The name Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) has become a byword for conviction and courage. In 1935, ten years before the Nazis hanged him in Flossenburg, Bonhoeffer presided over a seminary consisting of twenty-five young pastors. They were all part of the Confessing Church, believers who refused to drape Hitler’s policies with the Christian flag. Therefore, the seminary was illegal; they literally risked their lives to pray together, study together, and live together. In 1937 the Nazis shut down this clandestine seminary, and a year later Bonhoeffer wrote Life Together, reflections on a Christian community. In the pages of this book, he taught that courage is not only standing up against the unbelieving world; it includes standing up against one’s own sin in the context of the local church.
The Great Commission applies to every Christian, and the Lord Jesus has promised to be with us in this glorious task. By the power of the Spirit, we should seek to make disciples, who make disciples, who make disciples...
"Why was I made to hear Thy voice, And enter while there's room, When thousands make a wretched choice, And rather starve than come?"
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