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The Jesus Creed: Loving God, Loving Others

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When an expert in the law of Moses asked Jesus for the greatest commandment, Jesus responded with the Shema, the ancient Jewish creed that commands Israel to love God with heart, soul, mind, and strength. But the next part of Jesus' answer would change the course of history. Jesus amended the Shema, giving his followers a new creed for life: to love God with heart, soul, m ...more
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Published August 1st 2004 (first published January 1st 2004)
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Robert Martin
Jun 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
I first read The Jesus Creed in my first class at Biblical Seminary.  If you go back in my blog to that time in 2007, you'll find a much less mature blogger and, honestly, a much less spiritually mature man.  I've gotten better, but I know I still have a long way to go.

I tell you this because, when I first read this book, I really didn't get it.  It was a neat idea, really, to think about a new way of viewing Jesus ministry through what he noted as the two greatest commandments: love God and lov
Patrick Willis
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: discipleship
It really doesn't take you so long to read this book. I started to reread this book with a student throughout last semester (Fall '17), but stopped three chapters short of finishing it again. However, it was kind of cool to see that the three chapters left all dealt with what we're celebrating this week/weekend. Back when I first read this book in the summer of 2009, I was floored. I absolutely LOVED it and it quickly became one of my favorite books of all time. Scot also became arguably the aut ...more
What is the true "Good News"?

That God loves us.

What is the way to live out the Gospel?

Love God. Love others.

Could it be that simple? Yes, it can, suggests Scot McKnight. We may differ in a few minor areas of theology, but on this, Dr. McKnight and I can agree.

In this compelling book he talks about how we can not only live this, but practical ways to do so. Starting with the Jewish Shema (Love God with all your heart, soul, and mind), adding to it what Jesus added to it with "Love your neighb
Sep 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beginning to think every Christian should read this book.

Quotes below:
Knowing God’s love begins when we open our hearts to Abba’s love. Opening a metaphor for vulnerability in the quietness of our hearts; trusting God’s love the way we relax on a doctor’s table, knowing she/he can heal us, but healing can’t happen until we relax in trust. We trust or become open by sitting in his presence until we are inwardly still, clearing our minds of clutter, focusing on God, and consciously opening our h

First published in 2004, The Jesus Creed by author, blogger, and New Testament Professor Scot McKnight has quickly achieved a place of prominence on many Christian “must read” lists. In The Jesus Creed McKnight attempts to articulate spiritual formation not just as a set of disciplines we practice amalgamated over the course of Church history but rather as a coherent lifestyle based upon Jesus’ own teachings. At the core of these teachings is what McKnight calls “The Jesus Creed.” The Jesus Cree
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book!! I would highly recommend this to any Christian who is looking for a way to connect the Real Jesus and his mission to their everyday life. Made me look at the Jesus in a beautiful new way and look at my life as an opportunity to follow him.
Greg Dill
Sep 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Within the Christian faith, there are a slew of creeds that exist. Perhaps the most famous of all are the Apostles Creed and the Nicene Creed. But, little do we know that Jesus himself established His own creed. This creed is known as the Jesus Creed.

But, before explaining the Jesus Creed, there is a bit of background information that must be addressed first. Before Christ was born, Jews all throughout the known world had their own creed. This creed is better known as the Shema (Sh'ma) and is st
Thomas Kinsfather
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Yes! McKnight nails it. Jesus Creed is about how following Jesus, in every way, is about loving God and loving people. While this is a very simple premise, McKnight approaches this topic with power and penetrating insight.

The Change: Much of the book is about the changes Jesus brought to the Jewish faith. THis is where McKnight really shines. His knowledge of the Jewish Scriptures and Jewish tradition shines as he examines the prayers, stories, and creeds of Jesus and their Jewish roots. Scot r
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian-ethics
Summary: Explores how reciting, reflecting upon, and living the Greatest Command can transform the lives of disciples.

"Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one,
Love the Lord your God with all your heart,
with all your soul,
with all your mind and with all your strength."
The second is this: "Love your neighbor as yourself."
There is no commandment greater than these.

Scot McKnight proposes that this response by Jesus to a teacher of the law regarding what was the greatest commandment was not
Jeremy Manuel
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christianity
If you're a Christian, Jesus' greatest commandment is probably not a foreign concept to you. "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments." While these may not be words always put into practice, they are words that are often talked about in churches and among Christians.

Scot McKnight i
Samuel McCann
Picked up this book with a lot of anticipation and excitement. Have heard a lot of good things about Scot McKnight from professors and his commentaries are often well received. The beginning starts off with a bang and you feel he has grasped an imcredibly important concept, yet I felt throughout the book he did not bring to fruition the promise of his work.

Maybe I had unfair expectations. In some ways I thought this might break free from the typical American evangelical formula, but throughout w
Emma Palmberg
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Jesus Creed is not a book to breeze through in one sitting. Instead, it should be read slowly and with some thought put into it. McKnight breaks up the chapters into small, manageable chunks, as well as combining chapters into particular groups. This allows for easy reading and organization. How much one gets out of the book is really up to them. If carefully read, the information can apply to all of our lives, even if just in subtle ways.

