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Great Beginnings, Great Endings - You Can Change | CD
Sermon delivered by G. Allen Jackson
December 4, 2011
Pastor Allen continues his Advent Season series concerning great beginnings and great endings. A tremendous beginning alone is not cause for an enduring celebration. Christmas celebrates a remarkable beginning – God coming to live among us. 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 completed His life’s work. “You Can Change” encourages us to reflect not just on the beginning of our spiritual journey but to begin to live with the end in mind. That is our pattern for this Advent. The point of being birthed into the Kingdom is to pursue the purposes of God. Being a Christ-follower means that every day, God deserves our best. The lives of the Apostles exemplify this, even in the midst of much struggle and opposition. Pastor Allen examines the life of the fisherman Peter turned disciple, whose relationship to Jesus resulted in total life transformation. Peter willingly yielded to God’s purposes for his life, even after great failure, and Peter changed – so can we.