The doctrine of union with Christ is not as popular as it should be, despite the fact that it is the New Testament’s primary summary of salvation. All the benefits and blessings of salvation - forgiveness, justification, sanctification, joy, peace, patience - all result from our attachment to and association with Jesus. The Apostle Paul is constantly referring to our union with Christ. Seemingly every sentence he writes ends with “in Christ,” “with Christ” or “through Christ.” Our life has been hidden with Christ (Col. 3:3) and now the Father no longer sees our sin, only Christ’s righteous obedience, substituted on our behalf. Therefore it is not only possible but rational that we should live out of our new, true identity and not our old, dead selves.

Perhaps one of the more famous verses that expresses the results of this doctrine is Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” These famous words assume that nothing can be accomplished in our own power; it is only through our unique connection to Jesus that infinite possibilities are opened up to us.

It's understandable then, that Philippians 4:13 has always been a favorite among athletes and coaches. Union with Christ and its resulting strength could come in handy - particularly during Over Time or Game 7. And while maintaining a church-planting ministry despite persecution & hunger (Paul) and outshooting Memphis in the second round of the playoffs (Steph Curry) are not necessarily synonymous, they are very much intertwined in the mission strategy of Uttermost Sports. Either way, the fact remains that our union with Christ is our only source of hope... and it’s the only one we need.

Jesus was condemned, abandoned, and forgotten so that we could be freed, adopted, and empowered. Everything we need can be found in, with, and through Christ who gives us strength.

Bubby Bryan
Director of Communications