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Glimpses of God – Part 8 – Creation Care

HOPE SABBATH SCHOOL

Glimpses of God – Part 8

Creation Care

Welcome to Hope Sabbath School–an in-depth interactive study of the Word of God.  We are continuing a series of studies on Glimpses of God.  Our topic today:  Creation Care

New Scripture Song: “O God you are my God” Psalm 63:1-4

Prayer

1)     Various attitudes towards caring for creation

a)     This world is falling apart and will ultimately be destroyed by fire so why spend a lot of time and money caring for it. (2 Peter 3:10)

b)     This world is a resource to be exploited. (Gen 1:26)

c)      This world belongs to God and we have a responsibility to care for it. (Psalm 24:1)

2)     The ultimate fate of planet earth

a)     2 Peter 3:10-14

b)     Isaiah 51:6

c)      Isaiah 65:17

d)     Revelation 21:1

e)     How should our understanding of future events on planet earth affect the way we care for our environment today?

3)     God’s original plan

a)     Genesis 1:1

b)     Genesis 1:26-31

c)      Genesis 2:15

d)     What insights in these passages of Scripture about creation suggest that we are to care for planet earth rather than exploit it?

4)     The Sabbath and Creation Care

a)     Exodus 20:8-11

b)     Nehemiah 13:16-19

c)      How does the weekly Sabbath remind us to care for our environment?

5)     The teaching of Jesus about Creation Care

a)     Matthew 22:35-40

b)     Matthew 6:25-32 (Jonah 4:11)

c)      John 1:1-3, 14

d)     Colossians 1:15-17

e)     Examples of creation care in the ministry of Jesus

i)       Mark 1:29-34

ii)     Mark 10:13-16

iii)   John 6:5-12

6)     Discussion questions

a)     What are some practical ways that we can show care for our environment without devoting our entire lives to creation care?

i)       Making wise decisions about what we buy

ii)     Recycling

iii)   Other ideas?

b)     Some people worship “Mother Earth” or worship creatures.   How can we help people to avoid that idolatry and worship the Creator rather than His creation?

c)      What examples of creation care have inspired you?

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