anointing with oil
In obedience to scripture, the Elders of Lake Sawyer Church anoint with oil and pray for believers who request this ministry.
What is the scriptural basis for anointing with oil?
There are several Old Testament passages that speak of anointing with oil for consecration to an office (1 Samuel 16), for the blessing of God’s presence (Psalm 23:5, Isaiah 61:3), and for use in healing (Isaiah 1:6). In the New Testament, the disciples anointed sick people with oil and healed them (Mark 6:13). The primary scriptural basis for healing in the New Testament Church is from James 5:14-16.
James writes, “is any one 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. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.”
This passage clearly tells believers who are sick to call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil.
Does God still perform miracles of healing today?
Yes. But not as often as most of us would like. There is always a purpose for everything God does. Most often He accomplishes His purposes apart from miracles. However, God has chosen to perform miracles of healing through the ministry of anointing with oil at Lake Sawyer.
What do I need to do to prepare for being anointed?
Prepare your heart by addressing any unconfessed sin. James 5:16 says, “Therefore, confess your sins to one another so that you may be healed.” If you have sinned against another person, reconcile with that person. Confess your sins to Christ so you can come with a clean heart. One of the blessings of being prayed for by others is that it puts us in a right posture of humility before God.
What will happen when I’m anointed?
Most often, we anoint and pray in the Connection Zone between services on Sunday mornings. We’ve also anointed people with oil in hospital rooms and in their own homes. You are welcome to include a few close family members or friends, if you wish. We’ll start by asking you to tell us what you are coming to be healed from. We will then anoint your forehead with a small amount of oil and all the Elders will lay hands on you. At least two of the Elders will pray for you.
What if I am not healed?
Remember that you are in the hands of a loving God who knows what is best for you and has a plan for you (Jeremiah 29:11-13; Romans 8:28). Often He chooses not to heal in the way we would like or expect. Often instead of physical healing God provides emotional or spiritual healing. If there is no apparent healing, it doesn’t mean that you did not have enough faith or did something wrong (see 2 Corinthians 12:7-9 for Paul’s experience). What is important is that you simply come in faith and in obedience to Scripture.
Who do I need to talk to about being prayed for and anointed with oil?
Contact the main office at (360) 886-8045 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The purpose of church discipline is to maintain the purity of Christ’s Bride (the Church), to restore the relationship between Christ and his followers, and to help them mature in Christ.
What is church discipline?
Church discipline is the process by which a spiritually mature member of the Church lovingly confronts a brother or sister in Christ who is living in sin (going against God’s command/will). “Discipline” comes from the Latin word meaning training that corrects, molds, or perfects the mental faculties or moral character.â€ The loving confrontation is designed to honor God by the changed heart and behavior of the brother or sister, or placing them outside of fellowship if the loving confrontation is rejected. The goal of church discipline is to restore, teach, and mature. We never discipline for the purpose of hurting the person even though what we have to say may hurt.
Who is to be disciplined?
Paul, in 1 Corinthians 5:12, tells us to judge or discipline those inside the Church who are living in unrepentant sin. God will judge those outside the Church. When it comes to church discipline, we discipline only those who have proclaimed Christ as their Lord and Savior and are under the leadership of Lake Sawyer through membership. Church discipline is the process by which a spiritually mature member of the Church lovingly confronts a brother or sister in Christ who is living in sin (going against God’s command/will). “Discipline” comes from the Latin word meaning training that corrects, molds, or perfects the mental faculties or moral character.â€ The loving confrontation is designed to honor God by the changed heart and behavior of the brother or sister, or placing them outside of fellowship if the loving confrontation is rejected. The goal of church discipline is to restore, teach, and mature. We never discipline for the purpose of hurting the person even though what we have to say may hurt.
Why Be Baptized?
Many people ask, “Why should I be baptized?” That’s a great question! There are several biblical reasons:
To follow Jesus’ example (Matthew 3:13-17). Even though he was perfect and sinless, Jesus willingly submitted himself to baptism as he began his ministry. We should follow his example, submitting to baptism into Christ.
To obey what Christ commanded (Matthew 28:19). Baptism is not an option, a take it or leave it proposition. Christ issued this command as one having all authority. Thus, baptism is not a preference of men or a church, but an imperative command of Jesus.
To follow the teachings of the Disciples (Acts 8:35-38). Phillip’s preaching of Jesus involved an explanation of baptism. Otherwise, the eunuch would not have asked the question about being baptized. (Acts 2:38) Peter taught that part of one’s response to Christ in addition to repentance was baptism. (Acts 16:29-34) Paul explained to the Philippian jailer that there is something to do to be saved. His answer was to believe in the Lord Jesus. Please notice that baptism followed this belief and was a demonstration of this belief. Mere belief is not consistent with The New Testament conversions. Baptism always follows believing in Jesus.
The early church baptized (Acts 2:36-38, 41; Acts 8:5-12; Acts 18:8). Those who were baptized first believed in Jesus, repented of sin, and then were baptized. One is to be a repentant believer to be eligible for baptism.
To wash away our sins (Acts 2:38; Acts 22:16). An inward cleansing that trades our sins for God’s Spirit! The water does not cleanse; it is a symbol of the cleansing that comes from Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. (1 Peter 3:18-21)
To pledge allegiance to Christ (1 Peter 3:18-21). Our baptism is a public proclamation and affirmation of our faith. It is our “pledge of a good conscience toward God.”
Burial of the old self (Romans 6:3, 4; Colossians 2:12). The baptismal is a “water grave.” It pictures the death and burial of our old self. It also pictures our resurrection with Christ.
To be clothed with Christ (Galatians 3:26, 27). This outward act of obedience displays our loyalty to Christ.
Are you saved by being baptized?
No. Salvation is by faith in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. However, the Bible teaches that the natural response to this faith is repentance and baptism. When it comes to the issue of baptism, it is our desire to be obedient to the scriptures. In them we see:
- Jesus commanded it (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16).
- The disciples taught it (Acts 2:38; 8:30-38; 16:30-33)
- The early Church practiced it (Acts 2:41; 8:12; 10:47)
We will follow the New Testament design.
When and where can I be baptized?
When you understand that God desires this, and why, you may do so immediately! We encourage you to be baptized during one of our Sunday morning services, as a public testimony to others. But, we can arrange to baptize you anytime (it happened after midnight in Acts 16:25-33). It also does not have to be in a church building, though our baptismal basin is always available.
What about infant baptism?
Many ask: “I was baptized as a baby, do I need to be baptized again?” The Bible only speaks of people being baptized who were old enough to make that decision on their own. When babies are baptized, it is usually a parent or grandparent doing the best they know to do for the child. Notice what the Bible connects with baptism: Believe and be baptized (Mark 16:15). Confess our belief and be baptized (Acts 2:38). Call on the Lord (pray) and be baptized (Acts 22:16). Can a baby do any of these?
Infant baptism normally involves “sprinkling.” The Bible word for baptism means to immerse, dip into, submerge, cover over. Only in this way does baptism picture Christ’s death and resurrection, and the removal of sin. Sprinkling does not. Furthermore, sprinkling actually began 1000 years after the New Testament was written.
Can children be baptized?
There is no certain age where every child is prepared for baptism. Any child old enough to understand what Jesus did for them on the cross, and who has accepted Christ as their personal savior, should be baptized.