The Cost of Discipleship

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Simon and Schuster, 1959 - Philosophy - 320 pages
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One of the most important theologians of the twentieth century illuminates the relationship between ourselves and the teachings of Jesus in this classic text on ethics, humanism, and civic duty.

What can the call to discipleship, the adherence to the word of Jesus, mean today to the businessman, the soldier, the laborer, or the aristocrat? What did Jesus mean to say to us? What is his will for us today? Drawing on the Sermon on the Mount, Dietrich Bonhoeffer answers these timeless questions by providing a seminal reading of the dichotomy between “cheap grace” and “costly grace.” “Cheap grace,” Bonhoeffer wrote, “is the grace we bestow on ourselves...grace without discipleship....Costly grace is the gospel which must be sought again and again, the girl which must be asked for, the door at which a man must know....It is costly because it costs a man his life, and it is grace because it gives a man the only true life.”

The Cost of Discipleship is a compelling statement of the demands of sacrifice and ethical consistency from a man whose life and thought were exemplary articulations of a new type of leadership inspired by the Gospel, and imbued with the spirit of Christian humanism and a creative sense of civic duty.
 

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User Review  - Ken - Christianbook.com

A book for today as this country faces a new challenging time. The author was able to face a time of challenge through a solid understanding of the classic teachings of the Bible. His life was lived ... Read full review

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Excellent! His pastoral explanation of the Sermon on the Mount was a refreshing drink at the well. Read full review

Contents

Foreword by Bishop G K A Bell Memoir by G Leibholz
13
Introduction
35
GRACE AND DISCIPLESHIP
41
Costly Grace
43
The Call to Discipleship
57
SingleMinded Obedience
79
Discipleship and the Cross
86
Discipleship and the Individual
94
The Simplicity of the Carefree Life
173
The Separation of the Disciple Community 18 The Disciple and Unbelievers
182
The Great Divide
189
The Conclusion
196
THE MESSENGERS
199
The Harvest
201
The Apostles
204
The Work
206

THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT
103
The Beatitudes
105
The Visible Community
115
The Righteousness of Christ
120
The Brother
126
Woman
131
Truthfulness
135
Revenge
140
The Enemythe Extraordinary
146
Of the Hidden Character of the Christian Life
152
The Hidden Righteousness
155
The Hiddenness of Prayer
162
The Hiddenness of the Devout Life
169
The Suffering of the Messengers 21 3
213
The Decision 2 1 7
217
The Fruit
220
THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST AND THE LIFE OF DISCIPLESHIP
223
Preliminary Questions
225
Baptism
229
The Body of Christ
236
The Visible Community
248
The Saints
272
The Image of Christ
298
Index of Subjects
305
Index of Biblical References
309
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer was born in Breslau in 1906. The son of a famous German psychiatrist, he studied in Berlin and New York City. He left the safety of America to return to Germany and continue his public repudiation of the Nazis, which led to his arrest in 1943. Linked to the group of conspirators whose attempted assassination of Hitler failed, he was hanged in April 1945.

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