Here are a a few more excerpts from Darell Guder’s chapter, “Missional Witness,” in Missional Church. I’m reading this for Mission and Peace: The Church’s Ministry in the World.
The Synoptic Gospels identify three main tasks of Jesus before his crucifixion: preaching, teaching, and healing. (p. 133)
These activities… are also the vocation of Jesus’ disciples. (p. 133)
It is right to see healing in its broad sense–healing of the emotions, forgiveness of sin, peace, reconciliation, freedom, and restoration of justice and right relationships, as well as physical healing. (p. 134)
The first healing task of the church is to become a reconciled and reconciling community itself. It is a kind of demonstration project, a sign that kingdom living is possible. (p. 135)
The missional church is called not only to demonstrate healing among its own members but also to be a peacemaker and justice-maker in the world. The church is called to promote peace to those near and to those far off (Eph. 2:17 together with 2 Cor. 5:18-20). Where such healing happens, it is a sign of the nearness of the reign of God and an invitation into that reign. (p. 135)