n Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - The need for the healing ministry in the Maranatha Reformed Church of Christ
|Article Title||The need for the healing ministry in the Maranatha Reformed Church of Christ|
|© Publisher:||Southern African Missiological Society (SAMS)|
|Journal||Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies|
|Author||Matsobane J. Manala and Jacques P.J. Theron|
|Publication Date||Aug 2009|
|Pages||165 - 179|
|Keyword(s)||African world-view, Healing ministry, Mission, Pastoral, Reformed Church and Western world-view|
This article acknowledges the challenges posed by Africa's great aspiration for abundant life here and now and through to the future when a person will meet with his or her ancestors. According to this insight, abundant life can only be obtained in the context of good health, material welfare and harmonious relationships. The church ministering in such a context should therefore address equally the eschatological and the temporal dimensions of salvation. This article argues that the church in Africa has to consider seriously the healing ministry both as essential and strategic for pastoral and mission work. This article views this approach as being in accordance with Christ's ministry and commission. The Reformed Church in Africa can and should, in light of the stated facts and biblical evidence provided, accept the healing ministry as an integral part of Jesus' commission to his followers, past and present.
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