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Ephesians Resources

This year we are studying through the book of Ephesians in our "Mystery of Christ" sermon series. If you'd like to study more on this topic, check out the resources below.

The Message of Ephesians

By John Stott

 

A common blind spot for evangelical Christians is to overlook the central importance of the church, emphasizing individual salvation more than the saved community. Yet no one can come away from a careful reading of Ephesians with a privatized gospel. Paul's letter to the Ephesians clearly sets forth God's eternal purpose to create the church―God's new society. In this revised Bible Speaks Today volume, John Stott expounds Paul's theme of uniting all things in Christ by uniting his church. Guiding readers passage by passage through Ephesians, he provides helpful background, highlights key themes, and offers applications for Christians today. Drawing from his many years of studying and teaching Ephesians, Stott lays out the book's compelling vision of what the church should be and its ongoing need for renewal. Christians are called to new life, new standards, and new relationships within the new society, where God breaks down all the barriers that have divided us from God and each other.

Ephesians
By Steven Baugh

 

In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul emphasizes the unity of believers in the inaugurated new creation. He first sets before his audience the salvation freely offered to us through faith in Christ, then applies this truth to their lives, calling them to live lives of love. In this volume, S. M. Baugh approaches this important letter from a first-century perspective, examining ancient sources to determine what Paul's words meant in their ancient context, while also interacting with recent scholarship. The result is a commentary that is academically rigorous and at the same time presents Ephesians as the good news it was meant to be.

Ephesians

By Klyne Snodgrass

 

The NIV Application Commentary helps you communicate and apply biblical text effectively in today's context.

To bring the ancient messages of the Bible into today's world, each passage is treated in three sections:

 

Original Meaning. Concise exegesis to help readers understand the original meaning of the biblical text in its historical, literary, and cultural context.

 

Bridging Contexts. A bridge between the world of the Bible and the world of today, built by discerning what is timeless in the timely pages of the Bible.

 

Contemporary Significance. This section identifies comparable situations to those faced in the Bible and explores relevant application of the biblical messages. The author alerts the readers of problems they may encounter when seeking to apply the passage and helps them think through the issues involved.

Studies in Ephesians

By Jack Cottrell

 

". . . the content of almost all of my teaching, preaching, and writing has been presented via the method known as TOPICAL, i.e., subject by subject. I do not apologize for this, and I have no regrets for teaching Biblical and theological content in this manner. I will continue to do so as the occasion calls for it. It seems to have worked quite well so far.In the last decade or so, however, my style of teaching on the local church level has changed somewhat. Beginning with my part-time ministry at the Bright Christian Church (2007-2010), I became more interested in teaching the Bible book by book. I do not mean simply hitting the high points and devoting just one lesson to each chapter. This, I fear, does not do justice to the richness of the content of most Bible books. I usually get three or four lessons out of each chapter....Along with teaching First Peter, in the past few years I have also taught from the Gospels, the Book of Revelation, the Book of Romans, and the Book of Ephesians. This present book originates from the last of these teaching series. Here I have only 25 lessons covering six chapters, but most of these lessons are longer than the ones on First Peter.For those who decide to teach Ephesians using this book, I give you this advice: do not think that you have to cover each chapter in just one single teaching session! Take your time (as I do), use your own illustrations, and make your own applications. I sometimes spent three or four sessions on just one lesson."~ Jack Cottrell