This sermon outline is adapted from one written for ‘Creation Time 2009’ and has appeared on the website of Churches Together in Britain & Ireland
‘Biodiversity’ is not a biblical term but it is a deeply biblical concept. Scripture repeatedly celebrates the variety, beauty and complexity of creation: from affirming ‘God saw that it was good’ in Genesis 1 through to the book of Revelation where four creatures representing nature’s diversity – birds, humans, wild and domestic animals – worship the risen, enthroned Jesus. Nowhere is biodiversity celebrated more than in Psalm 104. Verse 24 (in The Message) sums it up by simply stating ‘What a wildly wonderful world, God!’ Let’s turn to look at what we can learn from this Psalm.
A Communion Service Celebrating God’s Creation.
This PowerPoint illustrates Psalm 104, according to The Message, and can be displayed during a Bible reading.
This poem reflects the wonderful biodiversity of God’s world. It could be read dramatically, with a narrator taking the Bible verses, and two or more people antiphonally reading the examples.
A series of prayers on the topic of biodiversity.
This Bible study looks at three responses to nature: to study it like Solomon; to appreciate quiet places for retreat and solitude, as did Jesus; and to protect, as did Noah.
The value of the non-human creation goes deeper than its value to people. In Genesis 9 we hear about how God tells Noah to save the earth’s biodiversity in order ‘to keep their various kinds alive throughout the earth’ (Genesis 7:3), implying their value is not tied to their usefulness to Noah.
This sermon was preached by Dr Robert Sluka at Dorchester Abbey in the UK.