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Drawing from Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, Dietrich Bonhoeffer—whom many consider one of the most influential theologians of the twentieth century—explores Jesus' call to discipleship and what it means for followers of Jesus today. Whether you are a businessperson, a teacher, a student, or a politician, all are called to be disciples.
But what does being a disciple of Christ really mean?
Bonhoeffer offers an answer in his classic work The Cost of Discipleship. Written against the backdrop of World War II and Nazi Germany, The Cost of Discipleship continues to speak powerfully to people today about social concerns and shape modern religious thought.
It's an engaging account written by a man whose life was cut short at the hands of the Nazis but whose writing challenges readers even today to a new type of leadership—one inspired by the gospel, infused with the spirit of Christian humanism, and marked by a call to biblical, civic duty.
Check out the Logos edition of Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works, vol. 4: Discipleship for a text version.
Following Jesus is not easy; Jesus never said it would be. Perhaps that's why Bonhoeffer boldly declared that when Christ calls a man, "he bids him come and die"—and that the essence of discipleship is contained in those words.
When you read Dietrich Bonhoeffer's The Cost of Discipleship, you will contemplate this concept and many others. You'll come away with a deeper understanding of the significance of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount and the words Jesus left his disciples with before being crucified and resurrected—as well as a storehouse of biblically sound nuggets of wisdom, like that God "gave us earthly goods to be used, not to be collected."
You'll also learn why Bonhoeffer believed:
Bonhoeffer suffered and died at the hands of the Nazis. However, though he penned The Cost of Discipleship half a century ago, you'll find his words just as challenging and encouraging today.
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906–1945) a German theologian, pastor, and ecumenist, was a professor in Berlin, an uncompromising teacher in the Confessing Church, and a consistent opponent of National Socialism. Executed by Hitler at the end of World War II, his influence continues today as one of the most important theologians of the twentieth century.