The Creation Project
The Creation Project is a worldwide church initiative to place our belief in the Biblical account of creation in the spotlight.
Creation is a fundamental truth and a focal point
Creation is the basis for life on the earth. The breath, growth and survival of this life is not to be taken for granted. Planet Earth and all life on it are so unique and complex, that questions regarding their source and designer must inevitably be asked
Questions that everyone asks at one time or another are: Where do we come from? Why are we here? Where will the future lead us? Is there a future?
As Seventh-day Adventists, we believe in God, the creator, and His six–day creation—that the earth was created in six literal days.
This understanding is the basis for many Biblical teachings and the identity of Seventh-day Adventists. The First Angel’s Message is a call to worship the Creator and points to the Judgment and the Second Coming of Christ.
This project was launched because the Biblical understanding of Creation is such a fundamental truth and a focal point for the world church in the coming years. The goal is to raise awareness of God and His six–day creation in the minds of the people, and motivate them to acknowledge His plan of Creation and to worship Him as the Creator.
One central theme of this movie revolves around the importance of the Sabbath, its origin within the Creation week and its true meaning for our time, when fundamental Biblical truths are continually under attack.
Creation plays a vital role in our faith
As Seventh-day Adventists, we believe the holy scriptures contain the ultimate truth about the origin of our earth. God’s six days of labor and His rest on the seventh day established His plan for humanity from the very beginning.
The Creation Project is a worldwide church initiative striving to place our belief in the Biblical account of creation in the spotlight.
We believe God set apart the seventh day Sabbath as a permanent and constant reminder of His creative power. Therefore, we cannot adequately share our faith without emphasizing a literal account of creation.
Adventist scientists, filmmakers, artists and theologians worked together over several years to assemble this unique initiative. We believe the Creation Project underscores the vital role creation plays in our faith, and we pray this exhibit will bring a blessing to your ministry and reinvigorate your outreach efforts.
The project employs an unusual method of evangelism that has the following outcomes:
- The proclamation of the First Angel’s Message in a secular world using a movie as the medium.
- A deep and meaningful experience in group prayer for the participating churches throughout the event preparation period.
- Brainstorming and creative planning in search of the most effective methods, to bring about the best results.
- A faith strengthening event for our church family, whose joy in the Lord is renewed through a fresh realization that they themselves were made by a loving Creator.
- Church growth through baptisms.
- The blessing received by the participating churches as they recognize that mission work can still be successful and that everyone’s personal effort is rewarded with full auditoriums and the deep discussions that follow.
- The fantastic opportunity to work as a church within the community and gain positive coverage in the media.
- The fact that individuals can witness for their Creator in their secular environment (of colle- agues and friends) with the blessed knowledge that mission really works!
Components of the Creation Project:
- Scientific lecture
- The movie (short or full-length version)
- Creation expo
- Children’s program (during the lecture)
- Follow-up program
Watch “The Creation: The Earth is a Witness,” a day-by-day account of the biblical creation week, beginning with darkness before God created light and ending with Moses, the author of the Genesis account of creation, and his son, worshipping God on the seventh-day Sabbath. Seventh-day Adventist filmmaker Henry Stober spent four years filming the movie around the world.
You can download the video for offline viewing on Vimeo.
It was a huge challenge to make a movie about creation in our modern world, where nature has been so seriously degenerated. Nonetheless, the movie was made as accurately as possible in accordance with the Biblical account and with the assistance of the Geoscience Research Institute.
The script for all spoken texts was taken exclusively from the Holy Bible.
Photographer and filmmaker Henry Stober traveled through five continents over a period of five years to gather the materials for this project. “Creation – the Movie“ was filmed in High Definition and is complemented by the musical score, recorded in Dolby Digital surround sound. These components combine to give the listener the impression he is right in the midst of Creation, experiencing it live.
Composed especially for the movie by young Adventist composer Dominik Buchner, the musical score really gets under your skin. Under the direction of Williams Costa, conductor and director of Seventh-day Adventist World Church Communication department, the music has been adapted for orchestra by the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.
