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Jesus said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.’Mark 16:15

Table of Contents:

Creation Care Scripture Guide
Creation Care Sermon Topics
Creation Care Sermon Outlines
Creation Care Sermons
Worship
Service Learning Activities
Establishing Local Church Partnerships

 

Creation Care Scripture Guide

Scripture Guide: The Bible is the foundational narrative for Christian faith and practice. It tells the story of God’s creating the heavens and the earth and of God’s loving care in redeeming a fallen people and restoring creation to its pristine beauty so that it can once again glorify the Creator. As such it is replete with references to the creation and to the interconnected relations among God, humans, and the creation.

 

Creation Care Sermon Topics:

When setting out to preach on creation care, there is a multitude of topics to discuss.  Below is a list of possible topics to consider for creation care sermons.

  • Creation care and its effect on the poor
  • Pollution
  • Found in nature:
    • Water
    • Wind
    • Earth
    • Fire
    • Light
    • Soil
    • Heavens
    • Animals
    • Cosmos
    • Trees
  • Sabbath
  • Simplicity/materialism
  • Time
  • Work
  • Stewardship
  • Food
  • Love
  • Climate change
  • Mountain top removal
  • God’s glory revealed in creation
  • God’s nature
  • Lifestyle/paradigm shift
  • Social justice
  • Urbanization
  • Environmental degradation
  • Landfills/toxic waste dumps à Valley of Hinnom
  • Globalization
  • Chemicals – mercury, lead, etc.
  • Public health
  • Transportation
  • Irrigation
  • Energy
  • Coal
  • Agriculture/farming
  • Greed
  • Tragedy of the commons
  • Gardens (Eden, Gethsemane, etc.)
  • Jesus, a man without possessions
  • Jesus, the tree hugger
  • Consumption
  • Sustainability
  • Hope
  • Cynicism/despair
  • Prayer
  • Community
  • Baptism
  • Communion
  • Talk to action
  • Quiet/silence
  • Thanksgiving
  • Also see: Green Pointers for Preachers

 

Creation Care Sermon Outlines
  • Written by veteran preacher, theologian, and author Dr. Ellsworth Kalas, these sermon outlines detail the basic case for creation care throughout the scriptures.
  • This sermon guide provided by the Evangelical Environmental Network is a great guide for introducing your church to Creation Care.

 

Sample Sermons

 

Worship

 

Service Learning Activities

Often, the message that we should take care of God’s creation falls on deaf ears.  Even more often, this message is positively received but is followed up with little to no action.  Consequently, the positively received message is quickly forgotten.  To avert this scenario, it is very helpful to pair a sermon or series on creation care with a service learning activity.  Below is a list of ideas to help get you started.  Have other ideas?  Let us know!

  • Picking up trash in a local park or road
  • Building a church garden
  • Cleaning a local stream
  • Starting a church compost
  • Planting trees
  • Holding a church campout, retreating into nature
  • Having periodic church nature walks/hikes
  • Organizing the church to visit the local farmers market.  Even better – host a local farmers market!
  • Consulting your local park ranger for any projects that can be done to assist in animal welfare
  • Have an energy auditor give a tour of the church and/or house describing how to make buildings more energy efficient

 

Establishing Local Church Partnerships

Seminaries often have many partnerships with local churches, sending their students there throughout their schooling.  As part of the SSA, we strongly encourage your school to use these partnerships in sharing the creation care message.  Here is a list from Flourish Magazine on how churches can get started in caring for God’s creation: 8 Starter Ideas for Churches Who Care About Creation