Dietrich Bonhoeffer - The Cost of One Life (1 of 4) by Kerry Shook

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer - The Cost of One Life (1 of 4)
Series: One Life
Pastor Kerry Shook

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• Daniel 3:1, 2, 4-6, 12 (NIV)

• Daniel 3:7 (NIV)

"When Christ calls a man He bids him come and die." Dietrich Bonhoeffer

• Luke 9:23 (NLT)


• Dan. 3:19, 20 (NIV)


The year was 1939. The place Berlin, Germany, where a young 33-year-old pastor had just made the most gut-wrenching decision of his life. He had just recently decided to return to his German homeland where just a few years before his life had been threatened, because in 1939 all of Germany was enthralled by a madman by the name of Adolph Hitler, who was just beginning his horrific campaign to dominate Europe and to murder 6,000 Jews, but at that point in time, almost no one stood against him. In fact, most of the German people, and the German churches and the German pastors applauded Hitler. He wanted to be called 'The Furor'. He basically wanted people to look to him and not to God, but there was one young, German pastor by the name of Dietrich Bonhoeffer that chose to stand against him. Now you have to understand in Germany at the time that most German churches were very formal and legalistic and very judgmental, and so they, when the Nazis came to power, didn't have a problem with it, because they, too, didn't have any patience for those who were weak or hurting, and so as the Nazis came to power before they committed all their horrific crimes against humanity, most pastors and most churches in Germany were okay with it, but Dietrich Bonhoeffer on the other hand spoke about a relationship with Christ instead of formality and legalism and judgmnetalism. He said your relationship with Christ should have an impact on how you live, and so you should care about the hurting and the hopeless. He was able help thousands of Jews escape Germany at the risk of his own life. But then there were other churches in Germany at the time that said because God's grace covers all our sins, it doesn't really matter what you do, and they saw no reason to stand against evil and tyranny, because they said really God is going to forgive us of everything, so there's need to really take a stand for right or wrong or to get involved, because that grace covers everything. But Bonhoeffer called that cheap grace. He said that grace is free, but it's not cheap. It cost Christ his life. And when you receive the grace of God, it should compel you to love your fellow man and to help those are hurting and hopeless, to really put your love into action. And so that's what Bonhoeffer did.
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