Today's Foundations Devotional: Why the laying on of hands is a foundation doctrine of the Christian faith


Memory verse:

Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them

away. So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit...

(Acts 13:3-4a)


In closing this week, let me enumerate the five main purposes indicated in the New Testament for the laying on of hands:

1) to minister healing to the sick

2) to help those seeking the baptism in the Holy Spirit

3) to impart spiritual gifts

4) to send out apostles and

5) to ordain deacons and elders in a local church

In order to understand these five uses of laying on of hands, we have examined the pattern of daily life and administration of a local church, as revealed in the New Testament.

If we now sum up the lessons learned in the last three weeks that have been devoted to the laying on of hands, we see that this ordinance has a close and vital connection with many important aspects of the Christian life and ministry.

It is directly connected with the ministry of healing; with the equipping of believers for active witness through the baptism in the Holy Spirit; and with the commissioning of specially called Christian workers. It is often associated with the gift of prophecy. It also strengthens the life of the local church in two ways: spiritually, through the impartation of spiritual gifts; and practically, through the appointment of deacons and elders.

For all these reasons, the ordinance of laying on of hands logically takes its place in Hebrews 6:2 among the great foundation doctrines of the Christian faith.



Thank You Father for the special awareness that the Church as we

know it today is not a human-driven institution, but a work initiated

and directed by You, in which You use people as living stones to build

Your Church. Amen.


For a complete study of all the patterns of the New Testament

Church, we recommend Derek’s extensive and detailed book

Rediscovering God’s Church.

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