In this sermon, our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith, talks about the healing ministry of Jesus Christ; why Jesus engaged in healing and how the church can engage in this ministry today. Here are some excerpts:

“…The ministry of healing was an essential part of the work our Lord came into the world to do. In no sense was it a side issue..”

Why did Jesus devote Himself to the curing of disease?

…It was certainly not in order to draw attention to Himself, for after healing someone He would invariably say, “See that you don’t tell anyone” (Matthew 8:4). Also, if His reason for performing healing miracles had been to prove that He was God, then surely, He would have kept the power of doing such works to Himself…”

“How can the Church engage in the ministry of healing today?

The Laying on of Hands

“…Let me say that I do not believe that I possess the gift of healing, although I know several ministers who undoubtedly have this gift. But I do believe that the gift resides in the Body of Christ, and especially in the elders of the Church as a corporate group…”

“…But there are some qualifications with the laying on of hands [see transcript]…

Intercessory Prayer

…Another way in which the church can engage in the ministry of healing today is through the practice of intercessory prayer.  James 5:16 says, “Pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” The prayer of faith is the prayer of trustful expectancy. We don’t know very much about the laws that govern prayer, any more than our grandparents knew about atomic energy. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t use prayer…”

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The Healing Ministry Of Jesus Christ. Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.

 

July 31, 1988

Matthew 4:23; James 5:14,15; 1 Corinthians 12:7,9

Rev. W. Graham Smith

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