Bible Studies for the Season of Creation

A separate set of Bible Studies has been prepared for four Sundays in each year of the three-year cycle of The Season of Creation. Studies of the texts in each of the following cycle of readings can be found in a volume on The Season of Creation: A Preaching Proclamation by Fortress Press.  These studies are done by leading biblical scholars from around the world.

 Series A: The Year of Matthew – The Spirit in Creation

Series B: The Year of Mark – The Word in Creation

Series C: The Year of Luke – Wisdom in Creation

The Study Guides for the three series are as follows:

Series A The Spirit in Creation

Session 1 Forest Sunday Earth’s Family Comes Alive
Genesis 2:4b-22; Psalm 139
Session 2 Land Sunday Earth Bears the Curse
Genesis 3:14-19
Session 3 Outback Sunday Creation and the Spirit Groaning
Romans 8:18-27
Session 4 River Sunday A Rainbow, an Earthquake and a River
Genesis 8:20-22; 9:12-17

Series B The Word in Creation

Session 1 Planet Earth Sunday The Birth of Earth
Genesis 1:1-15; John 1:1-14
Session 2 Humanity Sunday To Rule or to Serve Earth
Genesis 1:26-28; Mark 10:41-45
Session 3 Sky Sunday Good News from Sky
Jeremiah 4:23-28; Psalm 19:1-6
Session 4 Mountain Sunday Good News from a Holy Mountain
Isaiah 65:17-25; Mark 16:14-18

Series C The Wisdom in Creation

Session 1 Ocean Sunday Voices from the Deep
Job 38:1-18; Luke 5:1-11
Session 2 Fauna Sunday The Wisdom of the Wild
Job 39:1-8, 26-30; Luke 12:22-31
Session 3 Storm Sunday Why O Why this Wild Tsunami?
Job 28:20-27; Luke 8:22-25
Session 4 Cosmos Sunday Christ and/in the Cosmos
Proverbs 8:22-31; Colossians 1:15-20

Each study session has a number of features:

  • The key text is analysed closely
  • Pivotal questions are posed for discussion
  • Connection is made with the ecological crisis
  • The text is related to other readings for the Sunday
  • A crucial connection is made with the gospel
  • The study closes with a song and a prayer

Especially significant is that these Bible studies enable people to explore various ways in which the passages discussed are relevant for their own faith, for their relationship to creation and for the way they come to terms with real issues associated with the environmental crisis facing our planet. Just as significant, perhaps, is that people are invited to read the text taking into account the role and perspective of Earth or parts of the Earth community in the story or message of the text.