Small Group Recap & Memory Verse - 7/19/2006
The passage for Wednesday was John 8:1-11 (the woman caught in that act of adultery). We talked about the importance of forgiveness and how it impacts the offender and the offended. At the end of group, I covered the Integrated Model of Healing found in John Wimber's book, Power Healing. I have summarized this model below. The next memory verse is Matthew 7:7-8, "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened."
Integrated Model of Healing
1) God wants to heal the sick today
It is in God's nature to heal. In John 5 Jesus was accused of healing on the Sabbath and Jesus said to his accusers, "My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working." (v. 17) According to Jesus, God is still working to this VERY DAY. God didn't stop working after he created the Earth. Jesus continues to say, "he [Jesus] can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does." (v. 19) So what was Jesus doing? He was healing! So if Jesus does only what he sees the Father doing (healing), and the Father is at work to this very day, then God wants to heal the sick today.
2) The importance of corporate ministry
We are not just individually saved from hell, we are saved into a larger body of people. As a member of this body, we all play an important part. In 1 Peter 4:10 it says, "Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms." We are given gifts not for our benefit, but for the benefit of others. The Holy Spirit dispenses these gifts to us and we need to faithfully use them to benefit others.
3) Our trust in God is demonstrated by action
We are called to pray! In Matthew 7:7 it says, "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." Through our faith comes a dependence on God to provide for everything. We should be bold and seek God. In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 it says, "Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."
4) Empowered by the Holy Spirit
God's power, not human power, is the source of all divine healing. Jesus said in John 14:12,14, "I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it." Do you see the partnership? Our faith in Jesus Christ will lead to doing great things, but ultimately the power to do those great things does not come from us. Jesus "will do it" through us by the power of the Holy Spirit.
5) The importance of loving relationships with our brothers and sisters
One of the benefits of being in a body of believers is the support we get from our brothers and sisters. We are to be committed to each other and keeping each other accountable. The enemy, Satan, is constantly looking for ways to isolate and destroy us. In Galatians 6:1-2 it says, "Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ."
6) God wants to heal the whole person, not just specific conditions
As humans, we are an integrated union of body, mind, and spirit. To give you an example, when you hit your thumb with a hammer, you are not just physically hurt you become mentally distressed. Another example, let's say you're nervous about something, you will have butterflies in your stomach and you palms might sweat. Finally, if someone is being spiritually attacked it can manifest itself in mental and physical disorders. When one part of the union is affected, it can impact the other two because they're all connected. When we pray for the sick, we need to keep ourselves open to the possibility than a physical ailment might have a mental or spiritual cause. We can pray more effectively for healing when we understand the bigger picture. When we pray, we should ask God to give us words of knowledge about the person. God can use the person who is praying to speak words that will unlock suppressed memories that might be affecting them physically and spiritually. The end result is healing that affects the whole person, not just the symptom. When Jesus healed someone on the Sabbath he said to his accusers in John 7:23, " why are you angry with me for healing the whole man on the Sabbath?"