Judges For You: To Read, To Feed, To Lead
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More exciting than many of its Old Testament counterparts, the book of Judges sets before us persistent questions about God, Israel, and the problem of the human condition. These problems lie at the very heart of why many people find the God of the Bible so problematic in the contemporary world.
Issuing no apologies for Scripture, Tim Keller's Judges for You opens up and explains the book of Judges on its own terms while pointing readers to the redemption to be found in the true judge, Jesus Christ. Keller, it is well known, is a brilliant communicator and expositor. Join him as he opens the book of Judges and helps Christians come to grips with the difficult message of Judges as he simultaneously demonstrates how the book makes us better disciples of Jesus Christ.
About the Series
From beginning to end, each volume in the God's Word for You commentary series is designed with you in mind. The series is designed to meet the expectations of three very different types of use:
- For Reading: you can simply read from cover to cover and explore the themes, encouragements, and challenges of the part of Scripture the book covers.
- For personal edification and devotion: you can use this book for devotional readings, or use it for Bible study or to read alongside a sermon series. Each chapter contains two short sections and reflective questions.
- For leadership and teaching: these books are easily adaptable to small-group contexts or larger church settings. Employing ordinary language, each book presents even the most complex questions clearly and simply. Illustrations and applications are suggested in each section.
- Bible focused
- Christ glorifying
- Relevantly applied
- Easily readable
Encounters with Jesus: Unexpected Answers to Life's Biggest QuestionsTimothy KellerDutton Adult / 2013 / Hardcover$12.49 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 2 Reviews
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Join Dr Timothy Keller as he opens up the book of
Judges, helping you to get to grips with its meaning and showing how it transforms our hearts and lives today.
Written for people of every age and stage, from enquirers to new believers to pastors and teachers, this exible resource is the 2nd installment in the curriculum series, "God's Word For You."
Judges For You is for you to:
Read: As a guide to this historical narrative, pointing you forward to God's greatest rescue of all.
Feed: As a daily devotional to help you grow in Christ as you read and meditate on this portion of God's word.
Lead: As notes to aid you in explaining, illustrating and applying Judges as you preach or lead a Bible study.
Whoever you are, and however you use it, this is JUDGES FOR YOU.
Sheri5 Stars Out Of 5Judges for YouDecember 13, 2014SheriQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I studied this book with a group of ladies who meet weekly for an hour. We have all been in Bible studies a long time but we still found this book to contain helpful new cultural background! The application to our own hearts, in spite of the strange events of the Judges, came alive for us. The commentary helped the Judges to speak directly to us and we marveled at how our own times are not all that different than the depiction of God's people in Judges. It reminded us of our need for the Gospel and had other practical points about forgiveness, truth-telling, repentance- so many good points. We all enjoyed the study.
However, there is a big disconnect between this book and the workbook "Judges, the Flawed and the Flawless", that seems to accompany it. The chapters in the two books have similar material but the content doesn't sync well between books. It was confusing to try to figure out how to arrange what we would study- go by the chapters in Judges itself? go by the workbook chapters? go by the commentary chapters? ugh.
We finally abandoned the workbook and used only this commentary. It was easy enough to do- each unit of the commentary has a few questions which made discussion easy. Since we meet only an hour, we stretched the study in the book out over the semester. Using this commentary, we discussed about one to two chapters of Judges a week.
All in all, this was a really useful and insightful study. We all agreed that we got a lot out of it.
Cyndie5 Stars Out Of 5JUDGES FOR YOU: TO READ, TO FEED, TO LEADOctober 2, 2014CyndieQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Very insightful book. It included commentary and insights as well as application questions...very good!
Bob HaytonSt. Paul, MNAge: 25-34Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5fantastic gospel-centered study, highly applicableFebruary 13, 2014Bob HaytonSt. Paul, MNAge: 25-34Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5When it comes to Bible study, the English speaking church is truly blessed with a glut of materials. And Bible study helps come in almost every shape and size: simple books with application for laymen, heavy tomes with detailed exegesis of the Greek for scholars, and everything in between. In the "God's Word For You" series from The Good Book Company, we find a unique balance. Each book in the series is attractively designed and emphasizes that the book aims to unveil God's Word for the ordinary reader. The books aim to help believers read the Biblical text, grow in grace as they learn to feed on God's Word, and also to equip Bible study leaders and various church teachers with a helpful analysis of the text with an eye to application.
Timothy Keller, one of my favorite authors, gives us a gospel-centered look at the book of Judges, in "Judges For You." I was repeatedly struck by how applicable the stories in Judges are to the church today. Keller avoids an allegorical reading of the text just as much as he shuns a scholastic handling of it. He sees the Messiah in the types found in Judges, and points out how Judges always leaves us looking for a better king, a better judge, a more complete savior. There is a transition from the entire tribe of Judah fighting for Israel in the first chapters, to the solitary savior, Samson at the end. In every way Christ is the greater David, who fulfills Judges expectation in ways that David, whose story follows on the heels of Judges, never could.
Keller has an eye to challenging aspects of the text for today's readers. He provides an appendix for how to handle the concept of "holy war" in Scripture. And he purposefully points out how Israel's common sin of idolatry relates to similar idolatrous sins we find in today's culture and even in the church. Each chapter includes two sets of discussion questions, and can be broken into two lessons if needed.
I listened to the christianaudio version of this book, and it worked well as a devotional read on the way to and from work each day. The chapters build on each other but can be read individually. The narration at first was hard to adjust to. The reader, Maurice England, has a strong southern drawl, and his accent was distracting at first. Perhaps it was more distracting because it contrasts so sharply with Tim Keller's voice which I was imagining in my head when listening to the book. In time, the narration grew on me and I warmed up to England's voice. I also own the hardback book, and notice that there are only a few things you miss out on with the audio-book. There is one big map in the appendix, as well as a couple diagrams which are not in the audio-book. Additionally, the audio-book does not attempt to include the glossary feature of the book (words in gray font in the text are defined in the glossary at the back of the book).
I highly recommend this series, and am looking forward to picking up additional titles. If each is as gospel-focused as this title, the series will be a boon to the church.
Disclaimer: This book was provided by christianaudio as part of the christianaudio Reviewers Program. The reviewer was under no obligation to offer a positive review.
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