James 5:14 ” Is anyone of you sick? He should call the elders of the Church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the Name of the Lord.”

The early Church wasn’t just a place that people gathered for a couple of hours on Sunday and then was empty the rest of the week. It was a community meeting place that teemed with people coming and going all the time…each with a variety of problems. It was not a place where spiritual needs were met only, but both physical, and emotional as well. This holistic approach integrated and treated the whole person, not separate parts…people caring for the spiritual as well as the medical needs of their fellow Believers. The other interesting bit of this Scripture is the Greek word for “elder” in this passage…Ekklesia is not limited to the Office of Elders in the Church…it also refers to men and women of a ripe old age and experience, that are full of wisdom and sage advice who can pray with people and minister unto the Lord for His glory.

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