The Cost of Discipleship

The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Though this book is an indispensable Christian work, it is has been on my shelf for a few years and had never made it to my nightstand or active reading stack. When I finished Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas, I knew that this book needed to be read. I am in a season of life where I am not satisfied with the shallow discipleship of the American church, the Bonhoeffer biography fanned the flames of discontent. I began this book in hopes of creating a full-blown disciple bonfire. It did. Here are the dog-ears.

  • pg. 50 - Christian life vs. bourgeois secular existence
  • pg. 51 - cheap grace and leaving my existence for an hour or so on Sunday morning
  • pg. 121 - disciples are bound to the Old Testament Law
  • pg. 151 - loving the enemy that is trying to root us out
  • pg. 255 - the visible church
  • pg. 298 - The Image of Christ chapter, the whole thing is brilliant!
Bonhoeffer believed in the extreme discipleship set forth by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount and in the rest of the Gospels. He was also committed to living this way and this was the focus of his teaching. At the same time, he was patient and non-judgmental towards his students and even those in his circle that were not Christians. He simply and consistently taught his theology and what it means to follow Jesus. This is the lesson for me, I tend to move too fast and become frustrated with our slow growth.


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