Monday, July 24, 2017

Nature versus Nurture

THE NATURE v. NURTURE DEBATE is the scientific, cultural, and philosophical debate about whether human culture, behavior, and personality are caused primarily by nature or nurture. Truthfully, I’m not 100% sure on which side of the debate I am. This one thing I know, man and woman, in their basic nature, are sinful and broken (listen to my message, “Foundations: The Human Condition” online at www.feltonbiblechurch.org) Therefore, it is safe to say that if nature is what causes our development it had better be supplemented by some sort of nurture that can move us from bad to better. I believe that God, His Word, and His church are best suited to move humanity to a more positive state of being.

Here at Felton Bible Church one of our Four Values that helps us strive to meet our Vision and Mission, is that of Nurture (Value of Sanctuary in a previous Shepherd’s Staff) We believe one of the key reasons that the church exists is to help people return to the original plan that God had for them; to be a people created in His Image (Genesis 1:26-27) and to live out His Image in the midst of His creation. This nurture begins as we respond with faith to God’s gift of grace in the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus. His death and resurrection not only redeem us but also reconcile us to God so that we can represent His love and grace to the world.

Being a place of nurture requires that we create various places of learning, and along with the learning, spaces where people can be touched by the love of God. Nurture is as much about the environment in which you learn as much as it the things you learn. The Apostle Paul admonished Timothy, “But as for you, continue in what you have learned and become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it.(2 Timothy 3:14) And Paul encourages his readers, “Whatever you have learned or received or seen in me--put into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.(Philippians 4:9)

Therefore, as we seek to nurture one another in Christ, let us give heed to the words scrolled upon the back wall of our sanctuary, “Speak Truth. Love Well.” As we encourage one another to grow in the truth of God’s Word and to reflect the image of Jesus Christ, let us do so walking side by side, hand in hand encompassed in God’s love.

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