The Cost of Discipleship (SCM Classics)



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“When Christ calls a person, he bids him come and die.” With these phrases, in The Value of Discipleship, Dietrich Bonhoeffer gave highly effective voice to the thousands and thousands of Christians who consider private sacrifice is a vital part of religion. Bonhoeffer, a German Lutheran pastor and theologian, was an exemplar of sacrificial religion: he opposed the Nazis from the primary and was finally imprisoned in Buchenwald and hung by the Gestapo in 1945. The Value of Discipleship, first printed in German in 1937, was Bonhoeffer’s reply to the questions, “What did Jesus imply to say to us? What’s his will for us to-day?” Bonhoeffer’s solutions are rooted in Lutheran grace and derived from Christian scripture (nearly a 3rd of the guide consists of an prolonged meditation on the Sermon on the Mount). The guide builds to a shocking conclusion: its closing chapter, “The Picture of Christ,” describes the believer’s non secular life as participation in Christ’s incarnation, with a uncommon and epigrammatic confidence: “By means of fellowship and communion with the incarnate Lord,” Bonhoeffer writes, “we get better our true humanity, and on the identical time we’re delivered from that individualism which is the consequence of sin, and retrieve our solidarity with the entire human race.” —Michael Joseph Gross


Indisputably, the guide that has most modified my life is Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s The Value of Discipleship. It’s unbelievable. I first learn it at Bible school after which learn it once more three years in the past. Bonhoeffer writes about low-cost grace – how we will make the gospel what individuals wish to hear in order that we get an even bigger response- and the way we should combat in opposition to that. As an evangelist, I can typically really feel the temptation to provide a softer message to get extra individuals responding, however truly we should be true to the message that belongs to God. You may change the type, however do not change the substance