A beautiful tone is used throughout the book and it
Abel Babu
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: theology
It was a good read, more like a timely read. Gave me a fresh perspectives on, Jesus rethinking and extending the Jewish rhythms and liturgy in the light of who He is, about the many people that Jesus interacted with during his time, stories of people who have impacted by him... to name a few All these perspectives were then put forth as a framework for spiritual formation, which is something I have come think a little more intentionally in this season. So yes it was a timely read for me.

That sai
Paul Dubuc
This book proved to be a good discussion starter for a small group study. McKnight's application of the "Jesus Creed" (Love God, love your neighbor) finds many ways. I found some chapters were much better than others, so the application was uneven; profound in some ways, a stretch in others. Overall I enjoyed reading the book very much. I don't understand why they removed the whole last section of chapters from the 10th anniversary edition of this book. I thought those were some of the best. I r ...more
Andrew Cline
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A simple and excellent guide to how to follow Jesus

The Jesus Creed is a simple guide to following Jesus leading to spiritual formation. McKnight does a excellent job of explaining this simple way of becoming more like Jesus in everyday life. He uses scripture and story telling to back up all his points in a compelling way. I look forward to seeing how my life changes as I continue to recite the Jesus Creed daily.
Nov 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
While I really loved what Scot was saying throughout this book, I found it a little challenging to read. His writing style is quite choppy. I'm sure it is written the way he talks, but I would have to pause and re-read at times to understand him. However, if you put that aside, his call to live like Jesus - by loving God and loving others is something we constantly need to be reminded - particularly in a year that feels extra difficult for so many in the world.
Zach Busick
Nov 19, 2020 rated it liked it
The main premise of the book is great and the first few chapters were insightful and worth reading. But the next few were a little less compelling, and next few less still. And so on till the end of the book pretty much.

McKnight has a really broad knowledge of church history and draws from many different Christian traditions, which I loved. At times his writing is funny and hooked me, but at times it was a little all over the place which kind of made my head spin.
Gerald Thomson
Sep 09, 2020 rated it did not like it
I struggled getting through this book. Not sure if it is just not written well or if the disjointed, short chapters just make for a difficult read. Some good thoughts about the Kingdom of God and relationship vs. perfection, but overall the focus of the book is cloudy. Each chapter ties back to Love God, Love Others, but sometimes in a roundabout way. Wouldn’t recommend it.
Mitchell Dixon
McKnight gives a great picture of what the great commandment really means for a Christ follower. This would be an amazing book for someone just coming to the faith and wrestling with what loving God and loving people really means.
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed the discussion questions in a group setting but the book was a snooze fest.
william herzog
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Simply a great read....challenging and should we live. By Jesus God with everything and your neighbor as yourself!
Jim Kilson
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've read this little book several times... it never fails to teach me something new!
Jonathan Emmert
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great thoughts and well developed, though I think there are any excessive amount of examples, it feels like they were added just to increase the length of the book.
Daniel Nelms
Sep 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Read half of it thoroughly, sped read the remainder. It was good.
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the clearest, most accessible books I have read on what it means to follow Jesus.
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love the book. it is one of the best book I read this year.
Joel Hansen
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books I've ever read. McKnight really digs into the heart of Jesus and His commands, and how He wants us to live out our Kingdom life on earth.
Jay Kiew
Sep 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great examination of what it means to be a follower of Jesus.
G Stephen
Aug 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing

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.”

Jesus knows what life is all about. He was born into a Jewish family and culture but he was more than Jewish. He took
Scotty Roberts
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
If the Sermon on the Mount was the manifesto of the Kingdom of God "The Jesus Creed" serves up a veritable pledge of allegiance to that Kingdom's Ruler and His overarching prerogative which is, of course, LOVE. In exploring Rabbi Yeshua's affirmation of the Judaism's Shema ("Hear O Israel... the LORD is one: you shall love the LORD with all...") which He conjoined with the Golden Rule (which is an affirmation of Leviticus 19:18), McKnight makes clear that, for all the clarity that doctrinal conf ...more
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Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author or editor of forty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL. Dr. McKnight has given interviews on radios across the nation, has appeared on television, and is regularly speaks at local churches, conferences, colleges, and seminaries in the ...more

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“The Jesus Creed teaches us that a disciple’s responsibility is to love God by following Jesus. You only follow someone else when your own lights or sense of direction are not good enough.” 3 likes
“For Mother Teresa, love is only of use if it is seen in action. Her famous words are: “Do ordinary things with extraordinary love: little things like caring for the sick and the homeless, the lonely and the unwanted, washing and cleaning for them.” And, “You must give what will cost you something.” Her creed—call it her Shema—is simple: The fruit of silence is prayer. The fruit of prayer is faith. The fruit of faith is love. The fruit of love is service. The fruit of service is peace.” 2 likes
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