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The Cost of Discipleship (audio)

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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.

  • Examines Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in the context of discipleship
  • Explores the idea of discipleship in modern times
  • Discusses the dichotomy of cheap and costly grace
  • Grace and Discipleship
  • The Sermon on the Mount
  • The Messengers
  • The Church of Jesus Christ and the Life of Discipleship

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:

  • Only in the cross of Christ does anyone find the fulfillment of the law
  • That adherence to Jesus does not mean freedom to do whatever we want—everything must be accompanied by love
  • That regarding our enemies, "It will be the prayer of earnest love for these very sons of perdition who stand around and gaze at us with eyes aflame with hatred, and who have perhaps already raised their hands to kill us."
  • That it doesn't matter how we pray or how many words we use but rather the faith behind those prayers
  • And more

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.

  • Title: The Cost of Discipleship (Unabridged)
  • Authors: Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Paul Michael
  • Publishers: christianaudio, Fortress Press
  • Print Publication Date: 2009
  • Logos Release Date: 2015
  • Era: era:modern
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Audio
  • Subject: Sermon on the Mount
  • Resource Type: Media
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-02-11T15:50:06Z

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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.


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