Monday, September 1, 2014

Bonhoffer, 1937. Chapter 27, "Preliminary Questions"

Chapter 27, “Preliminary Questions”

In this final section of his book Bonhoeffer draws conclusions based on his earlier study of discipleship. Here he begins by asking several questions which he thinks should come to our minds.

1) How is Jesus’ call given to us today?  Since Jesus the rabbi is not walking around, he has left his call in the Scripture. He is heard, he is found in the ministry of Word and Sacrament, both proclaimed and physically present. There is no need of personal revelation. Jesus is altogether available in Word and Sacrament.

2) Does Jesus speak to us differently now? Jesus in fact has the same message for disciples of every time in history. His will never changes.

3) Don’t we have to decide what way he is calling us, what kind of disciple we are? Jesus calls all the same, to faith in him and love for our neighbor. We imitate Jesus, not one or another of his disciples. This takes away the confusion in our life of discipleship.

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