Faith and Health in the Bible

by Dr. Scott Morris and Susan Martins Miller

 

A health class at church? What is that about? It’s about engaging with a fundamental dimension of the gospel. Jesus cares about making and keeping people well. Since its early centuries, the church has expressed compassion for the poor through health ministries. More recently, though, we have separated our health and our faith into distinct compartments that rarely intersect. Jesus said he came so we can have abundant life. In Body and Spirit: Faith and Health in the Bible, we explore the gospels to discover the connection between spirituality and wellness. The Bible has a lot to say about this connection. This is not just a class for health nuts. This is a class for everyone seeking to discover how to connect your health and your faith now. Filled with thought-provoking questions, this study will serve as a starting point for conversation about health ministry in your church setting as well as your community.

 

About the Authors

Rev. G. Scott Morris, MD is a family practice physician and ordained United Methodist minister who founded the Church Health Center in Memphis, Tennessee. The center, formed in 1987 to provide quality health care for working, uninsured people, has grown to become the largest faith-based clinic of its type in the United States with more than 36,000 patient visits per year. He is the author of God, Health, and Happiness: Discover Wholeness in Body and Spirit

Susan Martins Miller is a staff writer for the Church Health Center. She has authored more than 50 books for children and adults, including serving as the collaborative writer for God, Health, and Happiness. Prior to joining the Church Health Center in 2012, she was a full-time freelance writer for seven years. She lives in Colorado with her husband and two twenty-something children.

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