God Is Green

As Christians and as a church we are seeking to live our lives in a way that reflects who God is to the world around us. Often we are good at this in situations of caring for those in crisis, providing for those who are in need and being open and transparent about what we believe. However, the love of God does not just extend to humans and stop there; the love of God is for the whole of His creation. The human race has rendered a devastating effect on the world God created, there is much destruction that we hold responsibility for. And yet, there is also hope, people from all generations are actively engaging in environmentalism, campaigning governments and leaders for a better future and more people than ever are making conscious lifestyle choices that have a positive impact on the planet rather than a negative one.
How then do we as Christians, as followers of Jesus, as those seeking to reflect the love of God, how do we engage in the climate crisis, how do we reflect the love God has for his creation in our actions, in our words and in our worship? In this series, we hope to open up that conversation together, knowing that we still have a long way to go but seeking to genuinely and faithfully engage in this conversation and learn from one another. In looking across the whole of Scripture we hope to shed new light on how God views his creation, what our role and responsibility is in that, how the love of Christ extends to the world around us and challenging ourselves to re-evaluate our perspectives and perhaps make concrete changes in our lives.

1. God's Creation

 Psalm 24:1-2

Mae Moore - 9 Jan 2022

The opening lines of Psalm 24 paint a picture for us of something that we see across all of Scripture and which is particularly present in the Old Testament – the earth is not for human dominion but rather it is God’s creative power that holds back the forces of chaos and sustains the whole world in being and everything that exists belongs to him. It was his voice that brought the earth and everything in it into being (Gen 1) and Scripture shows us again and again that God is the Lord of all creation, not just of humanity! This is where we want to begin as we open this series, reminding ourselves of our place in God’s creation and remembering that it is first and foremost God’s creation.

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2. Human Responsibility

 Genesis 1:26-31

Andy Harding - 16 Jan 2022

At the beginning of Genesis, in the beautiful creation poem, we see the mandate given to humankind. We who are part of God’s creation are given responsibility within it, to care and to steward. We are told that we have responsibility over this earth and the things that inhabit it. Over centuries this idea of our ‘dominion’ over creation has been misused to allow humankind to do whatever they want and use creation for their own gain and we are all too aware of this. What fresh vision might God give us as we consider our role in his creation? How can we allow a bigger and more eternal perspective to influence this as we live towards the day when God will bring full restoration to his creation?

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3. The Fall & Restoration

 Gen 3:17-19 & 2 Cor 5:17

Bee Roy - 23 Jan 2022

We know that our rebellion against God has had a major effect on the world around us, we live in the effects of the brokenness that sin created and, sadly, humanity has continued to contribute to that brokenness. Recognising our part in that is important. However, we don’t live without hope. The Fall was a major moment in human history but we have not been left there! As we consider the role that human fallen-ness has had in our world, let’s also remember the restoration and the new creation that God has invited us into through his Son, Jesus! How can we join God in the renewal of all things?

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4. Jesus Reconciles

 Colossians 1:13-20

Zak Robb - 13 Feb 2022

Something so key to our approach to the theme of environmentalism as Christians is to do so through the lens of redemption. Colossians 1 tells us that the work of Jesus in his death and resurrection was not just for humanity, but for all of creation, and all of creation will be brought together in Him. Jesus ultimately is the one who will make all things right, including healing our world and undoing the destruction we have caused throughout history and in our lifetimes. Why does this matter? It means we can approach this with real, lasting hope. We join in as Jesus hands and feet, living differently not driven by guilt or shame, but because we want to be part of bringing God’s Kingdom to earth and Jesus’ resurrection life to all of the created world.

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5. Creation Groans

 Romans 8:18-27

Naomi Black - 20 Feb 2022

Romans 8 is an incredible passage which speaks of the groans of creation longing for the people of God to step into who they are called to be. Creation longs for this because when God’s people live in reality, knowing their identity as God’s children, all of creation likewise begins to find its right place again and we begin see the kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven. When we truly step into our calling in God, it has an impact on the environment and world around us. That’s not just climate activism, but it does lead to a deep love and care for the environment. Pete Greig writes “we laugh more and we weep more because we love more”. Our vision is wider! We live to see the freedom and the glory of God displayed through creation, we live to see greater glimpses of what creation will be as we live in the now and not yet of the kingdom of God, and we live to stand in the gap in faith, full of hope as we live as the first-fruits of this new Kingdom.

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