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God wants us to know that we are accepted, then we can change, and that we don't have to change to be accepted.
When we accept Jesus's sacrifice for us we become completely accepted by God. We need no other acceptance.
Jesus speaks to the heart of human sexuality
At Olivet, our motto is "Welcome Home" and we must live in a way which reflects that. In the parable of the prodigal son we learn how the father welcomed home his prodigal son demonstrating how we are to embrace the unlovely and welcome them into our church and lives.
In Colossians 2:18-23 Paul was addressing issues of Asceticism within the church at Colossae. Asceticism is this idea that we as Christians can obtain a high(er) spiritual standing by abstaining from certain actions or by participating in some certain action. I have quoted verse 23 above because Paul comes to the conclusion there that asceticism looks good to neighbors, and row mates at church, and friends at work but God sees through the façade and to him its still puffed up prideful flesh. Why? Because when WE produce righteousness it leads to pride. So what now? That is the question Paul seeks to answer today as he gives us three keys to sanctification in Colossians 3:1-10.
We who believe are in all ways accepted by God—not because of our works, but because of Christ who lives within us.
We are in a series of messages entitled “Life aboard the Fellowship” in Romans 15. I would actually like to take just a moment to remind you of the reason for this emphasis. The emphasis is tied to a theme that we have adopted for 2009—to grow as Jesus did. The Bible says in Luke 2:52 that Jesus grew in wisdom, in stature, in favor with God and with others. We have considered each of those four growth areas this year. We have come to this final emphasis of growing in relationship with others. To be like Jesus, we must be in right relationship with others. A place in the Bible that helps us to understand that idea is this chapter, Romans 15. There are 8 imperatives (as I see it) that we are given in Romans 15. The first action is given to us in verse 1. We are to “Bear with one Another when there is a difference of opinion over things not specifically covered in Scripture. The second action that we talked about is in verses 2-4 and deals with the idea of “Pleasing One Another.” We encounter the third action in verses 5 and 6, which is the idea of “Agreeing with one another.” That brings us to our primary text today which tells us to receive or another translation “to accept one another.”
Adoption: God’s Greatest Gift Reconnect – October 11, 2009 Text: Ephesians 1:3-6, Galatians 4:3-7, Romans 18:14-17, John 1:10-13 Key Thought: Adoption is God’s greatest gift – but to choose it we must see the whole picture: that it is beautiful and hard at the same time. How we praise God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we belong to Christ. Long ago, even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. And this gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the wonderful kindness he has poured out on us because we belong to his dearly loved Son. Ephesians 1:3-6, NLT