March 2018 CRI Resource

“Of all the good news the gospel brings, the greatest — and indeed the door to all the rest — is that you can be united to Christ. It’s really possible. Union with Christ is not an abstract idea. It is a powerful reality. And if Jesus has joined his life to yours, then you have been given everything you need for life and godliness (2 Pet. 1:3). But unless you are united to him, all that he has done for you remains useless and of no value to you.”

—from Union with Christ: The Way to Know and Enjoy God,
by Rankin Wilbourne

Dear Hank:  The vitality of Christians and the church is clearly vital to our future. Please use my gift to continue equipping Christians to know Christ intimately and to be walking witnesses to His transforming power. Please send me the resources I’ve selected below.

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Union with Christ: The Way to Know and Enjoy God
Winner of the 2017 Christian Book Award for New Author
Named one of the top books of 2016 by John Piper’s Desiring God ministry
To experience why the gospel is good news and answer life’s most foundational questions about identity, destiny, and purpose, we must understand what it means to be united to Christ.

If you are a Christian, the Bible says that Christ has united his life to yours, that you are now in Christ and Christ is in you. This almost unfathomable truth is the central theme of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. Yet few Christians today experience or enjoy this reality. Union with Christ reveals the transformational power of this ancient doctrine while addressing the basic questions of the human heart:

  • Who Am I?
  • Why Am I Here?
  • Where Am I Headed?
  • How Will I Get There?

Nothing is more practical for living the Christian life than union with Christ. The recovery of this reality provides the anchor and engine for your life with God—for your destiny is not only to see Christ, but to actually become like him.


The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives
How to Live as Jesus Lived
Dallas Willard, one of today’s most brilliant Christian thinkers and author of The Divine Conspiracy (Christianity Today‘s 1999 Book of the Year), presents a way of living that enables ordinary men and women to enjoy the fruit of the Christian life. He reveals how the key to self-transformation resides in the practice of the spiritual disciplines, and how their practice affirms human life to the fullest. The Spirit of the Disciplines is for everyone who strives to be a disciple of Jesus in thought and action as well as intention.