This Sunday, November 1, we’re talking about healing at PVCC. Not only will we talk about healing, but we will call the sick forward, anoint them with oil, and the pastors of the church will beg God to heal them. When some of us hear this, we automatically get uncomfortable. It sounds like the kind of “healing service” that we’ve seen on TBN. Maybe we have images in our mind of televangelist Binny Hinn, all decked out in his white suit. We see him swinging his towel, hitting people in the head with the palm of his hand, and as they go flying across the stage, somehow they stand up “healed.”
Certainly I understand our reservations and concerns with these kinds of practices.
However, I believe that many churches have over-corrected to the extreme practices of Benny Hinn (and other so-called “faith healers”), and we’ve actually landed in our own extreme camp – which is also unbiblical. Too many times we underestimate the fact that God still does miracles, and sometimes the only reason we have not is because we ask not. Therefore, this Sunday at PVCC, after our time of worship and biblical teaching from James 5:13-18, we will call the sick forward, lay hands on them, and plead with the Lord to heal them.
We are doing this for the following five reasons:
- People are sick. This life is filled with suffering and sickness, and people all around us are hurting deeply. They need to know that there is hope. They need to know that there is a God who cares, and they need to know that the people of God recognize their suffering and desire to see them made well (whether it be in this life, or in the life to come).=
- The Bible tells us to pray for the sick. James’ instructions in James 5:14 are fairly clear: “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.”
- God has healed the sick before, and we know He can do it again. On the cross, by His own blood, Jesus purchased both the physical and spiritual healing of His people (Matt. 8:17). As a result, if you study the New Testament, you see it’s covered with stories of Jesus making the blind see, and Jesus making the lame walk, and Jesus making the mute speak, and Jesus making the crippled dance, and Jesus even making the dead come out of their graves (John 11). At PVCC, we’ve already seen miraculous accounts of God healing those with cancer and other sicknesses that appeared to leave people with little or no hope. He’s done it countless times before throughout human history; we’re simply asking Him to do it again.
- People need to see God’s power displayed so that our faith will increase. Oh we of little faith. Like Peter, and like so many accounts in the Scripture, our faith is weak. Yet we need to see the power of God displayed, because when we do, God reminds us of His greatness and encourages us to persevere. God desires that our faith increase, and one of the ways that He sometimes seeks to accomplish this is by doing the unthinkable right before our very eyes. God loves to see His kids’ jaws drop.
- Our desire is to see God glorified and Christ made famous. We’re not asking God to heal the sick primarily for the sake of the sick. We’re asking God to heal the sick primarily for His own name’s sake. If and when God heals the sick, we want to see people stand in awe of Christ’s greatness and power; we want to see His name shouted from the rooftops throughout the streets of Owensboro. We want doctor’s to scratch their heads and to be left with no option but to say, “This was humanly impossible; it had to be a miracle – there must be a God!”
Can we promise that every single person that we pray for on Sunday will be healed? Of course not. The Bible doesn’t teach us that it’s always God’s will to heal us – in this life. For those that know Christ, sometimes He chooses to heal in this life, and sometime He chooses to heal in the life to come. Regardless, this Sunday at PVCC, it’s our desire to see the power of God fall like we’ve never seen before. Are you, or someone that you know sick? Maybe it’s a disease. Maybe it’s chronic pain. Maybe it’s depression or anxiety. Regardless of the need, join us this Sunday at either 9:20am or 11:20am at 800 Pleasant Valley Road in Owensboro.
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