Studium Theologicum Salesianum
Salesian Pontifical University : Faculty of Theology - Jerusalem Campus



 4 May 2017   -    STS - Jerusalem
 TURA Alemayehu Bedassa

Clement Htun Yan Naing, student of the STS, Jerusalem Campus of the Salesian Pontifical University had a wonderful opportunity to present a book entitled: THE COST OF DISCIPLESHIP. The attendance and the attention shown by the Students and the members of the teaching Staff during the presentations manifested their interest and willingness in acquiring knowledge.

Clement started his presentation by introducing the author, Dietrich Bonhoeffer(Feb. 4, 1906 – April 9, 1945).Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a Protestant Lutheran Pastor, theologian, and active in the German resistance to the policies of Hitler and Nazism. He was born in Breslau in 1906. The son of a famous German psychiatrist, he studied in Berlin and New York City. He left the safety of America to return to Germany. Due to his opposition to the Nazi regime, Bonhoeffer was arrested and executed at the Flossian concentration camp, during the last month of the war. He was hanged in April 1945. He remains an important symbol of opposition to Hitler, and his views on Christianity are increasingly influential.
After introducing the author, Clement briefly presented each part of the book. In the first part he briefly explained about“Costly Grace and cheap grace”. According to the author cheap grace is the deadly enemy of our Church;cheap grace means the justification of sin without the justification of the sinner. Grace alone does everythingand so everything can remain as it was before. Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, and grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.Moreover, Costly grace is the treasure hidden in the field. Costly grace is the gospel which must be sought again and again, the gift which must be asked for, the door at which a man must knock.Discipleship simply means the life which spring from grace, and that grace simply means discipleship.

 In the second part, he expounded about “The Call to Discipleship”. The call goes forth and is at once followed by the response of obedience. The response of discipleship is an act of obedience, not simply a confession of faith. Furthermore, Suffering and rejection sum up the whole cross of Jesus. To die on the cross means to die despised and rejected. In sum, Discipleship means adherence to the person of Jesus, and therefore submission to the law of Christ which is the law of the cross.
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