Person of Faith

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was born in Poland and faced the social, political, and military pressures of Nazism while spreading the Word of God.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The effects of the Holocaust were catastrophic. Many innocent lives were lost in the onslaught of Adolf Hitler’s wake.

One notable casualty was that of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Bonhoeffer was born in 1906 and passed away at the young age of 39 in 1945. His 39 years were very fruitful.

He was a Lutheran pastor who used his biblical theology to unite the church against the Nazi regime.

In 1933 the German Lutheran Church supported the Nazis. Bonhoeffer knew that Nazism was not coherent with Scripture, thus he and other theologians founded the Confessing Church against Nazism.

Bonhoeffer’s actions united the church in the 20th century; furthermore his writings continue to unite believers in the 21st century. Life Together, Ethics, and The Cost of Discipleship are among his critically acclaimed books.

Bonhoeffer’s faith in Christ is evident in his writings despite his terrible circumstances. He was hanged for opposing the Nazi regime.

The Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Dietrich was born in Poland to an affluent family.
He decided to become a theologian and minister at the age of 14 against his family’s wishes.
Critical Moment
Dietrich rejected the church’s support of Nazism by creating the Confessing Church, a non-government sanctioned house church.
He directed the seminary of the Confessing Church.
Dietrich’s seminary was forcefully closed by the Gestapo. Later that year he published his first book, The Cost of Discipleship.
Dietrich published his second book, Life Together.
He was arrested for plotting Adolf Hitler’s assassination and was taken to Tegel prison.
Dietrich had ties to the coup conspiracy which ultimately failed.
He was hanged at the extermination camp at Flossenbürg, Germany. His last words were, “This is the end; for me, the beginning of life.”
His Letters and Papers from Prison were published as a book.
Article: 4 Min

Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Did You Know?

by Mark and Barbara Galli, Friends of
Article: 9 Min

Dietrich Bonhoeffer and "The Cost of Discipleship"

by Randy Alcorn at Eternal Perspective Ministries

Messages: 40 Min

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

by Stephen Nichols


"Who Am I?" 

Bonhoeffer wrote this poem while in prison, while wrestling with lies about his identity spoken over him by both his persecutors and his own soul. We made this wallpaper in hopes that you might save these words to your phone and be encouraged by them when you too are wrestling with discouragement.  


Because I am
a preacher of the Word,

I cannot expound Scripture unless
I let it speak to me
every day.
I will misuse the Word in my office
if I do not keep
meditating on it in prayer.


Contrasts Between God and Us

In me there is darkness,
But with you there is light;
I am lonely, but you do not leave me;
I am feeble in heart, but with you there is help;
I am restless, but with you there is peace.
In me there is bitterness, but with you there is patience;
I do not understand your ways,
But you know the way for me.
Lord Jesus Christ,
You were poor
And in distress, a captive and forsaken as I am.
You know all man’s troubles;
You abide with me
When all men fail me;
You remember and seek me;
It is your will that I should know you
And turn to you.
Lord, I hear your call and follow;
Help me.

by Dietrich Bonhoeffer | Source



Whoever does not
bear his own cross
and come after me
cannot be my disciple. 

Luke 14:27 ESV
Article: 5 Min

Seminary in Nazi Germany

by Stephen Nichols at The Gospel Coalition


The person who
loves their dream of community
will destroy community,
but the person who
loves those around them
will create community. 


Dietrich Bonhoeffer on Bible Reading

One cannot simply read the Bible, like other books. One must be prepared really to enquire of it. Only thus will it reveal itself. Only if we expect from it the ultimate answer, shall we receive it. That is because in the Bible God speaks to us. And one cannot simply think about God in one’s own strength, one has to inquire of him. Only if we seek him, will he answer us.

by Dietrich Bonhoeffer | Source
Messages: 35 Min

Each Other
Endure to
the End

by John Piper

Acts 2:42 ESV

And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.

John 13:34-35 ESV

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.


Why Christians Need Each Other

But God has put this Word into the mouth of men in order that it may be communicated to other men. When one person is struck by the Word, he speaks it to others. God has willed that we should seek and find his living Word in the witness of a brother, in the mouth of a man.

Therefore, the Christian needs another Christian who speaks God’s Word to him. He needs him again and again when he becomes uncertain and discouraged, for by himself he cannot help himself without belying the truth. He needs his brother man as a bearer and proclaimer of the divine word of salvation. He needs his brother solely because of Jesus Christ.

The Christ in his own heart is weaker than the Christ in the word of his brother; his own heart is uncertain; his brother’s is sure.

by Dietrich Bonhoeffer | Source

A man who confesses
his sins in the presence
of a brother knows
that he is no longer
alone with himself;
he experiences

the presence of God
in the reality of the
other person… in the
presence of a brother,
the sin has to be
brought into the light.

Article: 8 Min

Costly Grace and a Concentration Camp

by Javier Garcia at The Gospel Coalition

Messages: 72 Min

Dietrich Bonhoeffer
and Christian
Social Witness

by Eric Metaxas


God Loves the Lowly

Where reason is indignant, where our nature rebels, where our piety anxiously keeps us away: that is precisely where God loves to be. There he confounds the reason of the reasonable; there he aggravates our nature, our piety—that is where he wants to be, and no one can keep him from it.

Only the humble believe him and rejoice that God is so free and so marvelous that he does wonders where people despair, that he takes what is little and lowly and makes it marvelous. And that is the wonder of all wonders, that God loves the lowly…. God is not ashamed of the lowliness of human beings. God marches right in.

He chooses people as his instruments and performs his wonders where one would least expect them. God is near to lowliness; he loves the lost, the neglected, the unseemly, the excluded, the weak and broken.

by Dietrich Bonhoeffer | Source

in the face of evil
is itself evil:
God will not hold us

Not to speak
is to speak.
Not to act
is to act.


The Need to Be People of Integrity

We have been silent witnesses of evil deeds; we have been drenched by many storms; we have learnt the arts of equivocation and pretense; experience has made us suspicious of others and kept us from being truthful and open; intolerable conflicts have worn us down and even made us cynical.

Are we still of any use? What we shall need is not geniuses, or cynics, or misanthropes, or clever tacticians, but plain, honest, and straightforward men. Will our inward power of resistance be strong enough, and our honesty with ourselves remorseless enough, for us to find our way back to simplicity and straightforwardness?

by Dietrich Bonhoeffer | Source
Ephesians 4:25 ESV

Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.

Micah 6:8 ESV

He has told you, O man, what is good; 
    and what does the Lord require of you 
but to do justice, and to love kindness, 
    and to walk humbly with your God?

Article: 12 Min

Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Final Thoughts on His Life and Death

by Randy Alcorn at Eternal Perspectives Ministries


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.


The Cost of Discipleship

The messengers of Jesus will be hated to the end of time. They will be blamed for all the division which rend cities and homes. Jesus and his disciples will be condemned on all sides for undermining family life, and for leading the nation astray; they will be called crazy fanatics and disturbers of the peace.

The disciples will be sorely tempted to desert their Lord. But the end is also near, and they must hold on and persevere until it comes. Only he will be blessed who remains loyal to Jesus and his word until the end.

by Dietrich Bonhoeffer | Source

The fact that
Jesus Christ died
is more important
than the fact
that I will die.
And the fact that
Jesus Christ was raised from the dead
is the sole ground
of my hope
that I, too, will be raised on the
day of judgment.