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....Continua
My progress on this book is Unfinished not because of boredom or disinterest, but because I did not believe my heart had the necessary preparation to proceed past the first chapter. The contents are so weighty and costly to read that I can't see how anyone could have a casual, bed-time approach to this work. The first chapter "Cheap Grace" has shaped much of my understanding of God's grace and the work of salvation in man. Bonhoeffer rescues our minds from the erroneous concept that grace makes us (or God) soft on sin. In a generation so afraid of legalism and guilt, this work is good medicine that will help us interpret brokenness not as an adversary to salvation, but, in fact, a prerequisite....Continua
This is a classic: what is cheap grace, and how is it different to the authentic grace as described in the Bible? The author leads us back to the grace that was perceived by the early Church; the author introduce us the genuine saving grace that has the actual power to save us from sin. There are other interesting articles at the latter part of the book, but I hadn't finish them all yet....Continua