Pastor Wayne Brown continues our series considering the lives of important figures throughout Christian history. The faithfulness and sacrifice modeled by Dietrich Bonhoeffer show us who the Church is called to be in the face of bigotry and injustice; a call to embody a faith of courage and empathy.
1 Cor 12:7-20
“But he who can no longer listen to his brother will soon be no longer listening to God either; he will be doing nothing but prattle in the presence of God too. This is the beginning of the death of the spiritual life, and in the end there is nothing left but spiritual chatter and clerical condescension arrayed in pious words.”
“Nothing that we despise in other men is inherently absent from ourselves. We must learn to regard people less in the light of what they do or don't do, and more in light of what they suffer.”
“The first service one owes to others in a community involves listening to them. Just as our love for God begins with listening to God’s Word, the beginning of love for others is learning to listen to them. God’s love for us is shown by the fact that God not only gives God’s Word but also lends us God’s ear…. We do God’s work for our brothers and sisters when we learn to listen to them.”
Reflection & Practice
Bonhoeffer made living life in community central to his life. It is in community that we receive and give love, face our fears with the courage of friends supporting us, and serve others.
What does community look like in your life? Do you have people in your life who know how you are doing and are regularly in prayer for you?
Reflect on a few people in your life who you are grateful for right now. How you can show them love and compassion this week? Choose one person and let them know much you appreciate them this week. Also, if you are in need of community, consider joining a small group to get more connected at Ecclesia.
Hail To The Lord's Anointed
Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Let Our Faith Be Not Alone
Come And See
My Sweet Lord