Union with Christ: The Way to Know and Enjoy God (David C. Cook, July 2016)
Nothing is more basic or central to knowing and enjoying God than Union with Christ.
Have you ever had difficulty connecting what you know to be true about God with how you feel or how you live each day? Have you ever longed to change but just felt stuck?
The Bible makes a stunning claim: God has provided a way for your life to be united to Christ’s. What does that mean? Is it really possible for me, now? What would it look like?
In Union with Christ, Rankin Wilbourne makes union with Christ accessible and beautiful, for you. Union with Christ is not an abstract idea. It is a powerful reality. And recovering a sense of your union with Christ can change everything for you, like finally putting on a pair of desperately-needed glasses.
Discover how coming to see your life through the lens of union with Christ can help bridge that gap between your head and your heart, between your belief and your experience. Union with Christ is what we most need in order to know and enjoy God.
Rankin Wilbourne grew up in Louisiana and was educated at the University of Mississippi and Princeton Theological Seminary. He is now the senior pastor of Pacific Crossroads Church in Los Angeles. As a former commercial banker, Rankin understands the “gap” between the gospel preached on Sunday and the world people face on Monday. Leading a thriving church in a city driven by stories, he’s concerned with drawing connections between what we believe and how we live. Rankin and his wife, Morgen, reside in Los Angeles with their three children.
My Take: Union with Christ is a often hard for older Christians to understand let alone new Christians. When we become a Christian our life becomes united with Christ. We should then be enjoying all the benefits of being a child of God just like Christ. Our lives should be showing a clear difference before and after although it is hard at times. I have been a Christian for almost 46 years and I still feel like I have a hard time growing and learning. This book brings these things more into focus. I will be rereading this book in the future to remind myself.
I received a review copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion.