TiO 15 – Alpha – Does God Still Heal?
The Main Idea
Does God still heal people today? Some say no. Some say that if we see miraculous healing it is just the random things that happen in the world. What does the Bible say about healing and does it still happen today? Todd talked about that in this week’s message.
Warm Up Questions: (Choose 1 or 2)
Q1: If you could get the formula (or recipe) for anything, what would it be?
Q2: What is the most unusual thing you have ever done in the name of being “healthy”?
Q3: When you are sick, what is your first course of action, eg., doctor, sleep, denial, etc.?
Read the scripture aloud: Daniel 3:16-18
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to present a defense to you in this matter. If our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire and out of your hand, O king, let him deliver us. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods and we will not worship the golden statue that you have set up.”
Many of us have things that we say we believe about God which are different from the way that we live. For example, we say that God is everywhere but live as though he is only around when we are at church. This is the difference between stated belief and functional belief. Our functional belief system is how we really live, regardless of what we say we believe.
Q1: How important is it that your stated beliefs and your functional beliefs be the same?
Q2: What areas of your life do you need healing in? Share these with your group, if you are comfortable doing so.
Todd paraphrased John Wimber, the founder of the Vineyard Church Movement: “When we prayed for no one, no one was healed. Now we pray for lots of people and some are healed.”
Pray for the healing of each other. Some people find it meaningful to follow the New Testament pattern of anointing with oil as you pray. This can be done by having the prayer leader place a little vegetable oil on his or her finger and then draw a cross on the person’s forehead as prayer begins. It is also useful to make a record of the prayers so that you can talk to each other in future meetings about the results you are seeing from God.