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Call to Discipleship

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In this essay Barth articulates what it means to follow Jesus in faith. He emphaisizes that discipleship involves a detachment from authority of possessions, foregoing the pursuit of personal glory, challenging the fear and use of force, the dissolution of self-evident personal attachments and a better-righteousness which goes beyond actions.
Paperback, 76 pages
Published November 1st 2003 by Fortress Press (first published September 15th 2003)
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Can be profitable read by people of all faiths

Typically I have read books in the Facets series because they provide a serious engagement with an author in a limited way rather than reading the whole work. This is not just a sampling of Barth but a coherent and consistent look at the essential facet of discipleship as Barth sees it. As such it is profitably read by all who have made a decision to follow Christ and are ready to be witnesses to the liberation/salvation offered in obedience to God i
Benjamin Vineyard
Initial Question:

How does Barth describe the life of discipleship? What does it look like and how is it "good news" in his words?


The call of Jesus is grace and the walk of discipleship is salvation. It's simple, like Bonhoeffer put it. It's only a matter of yes or no.

...and seeing the call as grace and salvation itself is the propellant for obedience.


Barth's language on discipleship was strong and unwavering. Often, discipleship feels skirted and Jesus' words are explained away with a, "
This is just a small selection from Barth's much larger Church Dogmatics. Its fine for what it is, nothing special and I see no reason to have this and not Barth's Church Dogmatics if you are interested in Barth's thought/theology.
Barth got my attention. In The Call to Discipleship Karl Barth reflects on and challenges the reader to better understand what it means to answer Jesus when he says, “Follow me.” Barth describes God’s grace as “a grace that commands” and encourages the reader that discipleship involves action. He writes in an attention-grabbing fashion that motivates you to listen. I was inspired by the reading to pay attention and to try to obey in the moment rather than worrying about what may or may not happe ...more
Steve Johnson
To obey is to do as told, nothing more, nothing less. To be a disciple of Jesus one must obey his commands, nothing more, nothing less. His command is to love.
Pastor Jamie Strickler
Written for the intellectual Theologian who appreciates a philosophical yet rooted in scripture stance on the call to discipleship.
I wish he had talked about the communal understanding/dimension of discipleship, but other than that I enjoyed it.
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Karl Barth (pronounced "bart") was a Swiss Reformed theologian whom critics hold to be among the most important Christian thinkers of the 20th century; Pope Pius XII described him as the most important theologian since Thomas Aquinas. Beginning with his experience as a pastor, he rejected his training in the predominant liberal theology typical of 19th-century Protestantism, especially German.

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