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What is the basic doctrine of "laying on of hands" mentioned in Hebrews 6:2?

First, let's examine Hebrews 6:1-2:
Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, Of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
(Heb. 6:1-2 NKJ)
The laying on of hands is when we place our hands on another person and expect God to release His power through our hands.

Acts 13:2-3 (NKJ) explains the first of three purposes for the laying on of hands.
As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, "Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them." Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away.
( Acts 13:2-3; also Acts 6:6 NKJ)
When people are placed into five-fold ministry positions (Eph. 4:11), or leadership positions of any type (Rom. 12:3-8), the laying on of hands is required as anointings and gifts are imparted during this time.

The second purpose is noted in Acts 8:17 "Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit" (also Acts 19:6 NKJ).

One way, but not the only way, for a Christian to be filled with the Spirit is through the laying on of hands. When we lay hands in faith on a Christian, the Holy Spirit will come upon them.

The final purpose for the laying on of hands is to bring healing to a person (Mark 6:5; 7:32-35; 8:22-25; Acts 5:12; 28:8-9).

Some men and women of God are called into healing ministries and have special anointings which are released as they lay hands on the sick.

However, all Christians can and should practice laying hands on the sick, expecting the healing power of God to be released as they do this (Mark 16:17-18).

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Joseph Cameneti
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Joe Cameneti Sr. is the lead pastor of Believers Church, located in his hometown of Warren, Ohio. Pastor Joe, along with his wife Gina, pioneered Believers Church in 1983 following his graduation from Bible School. In addition to leading a thriving local church, Pastor Joe is the host of a weekly show called "BCTV." The program is aired locally, reaching over 30,000 people each month. Pastor Joe is a gifted communicator, skilled in the art of building bridges to unchurched America. Transparent and authentic, you'll walk away challenged and encouraged to connect with God in a deeper way.

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