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Title: The Church as a Healing Community


1
The Church as a Healing Community
  • Salvation is not enough!

2
The Bible says it is not!
  • Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not
    inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived
    Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor
    adulterers nor male prostitutes nor practicing
    homosexuals 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor
    drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will
    inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some
    of you were. But you were washed, you were
    sanctified, you were justified in the name of the
    Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. I
    Corinthians 69-11

3
Biblical Orders
  • When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he
    gave them power and authority to drive out all
    demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out
    to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the
    sick. He told them "Take nothing for the
    journeyno staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no
    extra shirt. 4 Whatever house you enter, stay
    there until you leave that town. If people do not
    welcome you, shake the dust off your feet when
    you leave their town, as a testimony against
    them." So they set out and went from village to
    village, proclaiming the good news and healing
    people everywhere. Luke 91-6

4
Biblical Orders
  • After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others
    and sent them two by two ahead of him to every
    town and place where he was about to go. He told
    them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers
    are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore,
    to send out workers into his harvest field. Go! I
    am sending you out like lambs among wolves. Luke
    101-4

5
Is There a Choice?
  • Sometimes a church has no choice but to become a
    healing community
  • The Holy Spirit forces them to become one
  • The story that I will relate to you corroborates
    this statement

6
Bearing Fruit
  • The church I described had become a healing
    community
  • It was forced to bear fruit that endures John
    1516
  • But it also bore the primary fruit of the Spirit
    Galatians 522

7
Born Again
  • It made a baby Christian who became part of the
    family
  • Nurtured him and fed him through
  • Prayer
  • Bible Study
  • The Eucharist and
  • Worship

8
Maturity
  • As a result he had matured and developed some of
    the fullness of the measure of the stature of
    Christ
  • So Christ himself gave the apostles, the
    prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and
    teachers, to equip his people for works of
    service, so that the body of Christ may be built
    up until we all reach unity in the faith and in
    the knowledge of the Son of God and become
    mature, attaining to the whole measure of the
    fullness of Christ. Ephesians 411-13

9
Discipleship
  • Discipleship in all cases is a continuance of
    salvation
  • Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always
    obeyednot only in my presence, but now much more
    in my absencecontinue to work out your salvation
    with fear and trembling, for it is God who works
    in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his
    good purpose. Philippians 212,13

10
The Cost of Discipleship
  • Discipleship will not continue unless the
    Christian is absolutely surrendered to Christ.
  • Three men came to Jesus and wanted to follow him,
    but other things took precedent over their
    calling

11
The Cost of Discipleship
  •     As they were walking along the road, a man
    said to him, "I will follow you wherever you go."
  •     Jesus replied, "Foxes have holes and birds of
    the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no
    place to lay his head."
  •     He said to another man, "Follow me."
          But the man replied, "Lord, first let me
    go and bury my father."
  •     Jesus said to him, "Let the dead bury their
    own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of
    God."
  •     Still another said, "I will follow you, Lord
    but first let me go back and say good bye to my
    family."
  •     Jesus replied, "No one who puts his hand to
    the plow and looks back is fit for service in the
    kingdom of God. Luke 957-62

12
Gods Purpose
  • It is the duty of all Christians to participate
    in the healing community that the church should
    be. Jesus said that if we loved him we will obey
    his commandments. If we do this He and the Father
    will come and live with us and in us. John 1423

13
Gods Purpose
  • "Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My
    Father will love them, and we will come to them
    and make our home with them. We are
  • To love God with all our being
  • To Love our neighbors
  • To love one another
  • And to do love

14
If we do these things
  • We will
  • Proclaim the Gospel
  • Heal the sick
  • Cast out demons
  • Raise the dead
  • Feed the hungry, give water to the thirsty,
    clothe the naked, and visit the sick and
    prisoners

15
Why?
  • Love is not just a word
  • It is an encounter that takes place between two
    persons
  • It is expressed in tangible form
  • Our Lord wanted us to be examples of love

16
Why?
  • The world is full of
  • Lost
  • Alienated
  • Empty people who want community and joy
  • If we have love they will be drawn to us
  • When we reach out to them they will respond for
    they need love

17
Why?
  • 1 out of 4 children are sexually abused
  • 70 of black children and 23 of white children
    are illegitimate
  • Homosexuality and other perversions are common
  • Spousal abuse is common
  • Drug addiction and alcoholism are rampant
  • Murder is common

18
Why?
  • There are 1,800,000 abortions in this country
    every year, all of these women will have post
    abortion syndrome
  • 23 of pastors and 45 of other Christians are
    adulterers most of the non Christians the world
    are adulterers
  • Fraud and swindling is rampant
  • Need I go on? You read the news!

19
Our Obligation
  • In the light of all this we have an obligation to
    become a caring healing community
  • There is no substitute for it
  • How do we accomplish this
  • We must pray that God will fill us with the Holy
    Spirit
  • We must accept the fact that we all have gifts to
    participate in the community. We must discover
    our gifts

20
Our Obligation 2
  • We must get the training to do it
  • We must take time to participate
  • We must weep with those who weep and be happy
    with those who are happy
  • We must bear one anothers burdens
  • Do good

21
Our Obligation 3
  • Pray for one another
  • Fellowship as much as possible
  • Encourage one another
  • Remember that we belong to the priesthood of all
    believers we do not need a theological education
    to bring it about There are those who can equip
    us

22
Our Obligation
  • To develop ministries to meet the needs of those
    who are hurting
  • This requires a vision as to what God wants you
    to do to minister to his suffering children. Ask
    Him to reveal it to you.
  • It requires compassion
  • It requires power
  • It requires zeal
  • It requires holy boldness
  • It means taking risks
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