Wednesday, January 29, 2014

This week's lesson: discipling the sick

As you teach this week's lesson, you may want to remember that a prescription without a diagnosis is the same thing as malpractice.

You want to find out what's wrong, in other words, before you start telling people what to do.
  • We are justifiably proud of our health message, after all -- but if you have visitors and guests in your class this Sabbath, then you may want to make sure they don't get overwhelmed by all the things they woulda-coulda-shoulda be doing if they join our church.
  • We can learn from suffering -- but given the people in your class who have a chronic or fatal illness (not to mention the people who love someone who does), I'd be real careful how I brought up this point.
  • And God wants us to be healthy -- but if God refused to heal Paul's "thorn in the flesh," then we need to remember that some in our class may be struggling with that same answer from God.   
And yes, there are a lot of things you could say to your class -- a lot of things they may find helpful.

But first, do no harm.

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