SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY IN TRINITY
October 8, 2017
SUB-THEME/6: EVIDENCES OF A HEALED LAND.
TOPIC: Social Healing
TEXT: Jer. 33:10-14; Isa. 11:1-10
1. be able to define social healing in the context of a godly society;
2. be willing to promote the factors that aid social healing; and
3. look up to God for widespread social healing in Nigeria and our communities.
Social healing brings about reconstruction among men, brethren, nations etc. It consists in the rebuilding of social structures broken down; consideration for one another; hating and avoiding social vices; marriages happening across the barriers of social classes and tribe with no one rejecting others. Then men will be happy and comfortable with one another. As we study, let us pray and expect such in our church congregations and country.
1. How will you explain “social healing,” especially in relation to Isa 11:1-10?
2. Describe the practical change, restructuring, etc. that constitute social healing (that is, the positive social changes we expect to see after the divine healing of a land). Jer. 33:10-18; Isa 2:11; 11:3, 4, 11-14.
3. What impact have these expected changes had on a land previously? Isa 2:4; 32:17, 18.
4. a. Why/how can Christians promote these changes that are expected? Matt 5:13 - 16; II Cor. 5:20; II Tim 4:2; I Tim 4:12.
b. How can we deal with the forces that seek to obstruct or prevent these changes?
The condition for peaceful, joyful, flourishing and lovely society is the great move of the Spirit. When God heals a land, kidnapping, armed robbery, prostitution, fraud, etc will be reduced; delayed marriages will become infrequent; intertribal clashes will end. Let us therefore remain fervent in prayers for Nigeria until her divine social healing happens.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT:
Righteous living brings social justice and heals wounds.