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Edited by David Platt, Daniel L. Akin, and Tony Merida, this new commentary series, projected to be 48 volumes, takes a Christ-centered approach to expositing each book of the Bible. Rather than a verse-by-verse approach, the authors have crafted chapters that explain and apply key passages in their assigned Bible books. Readers will learn to see Christ in all aspects of S Edited by David Platt, Daniel L. Akin, and Tony Merida, this new commentary series, projected to be 48 volumes, takes a Christ-centered approach to expositing each book of the Bible. Rather than a verse-by-verse approach, the authors have crafted chapters that explain and apply key passages in their assigned Bible books. Readers will learn to see Christ in all aspects of Scripture, and they will be encouraged by the devotional nature of each exposition. Exalting Jesus in Ephesians is written by Tony Merida.


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Edited by David Platt, Daniel L. Akin, and Tony Merida, this new commentary series, projected to be 48 volumes, takes a Christ-centered approach to expositing each book of the Bible. Rather than a verse-by-verse approach, the authors have crafted chapters that explain and apply key passages in their assigned Bible books. Readers will learn to see Christ in all aspects of S Edited by David Platt, Daniel L. Akin, and Tony Merida, this new commentary series, projected to be 48 volumes, takes a Christ-centered approach to expositing each book of the Bible. Rather than a verse-by-verse approach, the authors have crafted chapters that explain and apply key passages in their assigned Bible books. Readers will learn to see Christ in all aspects of Scripture, and they will be encouraged by the devotional nature of each exposition. Exalting Jesus in Ephesians is written by Tony Merida.

30 review for Exalting Jesus in Ephesians

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kenny Williams

    Not a bad book at all. I though it was a really practical look at the book of Ephesians, and I think as I continue to read Ephesians and apply it I will grow to appreciate the book more. However, I was expecting more expository study into Ephesians, but this was the first book in the series I had read so I will have different expectations if I pick up another in the set.

  2. 5 out of 5

    David Washington

    I got this to assist in our study through the book of Ephesians. I have several go-to commentaries but I always try to add a new one to the mix when starting a study through a new book of Scripture. The commentary here is not bad. It is solid in its biblical adherence though and has a strong evangelical leaning. Don’t get me wrong. I’m an evangelical. However, when I’m studying a book of the Bible and reading a commentary, I want to get down to the nitty gritty of the text and it’s practical appl I got this to assist in our study through the book of Ephesians. I have several go-to commentaries but I always try to add a new one to the mix when starting a study through a new book of Scripture. The commentary here is not bad. It is solid in its biblical adherence though and has a strong evangelical leaning. Don’t get me wrong. I’m an evangelical. However, when I’m studying a book of the Bible and reading a commentary, I want to get down to the nitty gritty of the text and it’s practical application if any. It’s not that this isn’t here but not to the extent I would have hoped. To be fair, this commentary is more for those who are running a Bible study than for those who are pastoring a church. At the end of each chapter are questions for reflection which is great if I was using it for a Bible study or devotional. Even so, I was still blessed by it and there were some gems in it, quotes I posted on my Facebook page. If you’re doing a Bible study, this will be more to your liking. If you’re doing sermon prep and self-edification, it still will help but maybe not to the extent you’d suppose.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Morgan

    A very practical, accessible commentary. Helpful for preparing to teach and lead women's Bible study but did consult some more thorough commentaries where I was hoping for a deeper look at language or cultural context. Still very helpful. A very practical, accessible commentary. Helpful for preparing to teach and lead women's Bible study but did consult some more thorough commentaries where I was hoping for a deeper look at language or cultural context. Still very helpful.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tim Hamer

    A 2.5 month daily journey though the book of Ephesians...love these commentaries!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    This is a hard book for me to review. I loved parts of it and hated parts of it. Here are my thoughts. It's a very short book for a commentary. From time to time, Merida interacts with the Greek, not often enough to be good for someone looking for original languages work but too often for those who are intimidated by that sort of thing. In many places it reads more like a devotional work than a commentary. Cultural background is given for the section on slaves and masters as well as fathers and c This is a hard book for me to review. I loved parts of it and hated parts of it. Here are my thoughts. It's a very short book for a commentary. From time to time, Merida interacts with the Greek, not often enough to be good for someone looking for original languages work but too often for those who are intimidated by that sort of thing. In many places it reads more like a devotional work than a commentary. Cultural background is given for the section on slaves and masters as well as fathers and children, but not on the section for wives and husbands (where it is just as important). The book is written from a complementarian (further, one where the marriage order is based in creation) perspective. The chapter titled "Life is War" is good overall, but starts with an irritating bit about how people who love MMA and war movies love Ephesians 6, while other people find it antiquated, ridiculous, militaristic, and unenlightened. As someone who does not love MMA or war movies but does love the Bible, I found that somewhat insulting. Overall, it's a fine book with some great parts and some not-so-great parts, but I'd look elsewhere for a solid commentary.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Todd Bryant

