Jesus Creed for Lent

Jesus Creed for Lent January 3, 2013

In the last few years a number of churches, from a variety of denominations, have used our 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed for Lent.

So let me encourage you, if you are looking for ideas, to consider using Lent as a time to reflect on and pray about and practice loving God and loving others — with a view to God’s love in the cross and resurrection.

We tend to think of Lent as a time of sorrow and repentance and grief, and that is one of its core ideas. But we don’t grieve in order to heighten our capacity to grieve or repent so we can focus on our ability to repent. If Lent has its proper impact, it will form us spiritually — and to be formed spiritually is to grow in love of God and love of others.

This book has 40 short studies on the Jesus Creed — beginning with Jesus and then developing how the rest of the New Testament took Jesus’ fundamental idea and reapplied it and reused it and saw it as the center of how a follower of Jesus is to live.

Paraclete has a special offer for the Jesus Creed Challenge.

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  • Rick

    Great book! I recently bought another one for someone struggling in his day-to-day walk.

  • Thanks for the heads up. I’m already planning on the Jesus Creed as our parish memory verse for Lent and I’ll recommend this resource to my parish as well. Just ordered my copy.

    On the basis of your talks on the subject (and somewhat under the influence of Warren’s “Purpose Driven Church”) we incorporate the Jesus Creed in to all of our liturgies. It appears as the Summary of the Law in the beginning of all Rite I (traditional language) BCP Eucharists and can be used to bid the confession in Rite II (contemporary language) Eucharists. I began doing this some years back in a previous parish. I personally benefit from saying the Great Commandment/Jesus Creed in every service and am trusting the Lord that his people under my care benefit as well.

    Thanks again for highlighting this resource today.

  • scotmcknight

    Fr Gregory, I wish more would follow in your steps on inserting this into the liturgies. There’s already a presence in the BCP in the confession before Eucharist, but there it’s used (if I may) negatively … to draw out confession. It’s a “creed” for life, too.

  • Scot, I think you are right. The Summary of the Law is much preferred as a declaration at the beginning of the Liturgy of the Word than as a bidding for confession. But I’ve got to keep the rubrics and use it where I can in this iteration of the Prayer Book.

    I found the following in Massey Shepherd’s commentary on the 1928 American Prayer Book regarding the origin of the Summary in Anglican liturgies.

    “The English Non-Jurors’ Communion Office of 1718 saw the first use of the Summary of the Law. It was inserted as a substitute for, not an alternative to, the Decalogue–primarily because of the Non-Jurors’ objection to the literalistic, Sabbatarian exegesis of the fourth commandment by the Puritans, and also because of a desire for a more positive and spiritual emphasis upon the Law as a command of love. The Scottish Non-Jurors added the Summary to their Communion Office of 1764 as permissible alternative, and from this Office it was adopted by the framers of our American 1789 Book.”