FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF WARRINGTON'S DIVINE PURPOSE DISABILITY MINISTRY
Bishop Dr. James H. Miller, Sr.
"Discrimination against people with disabilities must end in the house of God."
"For the time has come that judgment must begin at the house of God; and if it first begins with us, what shall the end be of them that do not obey the gospel of God? (1 Peter 4:17)
Biblical teaching calls us to end disability discrimination. God
prohibits unjust discrimination (Lev.19:14-15; Deut.27:18; Acts 6:1; James 2:1-9). Well before the ADA existed, the Bible said we are responsible for what we build and what we do (Ex. 21:33-34; Deut. 22: 8; 1Cor. 8:13; 9:27).
The Americans with Disabilities Act does not promote caring for people with disabilities; rather it prohibits causing harm.
At First Baptist Church of Warrington, we honor the God-given dignity and gifts of people with disabilities (EX. 4:10-12). We recognize, honor, and affirm the God-given full humanity and personhood of all individuals with mental, physical, developmental, neurological, and psychological conditions or disabilities as full members of the family of God (John 3:16; 2 Corinthians 5:14-15; .1 Timothy 4:10; Hebrews 2:9).
Most of us do not want to think, talk, teach or preach about disability. Many times, in churches we hide or deny our own hidden impairments, including disabilities challenges, frailty, and pain. For most congregations, universal design and accommodation may seem to be at odds with the most efficient means for reaching the most people with the gospel. However, fulfilling the Great Commission cannot neglect the great commandment to love one another (Luke 10:27-37; 1 John 4:20).
God's inclusive church, is one which enables, empowers, and engages all persons within the worshipping community, regardless of ability (1 Corinthians 12:12-31). This stems from a belief that God has created us as equally valued people in His image. “Let us create man in OUR Image” (Gen 1:26). The image of God is best reflected in community; We are one community of God’s living breath (Gen 2:7).
God told Moses that He was the source of Moses slowness of speech, and other forms of disabilities (Exodus 4:10-11). Jacobs had a disability (Gen 32). Even through the ROOF, together we will connect with Jesus (Mark 2:1-5). The man who was blind for the Glory of God (John 9:3). Mephibosheth was lame in both feet but continually ate at King David's table (2 Samuel 9:1-13). Together as God’s people we must live out the great mandate of Luke 14:18-21.
Everyone belongs in the church because God loves all of us. We are meant to work together as one unit, one body (1 Corinthians 12)
Think biblically about disability and the church as an inclusive ministry. An inclusive ministry is one which loves, enables, empowers, and engages all persons within the worshipping community, regardless of ability. This stems from a belief that God has created us as equally valued people in His image. “Let us create man in OUR Image” (Gen 1:26). The image of God is best reflected in community; We are one community of God’s living breath (Gen 2:7).
Even through the ROOF, together we will connect with Jesus (Mark 2:1-5). The man blind for the Glory of God (John 9:3). Mephibosheth lame in but eat continually at King David’s table (2 Samuel 9:1-13). Together as God’s people we must live out the great mandate of Luke 14:18-21.
Divine Purpose disability Ministry is a Christ-centered purposeful ministry at First Baptist Church of Warrington in Pensacola, Florida. Our aim is to fulfill the " The Go out and Bring them in Mandate." Our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ Mandated the Church to intentionally include and fully embrace individuals affected by disabilities in His house (The Church). Luke 14:21
All people, including those with disabilities, are created in God’s image and have sacred worth. We believe that it is vital to the body of Christ to celebrate the spiritual gifts of people with disabilities and incorporate them into the life of the church. 1 Corinthians 12:22
Our ministry invites individuals with disabilities and their families to join our family, fellowship and worship. We also provide support by helping to break down questions and hindrances regarding church attendance, worship, and disabilities.
First Baptist Church of Warrington's Divine Purpose Disability Ministry is a Christ-centered ministry servicing the disability communities in and around Pensacola, Florida.