Healing Inside Out
To the people of Israel who were suffering, God revealed his name, “Jehovah Rapha”(God of healing), and God said, “ I am the Lord who heals you.”(Exodus 15:26). God’s healing comes always in a holistic way in the body, mind, and spirit, restoring the relationship with God.
“Healing Inside Out,” is a new spiritual and cultural sermon series in September for five Sundays based on themes explored in the Christian novel, “The Shack.” It is a story of a man named Mackenzie, “Mack”, who was raised in an abused environment by his alcoholic father. He would see his father beating his mother and himself, and resentment grew inside of him at a young age. One day he put poison into his father’s liquor bottles, and ran out of the house to live his own life.
He grew to adulthood, married a Christian wife, and they had three children. But inside of him, there is always a pressure from anger, shame and guilt, from which he would have nightmares frequently. Outwardly he lives a happy life, though inwardly he lives in hurt and pains. Then one tragic day, his youngest daughter, “Missy,” is kidnapped and killed by a baby serial killer. “Missy,” was his fifth victim. This “Great Sadness,” made his life unbearable. He was so pre-occupied with the misery of the past that he lost sight of God in life.
By a mysterious invitation from God, his healing process begins. He is encountered by the Trinity, God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God challenges him lovingly in regard to his past experiences in life, his emotional burden, his spiritual blindness. And God leads him to experience a redeemed perspective on human suffering, forgiveness, love, and hope. God helps him to realize that God is bigger than he thought God was. God’s love is greater than human messiness.
The sermon series begins on Sep.10. We invite you all to this opportunity to know God better, God’s healing amidst human suffering and guilt so that we can grow strong in faith. Invite your friends so that they can experience God’s healing with you.
“He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities, the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.” (Isiah 53:5)
Peace of Christ