Called to Heal
- Learning to Minister Like Jesus
The early church learned how to minister like Jesus did. In Romans 15:17-20 Paul talks about leading people to Christ through what he has said and done, and in the power of the Spirit. It is this a combination of compassion, preaching and signs and wonders that had a tremendous impact on growing the kingdom. We have a huge passion that the church should learn to minister like this - like Jesus did!
In this Seminar we will be looking at how Jesus ministered. One of the key verses in understanding this is Matthew 9:35-37; ”Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.”
We hear several times in the Gospels that Jesus is moved by compassion. This is always in response to encountering need, whether it be physical, spiritual or material need. The difference between how we often minister to how Jesus ministers is that he does it with the resources and ways of God. Out of compassion he brings the good news of the kingdom through teaching, preaching and signs and wonders.
Of course the next verse in Matthew 9 is about the harvest field being plentiful and the workers being few. My sense from this passage is that Jesus is saying that if only we learn to minister like this and be available to be used by God, then we will have amazing opportunities to see people impacted by the kingdom.
- How often do we see someone in need and put off ministering to them?
- How often do we sense God speaking to us about helping someone and we ignore the call?
- How often when faced with need do we try and use our own power and strength rather than God’s to help?
Topics to be covered:
- Values for the Healing Ministry
- Priorities for the Healing Ministry
- The Ministry of Jesus
- Patterns for Jesus' Ministry
- Empowering the Church For Ministry
- A Framework for Ministry