Christianity Today Book Awards 2005 A life-changing guide to being formed like Jesus. What does Jesus teach us about spiritual formation? Ultimately, this is the question motivating the practice of the classical spiritual disciplines. Many of the spiritual masters that we look to today offer great insights on various aspects of the Christian faith journey. Their words speak to us of union with God, transformation, and purpose. But behind these worthy goals stands Jesus, shaped himself by the ancient Jewish creed for spiritual formation, the "Shema."
This creed expresses that Israel is to love God with heart, soul, and strength. Jesus amended that creed of Judaism for his very own followers and so gave to them a creed for spiritual formation that was to change the world: they are to love God AND to love others as themselves. In this practical, story-filled, witty, and illuminating volume, Scot McKnight gives Christians an opportunity to walk alongside Jesus as he teaches the Jesus Creed of love of the Father and love of others.
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From the Preface: "A Jewish expert on the law once asked Jesus what was the most important thing for spiritual formation. Jesus' answer turned history upside down for those who followed him. This book is an invitation for you to explore Jesus' answer to that man. I call it the Jesus Creed, and what he said should shape everything we say about Christian spirituality. Everything."
McKnight is an Old Testament scholar but he does not write like one. I have to admit that I sought out this book because of the loving others part. I think we in the church should be doing that better and more often in order to demonstrate the love of God to the Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, animist and other unreached worlds. Loving God and Loving others is like a coin. You cannot have one side without the other.
This book helped me a great deal. Compassion in the Jesus Creed is on every page of this book, just like it is in the four Gospels. I think we forget that sometimes, but Jesus did not. That is why He made it the center. God help us to continue to love Him and others, and thus fulfill the Jesus Creed.
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