The way in which we view our world begins with our understanding of our origins. God created the first human beings, Adam and Eve, as male and female, equal in dignity, value, and worth, in order to mirror and reflect God as an act of worship and obedience. Human beings, as image bearers of God, are under God and over lower creation, not to be pulled up like gods or pushed down like animals. Creation is a gift from God and needs to be taken care of.
Something to consider: God made you and creation with a purpose.
God makes creation
God's relation with creation
Genesis 1:1, 31
God owns creation
1 Chronicles 29:11
1 Corinthians 10:26
God loves creation
Psalm 145:9, 13, 17
God sustains creation
God redeems creation
God's covenant with animals
God's concern for animals
Exodus 23:12 Deuteronomy 5:14
God promise to animals
Command to Care for Creation
Leviticus 18:26, 28
Consequences for defiling creation
Creation testifies of the Creator
Psalm 19:1-4 Psalm 97:6
Creation praises the Creator
Now that we've looked at a number of verses about creation, we encourage you to explore these questions with your group or in a journal.
What are the debatable views of creation?
What are the essential views of creation?
What does the creation indicate about the character of God?
What effect can a wrong view of creation have on your understanding of God?
Knowledge is good, but knowing how to act on that knowledge is better. Explore some of these questions about how our knowledge affects our lives.
How does your understanding of creation affect your view of God?
How does the purpose of creation affect your view of your life and world?
Why is it important to take care of creation?
How has Scripture clarified your view of how creation began?