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Creation Care

For more information on how to get involved with our Creation Care ministry, email sam@eccatx.com.

THEOLOGICAL CONTEXT

Creation – In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth, speaking all things into existence by his word, and then commanded man and woman to care for the earth and all of its creatures as faithful stewards made in his own image (Gen. 1-2). The culture and community we see in Genesis 1-2 was made of all living things including humans, animals, and plants. This community would thrive on the land, water, and light that God created, flourishing under the rule of God as humans cultivated and cared for the creation in God’s image. Adam and Eve were called to spread this Shalom (the Hebrew word for peace and flourishing) from Eden to the whole world.

Sin, Redemption, New Creation – Because of Adam and Eve’s sin, this perfect community of Eden broke and the whole world was corrupted (Gen. 3). The good news of the gospel is that God sent his son, Jesus, to redeem what was broken by sin, reconciling and restoring all things to God (Col. 1:19-20). On the cross, Jesus paid the penalty for sin, bore the wrath of God, and absorbed the curse of sin in order to save us from it, and then rose from the dead to begin a new creation. All who believe in Jesus receive forgiveness and new life now, and when Jesus returns he will bring a new heaven and earth that is rid of sin, death, and evil where all those who trust in him will dwell in perfect Shalom with God, flourishing in the presence of his glory. The return of Jesus and the new creation is our final hope, and not only our hope as humans, but the final hope for all of creation to be “set free from its bondage to corruption” (Rom. 8:21). The land will no longer be cursed with thorns and thistles (Gen. 3:18) and all will live in peace with one another (Is. 11:6-8). Until that day, Christians are called to seek God’s kingdom and steward God’s creation for the glory of God.

Further Reflection – The Scriptures are full of narratives, poetry, songs, and commands that display God’s love for his good creation and communicate our calling to care for it as we await the new creation: Genesis 1:1-31, 2:1-25, 9:1-17; Psalm 8:1-9, 24:1-10, 50:1-23, 104:1-35; Matthew 6:25-34, 12:7; Romans 8:1-39, Colossians 1:15-23, 1 Corinthians 8:1-13, 9:1-27, 10:1-33, 11:1-16.

PRACTICAL OPPORTUNITIES

As stewards of God’s “very good” creation (Gen. 1:31), we want to love and care for the beautiful creation in a way that points to our even more beautiful Creator. Our Creation Care ministry meets regularly to discuss how we can live out God’s command to care for his world and serve our community as his people: 

  • Theology – Growing in an understanding of God’s loving care for his creation, our role in culture, and how God's creation points to him as its glorious Creator 
  • Food – Seeing how the Bible presents food as a gift from God to be received and stewarded responsibly, caring for our bodies and our world, and sharing with those in need 
  • Low to Zero Waste – Using biodegradable products at events like potlucks, as well as recyclable plastic and washable mugs for coffee/tea on Sundays
  • Community – Planning to establish a plant nursery and community garden to provide meaningful work and steady food for our community 
  • Home – Helping those in our community create home gardens where families can not only grow their own food, but also share it with the church and the needy

VISION AND GOALS

Our vision is a community that anticipates God’s future kingdom and new creation as described in the Bible; a worshiping community living in God’s Shalom together. Each member of our church is encouraged to do what they can to care for creation in obedience to God’s call to stewardship.