In the days we live, it’s important to get back to the foundation of faith — and Dr. Youssef does that when he brings a message called “We Preach Christ.” It’s a look at the foundation of what Leading The Way stands for.
today more than ever, we must preach only the christ of the bible christ who is the only one who can forgive our sins eternally, who can break the power of sin. We preach the only christ who hung helplessly on the cross, but in his second coming he will be sitting on the throne of God, we preach christ and not ourselves Next on leading the way, you know my friends, this is the last week to participate in the june gift challenge, so I want to encourage you to give one time generous gift so that we can meet the match. God bless through your partnership, Leading the way is expanding to meet the growing spiritual needs of our nation and world and God is reaching more people through our ministry together than ever before. Over this past year, leading the way experienced a surge of new television viewers, website traffic and live stream viewers not to mention brand new prayer partners and the creation of online discipleship groups in hard to reach areas God is blessing and dr Yousef is pressing on to reach more people with the gospel than ever before. We are expanding to new stations, increasing navigator distribution and growing embedded field teams across the U. S. And around the globe. Large evangelistic events are on the horizon and you can be a part This month, generous ministry partners have committed a special June gift challenge where they have pledged to match up to $1.2 million dollars given to leading the way, dollar for dollar. This is the last week to double the impact of your giving and help, leading the way, expand further into new areas for jesus amid this complex and broken world, you can help bring the good news of christ’s love to people in desperate need of the truth. Will you join us on the forefront of this critical ministry by participating in the last week of this special june gift challenge, contact us to give a generous gift today. I thought long and hard about what message should I bring? I sought the Lord with all my heart and I sense the spirit of God saying, go back to the foundational message, a message upon which this church leading the way Kingdom sat all the ministries that have sprung out of here has been founded as a matter of fact, I heard the voice of God saying, if this is the last message of my life, what would I say? And I kept sensing again and again, Lord saying, go back to the foundational message. Go back to the foundational message. It is not only for this generation of those of you are here today, but for future generations, for whoever is going to occupy this pulpit. After long, I’ve gone to be with the Lord, but what I want to do today is to charge the next generation that in this place we have and always please God will preach only the christ of the bible. It is the christ of the bible, who is the way the truth and the life Today. Most reliable statistics are telling us at 52% of those who are professing to be Christians believe that there are many ways to God that our people can come to God. In which way they want to know whether the statistics get better or worse. That’s not the issue. Let it be known that on this day from this hill, we proclaim that Jesus is the only way to the father. That Jesus is the only way to heaven. That jesus is the only savior of our souls and the Lord of our lives. That Jesus is the only giver of eternal life and there can be no eternal life in heaven without him. That Jesus is not just a founder of another religion, that Jesus is God of very God, who laid the splendor of his glory and came to earth and become man of very man, so that he may save men and women, boys and girls. That we believe that the scripture says there is no name under heaven by which is given for men and women to be saved except the name of Jesus. And therefore the foundational text for this church and leading the way Kingdom said all the other ministries. It’s second Corinthians chapter four, verses four and five. The God of this age talking about satan, the God of this age has blinded unbelievers. So they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of christ, who is the image of God. For we do not preach ourselves, but jesus christ as Lord and we ourselves as servants for jesus sake. Now, if you study church history and I love church history for this reason, in fact, church history and the study of church history has impacted my preaching because I learned that through the years, through the last 2000 years, every generation, God calls men and women, boys and girls to stand up for the truth for that generation, to stand up against the spirit of the age, to stand up against those who seek to water down, modify or otherwise, compromise the gospel of jesus christ, those who deny the power of the Gospel of jesus christ, Those who seek to rewrite the gospel of Jesus christ, Those who seek to modify the message of salvation of christ to fit the cultural milieu. Those who seek to re paint the portrait of jesus in order to make him acceptable to miserable sinners. Those who seek to remove the offense of the cross, Those who seek to shave off the mane of the lion of Judah. Those who preach that if you believe somewhat you repent to a certain extent, you will be saved to a certain degree. No, in a million, No, to this, the call of God upon me upon this church upon leading the way Kingdom said, all the other ministries that have grown out of this church is to be faithful to the proclamation of the truth in such a way that people will make an intelligent decision regarding christ. They can either