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Great Beginnings, Great Endings - Faith Transfers | CD
Sermon delivered by G. Allen Jackson
December 18, 2011
Pastor Allen continues his Advent Season series concerning great beginnings and great endings. Christmas celebrates a remarkable beginning – God coming to live among us. Scripture says that when the time was just right, God sent His Son, born or a woman, born under law, to redeem us – to purchase us back and change the course of human destiny. The Christmas celebration, however, would never have endured as it has across the centuries, through all the cultures, empires, and political regimes that have come and gone, if it were not for the way Jesus ended His life. Jesus’ redemptive work - his death, burial, and resurrection – makes His birth story even more dramatic; and there is a parallel in our own lives, especially seen through the lives of the Apostles. “Faith Transfers” examines the rocky start of a certain Jewish Pharisee, Saul, who ended his life as one of the most influential disciples of Jesus Christ - the Apostle Paul. Paul finished his life well because he cooperated with God’s plan to free him from the power of darkness and transfer him into the Kingdom of God. We can as well because God can take a life that has been sorely misdirected and, through His power, cause it to bear great fruit for His purpose as it is yielded to Him in humility of heart. Jesus makes all the difference.