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 is God's Glory on Display
Psalm 8 is a psalm of praise in which God's glory is celebrated as it is revealed in creation. This sermon starter reminds us to care for all of creation as we rule over it.
Creation's Most Appropriate Response
Psalm 148 suggests that creation’s most appropriate response to God's amazing love is praise. This sermon-starter features commentary and illustrations.
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."
This sermon starter on Romans 8:12-25 notes the tension between creation’s firm knowledge that renewal is coming and the collective groaning that it is not yet here fully.
God’s Bringing Creation to Its Glorious Destiny
... ’s kingdom compared to pastors to embracing the creation-affirming worldview, seeing beyond the sacred/spiritual distinction ...
Illustrations on Functional Creation and Textual Criticism
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.
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.
The Holy Spirit in Creation
Stan Mast discusses Psalm 104: "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."
The Meaning of Human Life in God's Creation
Sermon starter and illustration for Psalm 19's profound poetic meditation on the meaning of human life in God’s creation, which is divided into meditations on creation, the Torah, and the sinful reality of human life.
The Groaning Creation
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.
Creation Accounts Reveal View of Humanity
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.
Stewards of Creation, Auto-tune-ing Out Talent, and Pastoral Approaches to Premarital Sex
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.
Don't Miss the Most Beautiful Part of God's Creation—People
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.
Study Measures Value of Creation
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?
God's Fingerprint in Creation
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.
God's Great Creation
In this sermon illustration for Genesis 1:1-10; 1:21-25, Psalm 65:9-13, or Romans 1:19-21, the catalogued number of species on earth demonstrates the wonder and diversity of God's creation.
Male and Female: One Humanity
A sermon on Genesis 2:15-25, gender, sex, creation, and being naked and unashamed, from the Arthur Landwehr Sermon Collection. "We do not exist casually but exist meaningfully...as a sign and a witness..."
God's Glorious Creation in "The Thin Red Line"
Inspired by both John Calvin and the depictions of creation's glory in "The Thin Red Line," this sermon illustration shows how the created world can satisfy our desire to encounter signs of God.
Black Holes and the Speed of Light
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....