FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF WARRINGTON'S DIVINE PURPOSE DISABILITY MINISTRY
Bishop Dr. James H. Miller, Sr.
THE ROLE OF THE CHURCH CONCERNING DISABILITY AND FULFILLING JESUS GREAT MANDATE ( LUKE 14).
Christians are to "Go quickly"(14:21) and brings those with disabilities into God's house so that His house may be fill!
Our vision is to value and display the supremacy of God in disability and suffering. God can and does use disability to bring glory to his name. Perhaps the best-known example of this is the man born blind whom Jesus healed. Christ said the man was not blind because of sin, “but that the works of God might be displayed in him” (John 9:1–3).
Our mission is to support and encourage the inclusion of people with disabilities and special needs in the life and work of the church while cultivating supportive, faith-building, Christ-exalting relationships of love.
Our goal is to end disability discrimination in God' s house by reaching out to people on an individual basis, striving to work with each person and his or her family/caregivers to find the best fit for both growing in faith and for exercising spiritual gifts.
INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY AND SALVATION
Divine Purpose Disability Ministry at First Baptist of Warrington is a ministry located in Pensacola, Florida. We welcome, accept, love, and invite our brothers and sisters affected by disabilities and their families to grant us the honor of worshiping together.
All are in need of Jesus free gift of salvation, including individuals and their families affected by disability ( John 3:16).
Faith is not primarily a matter of intellect. It involves our entire being to include our heart, our will, and our relationship with God (Ephesians 2:8-10).
Meet Dr. Winston E. Codling, "Dyslexic Minister"
Minister Dr. Winston E. Codling is living with a disability and has a 15-year-old son with intellectual and development disability disorder. He experienced churches having open doors to individuals like himself and his son, but the hearts of many in churches were not opened to receive him and his son and others with disabilities.
God inspired him concerning ministry to welcome, accept, love, join in fellowship, and support individuals and their families affected by disabilities. Minister Codling and his son Elijah found Godly acceptance, belonging, and inspiring support when God blessed him and his son to meet a Great Man of God Bishop Dr. James H. Miller, Sr. the Pastor of First Baptist Church of Warrington in Pensacola, Florida.
The Holy Spirit of God welcomes everyone into His church. Divine Purpose Disabilities Ministry provides a ray of light and hope by demonstrating Godly acceptance, love, and fellowship where everyone is included, especially our indispensable brothers and sisters affected by intellectual and developmental disabilities. Minister Codling believes that acceptance is having the courage to embrace God’s expressed different. He encourages churches to intentionally cross boundaries and break down barriers to build bridges that will bring people with disabilities to the love and hope found in Jesus Christ. The Lord's will, is that no one should perish, but all should come to repentance through hearing the preaching of God's Holy Words.
DISABILITY AND THE IMAGE OF GOD
All human beings are created in the image of God (Genesis 1: 26-27). Thus, all human beings, whatever their abilities or disabilities, are " image-bearers" of God, and capable of having a relationship with God. Our hope is to end disability discrimination, promote meaningful relationship in our church, and develop lasting connections with individuals and their families who are experiencing disabilities. Divine Purpose Ministry at First Baptist Church of Warrington welcomes everyone, especially our brothers and sisters affected by disabilities and their families to join us, as we fellowship and worship God together.
Our ministry’s aims are to fulfill the Great mandate as instructed by our Saver Jesus Christ to go out and bring in people affect by disabilities (Luke 14). Jesus instructed the church to reach the portion of population into His church that are not be reaching by churches.