Maturing Faith: Maturing in Community – John Winkleman
Sunday, March 22, 2015
In the final week of our Maturing Faith series, CWOW Member John Winkleman brings it home, literally. Tonight he explores the value and importance of prayer in the context of our church community.
(Due to technical difficulties, the first 30 seconds of the podcast is quiet. Please refer to the verse below. Everything following the reading is clear.)
Tonight’s reading comes from James 5: 13-20:
13 Is anyone among you suffering? Then he must pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, [a]anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; 15 and the prayer [b]offered in faith will [c]restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, [d]they will be forgiven him. 16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective [e]prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. 17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed [f]earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months. 18 Then he prayed again, and the [g]sky [h]poured rain and the earth produced its fruit.
19 My brethren, if any among you strays from the truth and one turns him back, 20 let him know that [i]he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.