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Formation Class - Union with Christ starts
09/15/2019

CCD Sundays

Union with Christ led by Trey Yarbrough

“Do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?” (2 Cor. 13:5).

In the New Testament, the word “Christian” is referenced only three times.  The great apostle Paul never once uses it.  Rather, Paul’s primary description for those who follow Christ is that they are “in Christ.”  While it is easy to gloss over this little phrase, Paul’s letters are inudated with it and it is impossible to overstate its significance.  So united to Christ are those who come to be His, that we are said to have been “crucified” and “buried” and “raised” with Him. We are even--Paul tells us--“seated…with Him in the heavenly places” (present tense) as we go about our day with both feet on the ground.     

With an enormous amount of Scriptural and historical support, Rankin Wilbourne writes in his award-winning book, Union with Christ, “Nothing is more basic or central to the Christian life than union with Christ.”  “And yet,” he continues, “for many of us, union with Christ might feel vague or shadowy, not central or basic. This has very real consequences for our everyday life with God.  As our understanding and appreciation of union with Christ has diminished, so too has our sense of what salvation means.  We may know what God has saved us from, but have we lost sight of what God has saved us for?” 

Using Wilbourne’s book as a guide, this class will examine and unpack the profound and far-reaching implications of what it means to abide in Christ, and what it means to have, in the words of Sinclair Ferguson, the “resurrected and exalted Christ” abide in us. The class instruction and discussion will center around: (1) what union with Christ is and its centrality to the Christian life; (2) how it can be applied to our life in terms of a new identity, purpose, and destiny, and a renewed hope along the way; and (3) how this Biblical truth and reality can be integrated into our daily lives: the art of abiding.  The first two-thirds of the class will focus on content, with the last third focused on addressing questions and discussion.  It is not necessary to read the book to be a meaningful class participant—although it is a wondeful book!