Building Strong Foundations

Laying-on of Hands (Part 1)

In the Old Testament (OT), the laying on of hands was a cultural practice signifying transference of power or guilt, blessing, inheritance, honor, authority and leadership. In the New Testament (NT), the laying on of hands was a function of impartation, identification, confirmation, ministration of blessing and commissioning for ministry. This 2-part study will look at eight areas of impartation.

Areas of Impartation:

1. To Impart Sin to a Sacrificial Offering. (OT only)

This was performed by the person making the offering – priests and elders, (on behalf of the whole congregation).

Why did they lay hands on these animals and sacrifice them?

Why don’t we lay hand on animals and sacrifice them today?

2. To Impart Wisdom and Honor or Authority (often to the next generation).

What was passed on to Joshua?

How was this done?

3. To Impart Anointing.

In Hebrew anointing means to “smear oil with the hand.”

What anointing was imparted in each of these examples?

4. To Minister Healing.

Who can lay hands and pray for healing?

Should we expect people to be healed?

5. To Minister the Baptism in the Holy Spirit.

What happened during the laying on of hands in these examples?


Have you received the Baptism in the Holy Spirit?

If you have never received the Holy Spirit power on your life, ask your leader to lay hands on you to impart the Baptism in the Holy Spirit.


Based on your understanding of the laying-on of hands, how can you serve those who are sick and hurting?

Prayer Model

Lord Jesus, thank You for Your anointing and for the Holy Spirit that lives in me. Please use me. Use my hands and my life to impart blessing to others, and especially the next generation.

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