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Author: Gloria Furman
How Being Embraced by the Love of Christ Changes Everything
Discover the Immeasurable Love of Christ
God’s grand plan for the redemption of his creation has been in motion since before time began. The book of Ephesians lays out this glorious vision, revealing what Christ's redemptive work means for the people of God and showing us how we should live in light of that reality.
Alive in Him draws us into the main themes in the book of Ephesians, showing us how the blessings we have received in Christ empower our obedience and love for God. Designed to be read alongside an open Bible, Alive in Him helps us apply Paul's letter to our daily lives, reminding us of our purpose on earth and directing our gaze to the love of Jesus Christ—a love that has the power to transform how we live.
Table of Contents:
Foreword by J. I. Packer
Introduction: What Ephesians Is—and Isn’t
- Blessed in Christ: The Recipients of God’s Rich Grace (Ephesians 1:1–14)
- Called to Hope: A Prayer to Know Christ’s Power and Supremacy (Ephesians 1:15–23)
- Zombies Raised to Life: God Resurrects a New Humanity (Ephesians 2:1–22)
- Mystery Revealed: We Are Members of the Same Body (Ephesians 3:1–21)
- Walk This Way: Growing Up into Christ (Ephesians 4:1–16)
- Getting Real: Wake Up and Put on the New Self (Ephesians 4:17–5:14)|
- Sacrificial Love: The Mark of God’s Family (Ephesians 5:15–6:9)
- Cruciform Armor: The Church’s Subversive Spiritual Warfare (Ephesians 6:10–23)
About the author:
“Paul’s definitive declaration on church life is found in the book of Ephesians—life through, from, in, with, for, and under the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God and Savior of sinners, the Redeemer, risen, reigning, and returning, now and henceforth forever, by the Father’s appointment, Lord of all. The whole of this comes into focus in Gloria Furman’s applicatory overview of Ephesians, which I enthusiastically commend as vitamin-packed nourishment for Christians everywhere.” ~J. I. Packer, Board of Governors' Professor of Theology, Regent College
“Some expositions are careful, line-by-line, evenhanded explanations of the biblical text. This exposition is exuberant, irrepressible, and intoxicating. Its strength is that its author, Gloria Furman, has tasted for herself the bliss of being loved by God, and she wants her readers to drink deeply from the same fountain.” ~D. A. Carson, research professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; cofounder, The Gospel Coalition
“Ephesians 4 tells us, ‘He gave some as teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ.’ I am deeply grateful that God gave Gloria Furman to the church. Because geography separates us, I can count on one hand the number of times I have gotten to sit under her teaching in person. Each time I was mesmerized, thoughts whirling, unable to write fast enough. Each time I was challenged, edified, and humbled. This book yielded the same result. Alive in Him is a precious chance to sit at Gloria’s feet and hear Ephesians expounded with grace and clarity. Get your pen ready.” ~Jen Wilkin, author, Women of the Word and None Like Him; bible teacher
“This is a wonderfully heartwarming overview of Ephesians that will encourage and inspire even the most weary of saints. Gloria has worked hard to show how Paul’s letter fits into the bigger picture of God’s revelation and writes in a way that makes these foundational truths both accessible and digestible. Each chapter helps us to join the dots of God’s great plan of salvation that is bringing all things together under the lordship of Christ. With well-worked illustrations and realistic applications, this book challenged me again and again to delight in the love of God and its transforming power so that I might become more like Christ and bring him greater glory.” ~Carrie Sandom, Director of Women’s Ministry, Proclamation Trust; Associate Minister for Women, St. John’s, Tunbridge Wells; author, Different by Design: God’s Blueprint for Men and Women