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SUSTAINING FELLOWSHIP- COMMUNION MEDITATION


Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German pastor and theologian who was an enemy of the Nazis because he refused to go along with their state idea of a church that practiced the anti-semitism of the Nazis. In fact, he was a hunted man who upheld authentic Christian principles. As a part of the German underground he was not safe to worship openly. Bonhoeffer knew there was no other community and fellowship like that experienced within the Body of Christ. He said: "Baptism incorporates us into the unity of the Body of Christ, and the Lord’s supper fosters and sustains our fellowship and communion … in that Body". During the Nazi reign, Bonhoeffer was cut off from other believers, and it took a toll on him. Donald LaSuer says "Bonhoeffer’s painful discovery is instructive for us. Cut off from the nurturing fellowship of other Christians, he felt a deeper hunger for the fellowship that was no longer available to him. Like a hungry man who knows the taste of bread though he can no longer reach and break from the loaf, he knew the power of fellowship when it was painfully absent".


We we come to communion, we have the chance to experience a fellowship, a deep union that only comes when we realize the saving grace that must cover each of us.


SOURCES: Dietrich Bonhoeffer. The Cost Of Discipleship. New York: Collier Books (A Macmillan Publishing Company), 1963, p. 267. Donald F. LaSuer and L. Ray Sells. The Bonds Of Belonging. Nashville: Discipleship Resources, 1986, p. 47.

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