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Not Your Solitary Life

August 6, 2018

“I don’t need a church because

I study the Bible for myself.”

 

“That’s proof that you don’t actually

study the Bible for yourself.”

 

[Let’s spend the month of August 2018 looking at some quotes, lines, memes, and other timeless ephemera — how’s that for an oxymoron? — that are too good not to share. Let’s contextualize some, let’s dissect others, and let’s simply enjoy still others. Let’s go!]

Somewhere on the long and winding road (hello, Beatles fans) I learned that the church is the only organization that exists for people outside of itself.

And somewhere along that same path you and I have sometimes forgotten that.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote from his Nazi prison cell to his friend Eberhard Bethge on April 30, 1944, “God’s “beyond” is not the beyond of our cognitive faculties.  God is beyond in the midst of our life. The church stands, not at the boundaries where human powers give out, but in the middle of the village.”

He also noted that “Jesus is there only for others.” Faith is participation in us also being “there only for others.”

In some notes he left behind when he was hanged in that Flossenberg prison camp, Bonhoeffer clearly says that “Jesus is the man for others.”

Furthermore, he wrote that “The church is the church only when it exists for others. The church must share in the secular problems of ordinary human life, not dominating, but helping and serving. It must tell people of every calling, what it means to live in Christ, what it means to to exist for others.”

 

“I don’t need a church because

I study the Bible for myself.”

 

“That’s proof that you don’t actually

study the Bible for yourself.”

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