The Church in Touch with a Hurting World
I am sick with the flu, so I have asked my friend, Jacob Waller, to provide a guest post for today. Jacob is a native of Hope, Arkansas and is currently a student at the BMA Theological Seminary. Please leave your comments. I will make sure to pass them along to Jacob.
We live in a world of hurts. Hearts are hurting, homes are hurting, and hopes are hurting. The church must touch the world with the message of hope. Christ did not call us into local bodies so that we can sit, sing, and sleep through the preaching – He called us that we can glorify His name; and one way we bring Christ name’s glory is by helping the hurting, give aid to the weary. In addressing this issue, James (James 5:13-18) dealt with the situation, the solution, and the secret.
The Situation (v. 13-15)
People find themselves in all kinds of situations. Some people are in pressure situations, others are experiencing pleasure and some are in pain.
The Solution (v. 16)
There are two parts to the solution. The horizontal solution involves us in confession and restoration with our fellow man. The vertical solution requires that we pray for one another.
The Secret (v. 16-18)
Effective prayer will help us make a difference in our hurting world. This type of prayer is approached with integrity, asked with intensity and answered with immensity.
We in the church need not to worry with healthcare reform or if the government is morally right because we, as the blood bought community, are the ones that Christ commissioned to take care of the hungry, thirsty, naked, homeless, sick, imprisoned – the HURTING! We must love loud in order that ALL may know Christ!
What about you and your church? What are YOU doing to reach out to those around you? Who do you partner with? What is your strategy? Share so we can all learn from your experience!