Acute Shepherding 1

Series: Acute Shepherding
Presenter: Chuck Gianotti

Part 1 of a series on pastoral visitation for people who are sick, hospitalized or shut-in.

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Remember It

Contemplate these questions, then click on each question to see the answer.
1. What are the main things we want to accomplish in visiting the sick and shut in?
Help them find the Lord in the midst of their circumstances and walk in His way.
2. What is the best way to discern a person’s spiritual need?
Prayer and asking questions.
3. Why is it presumptuous and even dangerous to claim healing for the person?
God may not heal the person, but is doing something else in their life.

Discuss It

  1. What spiritual needs do you think older people have when they are sick and shut in?
  2. How would you respond to a person with terminal cancer who claims they will be healed?
  3. What are the dangers of leading a person to believe God will heal them if only they believe enough?

Apply It

  1. If you are not an elder, talk with an elder and ask about his view of why God allows/causes suffering.
  2. If you are an elder, consider taking a survey of your congregation. Ask the following questions: a) If you were sick, what would be the best way for someone to spiritually encouragement you, b) What kind of practical help would help ease the difficulty, and c) What would not want for people to do or say? Either ask the whole congregations or ask at least 10 people. Be prepared to summarize your findings.