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What is the Essence of Christian Discipleship? The “Implanting, Writing, and Realizing of the Gospel in our Souls.”

The majority of people have a desire for relational connection on a deep level to experience love and to be loved. Such a sincere desire is in response to our longing to have our broken pieces repaired.

Many dedicated Christians affirm our journey towards becoming transformed into Christ’s image is not an endeavor without problems while being transformed into His image. The journey for change often leaves people baffled by the numerous conflicting perspectives on how to change, leaving many confused and discouraged.

The heart of the majority of those seeking after Christ is a desire to be transformed into the image of Christ to see righteousness in our lives. Though they may know the intentions of our faith in Christ, we are often left feeling lost in the midst of our journey. I have faced such moments like those of you who are hopefully reading this. Through these times, I have had to remind myself that these moments of confusion occur to anyone that takes their faith seriously are bound to face questions and concerns about their faith. The important thing is not to allow yourself to fall victim to believing you are faithless for having honest doubts in seeking clarity and change. We must remember that the change we desire takes a lifetime of progressive change that often occurs in the midst often a complicated, beautiful mess in His eyes.

Skewed Ideas & False Expectations

The reality is that many Christians are facing difficult times in their faiths due to skewed ideas or false hopes about Christianity. I have experienced and witnessed numerous well-intended people teach and learn any particular biblical or theological doctrine while forsaking some other aspect through the years. The net result of such biblical and theological construction typically leads individuals to have skewed ideas and false expectations concerning Christianity as a whole and about their personal faith in Christ. There always seems to come a time when someone begins to comes across such potholes in their faith that slowly and but progressively does damage to their faith emotionally or intellectually.

There is no doubt that we should find people are not being aware of though individuals are missing particular biblical or theological teachings are scary. Nevertheless, some teachings trump such concerns due to the reality that various theological views concerning God’s grace and mercy in numerous ways. Such lessons seen in these areas have resulted in people believing that it is alright for them to continue consciously in matters that any serious Christian should forgo.

The question of cheap grace is addressed in The Cost of Discipleship. In this work, Dietrich Bonhoeffer states that “cheap grace… amounts to the justification of sin without the justification of the repentant sinner who departs from sin and from whom sin departs.” He further adds,

Cheap grace is the grace we bestow on ourselves. Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession, absolution without personal confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.

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