The Healing Ministry Of The Church by Jerry Vines

James 5:14-16a
Dr. Jerry Vines
When the Lord Jesus was on the earth He was very interested in
the needs of people. He saw people who were in need of forgiveness of
sin and Jesus forgave them. He saw people who had hurting hearts so
Jesus calmed their fears and came into their lives in a special way. He
saw people who were physically ill and the Bible says that Jesus was
moved with compassion on them. So, Jesus saw lepers and He cleansed
them. Jesus saw people who were lame and He gave them the ability to
walk again. Jesus saw people who were blind and Jesus gave to the blind
the ability to see again. All kinds of physical ailments Jesus Christ
confronted and in His power He spoke the Word and those people got well.
So, when Jesus was on the earth the Bible says that He came teaching and
He did. He came preaching and He did. He came healing and he certainly
did. The Lord Jesus Christ has gone back to heaven now and He said that
He would give to His church the Holy Spirit. In the giving of the Holy
Spirit there is the power in the church today to do the ministry of
Jesus Christ on this earth. When Jesus walked on the earth the first
time He carried out His ministry in a physical body. The Bible teaches
that the church of the Lord Jesus is the spiritual body of our Lord.
Today He doesn't work in His physical body on the earth, but He works in
and through His spiritual body -- the body of Christ -- the church of
thel Lord Jesus Christ.
I think that's one of the reasons I'm so high on the church.
That's one of the reasons I am sold on the ministry of the local church.
It is the local church. It is the body of Christ that is assigned the
responsibility to carry out the will and the work of Jesus Christ on
this earth until He comes again. Because that is true I am concerned
today about the ministry of the church in meeting the needs of people.
I think one of the most helpful things I have ever seen in the ...

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