Sermon by Dr. E. Dale Locke
Series: The God I Wish You Knew, Week 5 – “Is a Healer”
- Read Isaiah 57:18-19: “I have seen their ways, but I will heal them; I will guide them and restore comfort to Israel’s mourners, creating praise on their lips. Peace, peace, to those far and near,” says the LORD. “And I will heal them.”
What thoughts come to your mind as you read this verse?
- Israel was in exile at the time Isaiah wrote this. They were in a painful situation due to their own disobedience to God. They had rejected God and His ways, so God let them have what they chose. Pastor Dale said, “Be careful, because God will let you have what you choose.” What did Pastor Dale mean by that?
- Read Jesus’ words out of Luke 4:18-19: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
At the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry, he read these words, which had been written hundreds of years earlier by the prophet Isaiah. After reading it, Jesus said this prophecy was fulfilled in Him. In what ways does Jesus fulfill this prophesy from Isaiah?
- Pastor Dale told a story of his brother being healed of a physical illness, and the Bible talks a lot about Jesus healing physical illness and brokenness. Why does God heal sicknesses sometimes, but not all the time?
- What are some other areas of human brokenness that need healing, besides physical illness?
- We believe God is able to heal in all of these areas. Why don’t we always see complete healing in every instance of human brokenness?
- Community of Hope offers many groups to help people experience healing. For example: GriefShare to heal from the death of a loved one, DivorceCare to heal from the pain of a broken marriage, Abortion Recovery for those carrying the guilt of a past abortion, financial classes to move beyond brokenness in our finances, and especially Celebrate Recovery on Monday nights, which offers support and a clear process toward healing from any area of brokenness. Many are experiencing healing through these groups. What keeps people who are hurting or broken from attending groups like these or seeking help in other ways?
- Read James 5:16: “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
Why do you think Scripture encourages us to talk to other people about our sin and brokenness? Why is it important to “confess” this stuff to each other?
- Share about an area where you have experienced God’s healing.