How can the gospel shape your life? What does it say about identity and purpose? Addressing basic questions of the human heart---"Who am I?" "Why am I here?" and "Where am I headed?"---Wilbourne encourages you to anchor yourself in Christ's life, death, and resurrection as you become transformed into his image and fulfill your God-ordained destiny. 320 pages, hardcover from Cook.
Rankin Wilbourne (M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary) is the pastor of Pacific Crossroads Church in Los Angeles. 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 imagination, hes concerned with practical theologydrawing connections between what we believe and how we live. Rankin and his wife, Morgen, reside in Los Angeles with their three children.
"Everyone seems to agree that union with Christ is a biblical teaching crucial to understanding and communicating the gospel, but preachers today do not give it the same emphasis that the New Testament does. One reason is that, unlike the new birth, justification, and adoption, it requires multiple metaphors to draw out its rich meaning. Rankin does so clearly and compellingly. This is simply the best book for laypeople on this subject. It is grounded in exegesis and theology and yet is lucid and supremely practical. While not unaware of the recent controversies about union and justification, which are briefly sketched in the endnotes, Rankin's whole concern is to make the biblical teaching accessible and applicable to the reader. He does this with excellence."
"I'm trying to remember the last time I was more excited about a new book or a new author. Rankin Wilbourne brings a remarkable flair for writing, and a great breadth and depth of learning, and a passionate heart, to the most important subject in the world: What is the true and sufficient destiny for human life? … Rankin does a masterful job of articulating what union with Christ consists of, how central it was to the writers of Scripture and to great thinkers through the centuries, why it has been lost in our day, and most importantly how to pursue it as a concrete reality in daily life for ordinary people. So that's why I'm excited for you to meet Rankin and enter a new world."
"This is the most accessible, helpful, best illustrated book on union with Christ I've ever read."
"Union with Christ: The Way to Know and Enjoy God has a tone of urgency-it is important, important content-but is reasonable and lucid. It is helpful, trustworthy, interesting, and insightful, and I am glad to have found it. It deserves to be well known."