In October, Pastor Keith will bring a series of sermons titled, “God is Green.” These messages will teach a biblical perspective on the environment and a call to Christian stewardship of the natural world.
The three messages are:
“CREATION: This is My Father’s World!” This message teaches what is commonly known as the “cultural mandate” in Genesis 1-2. The earth and its creatures belong to God, but he put us in charge. We are God’s gardeners, stewards of creation. God holds us responsible.
“FALL: We broke it, and with God’s help, we can fix it!” This message teaches a theology of sin and redemption: The biblical picture of nature moves from its corruption in Genesis 3 (thorns and thistles) to its total redemption and renewal at the consummation of history. Adam’s pride reaped thorns and thistles. Our greed reaps greenhouse gasses, chemical runoffs, oil spills, and deforestation. God is watching. God will make it right. We are agents of God’s renewal, of God’s coming kingdom, of a new heaven and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. We’ll read Genesis 3: 17-19, Psalm 96: 10-13, Romans 8: 18-23 and Revelation 21:1-2 and 22: 1-5.
“REVELATION: Nature is where God preaches—a noted clergyman.” This title is based on a poem by Emily Dickinson. If nature is the window through which we see glimpses of God, we should look through it often. And keep it clean! We should respect it, nurture it, pay attention to it. The sermon is based on Psalm 19: 1-4 and Romans 1: 18-23. It teaches the theology of “general” or “natural” revelation.