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"Cheap grace is the mortal enemy of our Church. Our struggle today is for costly grace." With this sharp warning to his own Church, engaged in bitter conflict with the official Nazified state Church, Bonhoeffer began his classic book Discipleship (formerly entitled The cost of discipleship). This book soon became a signal exposition of what it means to follow Jesus Christ in a modern world beset by a dangerous and criminal government. At its centre 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 Church. "Every call of Jesus is a call to death," Bonhoeffer wrote
Print Book, English, 2001
Fortress Press, Minneapolis, MN, 2001
xiii, 367 pages ; 24 cm.
9780800683047, 9780800683245, 0800683048, 0800683242
Editors' introduction to the English edition / Geffrey B. Kelly, John D. Godsey
Costly grace
The call to discipleship
Simple obedience
Discipleship and the cross
Discipleship and the individual
The Sermon on the Mount (an interpretation)
The messengers (an interpretation of Matthew 10)
Preliminary questions
The body of Christ
The visible church-community
The saints
The image of Christ
Editors' afterword to the German edition / Martin Kuske, Ilse Todt