Healing

Intro

Take time to interact with the resources below.  Why?

Restoration of All Things

If you can get past the fact that this is from the movie Titanic, this scene is an absolutely incredible picture of healing.  Imagine this old, rotten boat is your heart (Isaiah 61:1).  Years of neglect have rendered it almost unidentifiable.  Healing is about getting Jesus and His life and light into the dark, broken places.  In this scene we go right into the dark hull of the boat when something surprising happens.  Light comes through the old windows and everything starts to be restored.  The beauty of the original intent comes back to life.  Not only does the boat come back to life, but the broken dreams that Jack and Rose had of being together and in love are fulfilled and celebrated.  This is what Jesus wants to do for your heart.

The Wounded Healer

The Wounded Healer
Nobody escapes being wounded. We all are wounded people, whether physically, emotionally, mentally, or spiritually. The main question is not “How can we hide our wounds?” so we don’t have to be embarrassed, but “How can we put our woundedness in the service of others?” When our wounds cease to be a source of shame, and become a source of healing, we have become wounded healers.
Jesus is God’s wounded healer: through his wounds we are healed. Jesus’ suffering and death brought joy and life. His humiliation brought glory; his rejection brought a community of love. As followers of Jesus we can also allow our wounds to bring healing to others.

Stick and String

In this sermon Pastor Greg Boyd reveals his own wounds and how Jesus came into those places for healing.

  Key Points

Review the key points for this section.

Deep Restoration
We are not wholehearted, according to Christ we are brokenhearted
Jesus offers more than forgiveness, He offers to heal our brokenness
We must do the healing work with Jesus, allowing Him access to those painful and broken places

Journal Questions

Pick a few of these questions to react to.  Write down your unedited responses.  Why?

We Are The Brokenhearted

In Isaiah 61:1, which is referenced in Luke by Jesus, what do you think He meant by the “brokenhearted” and the “captive”?

Is it a new thought to you that your heart can actually be broken and stay in many pieces?
Don’t you feel divided within yourself sometimes?  In decisions and desires?  How do you experience this?
“Passions are windows to wounds.”  What obsessions or unexplainable intensities can you think of that may lead to broken places in you?
Are there things that you find yourself doing, or not doing, and you aren’t really able to explain why?  What are these things and what is it that you are hoping for or in need of?
Do you struggle with emotion that comes out of nowhere?  Anger? Fear? Sadness? Shame?
Christ Offers to Heal Us

In Matthew 13:15, what do you suppose Jesus meant by “And I would heal them”?

On page 134-135, what is the common theme in what Jesus does in each situation?  What is He offering?
Do you see how everything Jesus did was to illustrate what he was trying to say?
If not restoration, what have you assumed the offer of Jesus/Christianity is?  Forgiveness, better life, morality, knowledge, religion, getting to heaven… All good things, but not the point.  They are all driving towards intimacy with God AND restoration.
We must invite Jesus in for healing

Read John’s story of healing with Jesus on the mountain again.  (pp.137-139)  What stirs in you?

God is the God of the past, present and future; that is why he can heal those places.  He is still there with our young selves.  Are there things that come to mind that you may need to invite Jesus into for healing?  What are they?
What is holding you back from opening the door that Jesus is knocking at?

 

Solitude

Find a quiet space and time to spend with God.  Ask Him questions and then listen to God and your own heart.  Have your journal ready to capture what surfaces.  Why?

Start with the Centering Prayer

Go through this exercise by pausing between actions to do what it says:

 

Take a moment to remember your childhood home.  What are the sights, sounds, smells, feelings?  Who is there?

  • Pause and do this

As you explore your childhood home (remember you are doing this with Jesus) ask Him if there is anything specific from this young time in your life that He would like to bring up.

  • Pause and do this

It may be a joyful memory or could be a painful one.  Whatever the case, allow yourself to remember this moment in all the detail you can.  Feel those same emotions again.

  • Pause and do this

Now ask Jesus, “Where are You in this memory?”.  Look for Him.

  • Pause and do this

Allow Him to reveal Himself to you.  What is He doing?  What does He want to show you?  What does He want to say to you?  How does His presence to change the memory?

Worship

A few times a week pause your life to worship and connect with God.  Recalibrate what is most true about you, the world and God.  Why?

Perfect Peace

Watch this worship video, meditate on the words and the melody.  Allow your heart to flow with the song.

Take a moment to describe your takeaway from this section in the comments area below.  What did you learn?  How can you apply it in everyday life?   Why?