BIOL 101 BIOL101 BIOL/101 MODULE 8 Assignment INDIVIDUALASSIGNMENT 4 INSTRUCTIONS Ecological Encounters 1. Should stewardship principles be taughtin the Church? Following a morning church service, you enter the foyer and overhear a discussion that you decide to join. Bert: â€¦so we really, really need to get the message out to the world that we are selfishly ruining our environment. Politically important people are exploiting poor people and the environment itself. This is not what Jesus would do. Herbie: Well, I think Jesus went about teaching the Kingdom of God, not saving the environment. When people are walking down a road that leads to continuous torment and death, how much time should you spend teaching them to repair the road theyâ€™re walking on? These issues are distracting. Sally: Well, regardless of which road youâ€™re walking on, you make little choices each day about how you will walk that road. Bert: Good point. Jesus walked that road. He probably had one suit, simple food, a borrowed mattress to sleep on, and no recreational vehicle to drive. So He was making choices that we donâ€™t think about enough. Herbie: (sighâ€¦) To get people to think about those choices, you have to change their hearts first. You must communicate the gospel to people. When they are healed, then the Spirit of Christ will point them to less ecologically extravagant choices. Sally: But Herbie, is that really happening in our churches? Are new converts just naturally choosing more environmentally responsible patterns? Donâ€™t we need to help them with this? Jesus said to make disciples. Doesnâ€™t that mean teaching them on a variety of issues? Bert:If weâ€™re visibly out there being environmentally protective and responsible, people will ask: â€œWhy is your church doing this stuff?â€ It will just be natural to share our story of conversion to following Christ and caring about the new priorities He builds into our hearts. Herbie: Bert, I donâ€™t think people will ask that question. They will assume weâ€™re selfishly trying to save the turf we live on just like some of them do. Itâ€™s like, youâ€™re doing a good thing but thereâ€™s nothing particularly spiritual about it. The world wants to save the planet. We want to save people. Sally: Herbie, I think God wants us to do both. So, how do we get the world to see us making good environmental choices while they hear us proclaiming salvation through Christ and new life in Him? You decide to chime in, but which response below is yours, a) or b)? a) We really need to focusonour original mandate from Jesus: preaching the gospel.As people come to faith in Christ, many questions including some regarding environmental issues may arise and we can answer their questions naturally as they come up, one-on-one. b) We need to â€œgo into the world and make disciples.â€ As people come to faith in Christ, we must begin to disciple them. They must be taught how their faith in Christ as Redeemer and Creatorapplies to their use of the environment. This is just part of the whole picture. In Blackboard, open the assignment link. Within the text box, type a â€œ1.â€ followed by either a) or b) above, depending on which response you agree with. Then, add a single densely-crafted sentence (about 20 words) defending your choice while modifying it slightly if you wish to.Then, keep reading: Herbie has left the discussion a bit frustrated. His wife is anxious to get to the restaurant they have reservations at. Ethel hears people talking and decides to come over and join in. 2. How would you teach stewardship principles in the Church? Sally:What if we start a new Sunday morning focus group before church where we could talk about these issuesâ€”you knowâ€”define them a bit and air them out? Bert: No, no, no, noâ€¦The worst offenders will not join that group.
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