Instructions

Lesson 2 Preparation

Preparation for Lesson 2: Worldview Framework: Creation

"There is not a square inch on the whole plain of human existence over which Christ, who is Lord over all, does not proclaim: ‘This is Mine!’” Abraham Kuyper (1837-1920)

Preview

A Tale of Two Classrooms

Classroom 1: In a discussion about the unjust treatment of others, Mrs. Bolton declared, “Our community has worked together over the years to arrive at the conclusion that it is not right or just to treat others harshly based on things like their skin color or their social class.” Mrs. Bolton and her students debated how to determine when something is right or wrong. They concluded that making such determinations is the job of the whole community working together.

Classroom 2: Mrs. Ku began her discussion of the unjust treatment of others with the question, “Is it wrong to treat someone badly just because they look or act differently than you do?” After some discussion and a look at several key biblical principles, the students concluded that harsh treatment of others is wrong because all persons are created in God’s image; it does not matter where they are from or what the color of their skin happens to be, we are all equal in the eyes of God. Even if the community or the broader culture says it is okay to treat one group of people as a lower class of people, Christians cannot agree or follow such beliefs.

            These two classrooms illustrate two different views of God’s rule and reign in His creation. Mrs. Bolton’s teaching showed a disregard for God’s law and a reliance on humans to determine right and wrong. Mrs. Ku’s lesson showed an acknowledgement of the necessity of submitting to God’s Word in all areas of life.

            In this lesson, we will discuss God’s work of creation and explore the implications of God’s creational ordinances for all of life, including our classrooms.

Lesson 2 Objectives

In this lesson you will:

  1. Describe the nature and scope of creation according to Scripture.

  2. Differentiate between laws of nature and norms.

  3. Explain the nature and necessity of spiritual discernment when “reading” the book of nature.

  4. Define and discuss the implications of the creation/cultural mandate.

Lesson 2 Essential Questions

Consider the following questions as you complete lesson 2:

  1. What are two meanings of the term "creation" and how are these meanings interrelated?

  2. What are the distinctions between the two ways God imposes his law on the cosmos?

  3. What is the scope of creation?

  4. In what sense or senses does the creation constitute a revelation?

  5. What is the creation mandate and why does it matter?

Required Reading Book and Articles
  • Course Text: Ryken, P. G. (2013). Christian worldview: A student’s guide.  Read chapter 3, The Way We Were.

  • Naugle, D. (2004). The gospel of the kingdom of God.