accept him or rejecting him. We don’t force people to believe. God gives us the freedom of choice. Those who receive him as their only savior, and Lord will receive forgiveness from their sins here and now, joy and peace here and now and eternity in heaven with him. Those who reject him as their only savior as the only lord of their life. They will spend their eternity in a place called hell where there is torment, where there is pain. Please listen to me. God calls us to stand firm and to stand strong and to stand up and say with the apostle paul, we do not preach ourselves, but we preach christ and we are your servants. For jesus sake, we do not preach our ideas, what makes us popular in culture or makes us acceptable. We do not preach the rebranding of jesus. I heard this from an evangelical preacher. We need to rebrand jesus. Nor do we preach a surrender to the power of sin. Nor do we preach the capitulation to the enslavement of sin. Nor do we preach the surrender to the sexual revolution. Nor do we preach pragmatism and political correctness. No, and a million knows to that, but we preach christ and christ alone, just as paul said of the devices were not ignorant beloved. We need to be more alert more than any other time in modern history. We need to be more discerning than any time in modern history. For when the early believers said, we preach christ alone, they were burned alive, they were dipped in hot tar. They were given to hungry alliance. But they would not be deterred from preaching christ alone. Rome always welcome new gods. They would have been welcomed with open arms. There would have been beloved people in the roman empire because the more God’s the merrier. But when they said christ only, that’s when they got dipped in hot tar. Then after that we came to the dark ages where superstition and witchcraft came into the very church inside the church. But God raised reformers who read the scripture and they said now it’s only christ and salvation by faith in him alone. 300 years ago, a man by the name of our armies who taught that God is incapable of converting us. We convert ourselves but good and Godly man like George Whitfield stood up and they said no and a million. Now we preach christ who can save from the gutter mouse to the uttermost astrology says the time in which you are born, determines your destiny. The reincarnation say life is reincarnated into new life and you pay for the misdeeds of the former life. But the bible said this is a fallacy of all fallacies because I know that christ paid the wages of all my sins and he redeemed me eternally. And because the bible is clear, there is no such thing as reincarnation. The bible says that it is appointed for man women, everyone to die once after that. The judgment comes the human potential movement said that we can all create our own identity. No wonder we have so many confused people in this culture today. Oh my goodness gracious! Today, there are many people who are called evangelical preachers. There are saying that the bible should be like a smorgasbord, a buffet. You come and you pick and you choose. You don’t like that, you dump it, you take this or you don’t like this, you do this and you do this. Oh, this is more common than you realize. In fact, that’s the teaching that more than any other teaching, probably at least in my personal opinion, that has weakened the church of jesus christ, that has nullified the message of the gospel. That has muffled the voice of christ confused millions of people, some of them into eternal destruction. And that is why today, more than ever we must preach only the christ of the bible christ, who is God of very God, the God of power and might, who is the only one who can forgive our sins eternally, who can break the power of sin, who can help restore sanity in our lives. He is the only one who can set the captive free. He’s the only one who can liberate from the chains of addiction. He’s the only one who one day is going to judge the living and the dead. He’s the only one who one day is going to reign supreme over the universe before our own eyes. He’s the only one to whom every knee shall bow and every tongue will confess that jesus christ is lord to the glory of God. The father. We preach christ who is the image of the invisible god and we ourselves your servants. For jesus sake. We preach the only christ who was promised by God. The father back in genesis, we preach the only christ who was born of a pure virgin. We preached the only christ to heal the sick, raise the dead, made the lame to walk and set the captive free. We preached the only christ who was crucified on Mount Golgotha and was buried for three days. But then thank God on the third day with every part of his own repentance, he rose from the dead, never to die again. The christ that we preach is the only one who can promise eternal life. He’s the only one who can forgive sinners like me and you. We preach the only christ who has ascended alive in heaven and from there right now. He sits on the rim of the universe, even when the world seems to be falling apart, he’s not even when things look out of control is not out of his control. But one day he’s going to come back and he’s going to reign and rule before our own eyes. We preach the only christ who’s in his first coming was born in a manger. But when in his second coming he will rule with an iron scepter. We preach the only christ for whom and through whom the whole universe was made and created. But he left that splendor of heaven and came to earth and on his second coming, we will see him ruling in power and great glory. We preached the only christ who hung helplessly on the cross. But in his second coming, he will be sitting on