This past Sunday, at Christ City Church, we moved towards finishing out our series on the book of James. This was the next to last Sunday and, with that, James 5:13-18 was covered. This is the passage that exhorts the sick to call the elders to “pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord,” all for offering prayer for the sick person that they may be healed, or that the Lord may “raise them up.”
As Jonathan McIntosh fleshed out the passage, he also drew from the gospels to remind us of the powerful invasion of the rule and order (kingdom) of God in Jesus’ ministry. One major way the rule of God was made known was through the healing of people. When God’s rule comes on earth as in heaven, people are “saved” (delivered, liberated) from a holistic standpoint.
In all, what I found most interesting was this quote from Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology. I thought it very stirring. Continue reading
One of the big questions that arises in discussions about miraculous healing is this: Does Christ’s atoning death on the cross provide healing?
Those who affirm that the atonement is our provision for healing will usually refer to 3 passages of Scripture: Isa 53:4-5; Matt 8:14-17; and 1 Pet 2:24.
I quote them below for reference: Continue reading
This week, in preparation for finishing out Cornerstone’s larger series on gifts of the Spirit in 1 Cor 12, and a shorter series on healings and miracles (last week’s teaching here), I took up a study on the two words salvation and peace.
My study was like a cold glass of water on a summer’s day as I realised the larger setting to which these words speak.
You see, we tend to set these words simply within a ‘spiritual’ context. And actually, that is not incorrect, for the word spiritual simply refers to that which is ‘of God’s Spirit’. But we normally think that, when something is spiritual, it is something more ethereal or for something ‘up there’. But to be spiritual is to be of God’s Spirit, which is very directly related to the work of God within the framework of our world.
And so, to speak of salvation being ‘spiritual’ is no grave problem if we keep in mind that this entails the activity of God within all of life, not just a part of life. Continue reading
A few week’s back, I shared a video of a friend of mine from a partner church in England. It was about some amazing work that took place during his trip to India in the spring of 2010.
Well, below is another video from another partner church of ours in Glastonbury, England. These amazing things are taking place in the town of Glastonbury. Exciting stuff!
Earlier in 2010, a friend of mine, Geoff Brown, headed to India to spend some time alongside the churches and leaders we work with in India.
Though my friend, Geoff, believed in the continuing miraculous works and gifts of the Holy Spirit, and had seen those and been used in some of those in the past, God really moved in incredible ways, well beyond what Geoff had expected.
Below is a short video in which Geoff shares some of the amazing work which God did while he was amongst our friends in India.