Questions for reflection: divine healing
Christian traditions have approached divine healing in a number of ways, and this issue gives every believer history to consider. Either on your own or in a group, think more deeply about divine healing with the questions below.
1. Which of the many stories of divine healing shared in this issue most resonates with you? Why? Which stories felt most foreign to you?
2. What Scriptures are your favorites when thinking about divine healing, and why? If your church regularly talks about divine healing, what Scriptures does your church most often turn to when discussing it?
3. In what ways is the ministry of healing practiced in your church or denomination?
4. What is one surprising fact you learned from our lead article (pp. 8–11)?
5. What were some characteristics of Jesus’s healing ministry (pp. 12–15)? How can we show these characteristics in our ministries today?
6. Why did medieval Christians focus on the saints in their theology of healing (pp. 16–18)? Are there saints in your own life that you connect to stories of healing?
7. Why were some Protestant Reformers skeptical of medieval approaches to healing (pp. 19–22)? Which of their questions do you share? What other questions do you have about healing that they did not raise?
8. The article about the Great Awakening (pp. 23–25) names “moderates” and “radicals” with respect to healing miracles. Where would you place yourself and your church on this spectrum?
9. The Blumhardts connected healing miracles to prayer for all those suffering and care for the wider creation (pp. 26–28). How can you learn from these approaches in your own spiritual life?
10. How was Dowie’s healing ministry different from some that had come before (pp. 29–31)? Where do you agree and disagree with his approach?
11. What emphases characterized early Pentecostalism (pp. 34–37)? Why? What about the Charismatic movement (pp. 38–40) and the Third Wave (pp. 41–43)? Did anything surprise you about these movements’ early days?
13. What guidelines would you put in place when praying for God to fulfill material needs? How do they compare to those discussed on pp. 47–49?
14. Name one new thing you learned from our interviews with medical professionals and scientists (pp. 50–52 and 53–55). Where have you seen prayer used in a medical setting? What issues (scriptural, theological, psychological, medical) surround the idea of scientific testing of prayer?
By the editors
[Christian History originally published this article in Christian History Issue #142 in 2022]
America's book: did you know?
How the Bible has formed the American churchthe editors
America's book: executive editor's note
A magazine forty years in the making.Bill Curtis, executive editor
America's book: managing editor's note
Second in a two-part series of the Bible in AmericaJennifer Woodruff Tait, Managing editor
Letters to the editor, CH 143
Readers respond to Christian Historyreaders and editors
Subscribe to magazine
Subscription to Christian History magazine is on a donation basisSubscribe
Christian History Institute (CHI) is a non-profit Pennsylvania corporation founded in 1982. Your donations support the continuation of this ministryDonate