The laying on of hands

Rev'd Canon Henry Blair
Sun 8th Oct 2017

Numbers 27:18-23

Luke 6:6-19 

 

Life Group guidelines

 “Christian Basics: Elementary Teachings”

The Laying on of Hands

(READINGS: Hebrews 6:1, 2; Numbers 27:18-23; Luke 6:6-19)

 

● What images initially come to mind when you think of the “laying on of hands”?   

 

   And where do you think these images come from?

 

● Have you ever been prayed for with the “laying on of hands” and if so why did

 

    that happen and did anything happen to you as a result?

 

● Some of the reasons why hands were laid on people and they were prayed for

 

    included: to confer a blessing, to set someone apart for particular service, to

 

    heal, to release the Holy Spirit and His gifts.  Which of these do you most

 

    desire, want, hope for, need… for yourself in your Christian life at the moment?

 

● Some of the reasons why hands were laid on people and they were prayed for

 

    included: to confer a blessing, to set someone apart for particular service, to

 

    heal, to release the Holy Spirit and His gifts.  In which of these ways would you

 

   most like God to use you in and why? 

 

● If you have found it difficult to decide on the last question – perhaps you have

 

   said that you couldn’t do any or even that you don’t want to… what might this

 

   say about your development as a Christian if you are neglecting that which is

 

   most elementary?  How may you move on to then do what is considered

 

   elementary?

 

● How could you imagine as an individual or a Life Group including prayer with

 

   the laying on of hands more in everyday life?  And how could you,

 

   as a Life Group support each other in doing that? 

 

● How might this be expressed in Life Group meetings?

 

● How can a Christian best be prepared for this particular ministry?

 

 

 

The WORD – A FACILITATED GROUP BIBLE STUDY

This is not a regular-style Bible Study presented by the leader.  It is an opportunity for all to participate and share thoughts on the particular passage.  The leader (facilitator) guides the discussion so that everyone experiences God (hears from Him) and knows what experience they will take away with them.  The emphasis is on practical application of the Bible to people’s lives personally, and to the group as a whole.  The leader must become skilled in involving every member in discussion without embarrassing them, while staying on course to fulfil the teaching goal and ensuring that every person leaves with a positive experience that they can work out practically.