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Ephesians (Reformed Expository Commentary) Hardcover – August 10, 2009
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"Bryan Chapell is one of the outstanding expositors of our day, and this new commentary on Ephesians reflects his love for scripture and his pastoral mind and heart. Chapell approaches the text from the perspective of the preacher-teacher, yet his treatment is thoroughly grounded in the finest New Testament scholarship. Any pastor planning to preach or teach in Ephesians should consider this new volume a must-have resource for study." --Michael Duduit, Editor, Preaching; Dean, College of Christian Studies, Anderson University
"Bryan Chapell is one of the most influential homileticians, preachers, and evangelical leaders in the church today. In Ephesians we see the fruit of his preaching available now for us all. Over the last several years, Bryan Chapell has helped to shape a generation of preachers who are committed to the gospel and to the art and craft of preaching sermons that set forth the Word of God with power and practical application. All this is on display in this fine commentary and I greet this publication with enthusiasm." --R. Albert Mohler Jr., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
"Bryan Chapell has done an outstanding job of making Paul's letter to the Ephesians both clear and compelling. He handles both difficult doctrines and difficult points of application with both conviction and love. This book will be profitable for both lay people and clergy. I highly recommend it." --Jerry Bridges, author, Trusting God, The Pursuit of Holiness, and Respectable Sins
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Bryan Chapell is president of Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis. He graduated from Northwestern University with his BSJ in journaling, English literature, and American history. He received his MDiv from Covenant Theological Seminary and obtained his PhD from Southern Illinois University.
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Without taking anything away from a well-deserved five-star recommendation, potential readers should, however, be aware that this commentary is not purely exegetical in nature, giving a detailed verse-by-verse exegesis of each passage. Rather, it is an expository commentary, meaning that it has more of the feeling of a series of sermons than of a scholarly tome. This, of course, is by design. Anyone looking for a detailed analysis of the Greek text, with extensive exploration of the many textual variants, should look elsewhere. But I consider this to be an excellent work, and I highly recommend it to everyone, no matter their level of formal theological training.
Many themes are addressed, but the main theme is that Paul the Apostle was "chosen" by God to bring the Gospel to the Gentile world. This would no doubt confound the Jews of his day, whom he was excelling in becoming one of the most honored of their intellectuals. At least he was until the road to Damascus where the Lord confronted Paul, converted him to Christianity and instilled in him a drive to bring the Gospel to everyone he met, Jew or Gentile.
Dr. Chapell preached this series of sermons and then worked to put them in a commentary form so that we could further enjoy the study and time that he put in to learning about Paul, the Ephesians and the message. As I said earlier this text is very readable by both pastoral staff and lay people. If you are working to prepare a series of lessons for you Adult Sunday School class, or youth or even for a preaching series this book will be wonderful addition to you readings on the book of Ephesians. Of course spend most your time in the word and in prayer allowing the Holy Spirit to teach you, but then you can turn to Dr. Chapell's work and feel as though a dear friend has just guided you through a clear explanation of the book.
I very much appreciated Dr. Chapell's way of explaining to us the love that Paul has for the Lord and for his work of bringing the Gospel. In Chapter three Paul affirms that he is a 'prisoner' of Jesus Christ. In reality he was in a Roman jail. But the truth was he was in prison only because he was defending the word of the Lord. Paul was happy in all circumstances, whether in a town where he was being beaten for his message, or in a shipwreck or in a jail. In all these places Paul is comfortable and understands he is there to serve the Lord.
So while in this Roman prison he sits down and writes a letter to the churches in the area of Ephesus. He wants to remind them of their faith, remind them of their need to serve the Lord and remind them that Jew and Gentile alike are all one now in the Lord Jesus Christ.
If you have to decide on where to spend your money for a commentary on Ephesians this is a great place to start. It is more of a devotional / communication style commentary than a deep theological dig into every word and look at the original languages type of commentary. As such it is useful for everyone. Even if you aren't going to teach a series on Ephesians you would be blessed to use this book as part of your devotional time to just learn more about the background of the letter that Paul wrote to the Ephesians.
Thank you Dr. Chapell for a great collection of thoughts and insights.