The phrase, “the works of God,” appears six times in the English Standard Version of the Bible. Here are two examples:
- Psalm 78:5-8 He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children, that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments; and that they should not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation whose heart was not steadfast, whose spirit was not faithful to God.
- John 9:1-3 As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.”
Both scripture passages are relevant for this site. All contributors to this site (with the exception of some invited guests) are members of Bethlehem Baptist Church and have a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all people through Jesus Christ. As such, we want to live out Psalm 78 because we want all to know, and especially the next generation, that the best thing, especially for the outcast and the suffering, is to treasure Jesus and “to set their hope in God.”
And because God is infinitely good and kind and righteous, we also rejoice that he intentionally creates some to live with disabilities for his glory and for our good. John 9 clearly states a wonderful and hard truth: God creates some to live with a disability so that his works can be displayed more clearly and more gloriously.
We also hope that people from all over the world will feel welcome to read and to comment. Bethlehem Baptist Church is one small part of God’s global church. We hope to learn from others and we hope to offer something of worth with regards to disability, God’s goodness, and his church.