Friday, April 1, 2011

Treasures in the Creed, the Ten Commandments, and the Lord's Prayer

"At certain periods in the history of the Church, especially when some reformation was at hand, men have exhibited a weariness of their ordinary theological teaching. It seemed to them that they needed something less common, more refined than that which they possessed. As the light broke in upon them, they perceived that they needed what was less refined, more common. The Creed, the Ten Commandments, the Lord's Prayer were found to contain the treasures for which they were seeking. The signs of such a period are surely to be seen in our day. We can scarcely think that we require reformation less than our fathers. I believe, if we are to obtain it, we too must turn to these simple documents; we must inquire whether they cannot interpret the dream of our lives better than all the soothsayers whom we have consulted about it hitherto."

from a sermon on the Lord's Prayer preached in 1848

3 comments:

George said...

I sometimes think that if all I had was the Creed and the Lords Prayer, it would be enough. I know for some the value of scripture but so often it seems to confuse and spur argument, and maybe God made it so such that men would seek a simpler relationship a more direct relationship with Him, heart to heart?

Apis Melliflora said...

Couldn't agree more. Am studying the Lord's Prayer during Lent.

Bryan Owen said...

Just for fun, here are a couple of helpful resources on the Lord's Prayer by N. T. Wright: his book The Lord and His Prayer, and this essay entitled "The Lord’s Prayer as a Paradigm of Christian Prayer."