the throne of God. We preach the only christ who was the lamb of God who takes away the sin of everyone who believes in him. But soon on his second coming he will come as the lion of Judah. We preach christ another ourselves. That’s the saddest part is when people preach themselves. That’s a tragedy. We do not preach pop psychology helpful that maybe we don’t preach self help good as that. Maybe we don’t preach band aid, they only give you temporary relief. No, we preach the only one who can do a total job on the total person and that is not going to come as a surprise to some of you or most of you are certainly is going to come as a surprise what I’m about to say to my family, I’m a man who is far, far, far, far from being perfect, I know that, but I weep over my sin. I repent of my sin. I don’t gloss over my sin. I don’t explain away my sin. I don’t rationalize my sin. I don’t try to blame others for my sin, for I know that it was my sin that fastened him to that cross and that’s my sin that kept him on that cross until he paid my ransom, beloved This is Christianity, 101 God is not looking for perfect people, but he’s looking for imperfect people so he can perfect them. And that’s all that God is expecting from those who love him to lower the bar of righteousness, to lower the standards so that sinners can accept christ without repenting without believing without transformation, without conversion is the worst sin that could be committed to paint or repaint the portrait of christ without confessing him as Lord is the worst sin of all, for we preach not ourselves, but christ, jesus, who is the image of the invisible god, far from jesus, to christ, being the founder of another religion, as so many preachers in pulpits are saying today, he is the creator God who became man far from this newly fangled idea that is preached for many appropriate today. He’s not a way a truth and a life he is the way the truth and the only giver of eternal life. Far from those, this false claim that everybody, whether they believe or not, they’re going to go to heaven. This is a lie from the pit of hell otherwise known as Hollywood, Jesus said No one and when he says no one, he means no one, no one comes to the father. But by me, that’s his words, not mine. And that is why from genesis to revelation, he is the central focus of the entire bible for he was promised by God the father to Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. And that is why 2000 years 1600 plus, sometimes 1800 we’re not really sure, but they’re about 1600 to 2000 years is when the scripture writers were writing, they were all from different professions. They were all from different backgrounds. There was some gentiles of some jews, but all writing this history that we called genesis to revelation that that book, the holy Book of God, the infallible word of God they were writing. But the reason they’re all right. One message is because they were all inspired by the holy spirit of God. That is why Jesus is a central figure from beginning to end. He is the beginning and the end and everything in between. He is the alpha and the omega and the rest of the alphabet. He is the only true revelation of God and no one else is the revelation of God other than jesus, the christ and you can find him in every book of the bible, every book of the bible. If you have the spiritual eyes to see it, if you look at the scripture, you’re going to see it very clearly. That in the book of genesis, he is the seed of the woman that the father promised Adam and Eve in exodus. Here’s the Passover lamb in Leviticus, he is the high priest in numbers. He is the smitten rock in Deuteronomy, he is the prophet and in Joshua, he is the captain of the Lord of house in judges. He is the creator and the final judge and ruth. He is the heavenly kinsman redeemer in sam well, he is the anointed one in kings. He is the king of kings and the Lord of Lords in chronicles. He is the glory of God in the temple in Ezra, he is the teacher, comes from God in Nehemiah. He is the rebuilder of broken lives in Esther. He is the protector of his people in job. He’s the only comforter in times of trouble in psalm. He’s our good shepherd in proverbs. He is the wisdom of God in Ecclesiastes, he is the preacher of the kingdom of God in the song of songs, he is the bride groom is coming to his bride, the church in Isaiah, he is the mighty god everlasting father Prince of peace in Jeremiah. He is the potter who shapes the clay of our lives into the image of God in lamentation. He is the weeping prophet in Ezekiel. He is the wheel inside the wheel in Daniel. He is the son of man, coming on clouds of great glory and he is the fourth person in the fiery furnace in Joseon. He is the love of God to the backslider in Joel. He is the baptism of the Holy Spirit in Amos. He is the author of judgment and mercy in a bad idea. He is the God of vengeance in Jonah. He is the salvation of our Lord in Micah, he is the great intercessor in nay home. He is the stronghold in the days of trouble in his backpack. He is the God of mercy in Stephania. He is the establishment of the kingdom of God upon the earth in Hagi. He is the desire of all nations and in Zechariah, he is the branch of Jehovah in maliki, the last book of the old testament. He is the refiner’s fire, the sun of righteousness that shall rise over all the world with healing in his wings and that’s announcing for over 2000 years that is coming, that’s who he is. Look for those characteristics in him. When he arrived. Look for him, look for him, some did and believed many didn’t because they wanted a messiah that fits them just now. We want a jesus who agrees with us. Someone said that God created man in his own