Nurturing: Definition: Care for and encourage the growth or development
Here at Fresh Wind we define it this way...
Nurturing: Cultivating growth in others.
1 Thessalonians 2:7-12 - Although we could have been a burden as Christ’s apostles, instead we were gentle among you, as a nursing mother nurtures her own children. We cared so much for you that we were pleased to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us. For you remember our labor and hardship, brothers. Working night and day so that we would not burden any of you, we preached God’s gospel to you. You are witnesses, and so is God, of how devoutly, righteously, and blamelessly we conducted ourselves with you believers. As you know, like a father with his own children, we encouraged, comforted, and implored each one of you to walk worthy of God, who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.
We break up the soil, we feed and fertilize, and we water with the living water of Christ and let the Son shine.
That growth is so that you walk worthy of God, referenced in Vs 12: implored each one of you to walk worthy of God
Here at A Fresh Wind we don’t want to burden you.
"working night and day so that we would not burden any of you" (V9)
You can’t put a barbell on a tomato plant and expect it to grow.
"You are witnesses, and so is God, of how devoutly, righteously, and blamelessly we conducted ourselves with you believers." (V10)
We want to be honest and not manipulate. When you make a decision for Christ here, it’s your decision not ours.
The leadership of this Church strives to live this for you.
3 things that cultivate Growth in Christians
"We encouraged, comforted, and implored each one of you to walk worthy of God." (V12)
1. We encourage
If you want something to grow, it needs encouragement
So many people think shame works. IT NEVER WORKS. You can’t shame your spouse, your kids, or anyone into growth.
"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up as you are already doing." -1 Thessalonians 5:11
We know this. It’s foundational of who we are as a church. It’s God’s loving-kindness that brings us to repentance.
2. We comfort
The only way we can develop and sustain relationships with each other is to stay when the tough times come and be comforting.
That’s why life groups are important. We live life together, so we can cultivate growth in comfort. Why is that important? Because when you are hurting, you want to quit.
"All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us." -2 Corinthians 1:3-4
You might say, "I don’t need a life group." Your life group needs you.
"Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too." -Philippians 2:3
3. We implore
We hold each other accountable.
We push. We don’t give up.
"But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into Him who is the head—Christ." -Ephesians 4:15
Sometimes, we have to hear the hard truth if we are going to grow.
There some things in our lives that we can’t see that are detrimental to growth. Blind spots that we need others to point out.
Summary: We believe in the value of Nurturing. Cultivating growth in others. We are not going to let you roll around in the same misery, the same excuses, and the same failure. We are going to cultivate growth through encouragement, comfort, and accountability. We want each one of you to walk worthy of God.