Jon Walker in his book, In Visible Fellowship: A Contemporary View of Bonhoeffer’s Classic Work:  Life Together writes in chapter 27 about the ministry of proclaiming. Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote…

We speak to one another on the basis of the help we both need. We admonish one another to go the way that Christ bids us to go. We warn one another against the disobedience that is our common destruction. We are gentle and we are severe with one another, for we know both God’s kindness and God’s severity.  

Walker writes that The Big Idea is…

Because we are connected to Christ, we carry the responsibility in our fellowship of believers to speak the Word to one another. We are a witness of the Holy Spirit’s counsel, of the mind of Christ, and of the wisdom of God, and Jesus speaks through us in order to keep each other headed in the right direction. 

Walker added:

By speaking the Word to one another, we keep Christ in our conversations. This is not the kind of proclaiming meant for the pulpit and, when we attempt it that way, we come off as “preachy.” Rather, it is speaking to others on behalf of  the Word, where Bonhoeffer notes we give “the whole consolation of God, the admonition, the kindness and the severity of God.” 

When we speak the Word to one another, Bonhoeffer isn’t referring to the sort of superficial, often mindless, verse-dropping we do when we slip into the language of Christian-ese. We come to our brother or sister submitted to the word, not only saying what Jesus tells us to say, but also reflecting our obedience to Christ in our own behavior. As the apostle Paul says, we come representing Christ, as if “God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead ‘Come back to God!'” (2 Corinthians 5:20 NLT).

This means we come actively listening…

This means we come in an attitude of humble helpfulness, willing to invest in the life of the one we confront…

…To be like Jesus…When we speak the Word to others, we are serving one another… 

(Jon WalkerIn Visible Fellowship: A Contemporary View of Bonhoeffer’s Classic Work: Life Together, Chapter 27)

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