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Investigation On The Effectiveness Of The Ministry Of Deliverance In The Life Of A Christian

 

 Abstract

This study was on investigation on the effectiveness of the ministry of deliverance in the life of a Christian. The total population for the study is 200 members of selected churches in Uyo. The researcher used questionnaires as the instrument for the data collection. Descriptive Survey research design was adopted for this study. A total of 133 respondents made pastors, elders, deacons and members were used for the study. The data collected were presented in tables and analyzed using simple percentages and frequencies

 

TABLE OF CONTENT                     

Chapter One        

1.1     Background of the Study

1.2     Statement of problems

1.3     Purpose of study

1.4     Significance of the study

1.5     Research Question

1.6     Scope of the study

1.7     Definition of terms

Chapter Two       

Literature review

Chapter Three     

3.1     Research Methodology

3.2     Sample Study

3.3     Sample and Sampling

3.4     Sample Techniques

3.5     Research Instrument

3.6     Population

3.7     Administration of instrument

3.8     Method of analysis

Chapter Four       

Data Presentation and Analysis

Chapter Five        

Summary

Recommendations

Conclusion

References          

Appendix

  

 Chapter one

Introduction

  • Background of the study

The phenomenon of deliverance has become very common and central to the religious activities of most churches.  Kwabena J. Asamoah-Gyadu explains deliverance from a charismatic point of view as ‘the deployment of divine power and authority in the name or blood of Jesus perceived in pneumatological terms as the intervention of the Holy Spirit to provide release for demon-possessed, demon-oppressed, broken, disturbed and troubled persons in order that victims may be restored to proper functioning order, that is, to health and wholeness and being thus freed from demonic influence and curses, they may enjoy God’s fullness of life understood to be available in Christ. From this Charismatic Pentecostal perspective, healing and deliverance, is considered to be an avenue as well as the practice which employs certain Christian religious activities with the purpose of responding to the human existential needs

The Pentecostal “healing and deliverance” ministry has become popular in African contexts such as Nigeria because it takes the African worldviews of mystical causality seriously. This Christianity promises Christian alternatives to the search for security that drives people into the courts of other religious functionaries’. Contrasting the African nature of Charismatic Pentecostal churches with the western mission churches, Allan Anderson argued that the Charismatic Pentecostal churches are motivated by a desire to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of Africans, offering solutions to life’s problems and finding ways to cope with the threatening and anxieties of a hostile world. Some scholars have described Nigerian Charismatic Pentecostal Churches as some of the fastest growing churches in the past three decades. This rapid growth, according to Anderson, is attributed to the churches’ focus on making meaning of the contemporary existential problems that confront Christians through their contextualization approach. For these scholars, the Charismatic Pentecostal churches are experiencing this rapid growth because most of them are able to fashion out programmes that respond to the contextual needs of both members and non-members

One common practice in Charismatic and Pentecostal churches, which is fast spreading across Nigeria and the continent of Africa, is healing and deliverance. The extensive practice of healing and deliverance by Charismatic and Pentecostal churches is asserted to be one of the major contributing factors to church growth among these kinds of churches. Most of these Charismatic and Pentecostal Churches have been noted for exploring healing and deliverance as an evangelistic tool for the establishment and growth of their church denominations. The Global Evangelical Church (GEC) has also adopted appreciable levels of the Charismatic and Pentecostal features which are evident in the congregation of its religous activities. These activities include revival meetings, all-night prayer meetings, corporate prayer, Bible study, evangelism and mission, healing the sick, and casting out of demons. Most congregations of the GEC have a specific day set aside for the practice of healing and deliverance

Statement of the problem

Healing and deliverance has become very popular in Nigerian Charismatic/Neo-Pentecostal churches in recent times, with large numbers of people attending these activities. Upon observation, one gets the impression that those churches that practice healing and deliverance seems to be growing faster than those that do not practice the phenomenon, thereby suggesting that there might be a link between the practice of healing and deliverance and church growth. Congregations within the Global Evangelical Church (GEC) are not exceptions because this researcher has observed that those congregations within the GEC which combine the practice with other ministry gifts or whose minsters encourage and promote the practice, seems to be growing faster, at least numerically. However, there seems to be the paucity or lack of evidence-based research carried out in Ghana to draw the link between this practice and church growth. It is against this background that this study seeks to Investigate on the effectiveness of the ministry of deliverance in the life of a Christian

Objective of the study

The objectives of the study are;

  1. To discuss the concepts of ill-health, healing and deliverance as well as church growth
  2. To examine the belief and practice of healing and deliverance in Christian life
  3. To ascertain the relationship between healing and deliverance and church growth in Christian life
  4. To ascertain the effect of ministry of deliverance and Christian life

Research hypotheses

For the successful completion of the study, the following research hypotheses were formulated by the researcher;

H0there is no effect of ministry of deliverance and Christian life.

H1: there is effect of ministry of deliverance and Christian life.

 H02: there is no relationship between healing and deliverance and church growth in Christian life.

H2: there is relationship between healing and deliverance and church growth in Christian life

 Significance of the study

 The study will be very significant to students and Christian. The study will give a clear insight on the Investigation on the effectiveness of the ministry of deliverance in the life of a Christian. The study will also serve as a reference to others researchers that will embark on the related topic

Scope and limitation of the study

The researcher encounters some constrain which limited the scope of the study;

  1. a) AVAILABILITY OF RESEARCH MATERIAL: The research material available to the researcher is insufficient, thereby limiting the study
  2. b) TIME: The time frame allocated to the study does not enhance wider coverage as the researcher has to combine other academic activities and examinations with the study

Definition of Terms

Deliverance: the action of being rescued or set free.

Christian life: Being a Christian is not about keeping rules and regulations, performing rituals, or even going to church. It’s about a friendship a friendship with Jesus Christ. Jesus said that knowing him is the doorway to a special relationship with God.

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