Bonhoeffer on the Christian Life & Discipleship

200px-Pastor_BonhoefferFrom Dietrich Bonhoeffer and his Nachfolge (ET,  The Cost of Discipleship)

When we are called to follow Christ, we are summoned to an exclusive attachment to his person…

Discipleship means adherence to Christ, and, because Christ is the object of that adherence, it must take the form of discipleship…

Discipleship without Jesus Christ is a way of our own choosing.

According to Bonhoeffer, costly discipleship is rooted in the costly grace of God.

Cheap grace is the deadly enemy of our Church. We are fighting to-day for costly grace…

Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession, absolution without personal confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.

Costly grace is the treasure hidden in the field…

Such grace is costly because it calls us to follow, and it is grace because it calls us to follow Jesus Christ.

I found this challenging and I hope you do as well.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20 ESV)

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