Would you rather confess your weirdest dream or your oddest habit? What is it?
Today we’re talking about “Confessing to and Praying for One Another.” The reality is our health includes what’s happening in our bodies, in our minds, and in our souls. And the truth is confession and prayer are essential aspects of being healthy. So we need to be confessing to and praying for one another.
FROM THE TENSIONHow easily are you willing to go see a doctor?
How easily are you willing to admit to someone when you’ve done wrong?
FROM THE TRUTH
Read or review James 5:13-16 and discuss these questions recalling what you heard during Sunday’s message.
What does “sick” likely mean in this passage?
Who are “the elders” and why would one call them if one is sick?
What is meant by “the prayer offered in faith”?
You might recall what was said about its connection to 1 Corinthians 12:9. What is meant by the word “anoint” in this passage?
You might recall that this word (aleipho) is more common and medicinal than the other (chrio) which is more sacred and religious. Why olive oil?
You might recall that the skin of the green olive contains Oleuropein which has significant anti-microbial, anti-bacterial effects and is good for cleansing and healing. What are the health effects of confessing to one another?
What are the spiritual effects of praying for one another? Are there any health effects?
FROM THE TAKEAWAYIs there anything in your life that needs medical attention but you’ve been avoiding or delaying it? Can we pray for you?
Are you willing to admit when you’re wrong or in need of help? Do you have someone in your life that you can trust with deeper confessions? Can we pray for you?
How does living these “one anothers” make us irresistible people?
First, take some time to ask people to identify prayer needs related to the discussion about encouraging one another. Second, take some time to ask for additional prayer requests. Then close your time together in prayer.
First Covenant Church is part of the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC), which is a rapidly growing multi-ethnic denomination in the United States and Canada, with ministries on five continents of the world. Founded in 1885 by Swedish immigrants, the ECC values the Bible as the word of God, the gift of God's grace, and an ever-deepening spiritual life that comes through faith with Jesus Christ. We value the importance of extending God's love and compassion to a hurting world, and the strength that comes from unity within diversity.