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January 10, 2019 3:00 am
Hello my friends Michael Yusuf here.
I just wanted to thank you for connecting with leading the way.
Our entire team is wholly committed to passionately proclaiming uncompromising truth of God's word and it cannot be done without you learn more about what God has charged us to do around the world by clicking around LTW.org that's LTW.org. Thank you and may God richly bless you as you seek to serve. I thought long and hard about what message should I bring in our census. God saying go back to the foundational message message upon which this church leading the way kingdom set all the ministries that have sprung out of here has been founded as a matter 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. It is not only for this generation of those who you are here today but for future generations. For whoever is going to occupy this pool. After long, I've gone to be with the Lord what I want to do today is to charge the next generation those who will occupy this pulpit.
Those who will be serving on the vestry those who will be serving members of the Board of Trustees.
Board members 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 in the way that truth and the life. Today, most reliable statistics of telling us that 52% of those who are professing to be Christians believe that there are many ways to God that people can come to God. Any which way they want to doubt whether the statistics get better or worse. That's not the issue.
B 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 the commander very man so that he might save men and women Boys and Girls Club 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 leading the way kingdom set all the other ministries second Corinthians chapter 4 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 knife your study church history and I love church history. For this reason and factors 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 Club 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 watered-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 repaint 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 main of the lion of Judah, those who preach that if you believe somewhat to repent a certain extent. You will be saved to a certain degree now on a million note of this.
The call of God upon me upon this church upon leading the way kingdom set 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 accepting or rejecting him we don't force people to believe God gives us the freedom of choice. Those who receive them as their only Savior and Lord will receive forgiveness from their sins here and now joy and peace here and now an eternity in heaven with him.
Those who reject him.
They reject him as their only Savior is the only Lord of the life that will spend their eternity in a place called hell aware that installment where there is pain. Please listen to me.
God calls us to stand firm and to stand strong and to stand up and said what 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 make us acceptable. We do not preach the re-branding of Jesus heard this from an evangelical preacher. We need to rebrand Jesus nor do we preach or surrender to the power of sin, nor do we preach the capitulation to the enslavement of sin so that we preach the surrender to the sexual revolution, nor do we preach pragmatism and political correctness not on a million. Note to that but we preach Christ and Christ alone.
Judah, the half-brother of Jesus said we contend for the faith once delivered once delivered unmodified not compromise not watered-down once delivered to the saints. Just once delivered even during the apostolic age, the apostles particular, the apostle Paul. He confronted so many people so many of his contemporaries who were preaching false gospels. Other were preaching modified gospel others were adding to gospel and he exposed them all when he said, but we preach Christ, the Christ of the word of God in Galatia. He confronted those who were adding to the gospel and the viewed rituals equal Jesus.
He said no we preach Christ in Ephesus and elsewhere. He confronted the Gnostics, those who said that we can be saved by having knowledge and he said no. We preach Christ, the early heretic by name is Marcy, from which we get Marcy and the heresy in the early Christian heresy where he said that the God of the Old Testament is not the same as the God of the New Testament and therefore we need to be unhitched from the Old Testament but faithful disciples of Jesus said without the Old Testament, the New Testament does not make sense without the foundation the building cannot stand without Abraham and David. We could not comprehend the seed of Abraham, or the son of David, as the Lord Jesus Christ, who is a descendent of David, and who is the seed of Abraham now can go on and on and on but I will not do that. The saddest part to me personally and I know too many of you is that so many modern evangelical preachers are now taking these old heresies and addressing them up in a new dress and preaching as if it's a truth and when I hear horses like this.
I think of the words of Dr. Criswell, former pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas when he was hearing all these modern heresies all dressed up. He said a skunk by any name as a skunk. I want the same in volunteer justice. Paul said of the devices we are not ignorant, Robert. 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, there would be dipped in hot tar that were given to hungry lions but they would not be deterred from preaching Christ along Rome always welcome new gods, there would have been welcome with open mother would've been beloved people in the Roman Empire because the more guards, the merrier, but during the said Christ only asked when they got dipped in hot tar after that, we come to the dark ages were superstition and witchcraft came into the very church inside the church about God raise reformers who read the Scripture and this is now. It's only Christ and salvation by faith in him alone 300 years ago man by the name of Artemis who taught that God is incapable of converting us. We convert ourselves.
But good ungodly men like George Whitfield stood up and they said no and a million. We preach Christ who can save from the gutter. Most to the uttermost today. The Universalist Unitarian teach that Christ is the ideal man which retool can be when we obtain higher self Scientologist teach that if we know enough we can survive forever, not without Jesus. You want astrology, says the time in which you were born determines your destiny. Inclinations say life is reincarnated into new life and you pay for the misdeeds of the formal 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 routinely internally 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 so that we can all create our own identity. No wonder we have so many confused people in this culture today. Today there are many people who are called evangelical preachers. There are saying that the Bible should be like a smorgasbord about fire 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.
