Does Creation Care Ministry Have a Biblical Basis?

 

Theology of Creation Care
Source: Discipleship Ministries, https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/resources-for-creation-care
 
Scriptures Categorized According to Themes
  • God Created Everything
    • Genesis 1:1-2
    • Job 12:7-10; 33:4; 38-41
    • Psalm 104
    • Isaiah 40:26
    • Mark 13:19
  • God Loves Creation
    • Genesis 9:8-17
    • Psalm 136
    • John 3:16
  • God Has an Ongoing Relationship with Creation
    • Numbers 22:22-39
  • God Owns Creation
    • Leviticus 25:23
    • Psalm 24; 89:9-11; 95:4-5
  • Creation Has a Relationship with God/Creation Praises God
    • 1 Chronicles 16:32-33
    • Psalm 19:1-4; 65:12-13; 66:1-4; 96:11-13; 98:7-9; 148:3-4,7-13; 150:6
    • Isaiah 55:12-13
    • 1 Corinthians 10:26
    • Revelation 5:13
  • A Relationship with Creation is Connected to a Relationship with God
    • Genesis 4:10-11
    • 1 Kings 4:29-34
    • Ecclesiastes 3:18-22
    • Romans 1:20
  • Caring for Creation and Caring for the Poor are Connected
    • Exodus 23:10-11
    • Leviticus 19:9-10; 25:1-17
  • Human Obedience/Disobedience to God’s Commandments Has Consequences for Creation
    • Deuteronomy 11:13-17; 28:4, 18
    • Isaiah 24:1-3; 44:1-5
    • Hosea 4:1-3
    • Micah 7:13
    • Zechariah 8:12
    • Galatians 6:7-9
  • Jesus as Part of Creation
    • John 1:1-10; 17:24
    • Colossians 1:15-17
    • Hebrews 1:2
  • Jesus Prays in Deserted Places, Mountains, and Wilderness
    • Mark 1:35
    • Luke 5:16; 6:12; 9:28; 22:31-41
  • Jesus as Redeemer of Creation
    • Mark 16:15
    • John 12:47
    • Romans 8:18-23
    • Ephesians 1:10
    • Colossians 1:19-20
  • Future Vision of a New Creation
    • Isaiah 11:1-16
    • Ezekiel 17:22-24; 36:33-36
    • 2 Corinthians 5:17-19
    • Revelation 21:1-22:7
  • Human Response: A Simple, Equitable Life for All
    • Exodus 16
    • Deuteronomy 2:7
    • Nehemiah 9:20-21
    • Proverbs 6:6-8
    • Ezekiel 34:11-31
    • Micah 4:1-4
    • Matthew 6:25-34
Acts 2:44-45; 4:32-36

Resources for Vital Congregations

 

CHURCH LEADERSHIP

Lewis Center for Church Leadership

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Books

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Serve Your Neighbor

GBHEM Leadership Resources

eLEAD

Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church

Englewood Book Review

Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations

Ted Talks: The Golden Circle

Ted Talks: The Power of Vulnerability

Ted Talks: The Price of Invulnerability

Design Thinking

Meditations on the Ministry of All Christians

DISCIPLE FORMATION:

Be A Disciple

A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Adult Christian Studies from the Wesley Ministry Network

Traveling Together: A Guide for Disciple Forming Congregations

WESLEYAN STUDIES:

Living As United Methodist Christians

Methodist Doctrine: The Essentials

Reclaiming our Wesleyan Tradition: John Wesley’s Sermons for Today

John Wesley Sermons: Anthology

REACHING PEOPLE:

Get Their Name

Evangelism & Theology in the Wesleyan Spirit

Canoeing the Mountains

Fresh Expressions

Fresh Expressions: Dinner Church

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Reach New Disciples

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: 50 Ways to Reach People

Community: The Structure of Belonging

RESOURCES TO CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY:

Institute for Emerging Issues

Congregations 4 Children

GRANTS:

The Royce and Jane Reynolds Ministry Fund Grants

The Duke Endowment

OTHER:

The Appalachian District Church Vitality Team has been prayerfully seeking ways to help support you and the ministries of your local congregation during this COVID-19 pandemic. Together they have diligently researched and connected with others throughout the conference and our denomination to identify resources and offer them to you. We hope they will be helpful to you and bless you greatly in leading your churches and communities through this unprecedented time. We are very grateful to the District Vitality Team and other contributors for their great work on this resource.
 
This faithful team has created three documents, two of which you are receiving today. They include:

  • Family Home Worship – designed to help families establish a regular worship space within their homes as well as a time where they can worship together.
  • Tech Strategies – to help guide you in selecting effective tools and resources within your budget to best communicate in the digital world.

 
We believe these resources will be of great benefit to you. Also know that the District Vitality Team is available to answer any questions you might have in regards to the documents attached. If you have questions, you may email Rev. Howard Fleming at hfleming@wnccumc.net.
 

 

  • Resources
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