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ISBN: 9781839732300
Imprint: HippoBooks
Format: Paperback
Dimensions (mm): 229 x 152 x 13
Publication Date: 31/08/2021
Pages: 238
Language: English

Blessed New Humanity in Christ

A Theology of Hope for African Christianity from the Book of Ephesians


When surrounded by ethnic and tribal divides, fear of demonic forces, and the threat of poverty, war, and disease, how are Christians to resist despair in the face of suffering – their own and that of their communities?

In Blessed New Humanity in Christ, Rev. Prof. Bitrus A. Sarma offers a contextualized reading of the book of Ephesians that provides a theology of hope for the African church. Looking to the cross as the source of all victory, Sarma reminds his readers of the promises of Scripture. Salvation in Christ is God’s gift to humanity, yet how the church understands that gift determines its ability to live out its calling in a world rife with trials and tribulations. Sarma offers an in-depth exploration of the blessings outlined in Ephesians and the implications of those blessings for Christians longing to experience healing and wholeness in their families, their societies, and their own personal lives.

Author Bios

Bitrus A. Sarma

BITRUS A. SARMA is Provost of ECWA Theological Seminary, Kagoro, Nigeria, where he is also Professor of Biblical Studies (NT). He has a PhD from ECWA Theological Seminary, Jos, Nigeria, and has been involved in theological education for almost three decades. He has conducted postgraduate research at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, and as a Research Scholar at Fuller Theological Seminary’s Global Research Institute, California, USA. He and his wife Sanatu are blessed with five children – Esther, Grace, Rejoice, David, and Victoria.


Through this insightful commentary on Ephesians, Prof. Bitrus Sarma grounds the entire quest for a new humanity in modern Africa on the revealed truths of God’s word and underscores the central significance of these biblical truths for societal transformation. I strongly recommend this important book to all Christians who daily yearn for the “manifestations of God’s manifold wisdoms” through the African church – and to the entire world.

Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Nigeria

The world, not least sub-Saharan Africa, needs to be reminded about the gospel’s promise regarding a new humanity. This fresh rereading of the apostle’s theology of hope and new life in Christ is truly good news, surely for the African continent, but also for a hurting world.

Professor of Theology and Mission,
Academic Dean, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California, USA

Table of Contents

  1. Abbreviations
  2. Foreword
  3. Preface
  4. Introduction
  5. Part One: Prologue about the New Humanity
    1. Brief Background of Ephesians
    2. Paradoxical Blessings
    3. Extravagantly Blessed
  6. Part Two: Theology of the New Humanity
    1. Blessed Calling by the Trinity (1:1–14)
    2. The Blessed Prayer (1:15–23)
    3. Blessed Rescue Mission (2:1–10)
    4. Blessed New Humanity in Christ Part I (2:11–22)
    5. Blessed New Humanity in Christ Part II (3:1–21)
  7. Part Three: Practices of the New Humanity
    1. Blessed Unity and Maturity (4:1–16
    2. The Blessed Children of Light (4:17–5:20)
    3. Blessed Families Part I (5:21–33)
    4. Blessed Families Part II (6:1–9)
    5. The Blessed Battle: Victory All the Time (6:10–20)
    6. Blessed News and Benediction (6:21–24)
    7. Conclusion: Sustaining Our Blessings in Christ
  8. Bibliography

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