Disruptive Witness

by Alan Noble     |     Book Summary

Author: Alan Noble
Publisher: IVP
Date: 17 July 2018
Pages: 200

Book Summary of Union With Christ by Rankin Wilbourne

Far too often, Christianity is viewed in terms of what people believe, where they attend church, or what group of Christians they most associate with. Rankin Wilbourne, the pastor of Pacific Crossroads, reminds readers that the most important aspect of Christianity is identity. Contrary to the identity politics at play in our society and world, Wilbourne calls readers to focus on their identity "in Christ"—the most frequently used term to refer to believers in the New Testament. Our spiritual lives will be transformed as we recognize the significance of who we are in Christ Jesus.

Wilbourne presents the doctrine of union with Christ in a way that is both applicable and accessible to readers from various walks of life. Rather than presenting union with Christ as some "pie in the sky" mystical set of practices only found and mastered by an elite group of Christians, Wilbourne shows both the reality and necessity of union with Christ in the lives of all believers. Written to help churches in need, Wilbourne presents a much-needed introduction to union with Christ.

Disruptive Witness

by Alan Noble

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Book Summary of Union With Christ by Rankin Wilbourne

Author Alan Noble
Publisher IVP
Date 17 July 2018
Pages 200


Our world has never been more distracted. Habits and practices feed our addiction to the superficially interesting. We are continually buffered from deeper self-reflection and engagement with life and not pointed beyond the immediate toward our transcendent God.

Attention-grabbing communication pushes us into a flighty mindset, moving from one idea to another, and reducing ideas to the same level of superficial diversion; whether a conversation about God to the latest cat video. Coupled to this is a secular mindset, insisting that meaning and identity are derived inwardly. The individual has become the final and only arbiter of meaning, left to construct their identity from a variety of ideas and beliefs.

Faith, therefore, becomes one among many options for identity construction. For Christians communicating our faith in Christ, this distracted, secular age has erected enormous barriers. In response, we need careful thought. The gospel of Jesus is inherently disruptive. The good soil in which the seed will grow is plowed to receive it. Our personal, corporate, and cultural practices can become a disruptive plow, pointing toward the transcendent One in whom all longings finally are met.