River of Life is a faith and Word church which teaches and practices the New Testament example of prayer for the sick for healing. Sometimes referred to as “Divine Healing”, this is the practice of the laying on of hands and the anointing with oil for healing.
Divine healing is the act of God through Jesus Christ where a person is healed physically and/or delivered from emotional, mental, or spiritual infirmities. Most often, it is seen as a physical healing of sickness diseases, but it is not restricted to the physical.
In all Christian groups and churches where divine healing is taught and practised, it is always associated with the atoning work of Jesus Christ where, as the Bible teaches, He purchased healing for us by His death on the Cross.
Some of the verses in the Bible which show this truth are:-
Isaiah 53:5 "But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed.”
Matthew 8:16-17 "When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to Him (Jesus); and He drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. This was to fulfil what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases.”
1 Peter 2:24 "He (Jesus) Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; for by His wounds you have been healed."
James 5:14-15 "Is anyone among you sick? Let them call for the elders of the church to pray over them, and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord; And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well and the Lord will raise them up. If they have committed sins they will be forgiven." v 16 Therefore pray for each other that you may be healed.”
1 John 5:14 "And this is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us."
At River of Life Church we always endeavour to show care and compassion towards those who are suffering illness of any kind, and our desire is to follow the teachings of Jesus to relieve suffering and infirmity.