Discipleship

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Fortress Press, Nov 1, 2015 - Religion - 309 pages

“Cheap grace is the mortal enemy of our church. Our struggle today is for costly grace.” And with that sharp warning to his own church, which was engaged in bitter conflict with the official Nazified state church, Dietrich Bonhoeffer began his book Discipleship (formerly entitled The Cost of Discipleship). Originally published in 1937, it soon became a classic exposition of what it means to follow Christ in a modern world beset by a dangerous and criminal government. At its center stands an interpretation of the Sermon on the Mount: what Jesus demanded of his followers—and how the life of discipleship is to be continued in all ages of the post- resurrection church.

“Every call of Jesus is a call to death,” Bonhoeffer wrote. His own life ended in martyrdom on April 9, 1945.

Using the acclaimed DBWE translation, adapted to a more accessible format, this new edition features supplemental material from Victoria J. Barnett and an insightful introduction by Geffrey B. Kelly to clarify the theological meaning and social context of this attempt to resist the Nazi ideology.

 

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More detailed than abridged "Cost of Discipleship"

User Review  - Larry - Christianbook.com

This book is a must read for Bonhoeffer fans and goes deeper than the "Cost of Discipleship" which is an abridged version of this book. Bonhoeffer's writing style is very straight forward and "matter ... Read full review

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User Review  - JRexV - LibraryThing

Bonhoeffer presents his views on what it means to be in true Christian community. It is not easy and not what we necessarily expect, but the ideal is worth pondering and pursuing. Read full review

Contents

Costly Grace
3
The Call to Discipleship
17
Simple Obedience
41
Discipleship and the Cross
49
Discipleship and the Individual
59
The Sermon on the Mount
69
Notes
155
The Messengers An Interpretation of Matthew 10
157
The Body of Christ
193
Notes
205
The Visible ChurchCommunity
207
The Saints
235
Notes
262
The Image of Christ
265
Study Questions
275
A Guide to Related Texts and Resources
277

The Church of Jesus Christ and Discipleship
175
Preliminary Questions
177
Baptism
183
Notes
189

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906–1945), a German theologian, pastor, and ecumenist, studied in Berlin and at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He played a central role in the Confessing Church during the Nazi period and became one of the most influential theologians of the twentieth century.

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