Dietrich Bonhoeffer | Ministry

I am blessed to be on a staff at a church where development is a huge value & our leadership is serious about investing in the lives of their staff. Right now we are going through Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s “Life Together” – it is seriously hitting me between the eyes and right in the gut. Sometimes I find myself finding things very hard to digest and other things speaking right to my soul.

I’m writing this as we are nearly through the entire book, but I’ll probably go back and pull out some content from previous chapters.

Today I was reviewing just the intro to the chapter titled “Ministry” and was just blown away by how DB cuts like a knife into the soul of man. Here’s just some selected quotes from one and a half pages…

“There arose a reasoning among them, which of them should be the greatest” Luke 9:46… This is enough to destroy a fellowship.

…(We must) face this dangerous enemy squarely, and eradicate it… From the first moment when a man meets another person he (or she) is looking for a strategic position he can assume and hold over against that person.

Where is there a person who doesnot with instinctive sureness find the spot where he can stand and defend himeself, but which he will never give up to another, for which he will fight with all of his instict of self-assertation.

It is the struggle of the natural man for self-justification.

Um, all I have to say is: Guilty! Guilty! Guilty!

This is where so many of us go wrong – and by many of us, I mean me. All I can think of to say is, DB is so right and this verse is the target I want to aim for (read it three times slowly).

But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.

Phillipians 3:7-9

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