Title Page, Copyright

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pp. v-viii

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General Editor’s Foreword to Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works

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pp. ix-xiv

Since the time that the writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906–45) first began to be available in English after World War II, they have been eagerly read both by scholars and by a wide general audience. The story of his life is compelling, set in the midst of historic events that shaped a century. ...

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pp. xv-xvi

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Editors’ Introduction to the English Edition

Geffrey B. Kelly, John D. Godsey

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pp. 1-36

Discipleship, previously published in a popular edition as The Cost of Discipleship, has been acclaimed in both Protestant and Catholic circles as a classic in Christian spirituality. Discipleship was the largest and most influential book published by Dietrich Bonhoeffer during his lifetime. ...

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Preface

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pp. 37-40

In times of church renewal holy scripture naturally becomes richer in content for us. Behind the daily catchwords and battle cries needed in the Church Struggle, a more intense, questioning search arises for the one who is our sole concern, for Jesus himself. What did Jesus want to say to us? What does he want from us today? ...

Part One

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Chapter One: Costly Grace

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pp. 43-56

Cheap grace means grace as bargain-basement goods, cut-rate forgiveness, cut-rate comfort, cut-rate sacrament; grace as the church’s inexhaustible pantry, from which it is doled out by careless hands without hesitation or limit. It is grace without a price, without costs. ...

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Chapter Two: The Call to Discipleship

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pp. 57-76

The call goes out, and without any further ado the obedient deed of the one called follows. The disciple’s answer is not a spoken confession of faith in Jesus. Instead, it is the obedient deed. How is this direct relation between call and obedience possible? It is quite offensive to natural reason. ...

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Chapter Three: Simple Obedience

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pp. 77-83

When Jesus demanded voluntary poverty of the rich young man, the young man knew that his only choices were obedience or disobedience. When Levi was called from tax collecting and Peter from his nets, there was no doubt that Jesus was serious about those calls. They were supposed to leave everything and follow him. ...

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Chapter Four: Discipleship and the Cross

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pp. 84-91

“Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. ...

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Chapter Five: Discipleship and the Individual

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pp. 92-99

Jesus’ call to discipleship makes the disciple into a single individual. Whether disciples want to or not, they have to make a decision; each has to decide alone. It is not their own choice to desire to be single individuals. Instead, Christ makes everyone he calls into an individual. Each is called alone. Each must follow alone ...

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Chapter Six: The Sermon on the Mount (An Interpretation)

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pp. 100-182

Jesus on the mountain, the crowd, the disciples. The crowd sees: There is Jesus with his disciples, who have joined him. The disciples—not so long before, they themselves were fully part of the crowd. They were just like all the others. Then Jesus’ call came. So they left everything behind and followed him. ...

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Chapter Seven: The Messengers (An Interpretation of Matthew 10)

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pp. 183-198

“Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. When he saw the crowds,[2]he had compassion for them, because they were ill-treated and helpless,[3] like sheep without a shepherd. ...

Part Two: The Church of Jesus Christ and Discipleship

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Chapter Eight: Preliminary Questions

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pp. 201-204

To his first disciples Jesus was bodily present, speaking his word directly to them. But this Jesus died and is risen. How, then, does his call to discipleship [Ruf in die Nachfolge] reach us today? Jesus no longer walks past me in bodily form and calls, “Follow me,”[1] as he did to Levi, the tax collector. ...

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Chapter Nine: Baptism

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pp. 205-212

In the Synoptic Gospels the concept of discipleship can express almost the full breadth and content of relations between the disciple and Jesus Christ. In the Pauline texts, however, this concept recedes almost completely into the background. ...

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Chapter Ten: The Body of Christ

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pp. 213-224

The first disciples lived in the bodily presence of and in community with Jesus. What is the significance of this fact, and in what way does this community still exist for us? Paul states that through baptism we have become members of the body of Christ.[1] ...

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Chapter Eleven: The Visible Church-Community

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pp. 225-252

The body of Christ takes up physical space here on earth.[2] By becoming human Christ claims a place among us human beings. He came unto his own.[3] Yet when he was born he was given a stable, “because there was no other place in the inn.”[4] ...

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Chapter Twelve: The Saints

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pp. 253-280

The ‘ekklesia’ of Christ, the community of disciples, is no longer subject to the rule of this world. True, it still lives in the midst of the world. But it already has been made into one body. It is a territory with an authority of its own, a space set apart. It is the holy church (Eph. 5:27), the church-community of saints (1 Cor. 14:34). ...

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Chapter Thirteen: The Image of Christ

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pp. 281-288

“Those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn within a large family” (Rom. 8:29).[1] To those who have heard the call to be disciples of Jesus Christ is given the incomprehensibly great promise that they are to become like Christ. ...

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Editors’ Afterword to the German Edition

Martin Kuske, Ilse Tödt

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pp. 289-314

Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s exposition of the Sermon on the Mount captures the reader’s attention today just as it did fifty years ago. Discipleship, however, is a book that needs to be seen within a specific context. Bonhoeffer did not intend it to be a piece of “timeless truth”; rather, he sought to uncover the specific truth for “today.” [1] ...

Chronology

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pp. 315-318

Bibliography

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pp. 319-340

Index of Scriptural References

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pp. 341-348

Index of Names

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pp. 349-352

Index of Subjects

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pp. 353-364

Editor and Translator Biographies

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pp. 365-368