Summary: This sermon speaks to the transforming power of a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
“A NEW PEOPLE”
God’s Extreme Makeover
PASTOR BENJAMIN T. HAILEY SR
Union Baptist Church of Allentown
“A New People”- God’s Extreme Makeover 2Cor. 5:10-21
Introduction: There is an interesting television program that airs each week called Extreme Makeovers. It is interesting because the connotation of a makeover is nothing new or out of the ordinary. In fact, most ladies will testify that each and every morning, they experience a “makeover” as they apply certain layers of makeup on their faces. I have even encountered some people who say that they would not been seen in public without putting their face on first. Which leads me to say that if these individuals are so ardent in their desire to cover their faces, or provide themselves with a makeover; there must have been something intrinsically wrong with the original content in their minds eye.
I don’t believe that if one had no problems with how they looked, that there would be such a desire to be made over into something totally different. But such is the case with the show “Extreme Makeover”. The point of the show is to take an individual, and provide cosmetic surgery, makeup, hairstyle, and clothing that will cause this individual to go through a transformation, which gives them a totally different appearance… on the outside. And the thing about it is that they go through this transformation, because someone else has suggested that it was necessary, and has requested that it takes place. The person who is the subject of the makeover has no responsibility for the transformation, with the exception of his or her acceptance of this makeover gift.
Now I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a Biblical truth, with a twist. Because I hear the Bible saying to us that the writer of our text this morning, the apostle Paul was an individual not unlike the participants of the show, extreme makeover. You do understand Paul’s resume don’t you? Paul was the chief persecutor of the Church. He was the one who’s vocation it was to identify, extricate, extradite, and then incarcerate those persons who were followers of Jesus. Let me help you. Acts 9:1-2 says (Meanwhile Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem.) But while this brother was on his way to operate in his opposition to Christ, verse 3 says (As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? Who are you Lord? Saul asked, I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting, He replied. Now, get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.) This was the suggestion from Jesus, that Saul be given an extreme makeover. And the good news is that all Saul had to do, was determine in his mind that he would accept the fact that this was his opportunity to become a new person. I’m talking to somebody in here already. Because you know that for the first half of this year you have received suggestions that you become a new person. Oh it may not have been someone you know. It may not have been from a relative or church member, but all you know is that something has been telling you that you can be made new. Something has been prodding you to change your direction, so that you can change your destiny. Something has been pushing you to recognize that you cannot continue going down the path you’ve been going. You can’t put your finger on it, but you know you need to have an extreme makeover.