This is more common than you realize. In fact, that's the teaching that has weakened the church of Jesus Christ that has nullified the message of the gospel that is 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 is the only one who can set the captive free, is the only one who can liberate from the chains of addiction is the only one who one day is going to judge the living and the dead is the only one who one day is going to rain supreme over the universe before our own eyes is 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 preach, the only Christ to heal the sick, raise the dead, made the lame to walk, and set the captive free. We preach, the only Christ, who was crucified on Mongol grocer and was buried for three days but then, thank God.
On the third day with every part of his omnipotence, he rose from the dead, never to die again, the Christ, that we preach is the only one who can promise eternal life is 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 seemed to be falling apart is not even when things look out of control is not out of his control.
But one day he's going to come back and is going to rain and rule before our own eyes we preach, the only Christ, who's in his first coming was born in a manger, but went in his second coming, he will rule with an iron scepter.
We preach 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 rolling in power and great glory. 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, 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 a lion of Judah. We preach Christ and not ourselves. That's the saddest part is when people preach themselves. That's a tragedy. We do not preach pop psychology helpful.
That might be. We don't preach self-help grid is that maybe we don't preach Band-Aid the 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 most of you certain is going to come as a surprise. What I'm about to say to my family, man was 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 the cross. And that's my sin that kept him on the cross until he paid my ransom.
This is Christianity 101 God is not looking for perfect people, but are you looking for imperfect people, so he can my perfect them. 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 the Christ being the founder of another religion of so many preachers and pulpits are saying today.
He is the creator God who become man, far from this newfangled idea that is preach from any appropriate today is not a way a truth in a life he is the way the truth and the on the government on the life forever because this false claim that every body with her. They believe will not be going to go to heaven. This is a live from the pit of hell otherwise known as Hollywood and deceiving a lot of people.
Jesus said no one and releases no one he means 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+ sometimes 1800 without literature but there about 1600 to 2000 years is when the Scripture writers were writing. They were all from different professions. There are from different backgrounds. There was some gentle system used all writing this history that we call Genesis to Revelation.
That book, the holy book of God. The infallible word of God. There were writing but the reason there all right. One message is because they're all inspired by the Holy Spirit of God. That is why Jesus is the central figure from beginning to end. He is the beginning and the end and everything in between 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 in you can find him in every book of the Bible. Every book of the Bible. If you have the spiritualized to see it if you look at the Scripture you 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 and exit us.
He is the Passover lamb in Leviticus, he is a high priest in numbers. Here's the smitten rock in Deuteronomy. He is the prophet and in Joshua. He is the captain of the Lord of hosts and judges.
He is the creator and the final judge and Ruth, he is a heavenly kinsman redeemer and Sam well. He is the anointed one in Kings, he is the King of Kings and Lord of lords and Chronicles. Here's the glory of God in the temple and Ezra, here's the teacher comes from God and they admire here's the rebuild of broken lives in Esther, he is a protector of his people and Job is the only comforter in times of trouble in song. He is our good Shepherd.
In Proverbs, he is the wisdom of God in Ecclesiastes. He is the preacher of the kingdom of God and the song of songs.
Here's the bridegroom is coming, his bride, the church in Isaiah 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 and lamentation. Here's the weeping prophet in Ezekiel.
Here's the wheel inside the wheel in Daniel. Here's the Son of Man coming in clouds of great glory and is the fourth person in the fiery furnace and Hosea, here's the love of God to the backslider in Joel, here's the baptism of the Holy Spirit enables he is the author of judgment and mercy and Obadiah.
He is the God of vengeance and Jonah. Here's the salvation of our Lord and Mica. He is the great intercessor and they home. He is the stronghold in the days of trouble in Habakkuk. He is the God of mercy and Zephaniah.
He is a establish of the kingdom of God upon the earth and Hagy. Here's the desire of all nations, and in Zechariah, he is the branch of Jehovah in Malachi. The last book of the Old Testament. He is the refiners fire the son of righteousness that shall rise over all the world with healing in his way.
That's announcing for over 2000 years that is coming. That's who he is. Look for those characteristics and him when he arrived, look for him. Some didn't believe 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 image. Beloved, the immovable from the truth of the gospel and that is why when Jesus showed up.
He said, before Abraham was, I am. I that word should've really given them goosebumps that you have reminded them that this is a 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. When Jesus said I am very should've jumped all over the place. The welcome him as the Messiah, but they didn't. And that is why in the New Testament to see with clarity.
Of course, no symbolism for clarity. You see him in Matthew as a kingly Messiah in Mark he is the miracle worker in Luke, here's the great physician in John he is the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world in acts.
Here's the risen Lord. In Romans, here's our justification incorrectly, as he is our sanctification. In Galatians, he is our liberation. In Ephesians, he is our perfection. In Philippians, he is our joy in Colossians, he is the head of the body, the church in Thessalonians that he is the coming Lord who will reign and rule forever, and Timothy. Here's the judge of all men and Titus.
Here's the Redeemer of the world, and Philemon. He is the friend that sticks to your closer than a brother in Hebrews. Here's the author and the finisher of our salvation.
In James is the healer of all nations, and Peter here's the chief Shepherd and the Bishop of our souls. In John's epistles. Here's the word of God in Jude.
Here's the coming Lord with 10,000 of his saints to execute judgment upon the earth, and Revelation 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 Lord of lords ourselves as servants for Christ