When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.
Unless he obeys, a man cannot believe.
Only he who believes is obedient and only he who is obedient believes.
Discipleship is not an offer that man makes to Christ.
Christianity without discipleship is always Christianity without Christ.
Cheap grace is the deadly enemy of our church. Cheap grace means grace sold on the market like cheapjack’s wares. Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, without church discipline, communion without confession, absolution without personal confession.
The only man who has the right to say that he is justified by grace alone is the man who has left all to follow Christ.
One act of obedience is better than one hundred sermons.
We must learn to regard people less in light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer.
We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself.
A Christian is someone who shares the sufferings of God in the world.
If you board the wrong train, it is no use running along the corridor in the other direction.
Being a Christan is less about cautiously avoiding sin than about courageously and actively doing God’s will.
We must be ready to allow ourselves to be interrupted by God…..We must not…..assume that our schedule is our own to manage, but allow it to be arranged by God.
Take courage and confess your sin, says Luther, do not try to run away from it, but believe more boldly still. You are a sinner, so be a sinner, and don’t try to become what you are not. Yes, and become a sinner again and again every day, and be bold about it. But to whom can such words be addressed, except to those who from the bottom of their hearts make a daily renunciation of sin and of every barrier which hinders them from following Christ, but who nevertheless are troubled by their daily faithlessness and sin? Who can hear these words without endangering his faith but he who hears their consolation as a renewed summons to follow Christ?