03.24.2019 | “Jesus Wept | Week 3: Creation”
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What is your favorite outdoor activity? Share a story about your favorite trip, experience, or activity in the outdoors.
Read Jeremiah 12:10-11 and Isaiah 5:8-10. Both passages are included in sections where prophets are pronouncing judgment on Israel for failing to honor God in how it acts in the world (adding it to common biblical judgments over things like violence, idolatry, etc).
Did you know that the Bible spoke this way about how we treat in Creation (i.e., including agricultural practices, land use, and conservation alongside more recognized “moral issues”)?
Do you think of these kinds of activities as things that fall under the category of sin? Why or why not?
Read Romans 8:18-30.
In this section of Romans, Paul talks about how God will use His people (the Church) to take part in the restoration and salvation of all things – including creation.
In terms of your experience with Christianity, have you ever been taught that Creation – not just human beings – is included in God’s definition of, and plans for, salvation? How does this impact how you understand the concept of “salvation”?
Notice, Paul calls the Children of God to live out God’s salvation NOW – as representatives and first fruits of God’s plans for all of creation.
How do you respond to the idea that we – as the Church – are called to be “first fruits” of God’s salvation plan for Creation?
Does that change the way you think about your role in the world and your relationship with Creation?
To take part in healing Creation, we must:
Change the way we think about Creation (what it is, what our relationship is to it, how we treat it), and
Change our lifestyle and actions in response to that change.
What are some ways you can change in these two areas? Which do you find hardest?
Getting Out of the Hole
Review the “response cards” for the week. Pray the prayer and meditate on the words, Explore the topic, and choose a way to Act on your response.
The Paradise of God: Renewing Religion in an Ecological Age, by Norman Wirzba
Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution — and How It Can Renew America by Thomas Friedman
The Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinction, by David Quammen
Planet Earth: Season 1 & 2 – documentary (Netflix)
Chasing Coral – documentary (Netflix)
Yale’s Online Environmental Magazine: e360.yale.edu
A Florida Specific Environmental Resource: fl.audubon.org
(National Organization) The Nature Conservancy – https://www.nature.org/en-us/
(National Organization) National Wildlife Federation – https://www.nwf.org
(Local Organization) Apalachee Audubon Society – https://www.apalachee.org/
(Local Organization) Magnolia Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society – http://magnolia.fnpschapters.org/
Coming Up This Week:
Sunday, March 31: Our Lent sermon series for Lent, continues with: Isolation.