How do you build your life on the solid rock of Jesus Christ? By holding on to something that is secure and immovable. That’s why Paul says, “[S]tand firm and hold fast to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter” (2 Thessalonians 2:15). Those teachings—the Truth of the Gospel, the foundation of the Christian faith as it was handed to us from Jesus—are your anchor in the storm. Those teachings are the rock-solid foundation of your faith. They consist of the historical evidence of:

• Christ’s life

• Christ’s teaching

• Christ’s miraculous work

• Christ’s identity as the Son of God

• Christ’s redeeming death on the cross

• Christ’s resurrection on the third day

• Christ’s ascension into heaven

• Christ’s promise to come back and judge the world

The stability of our faith is rooted in the rock-solid evidence of the Lord Jesus and the salvation He obtained for us upon the cross. Our security is based on God’s sovereign choice and unconditional love for us.

Paul concludes 2 Thessalonians 2 with a prayer that the God of power might comfort and strengthen the Thessalonian Christians—and Christians at all times, in all places. His prayer teaches us an all-important lesson: Our stability, our ability to stand firm on the Good News of Christ, rests on the foundation of God’s unchanging love.

Prayer: Lord, how firm a foundation is the Gospel! I praise You for the amazing gift of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross for the sins of the world—for my sins! May I rest in my unchangeable identity as Your child and pursue righteousness with thanksgiving. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word” (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17).

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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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