image and now we have returned the favor and created a God in our own emissions beloved be immovable from the truth of the Gospel. And that is why when jesus showed up, he said before Abraham was, I am, I am that word should have really given them goose bumps. It should have reminded them that this is the very God who appeared to moses at the burning bush. And when moses said, what do I tell them? Who sent me? He said, tell them I am sent you. And when Jesus said, I am, they should have jumped all over the place to welcome him as their messiah, but they didn’t. And that is why in the new testament you see with clarity. Of course, no symbolism sing clarity. You see him in Matthew as the kingly messiah in Mark. He is the medical worker in luke. He is the great physician in john, he is the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world in acts, he is the risen lord in romans. He is our justification in corinthians. He is our sanctification in Galatians. He is our liberation in Ephesians. He is our perfection in the Philippians. He is our joy in colossians. He is the head of the body of the church in Thessalonians. He is the coming Lord who reign and rule forever in timothy, he is the judge of all men in titus, he is the redeemer of the world in Philemon, he is the friend that sticks to you closer than a brother in Hebrews. He is the author and the finisher of our salvation in James. He is the healer of all nations in Peter. He is the chief shepherd and the bishop of our Souls in john’s epistles, He is the word of God in jude. He is the coming Lord with 10,000 of his saints to execute judgment upon the earth in revelation. He is the alpha and omega the beginning and the end. The Lion of the Tribe of Judah. The root of jesse. The root of David, the lamb of God, the Word of God, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, we’d reached christ and ourselves as servants for christ’s sake, if you are here or watching around the world and we have millions of people watching on kingdom sat and we’re so thrilled and delighted for all the kingdom. Sad viewers who are watching in Saudi Arabia who are watching in the gulf states are watching in North Africa who are watching in Egypt and Lebanon and Syria, we welcome you and we thank God for you. We’re glad you’re watching. But I want to tell you and I tell everybody in this room that if you have never been to the knee to jesus. Today is the day you can do that if you have never come to him confessing your sin, receiving his forgiveness. If you have never received that gift of forgiveness of sins and the piece that you’re searching for eternal life with him. Be assured you can do that today. If you have never come to know the love and the mercy of God through jesus christ, you can do that today. Today you can confess your sins, repent of them, receive his loving invitation. See God loves you. I was talking to a neighbor And it breaks my heart because for two years I shared Christ with it and he said, I just can’t accept this. Every time together, I would say something to three weeks ago I got a word that he had a stroke is younger than me. Never recovered. Last week he died beloved friends. I don’t want anyone would allow this sermon to serve as a witness against them in that last days. This is the opportunity, This is the moment, this is the time. How can you doubt that he loves you when he left the splendor of heaven and came to earth and died for you in order to pay the wages and the consequences of your sin and mind, will you respond to him with your respond to his love from beginning to end? The bible tells the story of the coming savior. As far back as genesis, he is revealed as the seed of the woman who will overthrow satan and in revelation. He is the king of kings this month, when you visit L. T W dot org, you can request jesus in every book of the bible, a free booklet featuring a thorough breakdown of old and new testament references that point to jesus, be sure to request this free resource by visiting L T W dot org today, you know my friends, this is the last week to participate in the june gift challenge, so I want to encourage you to give one time generous gift so that we can meet the match. God bless through your partnership, Leading the way is expanding to meet the growing spiritual needs of our nation and world and God is reaching more people through our ministry together than ever before. Over this past year, leading the way experienced a surge of new television viewers, website traffic and live stream viewers, not to mention brand new prayer partners and the creation of online discipleship groups in hard to reach areas, God is blessing and dr Yousef is pressing on to reach more people with the gospel than ever before. We are expanding to new stations, increasing navigator distribution and growing embedded field teams across the U. S. And around the globe. Large evangelistic events are on the horizon and you can be a part This month, generous ministry partners have committed a special June gift challenge where they have pledged to match up to $1.2 million dollars given to leading the way, dollar for dollar. This is the last week to double the impact of your giving and help, leading the way expand further into new areas for jesus amid this complex and broken world, you can help bring the good news of christ’s love to people in desperate need of the truth. Will you join us on the forefront of this critical ministry by participating in the last week of this special june gift challenge. Contact us to give a generous gift today passionately proclaiming uncompromising truth. Leading the way with Dr Michael Yousef thanks you for your faithful support through your continued prayers and gifts.