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P & R Publishing Ephesians: Reformed Expository Commentary [REC]

The Apostle Paul wrote the little house churches of the ancient metropolis of Ephesus this amazing truth: through such as you the purposes of Christ will fill the world; he is transforming all things for you and through you. Now Dr. Bryan Chapell, noted preacher and teacher of preaching, unfolds Paul's glorious description of how this triumph of the church will occur and what our roles are in Christ's ultimate victory.<
br/>This REC Commentary, Ephesians is intended to be a true homiletical commentary, serving the pulpit needs of pastors. Indepth exegetical analysis is provided in a sermon format, providing outlines, pastoral explanation, illustrations, and applications for each passage. In addition, the material is presented with a Christ-centered approach that identifies the principles of grace in each passage that motivate and enable its application.

About The Reformed Expository Commentary Series:

The Reformed Expository Commentary focuses on the English rendering of the biblical text, and thus does not address concerns of the original language nor academic technicalities. Rather, proceeding section-by-section it focuses on the narrative flow of the biblical book, while drawing out significant points or theological emphases in the text, and then applies them to the daily life of the Christian.

br/>The various points addressed range between historical events taking place within a books narrative, or upon significant doctrinal statements that are made. The application or "guidance" section as the series calls it rounds out each of the particular emphases from the text making it a complete expository volume. Each commentary approaches the text from a Reformed theological perspective, and can be used profitably for either study or devotion.

Major Perspectives:

  • Scripture: Inerrant & Revealed
  • Theology: Traditional/Conservative Reformed
  • Wider Tradition: Protestant/Evangelical
  • Audience: Pastors/Laity
  • Uses: Scripture Study, General Reading, Devotional
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Excellent Commentary

Date:February 25, 2013
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The Reformed Expository Commentary is a series that aims to provide a fresh exposition of the Biblical text for today's generation. In the series introduction the series editors (Phil Ryken & Richard Phillips) lay out the four fundamental commitments in this series. They are:
1) To be biblical - that is to pay careful attention to the text and exposit the Scriptures. There is less focus on the original language and structure and more focus on the story that the passage is telling.
2) Unashamedly Doctrinal - this series approaches the text from a Reformed perspective, as found in the Bible.
3) Redemptive-Historical - this means that they believe in the unity and continuity of the Bible, and interpret it in a Christ centered approach for all of Scripture.
4) Practical - by applying the truths found in the Scriptures to contemporary challenges in life.
Bryan Chapell is the contributor for the volume on Ephesians and he has done an outstanding job. His exposition is very readable for pastor and layman alike. This commentary reads like a book. I found that it flowed together nicely and thus would make a wonderful devotional read. Chapell handles the difficult passages really well without "taking shots" at those who disagree. In his exposition on Ephesians 5 concerning headship, Chapell doesn't spend a lot of time addressing the feminist objections but rather lays out that headship does not justify abuse or passivity from the husband. Instead, his focus is on the servant/leader aspect of headship and how this passage relates the husband to Christ, the ultimate servant/leader. His short section on What Headship Does Not Mean provides a concise answer to the problems our world (including many Christians) has with headship, showing that their definition of headship is not the biblical definition.
Chapell's exposition of chapter one was really a treat for me. The stress that Chapell puts on God's sovereign choice in predestination as an assurance, hope and encouragement for a believer sent me away rejoicing. Instead of taking a deep theological approach his was very simple: God chose to set his love on you because he loves you and has before the foundation of the world. What a comfort for believers, regardless of their situation. I thoroughly enjoyed this commentary! I really enjoy the way Chapell writes and the layout of the book. Now for aesthetics. This Commentary looks great. While this isn't a huge selling point, and certainly not a reason to chose one commentary over another, I must say that this one looks really nice on the bookshelf, especially when you have more than one in the series.
If you enjoy studying the Word of God and are looking for a solid commentary that is readable and will profit you greatly, then do yourself a favor and purchase this commentary. It is well worth it.
I received a free copy of this commentary from P&R Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
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