Lord”Ordinary Man – even suffered depression, fear,anxiety, weakness, poverty, persecution, loneliness,and even some faithless days.Man of Faith Most of the Time – even raised a childfrom the deadObedient, Righteous and Faithful to God – thismade him effective for God’s Glory
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Healthy ChristiansConcentrate on Obedience and God’s Glory