A Bible Scholar Shares Ideas on How to Promote Health

A Bible Scholar Shares Ideas on How to Promote Health

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A guest post written by Madelon Maupin from Newport Beach, California

There is a Scriptural guideline for how we build church – or spread the healing message of Christ – in the book of Acts 13:4 – 11. It’s the story of Paul and Barnabas on their first missionary journey and their encounter with two individuals that represent the types of people we may meet in our own healing journey.

First, Paul and Barnabas are ‘sent out by the Holy Spirit.’ (13:4) We too must be imbued with the spiritual inspiration that is alone from God, instead of being guided by human intentions to do good or by opinions about what is right or wrong.

Second, they were led to those who were spiritually receptive, even though they weren’t the type of individuals we would think to seek out. In Paul’s case, it was the Roman proconsul, Sergius Paulus. One wouldn’t think that a Jew would initially be led to him. How similar is this to when we are be led to someone who at first glance may appear an unlikely candidate for this message? The spiritually receptive may not look like us, dress or talk like us. It is what is in their hearts that matters.

Third, we must be prepared, as Paul was, to denounce the opposition that would interfere. In the case of Acts 13, it is a magician/advisor to the Roman official that enjoys his power and status from that relationship. He sees Paul’s preaching of the Word a direct threat and tries to dissuade his advisee, Sergius Paulus, from accepting the Gospel message. Paul thwarts the magician’s efforts to blind the Roman official to this healing message and the magician himself becomes ‘blind’ to those teachings.

What a lesson for us as we consider the modern day ‘Roman proconsuls’ who may be medical personnel, alternative therapy physicians, etc. All God seeks is the receptive heart. Our role is to be ready to share the healing message of Christ Jesus with them.

Article previously published March 12, 2013

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Guest We are pleased to present Notes from the Field authors, who are assistant committees and church members in the Southern California region; and Notes from The Mother Church authors, who are Committees from the United States and around the world, as well as the Federal Committee on Publication office.


  1. Dan Miller says

    Good advice….to not judge others, especially unjustly, for many have a “receptive heart.” Thanks.

  2. Belle says

    I especially liked the reference to sharing the Truth with someone who appears to be an unlikely candidate for it.

  3. says

    Well you know the old saying, “never judge a book by its cover” likewise we should never judge by the outward appearance either as Madelon so lovingly points out. If we are listening to the voice of God we shall know when to share and when not to. Thanks Madelon that was really great. :)

  4. Anne says

    I truly loved this post. It speaks to me of spiritual purpose, dedication, alertness, and most of all, a loving and receptive heart. These were my favorite sentences::

    “Be imbued with the spiritual inspiration that is alone from God….” And “It is what is in their hearts that matters.”

    I had an experience recently that was different from this Bible story, but in some way connects it for me. An individual, who accepted the Gospel message; then rejected it, and became very negative, presented a different situation. But the thought process in handling it was very similar to the points mentioned here.

    By mentally denouncing the opposing thought, waiting patiently, and being alert for opportunities to share inspiration without pushing a particular point of view, a heart was opened again to the word of God. And wonderful things are happening in this person’s life, and the credit is being given to God.

    Thank you so much for this lovely Bible story. I’m going to study Acts 13 more, just as soon as I type this final period.

  5. Anne from Agoura says

    In Mark 9 Jesus heals the boy with the dumb and deaf spirit after his disciples have failed. What is cool is that the disciples didn’t just give up and assume that only Jesus could heal. They asked what more they needed to know. Could it be that some people we meet who don’t seem to want to hear about healing spiritually are simply discouraged, and that a patient and loving listening to God would give us the words to rekindle their faith? How is God seeing them? That’s what matters.

  6. Sharon says

    Thank you for this post! It made me think of a Radical Act that I just listened to by Margaret Rogers. If you go to time4thinkers.com then to Radical Acts then to “You Are My Angel” you can hear it. Thanks again!