1. Does your church favour and honour the weak above the strong. Yes or No? If yes list 3 ways?
2. Does your church attempt to maintain an equal representation of people with and without visible disabilities in your congregation and leadership team. Yes or No? And does your church give people with disabilities an equal opportunity to serve and minister within your church?
3. How many people with visible and invisible disabilities attend your church? Does your church segregrate people with disabilities into separate services and programs? Are people with disabilities first or last in your church?
4. Does your church have an active invitation ministry geared towards reaching the disability community. Yes or No? or does your church equally invite, welcome and include people with disabilities?
Test your church's level of inclusivness towards people with disabilities
5. Does your church regularly practice the Biblical mandate of inclusion as given by Jesus in Luke 14:12, 21, 23 to invite, bring and compel people with disabilities to come to all our gatherings. Yes or No?
6. Does your church show favoritism based on human excellence, accomplishments, appearance and abilitiess?. Yes or No?
7. Does your church honour "the least among us as the greatest in God''s Kingdom". Yes or No? If yes list 3 ways your church puts people with disabilities first in your church?
8. List 3 ways your church is practicing becoming as weak to the weak?
What is your Score?
6 Yes= Excellent
3 Yes= Satisfactory
2 or less Yes= Needs improvement
Who does your church favour and honour?
Who does the World Favour and Honour
1. The Strong and Powerful
2. The Smart and Educated
3. The Beautiful and Talented
4. The Successful and Rich
5. The greatest among us or Famous
Who does God Favour and Honour
1. The Weak and Disabled
2. The Meek and Poor in Spirit
3. Children and the Humble
4. The Pure in Heart
5. The Least among us or Unknown
Who does your Church favour and Honour?
What's your Score?
5 points under God's List=Excellent
3 points under God's list= Good
1 or more points under the World's
list= Needs Improvement
We should have God's view regarding human weaknesses and disabilities and not show favortism towards the strong
1 Corinthians 1:25-29- 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.
-Compare 2 Cor 4:7 “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.
26 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth.
27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.
28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not —to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him.-
-Compare to James 4:6 “God gives grace to the humble but resists the proud”
1 Corinthians 12:23-26 "And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty, 24 but our presentable parts have no need. But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it, 25 that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. 26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it".
2 Cor 4:7 "But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us".
Matthew 11:11 & Luke 7:28-“Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet whoever is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he".
1 Sam 16:7 "God does not look on the outward appearance but on the heart".
James 2:1-26 "My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him? ...
1 Corinthians 6:4 "If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church"
Corinthians 9:22 "To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some".
How does your church view and relate to people with disabilities?
5 Different Views
1. The first is to react of the disabled with fear of their "abnormal" behavior or disfiguration, to say they are a disorder, and as a result to reject them and seek to get rid of them. This was Hitler's reaction. The Isolation View
2. The second view is more widespread: the disabled are human beings, but they are pitiful little fellows whom we should take care of in big institutions. This was a common reaction in the late nineteenth century. The Institutional View
3. The third involves getting to know the disabled, understanding their needs and responding with competence. This attitude seeks to help them to grow, recognizing that they are not just pitiable but they are human beings like us, who elicits respect and compassion. You find this reaction a lot in places like Canada, where we have integrated schools and so on. People with disabilities can grow in maturity and autonomy if they are helped and respected. Over 90% of people and organizations are at this stage. Many special needs or disability ministries foster this kind of separated inclusion approach by segregating people with disabilities into their own services and programs and not fully and regularly integrating them into the regular worship services, events programs of the church. Inclusion is a concept or program but not a personal reality. The In-service View
4. The fourth view is wonderment and thanksgiving: we discover that, by becoming close to disabled people and entering an authentic relationship with them, they transform us. They help us to move from the desire for personal success and power to a desire to be with those who are weak and help them to be just as they are, knowing that we receive as much or even more than we give. The Identification View
5. In the fifth view, which is close to the fourth, we see the face of God within the disabled. Their presence is a sign of God, who has chosen "the foolish things in order to confound the strong, the proud, and so-called wise of our world". And so those we see as weak or marginalized are, in fact, the most worthy and powerful among us: they bring us closer to God. They turn our world upside down! Jesus commands us to follow this view. The Inspirational View
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