Wholeness: Changing How We Think About Healing
:The world is changing; culture is shifting. Never has safety and security been more desired. What shakes also spills. Pressure spills to the surface. And when struggles become visible, safety becomes more invaluable. We only encounter true freedom and wholeness...
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:The world is changing; culture is shifting. Never has safety and security been more desired. What shakes also spills. Pressure spills to the surface. And when struggles become visible, safety becomes more invaluable. We only encounter true freedom and wholeness when we know we can speak and hear truth with no fear of retribution. Look at the ministry of Jesus. He created spaces of safety. He also never blamed people for how they got sick. Jesus' invitations are never based on whose struggles are more easily dealt with. In His Kingdom, in His house and under His care, there is no 'us' and 'them.' Jesus said over and over that He came for the sick, the broken, the oppressed, depressed, those caught in chains. He came for us. Each person, as well as every part of who we are, body, soul and spirit, matters to God. And if it matters to God, it must matter to us. With the world changing so are people's struggles. In years past what worked in prayer and ministry may not work today, because people's concerns and experiences of personal difficulties have changed. And just with anything else we should be growing in how we learn and deliver ministry. God wants to bring people into wholeness. And one of the greatest acts of kindness we can do is provide a safe place in order to witness people's struggles, so that we may love, care for and pray and minister to them more effectively.
Katharine Welby-Roberts speaks and writes about issues relating to mental and emotional health, and the wider context of how the church responds to those who are suffering. She is married to Mike and they live in Reading with their baby son Elijah.
Christy Wimber has been part of the Vineyard Movement since it began. She is an author, speaker and television host. For 22 years Christy has travelled around the world, teaching on the Kingdom of God. Christy served as Director for Worship Conferences and Training at Vineyard Music until 2001. She has released material covering John Wimber's teachings and writings. Christy also writes for The Church Report. She has presented 700 Club Interactive and the Spiritual Gifts Webcast. She and Sean have been married for 22 years and have two children. They live in Yorba Linda, California.