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Explore more than 20 relevant online classes offered by Calvin University regarding the Christian response to COVID-19 Topical Study on Creation Creation refers both to the activity of God in fashioning the entire cosmos and to the end product of that work in terms of the physical world/universe as we now know it. In Scripture, God is sovereign over all things related to creation. God is the One who ultimately made... Creation Sermon Illustration by Frederick Buechner http://day1.org/5972-weekly_sermon_illustration_creation_ Sermon Illustration by Frederick Buechner Topics: Creation , Attributes of God , Providence , Joy Source: Day1 In this sermon illustration on Genesis 1:1-12, Frederick Buechner reflects on the wonder of the ongoing nature of God’s creation as it takes place every day. Creation's Most Appropriate Response Sermon Illustration by Stan Mast http://cep.calvinseminary.edu/sermon-starters/easter-5c/?type=the_lectionary_psalms Sermon Illustration by Stan Mast Topics: Creation , Easter , Praise , Redemption Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching Sermon starter on Psalm 148 by Stan Mast explores the two different reasons to praise God that are present in this Psalm: creation and redemption. It also includes illustration ideas. Creation Waits Sermon Illustration by Scott E. Hoezee http://cep.calvinseminary.edu/sermon-starters/proper-11a/?type=lectionary_epistle Sermon Illustration by Scott E. Hoezee Topics: Creation , Waiting , Eschatology , Hope Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching Romans 8:12-25 describes the tension between creation’s knowledge that renewal is already begun and the collective groaning that it is not yet fully here. As people of faith, we need to feel this already-not yet tension. Creation Sermon Illustration by Frederick Buechner http://day1.org/5280-creation Sermon Illustration by Frederick Buechner Topics: Creation , Beauty , Change , Art Source: Day1 This book excerpt from Frederick Buechner's "Wishful Thinking" illustrates the ever-changing nature of God's creation. Buechner explains that God acts as an artist who takes "the same old materials" and "creates something new out of them." God's Good Creation Unmade by Sin Sermon Illustration by Doug Bratt http://cep.calvinseminary.edu/sermon-starters/proper-19c/?type=old_testament_lectionary Sermon Illustration by Doug Bratt Topics: Creation , Judgment , God's Faithfulness , Suffering Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching Jeremiah 4 reminds us that God’s good creation is suffering deeply. Doug Bratt writes a sermon starter with an illustration idea on Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28 explaining Israelites' foolishness, as well as God's judgment on them. God’s Bringing Creation to Its Glorious Destiny Sermon Illustration by J. Richard Middleton https://www.theologyofwork.org/the-high-calling/all-things-new-gods-bringing-creation-its-glorious-destiny Sermon Illustration by J. Richard Middleton Topics: Creation , Kingdom of God , Calling/Vocation , Worldview Source: Theology of Work: The High Calling ... ’s kingdom compared to pastors to embracing the creation-affirming worldview, seeing beyond the sacred/spiritual distinction ... Illustrations on Functional Creation and Textual Criticism Sermon Illustration by John Walton https://biologos.org/blogs/archive/reflections-on-reading-genesis-1-3-john-waltons-world-tour-part-3 Sermon Illustration by John Walton Topics: Creation , Creationism , Evolution , History Source: Biologos This article by John Walton on Genesis 1-3 contains a number of analogies and examples that may be used as sermon illustrations on creation (i.e., naming, declaring something as good, history, etc.) and textual criticism. Creation Sermon Illustration by Frederick Buechner http://day1.org/7901-weekly_sermon_illustration_creation Sermon Illustration by Frederick Buechner Topics: Creation , God , Genesis Source: Day1 Like carpenters and artists, to create is to make something essentially new. An excerpt from Frederick Buechner's writing to serve as a sermon illustration for Genesis 1:1-12. God's Fingerprint in Creation Sermon Illustration by Stanley Mast http://cep.calvinseminary.edu/sermon-starters/trinity-sunday-c/?type=the_lectionary_psalms Sermon Illustration by Stanley Mast Topics: Creation , Stewardship , Image of God , Trinity Sunday Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching In this sermon starter for Trinity Sunday readings, Doug Bratt suggests that preaching Psalm 8 involves helping worshipers see God’s fingerprints in creation’s complexity, and that people matter to God in the midst of that complexity. The Holy Spirit in Creation Sermon Illustration by Stanley Mast http://cep.calvinseminary.edu/sermon-starters/day-of-pentecost-c/?type=the_lectionary_psalms Sermon Illustration by Stanley Mast Topics: Creation , Pentecost , Holy Spirit , Light Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching Stan Mast discusses Psalm 104:24-35: "This Psalm gives the enterprising preacher a fresh alternative for a Pentecost sermon, because it focuses on the Spirit’s work not in redemption...but in creation." Creation Accounts Reveal View of Humanity Sermon Illustration by Tremper Longman, III http://www.preachingtoday.com/illustrations/2006/july/6070306.html Sermon Illustration by Tremper Longman, III Topics: Creation , Goodness , Religion , Image of God Source: Preaching Today Tremper Longman III writes a sermon illustration on the biblical account of creation of humanity in God’s image. He contrasts the account in Genesis 2 with the Mesopotamian tradition where humans are part demon god. Sermon Illustrations on Creation Sermon Illustration by Mark Batterson https://thepastorsworkshop.com/sermon-illustrations-2/sermon-illustrations-creation/ Sermon Illustration by Mark Batterson Topics: Creation , Goodness , Work , Stewardship Source: The Pastor's Workshop Sermon illustrations on creation, with topics ranging from creation's goodness, stewardship of the creation, God's glory, joy, and humor. Stewards of Creation, Auto-tune-ing Out Talent, and Pastoral Approaches to Premarital Sex Sermon Illustration by Brian Lowery https://www.preachingtoday.com/illustrations/2010/june/8062110.html Sermon Illustration by Brian Lowery Topics: Parenting , Adulthood , Relationship , Work Source: Preaching Today Highlighting themes of creation care, talent, music, the Peter Pan effect, premarital sex, hook-up culture and parenting, this is a collection of sermon illustrations made from news stories about auto-tuning, searching for meaningful relationships, and more. Sermon Quotes on Creation Sermon Illustration by The Pastor's Workshop https://thepastorsworkshop.com/sermon-quotes-by-topic/sermon-quotes-creation/ Sermon Illustration by The Pastor's Workshop Topics: Creation , Fall , Sermon , Creationism Source: The Pastor's Workshop This collection of quotes on creation from Augustine, Calvin, Francis Collins, Luther et al, will prove useful for a sermon, a blog post, a Bible study, or as part of a conversation about God and creation.... The Groaning Creation Sermon Illustration by Ian Bradley http://www.preachingtoday.com/illustrations/1998/june/3817.html Sermon Illustration by Ian Bradley Topics: Creation , Illustration , Witness , Evangelism Source: Preaching Today This sermon illustration for Job 26:10, Psalm 24:1; 50:10, and Matthew 8:26 demonstrates that paying attention to creation and emphasizing its goodness can be an effective tool for evangelism. Don't Miss the Most Beautiful Part of God's Creation—People Sermon Illustration by Eugene H. Peterson http://www.preachingtoday.com/illustrations/2017/january/4012317.html Sermon Illustration by Eugene H. Peterson Topics: Creation , Beauty , Image of God , Illustration Source: Preaching Today In this sermon illustration, Eugene Peterson demonstrates that it's easy for us to recognize God in the beauty of creation while ignoring God's image in the people before us. A Quote about Sabbath and Creation Sermon Illustration by Eugene H. Peterson http://cep.calvinseminary.edu/?post_type=cfe-readforpreach&p=3274 Sermon Illustration by Eugene H. Peterson Topics: Creation , Awareness of God , Sabbath , Spirituality Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching A short quotation from "Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places" by Eugene H. Peterson illustrating that we honor creation—the work of God in our lives—by keeping the Sabbath. Study Measures Value of Creation Sermon Illustration http://www.preachingtoday.com/illustrations/2015/october/3102615.html Sermon Illustration Topics: Creation , Environment , Economics , Earth Source: Preaching Today In this sermon illustration, BBC Earth partners with an environmental scientist to place a price tag on aspects of nature. Does it help to see creation's value in black and white figures? Black Holes and the Speed of Light Sermon Illustration by Arthur Landwehr http://collections.carli.illinois.edu:80/cdm/ref/collection/uni_sermons/id/43 Sermon Illustration by Arthur Landwehr Topics: Creation , Revelation , Nature , Image of God Source: Arthur Landwehr Sermon Collection A sermon from the Arthur Landwehr Sermon Collection on Genesis 1:1-2:4 and God as Creator. The nature of creation with all of its order, "chance," interdependence, and vulnerability reveals a great deal about who God is.... Creation is God's Glory on Display Sermon Illustration by Stan Mast http://cep.calvinseminary.edu/sermon-starters/trinity-sunday-a/?type=the_lectionary_psalms Sermon Illustration by Stan Mast Topics: Creation , Praise , Glory , Science and Nature Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching Psalm 8 invites us to trust the mindfulness of God, praise him for his care, and glorify him for sending Jesus to die on the cross.

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