In his book “Discipleship” Dbw Vol 4, Dietrich Bonhoeffer differentiates between teaching which makes itself superfluous and teaching which does not. In other words, when the church “steadfastly continued” in the teaching of the Apostles (Acts 2:42), Bonhoeffer says that, “There must, therefore, be some rational necessity for this particular ‘teaching’ to demand continued attention.”* Since his focus was discipleship, it raises a few good question for us:
What kind of teaching are we doing when we disciple someone?
In discipleship, Are we to “teach ourselves out of a job?”
What was the Apostles teaching?
*Bonhoeffer, Dietrich (2010-03-11). Discipleship Dbw Vol 4 (p. 227). Augsburg Fortress – A. Kindle Edition.