Today we turn to James 5:13–18. And the question is: Do the healing instructions here fit in with what we said a couple of weeks ago? I believe: yes! The text does support it! Today, we will look to James chapter 5 and see that it is a rebuke to shepherds that never had the faith to heal and churches that don’t pray for each other in the spirit.
On Father’s Day we try to focus on the good qualities of our dads. The facts are that none of us have had perfect dads. Even the best dad has his flaws. This morning I want to take a look at the Perfect Father, your Heavenly Father. My hopes are that dads would want to be more like Him and that all of us would put our hopes in Him. He’s the best Father of them all.
Do we need to keep the gifts of healings and miracles away from ordinary church members because that was the only way the apostles could authenticate themselves? I believe that “gifts of healings” and “workings of miracles” are for the church today—for Mt. Zion Church today and for the mission of Christ in the world today. Once you set your heart to pursue love, you will be in a position to be zealous for all the spiritual gifts.
“Grant to thy servants to speak thy words with all boldness, while thou stretchest out thy hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of thy holy servant Jesus.” Were the signs and wonders specially designed by God to confirm the authority of the apostles so that after the apostles have done their work in providing the church with the foundation of revelation in the New Testament the signs and wonders cease?