The climax of this 25–minute movie and the Biblical creation story is the Sabbath. God’s desire for fellowship with His creation has always touched people’s hearts and continues to move and challenge them to make decisions.
How would you like to implement this project?
What fascinates you about God’s creation?
How can you point people to God as the creator of heaven and earth in your areas of influence? How can you give people the opportunity and space where they can find God and experience a personal awakening and reformation?
In light of our worldwide ambition to reach the largest cities of the earth with the three angels‘ messages, this project can be a wonderful tool to attract audiences. It offers a platform to which many people can come. These people can then be involved in subsequent follow up activities.
This project, "Creation – the Movie", can be used in a variety of ways:
- Creation events
- City evangelism
- Evangelistic series in connection with other subjects
- Local churches and district events
- Care groups and Bible study groups
How would you like to implement this project?
Advertising - Flyers
Strategy for promoting your event...
Other important types of advertising are two different leaflets.
First, there is the standard flyer, which can be distributed in great numbers by local churches. These can be left at mailboxes or at various businesses in the city, in coffee shops, shopping centers or on public announcement stands.
An average of 20,000 of these flyers were distributed.
The greatest blessing in this process is that church members come together before they begin distributing the handbills and praying for God’s blessing on their efforts and on the event. They can have positive conversations with people they meet on the street and are able to personally invite them to the event.
The second type of flyer is the high-quality folded flyer, which is given to friends and special contacts, family members, former Seventh-day Adventists, work colleagues, other churches and denominations and media representatives.
This folded flyer is like a card. It carries a special, personally written invitation, is placed in a high-quality envelope and then given to the selected recipient. These invitations are the most effective. The greatest advantage with these invitations is that those who are invited in this way are people that we already know. Subsequent conversations are therefore more easily initiated.
In addition to these methods of invitation, premium-quality trailers can be distributed in small quantities. For example, this is a good way for local pastors of other churches and denominations to introduce the project to their churches and invite them to the event. The DVD-Trailer is also a good medium to attract many people to the presentations.
What to do after your program...
In numerous cities a follow-up program was designed before the main event. Various speakers were invited, auditoriums booked or the church facilities were used. Because the event "Creation - the Movie" was always held in official public auditoriums in central Europe, it was especially challenging to get the people to come to the follow-up program when it was held at the church. But with prayer, this hurdle was overcome.
These findings are especially applicable to Western Europe, where our society is extremely secular. Of course, there are many countries, mostly outside of Europe, where these challenges are non-existent.
Feedback cards were prepared in which the follow-up programs were listed. For example:
- Health / Cooking Classes
- Education/Raising Children
- Marriage and Relationships
- Prophecy/Current Events
In our experience with the more than 7,500 feedback cards returned, the majority of the respondents (65%) are interested in prophetic themes.
Resources & Downloads
The Creation: The Earth is a Witness
Watch “The Creation: The Earth is a Witness,” a day-by-day account of the biblical creation week, beginning with darkness before God created light and ending with Moses, the author of the Genesis account of creation, and his son, worshipping God on the seventh-day Sabbath. Seventh-day Adventist filmmaker Henry Stober spent four years filming the movie around the world.Watch/Download
Nature photo collection
Beautiful Photos of God's creation by Mary Lane Anderson (PowerPoint - 7.6Mb)Download
Chapter six of Seventh-day Adventists BelieveDownload
Sabbath Reflections by James Wibberding
(Telford, PA: Big Fish Publishing, Inc., 2006)Download
Creation activity book for children
Special thanks to Anika Chrishon for provodign this resource for childrenDownload
In the Beginning
At the heart of this documentary is the journey of two college students, Matt and Tiffany, who are given the overwhelming assignment of gathering information about the origins of the universe from a theistic worldview. Taking an RV, they travel around the United States and speak with both experts and bystanders along the way, while somehow trying to reconcile the bewildering mixture of scientific data, theological interpretations, biased opinions, and heated emotions.Buy now