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Being United to Jesus Changes Everything

Clive Bowsher




Being United to Jesus Changes Everything

Clive Bowsher


The “you will” sayings of Jesus show how the living God works in believers’ lives, with implications for beauty, worship, obedience, nearness and intimacy, purpose, heaven, freedom, prayer, and love.   

Knowing God isn’t a hard problem for us to solve; it’s a dazzling and thrilling reality for us to dive into.

You can know and experience in-one-another love with the Son, a love so close that it exceeds all expectations. 

Jesus is inviting you to jump right in.


Introduction – Connecting with the Real God

1.     He Reaches Out

2.     He Relates

3.     He Befriends

4.     He Comes Close

5.     He Partners

6.     He Makes Alive

7.     He Fathers

8.     He Invites

 Epilogue – God Embraces

What others are saying:

“With a unique blend of scholarly insight, warmth, and clarity, Clive invites us to come and share the joy to be found in Christ. The way he writes this book reflects the One of whom it is written: honest, gentle, profound.”

— Linda Allcock, author and co-worker with husband Jonty at The Globe Church, Central London

“I truly loved reading ONE—it felt like I was being fed and pastored by a godly friend who had spent his life learning from and delighting in Christ. Every page celebrates the profoundly glorious reality of the Christian’s union with Christ and how this knowledge brings purpose, power, and hope to every task, opportunity, and crisis of life. As each chapter concluded, I was left stirred to praise and draw closer to the Lover of my soul.

This book will help increase your enjoyment of the greatest privilege a person can know—to be one with Christ.”

— Tim Blaber, Pastor, Hope Church Winchester, and Director of Training for Commission Newfrontiers

“ONE takes complicated theology and lands it in your life. It takes the words of Jesus concerning union with himself and shows us what they mean for our discipleship today. Without quite realising it, we all too easily settle for a ‘less-than’ kind of Christianity. Written with delightful warmth and remarkable clarity, this book helps us see just how good and rich and full a life lived in union with Jesus can really be.”

— Steve Midgley, Executive Director, Biblical Counselling UK

“This book is a little treasure that deserves to be well-known. Maybe you’ll discover it, and then ‘sell all you have’! Clive Bowsher writes simply but deeply, like the apostle John. Bowsher mines John’s Gospel for the essence of relationship with Jesus, and through the lens of union with Christ weaves stories of his own life—but it’s the union of real-life intimacy with God-in- Christ, not something floaty. If you want a fresh vision of walking with Jesus day-to-day, then I encourage you to read this book.”

— Paul E. Miller, author of A Praying Life, A Praying Church, and J-curve

“Pastor-theologian and scholar Clive Bowsher gifts us with a beautiful, accessible, and biblical invitation to come further up and further into the mystery and marvel of oneness with God. Read this book and revel in the greatest privilege this world affords.”

— Simon Ponsonby, Pastor of Theology, St. Aldate’s Church, Oxford, UK

“If you’re longing for more reality, more buoyancy, more satisfaction in your Christian life, this is the book for you. Clive Bowsher presents years of his scholarship in this subject with enviable liveliness and humanity, so that every Christian (especially those struggling) can heartily rejoice in Christ.”

— Michael Reeves, President and Professor of Theology, Union School of Theology, UK

“What a wonderful book! There is nothing more important than our relationship with Christ, and here Clive Bowsher not only shines light on the different facets of this relationship, but also lifts our hearts to the beauty of Christ himself. Here is rich theology, a deep and pastorally wise exploration of the ‘us-in- him-and-him-in-us’ relationship that is the very heartbeat of true Christianity. Christ is not the means to some other blessing; rather, he is the one we were made for, our joy and treasure in this life and the next. Written with both poetic beauty and also real vulnerability, this book has warmed my heart and will be balm to many dry and weary souls. Highly recommended.”

— Matt Searles, author of Tumbling Sky, Be Still, and God’s Story

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    Clive Bowsher

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    Union Publishing

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    Union with Christ

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5.0 based on 2 reviews

Union with Christ is wonderful

Union with Christ is a much-neglected doctrine, but Clive Bowsher shows what tremendous practical implications it has. Jesus wants to know his people because he loves us. A lot of profound thinking has gone into a short book of eight chapters, all based around the “You will” promises of Jesus from John’s Gospel: He (Jesus) Reaches Out; He Relates; He Befriends; He Comes Close; He Partners; He Makes Alive; He Fathers; and He Invites. The emphasis of the book is that is a reality that can be experienced now by Christians, as Heaven breaks into earth. The author’s autobiographical inserts bring show it being lived out amid the ups and downs of life. So, far from being an arcane doctrine, union with Christ allows the believer to know Jesus and to grow in relationship with him. The short chapters foster slow meditative reading and will encourage any Christian in their walk with God.


This is probably my favourite book of 2023. It is a book that I have wanted to be available for years. This is a short, accessible, biblical, theologically rich, experiential book on communion with Christ. This little rocket of a book takes us through the nine “You will” promises of Jesus in Johns Gospel. It is beautifully written, with some honest, autobiographical accounts, that encourages and invites us into intimacy with God. Wonderful.

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