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The Cost of Discipleship Before Bonhoeffer could challenge his readers he had to convince them to get on his bandwagon He begins by writing about grace Bonhoeffer categorizes grace into two groups one is cheap grace and the other is costly grace To Bonhoeffer cheap grace is the denial of the living Word of God and the justification of sin without the justification of the sinner He goes so far as to say Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance baptism without church discipline Communion without confession absolution without personal confession p 44 Bonhoeffer even goes as far as to say that cheap grace is another word for damnation Obviously he isnt advocating this type of grace The grace Bonhoeffer longs for Christians to have is costly grace This type of grace requires action of the Christian Costly grace is the gospel which must be sought again and again p 45 Bonhoeffer states that since we are called to follow it it is costly and because we are called to follow Christ it is grace Above all it is costly because it cost God the life of his Son p45 Any Christian with any conviction to follow Christ is almost forced to agree with Bonhoeffer and that is exactly what he wanted Now that youre on the bandwagon he can hit you with his radical ideas of what it means to follow Christ Now that Bonhoeffer has you he says to just obey God dont rationalize We should not question God we should just do as He says He also points out that following God isnt a cakewalk Discipleship means suffering and we should not kid ourselves by believing otherwise Bonhoeffer then shifts to show us how we should follow Christ He does so by thoroughly covering the Sermon on the Mount He doesnt beat around the bush here He is very straightforward in conveying his ideas In this
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