The holidays are here and it’s time for some relaxation! View the full post to get this weeks thoughts… Today’s photos were taken in Grand Teton National Park.
This is just a short thought this week as I’m away on holidays. The quote below is from Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s book, The Cost of Discipleship. It relates to the first of my WordPress Weekly thoughts in dealing with grace and our attitude towards it as a church. Think about what he is saying and let me know if you agree or disagree in the comments.
“Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline. Communion without confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ.” Or, to put it even more clearly, it is to hear the gospel preached as follows: “Of course you have sinned, but now everything is forgiven, so you can stay as you are and enjoy the consolations of forgiveness.” The main defect of such a proclamation is that it contains no demand for discipleship.
In contrast to this is costly grace: “costly grace confronts us as a gracious call to follow Jesus, it comes as a word of forgiveness to the broken spirit and the contrite heart. It is costly because it compels a man to submit to the yoke of Christ and follow him; it is grace because Jesus says: ‘My yoke is easy and my burden is light.'” — Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship
The summer storm rolls in over the Grand Teton range in Wyoming, USA.