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Sermons about Acceptance
Pastor Dave walks through the parable from Luke's Gospel, typically called the "Prodigal Son."
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.