A-1 - Encouraged by What You Read?

Read Romans 15:1-13.

What would our marriages, homes, and churches look like if we all practiced selfless, fully surrendered obedience to God in our daily lives? What if we completely aligned our will to our Father’s will?

Following Pentecost, the Holy Spirit empowered the early church to boldly proclaim the Gospel and perform awesome signs and wonders that testified to the Truth of their message. Why did God grant them such favor? Because the believers were of one accord. They selflessly worked together to see the Gospel go forth (see Acts 2:42-47). We often pray for a spiritual awakening in our world, but God isn’t going to send a revival to people who aren’t united, body and soul, under the hand of the Holy Spirit.

In Romans 15, Paul shares six principles we must exhibit to receive the unique blessing of unity:

  1. We put ourselves under the authority of Scripture.
  2. We put others up.
  3. We put ourselves lower.
  4. We put Christ always before us.
  5. We put ourselves under God’s power.
  6. We put the pursuit of God’s glory above all else.

(Notice that selfless unity must first be grounded in God’s Word; the Truth of the Gospel should never be compromised just to get along.)

Where believers put these principles into practice, watch out! God’s power and love will become manifest to a world in darkness.

Prayer: Lord, give me the strength and the will to seek to live out these principles of unity for the blessing of Your people and the world. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 15:5-6).

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About The Author

Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.

Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.

The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.

He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.

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