I still remember someone handed me a few tapes of John Wimber, founder of the Vineyard movement, about healing the sick. I was in school at an Assemblies of God bible college and here a professor was handing me some Wimber teaching.
Now, it was not completely foreign to me as I spent quite a few years at Metro Christian Fellowship in Kansas City that use to be a Vineyard church.
What was interesting about Wimber’s teaching on healing was the focus on compassion more than faith. He believed that there was something to be said about the passages that said, “Jesus was deeply moved with compassion.”
Over the next few days, I listen to the teachings and I was deeply convicted about my lack of concern for people that I prayed for. I was full of faith and I believed God healed them all. I loved the Jack Coe model to be quite honest. I was not much for compassionate ministry.
However, this journey with some old tapes soften my heart a little to operate from a place of empathy for those struggle. It is not always as simple as just “Be healed in Jesus name.”
The call to Compassion of Jesus
Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, (Philippians 2:1-3)