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Ephesians (The Story of God Bible Commentary | SGBC)

, 2016
ISBN: 9780310566168
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In Ephesians, Mark D. Roberts provides pastors, students, Sunday school teachers, and lay people a clear and compelling exposition of the text in the context of the Bible’s overarching story—God’s story. Roberts moves away from “application” language, which has been criticized as being too simplistic, instead encouraging discussion of how Ephesians and the Bible can be lived today.

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  • Emphasizes the historical distance between the Bible and contemporary culture
  • Encourages discussion of how the Bible’s story can be lived today
  • Examines each book in the context of God’s story

Top Highlights

“As we saw in the commentary on 1:9, ‘mystery’ does not suggest something hidden but rather a secret that is now revealed.” (Page 95)

“Thus, we are not incidental to God’s story. Nor are we merely those upon whom God acts. Rather, we are, by grace, participants in God’s story, sharers together in his work of redemption in Christ.” (Page 13)

“What God does, he does ‘in Christ,’ a phrase repeated in one form or another eleven times throughout 1:3–14.” (Page 23)

“To put it simply, God chose us because that’s what he decided to do, and doing so gave him pleasure. The more we consider God’s delight in us, the more we will be drawn to worship.” (Page 26)

“They help to answer the question of what we do once we’ve put on God’s armor. How do we engage in God’s battle? We pray.” (Page 247)

Offering a new type of application commentary for today’s context, the Story of God Bible Commentary series explains and illuminates Scripture as God’s story. Each biblical text is treated as though it were embedded in its canonical and historical setting to discern how to live out the story faithfully and creatively in the twenty-first century.

The authors of this series study and probe the Bible as God’s story, to discern and then articulate how we can live the Bible’s story faithfully and creatively in the culture today. This series offers vital tools for you to understand the original context of biblical passages; to carry insights from the biblical world and ancient Near Eastern literature straight into your context today; and finally, to empower you to discern and communicate biblical insight to your small group or congregation.

You’ll experience the uniqueness of The Story of God Bible Commentary as it helps you read the Bible in light of Christ’s incarnation, encounter theology of the great traditions of the church, and engage with faithful and insightful voices of the global church.

Each commentary is broken into three sections:

  • Listen to the Story presents the Bible passage in the New International Version (NIV)
  • Interpret the Story examines the passage for its essential message and meaning
  • Live the Story explores how we can live this text in the world today. It offers insightful reflections, illustrations, and practical suggestions for daily Christian life and practice
Getting a story is about more than merely enjoying it. It means hearing it, understanding it, and above all, being impacted by it. This commentary series hopes that its readers not only hear and understand the story, but are impacted by it to live in as Christian a way as possible. The editors and contributors set that table very well and open up the biblical story in ways that move us to act with sensitivity and understanding. That makes hearing the story as these authors tell it well worth the time. Well done.

Darrell L. Bock

I love the Story of God Bible Commentary series. It makes the text sing, and helps us hear the story afresh.

John Ortberg

The Bible is the story of God and his dealings with humanity from creation to new creation. The Bible is made up more of stories than of any other literary genre. Even the psalms, proverbs, prophecies, letters, and the Apocalypse make complete sense only when set in the context of the grand narrative of the entire Bible. This commentary series breaks new ground by taking all these observations seriously. It asks commentators to listen to the text, to explain the text, and to live the text. Some of the material in these sections overlaps with introduction, detailed textual analysis and application, respectively, but only some. The most riveting and valuable part of the commentaries are the stories that can appear in any of these sections, from any part of the globe and any part of church history, illustrating the text in any of these areas. Ideal for preaching and teaching.

Craig L. Blomberg

Rev. Dr. Mark D. Roberts (Ph.D, Harvard) is a pastor, author, leader, speaker, blogger, and consultant for Christian organizations. He is currently the Executive Director of the Max De Pree Center for Leadership at Fuller Seminary where he writes the digital daily devotional, Life for Leaders. He has written several books, including Can We Trust the Gospels? and blogs at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markdroberts/.


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