Monday, November 02, 2015

Bonhoeffer: Come to church!

Monday, November 2, 2015
    Feast of All Souls
    But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail and brought them out.
    “Go, stand in the temple courts,” he said, “and tell the people the full message of this new life.”
    At daybreak they entered the temple courts, as they had been told, and began to teach the people. When the high priest and his associates arrived, they called together the Sanhedrin—the full assembly of the elders of Israel—and sent to the jail for the apostles.
    —Acts 5:19-21 (NIV)
    Come to church! You can do that of your own free will. You can leave your home on a Sunday morning and come to hear the sermon. If you will not, you are of your own free will excluding yourself from the place where faith is a possibility.
    ... Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), The Cost of Discipleship, Simon and Schuster, 1959, p. 65 (see the book)
    See also Acts 5:19-21; John 1:40-41; Acts 16:14-15; Rom. 16:3-5; 1 Cor. 16:19; Col. 4:15; Phlmn. 1:1-2
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, bless the church with Your word.
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