Though I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink. Instead I hope to come to you and talk face to face, so that our joy may be complete (2 John 1:12 ESV).
It has come to my attention that a lot of the Christianity we experience in our church is not Christianity at all. It seems to be, rather, a moralistic therapeutic deism. A Christ-less Christianity, with zero regard at all for the how the whole Bible fits together in redemptive history.
- Here’s a short video with Michael Horton, explaining Moralistic Therapuetic Deism:
Judge is a difficult book to preach. Yet, here is a helpful article at The Gospel Coalition, explaining how the gospel can be preached from the book of Judges: http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/2011/02/27/preaching-the-gospel-in-judges/
While Christ may not be explicitly present in the book of Judges or our sermons from this OT text, I hope & pray that we can arrive at the gospel somehow, whether Christ is named implicitly or explicitly as our source of hope.
And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he [Jesus] interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.(Luke 24:27 ESV)For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.(Romans 15:4 ESV)
We all need gospel encouragement, week in and week out, and we need the hope of our Messiah-King daily. May we find such hope in the Scriptures through the Spirit Christ.
With brotherly affection in Christ,
Alex S. Leung