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Daily Living – Episode 55 – Tommy Campbell

Daily Living – Episode 55 – Tommy Campbell

What Makes A Healthy Christian?


Read: James 5:16

“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”

What makes a healthy Christian? That’s a pretty vague question with a lot of correct answers. While there are many things that Scripture teaches are essential for a healthy Christian life, there is one key element that sometimes gets lost in our individualistic Western culture: community. As overused as the term may be in the American church today, I do believe that community is an essential part of a believer’s spiritual health.

Toward the end of his letter, James discusses the power and importance of prayer within the local church. In James 5:16, he tells believers to “confess [their] sins to one another and pray for one another” so that they may be healed. While “healing” in this verse most likely refers to physical healing, the concepts of both physical and spiritual health are present in this section of the letter.

A key principle is found in these verses: Christian health and growth happen in the context of community, through the means of confession and prayer.

Sanctification is designed to happen in the context of community. That’s why the local church is the foundation of God’s work in the lives of his people and in the world. We are not meant to struggle or suffer alone. Having other believers that we can confess our sin to and who can pray for us is a beautiful gift that God has given to us for our physical and spiritual health as we follow Jesus in this life.