Becoming Like Bonhoeffer

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer spoke out against Hitler, wrote books that even today are considered classics, was a caring pastor, and ultimately was put to death for saving Jews and attempting to stop Nazi terror. Yet Bonhoeffer was not fooled by his press clippings. “Who am I?” he asked himself. “This or the other? Am I one person today, and tomorrow another? Am I both at once? A hypocrite before others, and before myself a contemptibly woebegone weakling? Or is something within me still like a beaten army, fleeing in disorder from victory already achieved?” Few, if any, of us could match his résumé, yet he struggled with understanding himself—seeing the wide disparity between his public and private personae. We have the same struggles and need Scripture to help us deal with these deep questions.

Table of Contents

SCRIPTURE: 1 Samuel 16:1–13; Proverbs 20:5–6; 21:2; Luke 22:31–34; Romans 7:14–25; Revelation 2:12–17


    • Identify the Current Issue

    • Discover the Eternal Principles

Teaching point one: We need others if we are to understand ourselves and change.
Teaching point two: Deliverance from sin must come from above.
Teaching point three:God responds to us based on what’s inside, not outside.
Teaching point four: God sees past our sin and failure.
Teaching point five: Faithfulness in the Christian life is worth it.
    • Apply Your Findings

    • Additional Resources


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