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We Preach Christ (Booklet)
The Importance of the Truth

By Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Historical revisionists and liberal Bible scholars are trying to apply modern-day values to the Word of God and to historical facts. They remove the pieces they don’t like. May we be warned: if we continue on this path, we will end up with a pack of lies and our children will not learn the Truth about the Word of God or the history of this nation.

Scripture is clear. In 2 Timothy, Paul warns his young friend to not be ashamed to preach the Gospel, saying: “Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the Truth and turn aside to myths” (2 Timothy 4:2-4).

It is politically incorrect to say that Jesus Christ is the way, the Truth, and the life—but it is the Truth. Only His Truth changes lives and unlocks the beauty of our full worth as men and women who are made in His image. Only He can change our hearts so we are able to love our neighbors.

We must remember that the only thing that counts is true faith “expressing itself through love” (Galatians 5:6).

Prayer: Lord, thank You that You are the only way, the Truth, and the life. I pray that my church, my family, and my nation will not turn aside to myths, but will embrace the full Truth of the Gospel. Help us to be on guard against deception. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’” (John 14:6).

Proclaiming the Truth

By Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Have you ever hidden your faith from others? Have you ever softened the message of God’s Word? If you find yourself feeling ashamed of the Gospel, remember this: No matter how Satan tries to trap us, no matter what other people can do to us or say about us, we can know that we already have eternal victory through Jesus Christ.

Our eternal victory doesn’t mean that proclaiming the Truth will be easy. We may lose friendships or face slander or hear insults. But Paul says, “And of this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher. That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day” (2 Timothy 1:11-12).

In this world, we will face the pressure to conform. We will encounter people who spread a false Gospel. But as we hold to the Truth, speaking it in love, we won’t have to hang on with our own strength. God will be there to help us and to uphold us in our battles.

Prayer: Father, give me courage and strength to boldly proclaim the Truth of the Gospel. Amen.

“Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold” (2 Corinthians 3:12).

No Shame

By Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Shame is a powerful and damaging emotion. Have you ever felt shame or disgrace? Have you ever been ashamed of someone else? People can be ashamed of their appearance, their social status, or their family heritage—anything that they feel is unacceptable or unattractive. Shame is what we feel when we think that something about ourselves does not measure up to the expectations of others.

Where does shame come from? It is the child of fear and the cousin of timidity. In 2 Timothy 1, Paul is warning Timothy about shame. Fear and shame are closely related. When we fear what others think of us, we feel ashamed and attempt to hide our “faults” from them. Unfortunately, many Christians have allowed the world to shame them into hiding the Gospel. They feel ashamed of Biblical morality and of following God’s standards. Paul encourages Timothy, “So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God” (2 Timothy 1:8).

No matter what we face, God’s power is with us. Even in the face of death, we shouldn’t let fear trap us. When Jesus died on the Cross, He not only abolished death for His followers, He also abolished the fear of death. While we will all experience physical death, those of us who have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior have the joy of anticipating eternal life with Jesus. We should feel honored to endure hardships for Christ—even death: “If you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name” (1 Peter 4:16).

Prayer: Father, help me to not be ashamed of the Gospel. Where there is fear in my life, replace it with faith. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day” (2 Timothy 1:12).

Trust in God's Love

By Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

God's redemptive love for us is beyond anything this world could ever offer. There is nothing we can do to earn it. God’s love is a free gift that He has chosen to give us. However, it is our responsibility to accept this gift by faith.

E. Stanley Jones writes:

“I am inwardly fashioned for faith, not for fear. Fear is not my native land; faith is. I am so made that worry and anxiety are like sand in the machinery of life; faith is the oil. I live better by faith and confidence than by fear, doubt, and anxiety.”

We have been redeemed from eternal death through Jesus Christ. We no longer have reason to fear because we belong to a God who says, “Fear not.” Our fate has been sealed, and we have every reason to have hope for the future.

