The Church that Cares

James 5:13-17
Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. s anyone among you sick?nLet him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.

And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

James speaks to the church concerning meeting specific needs of people...


We ought to be a praying church: “Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray.” As we go through this life, we must endure hard times and difficulties, But... we must not allow trials and tribulations to exasperate us!  When we go through tough seasons, we must not give up or grumble and complain; we should pray. In prayer we can address the trouble or affliction.

Prayer is appropriate for every situation we face in life. Where prayer is... Power is present to help!

We ought to be a praising church: “Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms.” Our lives are balanced with good days and bad days, but God’s goodness is present in all days. His presence should elicit praise. Sometimes the appropriate prayer is praise. Praise reminds us where our help comes from. Praise honors God for all He has done.Are you blessed?

You ought to praise Him!

We ought to be a participating church: “Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. "Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” It’s not the prayer or the oil that has the power to heal as we pray for one another; it’s the Lord. The Lord will respond to prayer offered in faith. We must be able to go to one another to listen too, to care about and to pray for one another. We ought to be participating in each others lives.

Now is the time,
Pastor Tony
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