SIDEBAR: Keys to Effective Ministry
- People need to come to terms with their theology of suffering and healing. Examine the suffering of Job (Job 1–42); Jesus (Matthew 26:38–46); and Paul (2 Corinthians 11–12).
- Recognize that a miracle of healing can be present or eternal. Scripture invites the body of Christ to anoint with oil and pray for the sick (James 5:4–16). At the same time Paul gives encouragement to seek eternal healing, which is eternal life (2 Corinthians 5:2; Philippians 1:20,21).
- If the patient is not a Christian, practice loving the sinner regardless of his lifestyle. Jesus modeled this when He ministered to the thief on the cross (Luke 23:40–43); the woman who worked as a prostitute (Luke 7:36–48); and the adulteress woman (John 4:1–26).
- Seek appropriate timing for conversations that deal with salvation and spirituality. Jesus stands at the door of each person’s heart waiting for individuals to respond to His offer of salvation.
- Provide assurance that God is present even when there is pain and suffering.