Book review: Preach and Healby Becky Hardy, Registered Nurse
When a physician gave me a copy of the book Preach and Heal: A Biblical Model for Missions, he told me it would change my outlook on missions and my life in general. He was indeed correct.
In the book, Dr. Charles Fielding writes that we often compartmentalize healing ministries and evangelistic ministries. We specialize in the familiar discipline from which we come.
As a nurse, it is quite easy for me to see and want to meet physical, emotional and social needs. It is what I know. I was surprised to find that Fielding had a window into my heart and revealed to me that I do not feel as confident to allow God to continue leading me through that physical ministry door to the most meaningful healing ministry of all: sharing the gospel. Connecting people to Christ is our life purpose.
Christ modeled meeting physical needs, but He did not stop there. He shared who He was and why He came — to give us living water. What a superior gift we have!
Fielding challenges us to see to see the next step and to combine both healing and preaching much more seamlessly. He shares examples of how Christ and His early disciples modeled this as God gave them opportunities.
By sharing several rich experiences in his book, Fielding opens our eyes and hearts to some of the practical strategies that he has seen God "hijack" for His purposes to bring "salvation to everyone who believes" (Romans 1:16).
Healing and preaching are two sides of the same coin. We need both sides together. The question is, "Will I put all I am in God's hands and be His instrument to heal and preach?"