    When I preach through a book, I want both exhaustive commentaries and shorter commentaries. This one is the latter. But it’s worth it. Almost every sentence by Merida packs a punch. This is a must-have for pastors preaching through Ephesians.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Bridges

    This book was a very good outline and discussion of Ephesians! I really enjoyed reading the passages straight from the Bible and then turning to this accompanying text to deepen my understanding.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Joshua

    The detailed outlines at the beginning of each chapter are an organizational feat. They’re also a great help in understanding the passage!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Rowland

    Dr. Merida is a preacher’s preacher. Lifts up Jesus, loves the Bible, writes so clearly. Not the least bit pretentious. May his tribe increase!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Caleb Levi

    A great example of pastoral exposition

  11. 4 out of 5

    Chad Wilham

    Excellent and practical comments of the book of Ephesians. I’ve yet to find a poor one in the CCE series. I highly recommend.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ian

    I've read a few commentaries on Ephesians in recent times and found this to be both a comprehensive and challenging study of the book. Certainly there are others that are significantly larger in volume and depth of interpretation which I have yet to study so am unable to make a comparison with those ones. For all intents and purposes is a verse-by-verse commentary and provides good explanations of each verse. It is geared to providing practical understanding and each chapter ends with a series of I've read a few commentaries on Ephesians in recent times and found this to be both a comprehensive and challenging study of the book. Certainly there are others that are significantly larger in volume and depth of interpretation which I have yet to study so am unable to make a comparison with those ones. For all intents and purposes is a verse-by-verse commentary and provides good explanations of each verse. It is geared to providing practical understanding and each chapter ends with a series of in-depth questions challenging the reader to further explore the concepts outlined and apply them to their life. I particularly enjoyed how Merida seamlessly wove other commentators workings throughout and added to the comprehensiveness of the study by including additional voices and interpretations. In the introduction to this series of commentaries the authors make reference to it being geared towards pastors, however, I found it tremendously useful and readable. This is the first of the "Christ-Centred Exposition" series I've used but I'm looking forward to starting the next one.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rob Sumrall

    The brand new Christ-Centered Exposition series edited by David Platt, Danny Aiken, and Tony Merida, looks to be one of my go-to's as a pastor. I am always looking for succinct, mildly-technical, mostly-pastoral offerings. In the past, the Preaching the Word series, edited and mostly authored by Kent Hughes, has fit that bill. I'm glad to say that, at the very least, Ephesians by Tony Merida in the Christ-Centered Exposition series is a home run winner! The commentary is laid out like it was prob The brand new Christ-Centered Exposition series edited by David Platt, Danny Aiken, and Tony Merida, looks to be one of my go-to's as a pastor. I am always looking for succinct, mildly-technical, mostly-pastoral offerings. In the past, the Preaching the Word series, edited and mostly authored by Kent Hughes, has fit that bill. I'm glad to say that, at the very least, Ephesians by Tony Merida in the Christ-Centered Exposition series is a home run winner! The commentary is laid out like it was probably a sermon series by Merida at one point. His headings are driven by the text, but presented in a way that is homiletically pleasing. While he isn't overly-illustrated, he offers illustrations where they are appropriate. Some are personal to him and didn't translate well into my pulpit ministry. Merida has a solid theological frame-work. He is mildly Reformed, but is clearly not an undiapered Calvinist. His main concern is to address the text. I would highly recommend Ephesians to pastors, small group leaders, or even laymen looking for a meatier study aid in their personal time with the Lord. This is an excellent tool for the church!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tommy Grooms

    An approachable commentary on the book of Ephesians. The book gets technical when it has to or when it's helpful, but never gets too bogged down in minutiae; true to the series title, it keeps the text's relation to Christ as the central focus as much as possible, and this is a guideline that allows it to be both succinct and comprehensive. Useful if you want to read through Ephesians or if you want exposition on particular passages. An approachable commentary on the book of Ephesians. The book gets technical when it has to or when it's helpful, but never gets too bogged down in minutiae; true to the series title, it keeps the text's relation to Christ as the central focus as much as possible, and this is a guideline that allows it to be both succinct and comprehensive. Useful if you want to read through Ephesians or if you want exposition on particular passages.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Joshua Jagelman

    Simple, inspiring devotional commentary This is a helpful complement to reading through Ephesians as a devotional. Basic themes are emphasised and addressed in easy to understand and inspiring language.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Huff

    Quite good overall. I'll certainly be staying in this series. Quite good overall. I'll certainly be staying in this series.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Noel McDaniel

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    Rick Skinner

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  28. 4 out of 5

    Amber Thiessen

  29. 5 out of 5

    Courtney Pilkenton

  30. 4 out of 5

    Neil Richardson

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