Many people do not realize the power of God's redemption. They cower in fear and worry about tomorrow. Each one of us can think back to a time when we felt fearful and wanted to retreat, but God calls us to move forward in victory.

Fear stifles creativity.

Fear destroys the dreams God has given us.

Fear keeps us from fully receiving His love.

Fear prevents us from telling others about the saving grace of Jesus Christ.

Fear is one of Satan's favorite weapons against the believer.

The apostle Paul reminds us that we are more than conquerors through Christ who loves us and gave Himself for us (Romans 8:37). The redemptive love of God is yours to rest in and enjoy. Don’t let your feelings dictate your faith—trust in God’s love for you and refuse to allow fear to rob you of God's blessing.

Prayer: Father, thank You for sending Your only Son because of Your great love for us. Help me to be confident in Your love and boldly share it with others. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!” (1 John 3:1).

Managing God's Vision

By Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

God gives His vision to those who are good stewards. God is looking for stewards who will manage His plans well, even in the face of opposition, frustration, impatience, or even spiritual attack.

As we follow God’s timeline, we may experience anxious moments and frustration while we wait for God’s plan to unfold. Satan will tempt us to bypass God’s timeline and question God’s direction. Yet God entrusts His vision to those He knows will persevere through criticism, seasons of waiting, and spiritual warfare.

God also gives His vision to those who are faithful in small things. He will give greater vision to those who are being faithful with what is already in their charge. The Bible teaches us that this is how God rewards His faithful servants: “You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things” (Matthew 25:21).

The good news is that it is never too late to start seeking God’s vision. We are always at the right point in our lives to decide to honor God and to delight in Him.

Prayer: God, I pray that I will be a good steward of the vision You give me. Thank You for all You have entrusted to me. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised” (Hebrews 10:36).

Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done

By Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

When you pray for the kingdom of God to come and for His will to be done, you are asking for three things. First, you are praying for God’s authority over your own life. You are saying, “Lord, may your rule be extended into every area of my life. May your authority be established in my life, in my family’s life, in my business, and in my church.”

The second thing you are praying is for the unsaved. You are asking for the salvation of those who have not yet become citizens of the kingdom of God. You are saying, “Lord, may Your enemies and the enemies of the Gospel repent and come back to You. May You increase the number of citizens in the kingdom of heaven here on earth.”

Third, you are expressing a longing for the second coming of Christ. You are longing for Jesus to return and for His physical rule to be established on earth as it is in heaven. When you honestly pray, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10), then God will work out His will in your life.

Are you seeking God’s kingdom and will in your life, or have you been preoccupied with your own will? Are you praying regularly for the lost in your life, that they might be brought into the kingdom? Is there an area of your life that you need to turn over to the lordship and rule of Christ?

Prayer: Father, help me to give You full authority over every area of my life. Help me to have a burden for the lost. Help me to have a longing for Your return. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10).

Praying the Will of God

By Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

There’s a lot we can learn from Daniel’s prayer in Daniel 9, and one of these key principles is how to pray the will of God.

Read Daniel 9. In verse 19, Daniel prayed, “O Lord, listen! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, hear and act! For your sake, O my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your Name.” Jesus said that we are to seek first the things of God and that God would respond by taking care of our needs. How can you be assured that you are praying for God’s will, and not your own to be done?

Immerse yourself in the Word of God. The more you know the mind of God, the more you will begin to understand what He wants for your life. As you pray for specific requests, always check them against Scripture. You can be sure God’s desires for you will never go against His Word. As you read God’s Word and study it, ask the Lord to give you a greater awareness of specific promises that He wants you to pray about and believe for.

We must pray with praise on our lips, a confession of our sin, and with a petition that God will act in the way that accomplishes His purposes and brings Him glory. Then, we must listen very closely to what the Holy Spirit may lead us to say or do. God uses individual people to accomplish His purposes. Be willing to be used.

Prayer: Lord God, Your love and greatness overwhelm me. I pray that You would align my heart with Yours, that my prayers would be in keeping with Your will. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us” (1 John 5:14).

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