Guest Post by Tony Breeden
Tony Breeden, a pastor, creation speaker and author, developed the idea of Creation Sundays a couple of years ago, in response to the Evolution Sundays. Evolution Sundays, which fall on the nearest Sunday to Darwin’s birthday (February 12th), were devised by the atheist Michael Zimmerman, with his infamous Clergy Letter Project, whereby he got signatures from well-known clergy, supporting the syncretism of Christianity with evolutionism. Tony decided that we could and should celebrate that Sunday, but that we could use it to explain to our congregations why they can trust the biblical account of creation. Accordingly, the Mount St Helens Creation Center will be organizing a Creation Sunday event, and are encouraging churches to do likewise. To see how your church can take part, read on…
It’s not as difficult as you might think. You don’t have to invite a special speaker, though you certainly can. You don’t have to put on an elaborate presentation.
All that’s required is a willingness to dedicate a service to the doctrine of Creation. If we’re honest, most churches do something like this at least 3 to 4 times a year. At Christmas, we dedicate a service to the Incarnation. On Good Friday and Easter, we dedicate a service to celebrate the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ Jesus. Many churches have a Gideon Sunday, where the emphasis is on missions. Most houses of worship in the United States focus on patriotism and our nation’s Christian heritage around Independence Day.
There are several areas where you can tweak your regular service to create a Creation Sunday celebration.
1. Scripture Reading. Many Christian traditions regularly incorporate Scripture readings into worship services. Some of these are responsive readings, where a worship leader reads one verse and the congregation reads the next in response. Some recommended Scriptures are:
- Genesis 1:1
- Genesis 1-2
- Job 38-41
- Psalm 8
- Psalm 19:1-6
- Psalm 104
- Psalm 148
- Proverbs 8:22-31
- Isaiah 45:18
- John 1:1-14
- Acts 17:22-31
- Romans 1:16-25
- 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, 45
- Colossians 1:14-20
2. These Scriptures could also be included in your church programs/bulletins.
3. Music. Many of the church’s hymns are expressions of worship of the Creator God. Some recommended selections include:
- All Creatures of Our God and King
- Fairest Lord Jesus
- Great Is Thy Faithfulness
- Holy! Holy! Holy! Lord God Almighty!
- How Great Thou Art
- Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
- Morning Has Broken
- My God is There Controlling
- Our God is an Awesome God [by Rich Mullins]
- This Is My Father’s World
- We Sing the Greatness of Our God
4. A Sermon upon the Topic of God’s Creation. The Bible is our Authority! Any one of the Scripture texts provided above should provide ample fodder for a stirring message affirming God’s Creation. There are a lot of good ideas to incorporate at http://creationsciencemessages.org/. You might also find our Fact Sheets helpful!
Some of the points you will want to make are:
- We do not follow cleverly devised fables, but rather the revealed Word of God. [2 Peter 1:16-21]
- The Genesis record describes a literal 6-day Creation, as affirmed by the 4th commandment. [Exodus 20:11]
- The Bible states that the Creator God is evident through His Creation [Psalm 19:1-6] , so that the world is without excuse [Romans 1:16-25].
- The belief that the Earth and universe are billions of years old and man’s existence represents only the tiniest tail-end of that history contradicts Christ Jesus’ affirmation that God created man, male and female, “from the beginning.” [Matt 19:4; Mark 10:6]
- The belief that Man is the product of evolution, an endless cycle of death and mutation, contradicts the Biblical standpoint that death is the wages [deserved earnings] of sin, that “by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin” and that, rather than being a natural part of existence, Death is the Last Enemy which shall be destroyed [Rom.5:12; also 1 Cor. 15:22 & 15:26].
- Doubting the historicity of the Fall [Genesis 3] undermines the foundational basis of the Gospel, for if the literal First Adam did not literally Fall there is no need for literal sin debt to be paid by a literal Savior. [1 Cor 15:45]
- To call a literal Adam and Fall into question is to call into question Our Blessed Hope, for the Apostle Paul, in the quintessential chapter on the subject, stated, “For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” [1 Cor 15:21-22]
We will be bringing forth more information on how to prepare a Creation sermon in the very near future!
5. Show a Creation DVD. Answers magazine suggests “a church might show a DVD on the relevance of Genesis during the morning church service while the children watch a DVD on dinosaurs during the Sunday school hour. For an evening service, churches might show DVDs on dinosaurs and the origin of races. Participants then have an opportunity to discuss what they saw. At the same time, the church can make other resources available and show what’s available in the church library.” [Answers magazine. Jan-Mar. 2009, p.14]
- Creation Adventure Team – Buddy Davis
6. Invite a Creation Speaker. While any preacher with unction and a willingness to study up on the subject of Creation can deliver a Creation sermon, you may also want to consider a Creation speaker. A Creation speaker can offer presentations that capture the congregations attention and explore the scientific side of the Creation/Evolution debate, which is an awesome complement to a Biblical argument for Creation! This might also provide your church with a creation evangelism outreach opportunity, especially if you decide to hold a weekend Creation Conference!
The Mount St Helens Creation Center is developing links to creation groups in the Pacific North West and beyond. The links lists are incomplete yet, but keep calling back to get more info. You might also contact ministries like Answers in Genesis, The Institute for Creation Research or Creation Ministries International.
However you decide to put together your Creation Sunday Celebration, please let us know about your decision! Let the world know that your church stands for the historical, literal accuracy of a 6-day Creation as related in Genesis. If you’d like to add your church’s name to the Creation Sunday list, click here.
Rev. Tony Breeden