Proper 11, 7th Sunday after Pentecost [by Dr Rodel Lasco & Pastor Dave Trinidad]

Anglican lectionary:
Catholic lectionary:
1st Reading
Isa 44:6-8
Wis 12:13,16-19
2nd Reading
Rom 8:12-25
Rom 8:26-27
Matt 13:24-43
two contributions by Dr Rodel Lasco, University of the Philippines, and by Pastor Dave Trinidad, Sampaloc Bible Christian Community, Manila, Philippines


 OLD TESTAMENT Isaiah 44:6-8

The people of God during Isaiah’s time had been seduced to worship idols and as a result judgment is coming. In this passage, Yahweh reminds His people that He alone is God and there is none other. Despite their idolatry, God encourages His people not to be afraid of idols. He confronted them with His power and glory.

Many today rely on modern-day idols. Scores of people bow down to science as their “god”. They are quick to believe that there is no Creator, and that all things came about by blind chance. Today’s passage reminds us that God is “the first and the last” (v6b). He is before all creation, because He is the Sovereign Creator. We should be bold in witnessing (v8) that God created all things and the we should be responsible stewards of all He made. Ultimately, we will give account of ourselves to God.

All of us are imperfect sinners. Isaiah reminds that God is our Redeemer (v6). We can trust in the Person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ for our redemption from sin.

EPISTLE Romans 8:12-25

[see two sermon outlines below]


Two sermon outlines are provided here, first one from a professional scientist and pastor, and second one from a pastor and amateur conservationist.

Sermon 1. Romans 8:19-23 – Dr. Rodel Lasco, University of the Philippines


The Philippines has one of the most diverse natural ecosystems in the world. Sadly, much of its lush tropical forest ecosystems have been destroyed in the past century. The causes are similar as other tropical countries: rampant cutting of trees, conversion to other land uses, and lack of sound planning, among others.

How different must it be in the Garden of Eden prior to the Fall! One can just imagine the peace and harmony that exists between our first parents and the rest of creation. But when Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, the while creation fell with them.

Message: God will liberate the whole creation from the bondage of sin when Jesus returns.

I. A Frustrated Creation

God designed all creation for His glory and honor. Before the Fall, God pronounced all of them as good. However, when sin entered the world, humans forced nature to serve their wicked purposes. All around us, we can see how one thing can serve holy purposes, but also evil ones. Metals can be used to manufacture a scalpel that could remove cancerous cells. But they can also be used to make guns that murder people. Chemicals can be used to make medicines to save life, but also poison for taking life.

In this passage, Paul is personifies all creation as frustrated and groaning. Instead of serving for the glory of God, humans have forced them to aid in their rebellion against the Creator.

Application: We must examine how we use and interact with nature. Implied in this passage is the concern of God for the rest of His creation. This rebukes all those who use nature to pursue evil ends.

II. A Future Liberation

Despite the rampant destruction of nature around us, the future is bright. Paul said that creation will be liberated from its bondage (v21). He implies that this will happen when Christians are also full freed from their sinful bodies (v23). What a sight it will be! God will renew heaven and earth and bring them to its pure splendor.

Application: Christians must show the world how creation should be cared for. As God’s viceroy and stewards in this world, we must set an example to the rest of humankind. We must show the world that there is a bright future for the world.


Christians must look forward to the day when they will be glorified at the coming of Jesus. Part of their blessings is the total renewal of the natural world. May we long for that day!

Sermon 2. Romans 8:17-23 – Pastor Dave Trinidad, Sampaloc Bible Christian Community, Manila


God’s Redemption Plan Includes Creation
I. The Church Awaits Redemption (17-18)
II. Creation Awaits the Redemption of the Church (19-21)
III. The Church “Groans” with Creation (22-23)


God is a Redeemer! (Isaiah 44:6-8). God does not intend to destroy His creation, He intends to redeem it! The end of the world is not destruction, it’s redemption.

  • It is not destruction but redemption that demonstrates the goodness of God.
  • God is at work from Creation to final Redemption.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world (cosmos)…

Proposition: God is a redeeming God. His salvation plan includes His creation.

Message: Will God destroy the earth?

Some people believe that God will eventually destroy the earth!

  • Not by flood (Gen 9:11)
  • But by fire! (2Pet 3:10)

Some people reason that since God is going to destroy the planet, why care for creation?

  • It is futile to preserve the resources
  • Counter: So why still care for the body if it’s going to die anyway?

The destruction will not be total.

Why would God do that? Preserve the old and not make brand new ones?

  • Because God loves his creation and redeeming them back to their original state and purpose give Him glory!
  • The ultimate end of creation is not destruction, it’s redemption.

Creation Redemption Plan

Romans 8 is a rich passage that tells us God’s global/universal perspective on redemption.

I. The Church Awaits Redemption (17-18)

The gist: The children of God are co-heirs with Christ in sufferings and glory.

  • We suffer in this world with Christ
  • Suffering is not the end, the end is glory with Christ!
  • We have a great destiny in Christ!

II. Creation Awaits the Redemption of the Church (19-21)

  •  We are mistaken if we think we are the ones waiting for creation to be restored first. No. Creation is waiting for us to be revealed first.
  • Our glory first and then creation moves into our glory.
  • Meanwhile, creation is suffering and waiting….
  • “subjected to frustration” see Gen 3:17-19 “Curse is the ground”

“Joy to the World”
No more let sins and sorrows grow
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found.

  • When God’s children are finally glorified with Christ, then they can truly enjoy the redeemed creation, not a cursed world but a restored, resurrected universe free from decay, disease, and death!

III. The Church “Groans” with Creation (22-23)

  •  These verses tell us how connected we are to creation. Human beings and the Earth are inseparably linked. (Adam was formed from the ground. That is significant. Man is from the earth and for the earth.)
  • As creation wasn’t only about us, so redemption is not only about us.

Conclusion: Lessons and challenges: Believers / Christians must be the best care-takers of creation.

The Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization Cape Town, South Africa, October 2010:

  •  Creation care is a priority for the Lausanne Movement
  • “Creation care is a gospel issue within the Lordship of Christ.”

The Good News is more than the fact that Christ died for individual sinners. It is a cosmic story of God’s mission in the world, with the invitation to us to participate with him in this mission.

  1.  As God’s stewards of Creation
  2. As God’s Agents of Redemption

What we did in our local church:

  1. Creation Care worship celebrations (outdoor worship, Creation Sundays)
  2. Decluttering (home and church)
  3. Urban gardening (vegetable gardening for our poor communities)
  4. We included Stewardship / Creation Care modules in our discipleship program.


  • Tyndale Old Testament Commentary Series
  • Tyndale New Testament Commentary Series
  • Pillar New Testament Commentary Series
  • Illustration— The Philippines is considered a mega-diversity country rivaled only by a few countries in the world when it comes to variety of ecosystems, species and genetic resources. Many of the island comprising the archipelago are believed to have a very high degree of land and animal endemism. The country hosts more than 52,177 described species of which more than half is found nowhere else in the world. On a per unit area basis, the Philippines probably harbors more diversity of life than any other country on the planet. Accessed 2/2/18

by Dr Rodel Lasco & Pastor Dave Trinidad, Philippines