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Jesus Creed


NPCC.jpgKris and I were back in Atlanta last weekend for my second teaching session on the Jesus Creed. But first, awesome worship band led by Todd Fields. The final song — don’t remember the name of the young man who sang it — perfectly captured the message.

Thanks again to all the folks at NPCC, including Diane Grant and Tina and Lindsay and Tim Cooper.

I did Jesus Creed “phase two” by looking at the theme of “morphing.” James, brother of Jesus, applies the Jesus Creed (2:1-10 and 1:25-27) to two concrete situations — and we looked at how the Jesus Creed came to life in the messianic congregations of James.


First, James brought to mind this most memorable saying of Jesus — the Jesus Creed — when it came to the poor. Second, he led us to those on God’s heart — the orphans and widows. And third he showed what morphing is all about: those who live out the Jesus Creed embody the life Jesus lived and calls us to. I focused on learning to show loving compassion on the orphans and widows, and it gave me opportunity to mention some of my favorite folks: Tom Davis and Karen Spears Zacharias.

The response has been awesome, and I’ve heard from dozens on Facebook and Twitter and through e-mails. Plus, North Point does a great job with “intersect,” their ministries to those in need.

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posted July 8, 2009 at 4:25 pm

sounds like a great time. i have two questions though… 1. what was the name of the final song? 2. do you have any plans to maybe start a podcast where you could post the messages of your speaking engagements?

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Scot McKnight

posted July 8, 2009 at 4:41 pm

I’m not sure of the name. Maybe “Give Me Your Eyes.”

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John Loppnow

posted July 8, 2009 at 4:51 pm

Scot, I would love to see all your messages in one place. Possibly a podcast or website. Maybe one of you more tech savvy “fans” could do something like this. I know that is how NT Wright’s stuff is all in one place. Any takers? Or, Scot, do you have any thoughts?

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Barb Z from Atlanta

posted July 8, 2009 at 7:10 pm

Yes, I attended both series and was both: 1. entertained and 2. moved & motivated by the series. I regret not buying the book on my way out, but I am sure it will be available still this Sunday. Although my contribution to the world pales in comparison to the student who decided to forgo a phd from Duke in order to stay in Chicago to help the poor (was explained in the 2nd series), I am trying harder to be conscientious about the Jesus Creed day to day. I am glad to have heard a message that further reinforces Jesus’ message. I don’t think we can ever hear it enough…

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Scot McKnight

posted July 8, 2009 at 7:14 pm

“Give Me Your Eyes” by Brandon Heath.

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Derek Leman

posted July 9, 2009 at 7:17 am

As one who was there for both messages (I came just to hear Scot), I can say it was fantastic.
I love seeing a crowd that size get a dose of a gospel that is bigger than “my personal salvation.” I’m sure Andy has already been leading his congregation in a holistic direction, as evidenced by Intersect and the ways North Point makes it easy for people to get involved in repairing the world.
Great job, Scot.

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Geremy Dolan

posted July 9, 2009 at 7:18 am

I really enjoyed both messages as well. You can watch or download them at the link above. My wife and I are really challenged and motivated to live out the Jesus Creed with our neighbors and my soccer team. It can get messy, but God sure has loved us through our mess. Thank you Scot!

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posted July 9, 2009 at 8:48 pm

Thanks again for the mention! I owe you some biscuits and gravy.

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posted July 10, 2009 at 7:39 am

I was there for the second message. This is the first sermon/teaching I have heard you do and only mine & my husband’s second visit to Buckhead Church. It is a complete understatement to say that the message was challenging, convicting and moving. Thank you for speaking on this subject. I’m looking forward to reading your book. The story you read about the nurse…wow! I had to keep myself from sobbing until we got n the car. That is what true religion looks like. Thanks again for sharing.
God bless,

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