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You either reject Jesus or do the will of God and are a part of the family of God
Jesus calls us to accept others the way he has accepted us.
Starting off our series on obedience with Noah, we examine the "easy" decision he had - build an enormous boat or die. Maybe that decision wasn't so easy, after all. But how does obedience to God become easier? For starters, it must come out of the overflow of our acceptance in Christ, and never the reverse.
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.