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The Call to Discipleship

The Call to Discipleship

Karl Barth (Author)


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In this brief essay, drawn from Church Dogmatics, Barth articulates what it means to follow Jesus in faith. He emphasizes that discipleship involves a detachment from the 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 to intentions and practices piety in secret.

"The command of Jesus . . . is issued with all the freedom and sovereignty of grace against which there can be no legitimate objections, of which no one is worthy, for which there can be no preparation, which none can elect, and in the face of which there can be no qualification."
  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800636326
  • Dimensions 4.25 x 7
  • Pages 96
  • Publication Date November 4, 2003

Table of Contents

    Editor's Note

  1. Introducton
  2. Grace in the Form of Command
  3. Bound to the One Who Calls
  4. Taking a Step in Faith
  5. Making a Break

    Further Reading