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TOPIC: Health Care (RCCG Sunday School Manual For Young Adults And Youths (YAYA)

MEMORY VERSE: “But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.” – Matthew 9:12

BIBLE PASSAGE: Luke 10:30-35 (KJV)

30 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.

31 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.

32 And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.

33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,

34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.

35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.

INTRODUCTION: Healthcare is the maintenance or improvement of health via the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, illness, injury, and other physical/mental impairments in human beings. The Bible is definitely pro-health and encourages us to take care of ourselves when we are sick. Proper attention should be given to any ailing parts of our bodies (Isaiah 1:5-6). The goal is to keep the body fit, as much as possible, in order to fulfil the purpose of living, serving and glorifying the Lord (Isaiah 38:19).

 

LESSON OUTLINES:

  1. BIBLICAL INSTANCES

  2. THE RIGHT APPROACH

1 BIBLICAL INSTANCES

Seeking medical attention should not be viewed as demonic, lack of faith, or carnal. There are scriptural prescriptions as well as contemporary medical interventions that do not just bring about quick relief but also save lives (Isaiah 38:21) – ultimately, God heals (Exodus 15:26). The Bible mentions various medical processes/treatments. For instance, people applied bandages and ointments to wounds (Isaiah 1:6); oil and wine were used as healing agents (James 5:14; Luke 10:34; 1Timothy 5:23); balm was also applied on sick people (Jeremiah 8:22). This also implies that medical technological advancements, modern surgery, therapies or pharmaceuticals are not unbiblical. The gap lies in the fact that, when the Bible was written, those treatments had not yet been invented (Daniel 12:4; Isaiah 33:6).

CLASS ACTIVITY 1: Students should state at least one reason why some believers reject medical assistance.

2. THE RIGHT APPROACH

There are several provisions at our disposal to improve or correct our health. Preventive healthy habits such as eating and sleeping well, drinking enough water, and doing regular exercises will steadily improve anyone’s health. Christians should not hesitate to visit or consult with the appropriate medical practitioners when the need arises (Proverbs 11:14). Maternal health care is essential for pregnant women. Immunisation of children, against strange diseases/epidemics, should not be taken for granted. It is also good to participate in healthcare insurance plans.

We should however avoid patronising Quacks, Magicians, or witchdoctors (Leviticus 19:31; Deuteronomy 18:10). Our ultimate faith and trust should be in God and not in medical experts or medicine (Mark 5:25-26). All medical processes/treatments should be committed unto God before, during, and after. Physicians care, and God heals (Psalms 103:3; 107:20).

CLASS ACTIVITY 2: Students should mention at least one danger of patronising quacks.

CONCLUSION: If we lack wisdom and let our bodies fall into disrepair, we risk sudden sickness or injury that can take us out of God’s purpose for living. Be intentional about your health.

QUESTIONS:

  1. What is health care?

  2. What are the right approaches to health care?

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