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Two months until Creation Sabbath

October 28 is Creation Sabbath 2017. This special Sabbath is set aside to refocus on the centrality of Creation to the message of the Bible and the Christian understanding of reality. Creation Sabbath is a time when all people can be still and know that our Creator and Redeemer lives; or shout for joy, as God asserts that the sons of God did at the time of creation (Job 38:7). By sponsoring Creation Sabbath, the Seventh-day Adventist Church encourages all Christians to share in the peace that only comes through knowledge and worship of the Creator God of the Bible.

In these times of global strife and division, the beautiful message of hope, unity and equality built on the foundation of Christ, our Creator and Redeemer, is a gift that has been entrusted to the Church to share with the world. Through Jesus Christ, Creator of all things, every human is wonderfully made; all people descended from Adam, all are one in Christ, the second Adam. As children of God—redeemed through His infinite sacrifice—every human is a person equal with all other people. As the Apostle Paul wrote to the Galatians:

 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Galatians 3:26-29 NKJV

In preparation for Creation Sabbath, the Adventist Ministerial Association has developed a website with resources for pastors and lay people:

creationsabbath.net

This website contains an array of videos, sermons, children’s story ideas, help in planning a meaningful service as well as other resources for congregations planning their Creation Sabbath celebrations on October 28.

Other resources about the creation can be found at the Geoscience Research Institute website:

grisda.org

The Center for Origins at Southern Adventist University also has an extensive array of resources at:

www.southern.edu/origins

There are many other amazing resources available for learning about, sharing and celebrating God’s beautiful creation, but by far the most valuable of all resources is God’s Word itself. The Bible tells us about the history of creation from the beginning, and makes clear that the God who created us cared enough for His creation to become one of us, live the life of a human and suffer death to redeems us. Because He created us, our Christian hope in salvation and a new creation is not just something we know, it is something we can celebrate and share. This is what Creation Sabbath on October 28 is all about. Happy CREATION Sabbath!