People who were nothing like Jesus loved being around him. They ate with him. They drank with him… and they followed him. Why? People who were nothing like Jesus were accepted by him. Maybe it’s your turn to find out what it means to be ACCEPTED.
“Jesus would never accept me. Look at what I’ve done.” Who told you that? We’re here to tell you: They are wrong. Jesus hung out with people like you (us!)… The Uninterested, the Stressed, the Doubting, the Alone, the Different, the Failing… the list goes on. In FACT, Jesus didn’t just “hang out…” he ACCEPTED people like you (and us). In this first “episode” of Accepted, we’ll look at how Jesus views those who question. We hope you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
People who were nothing like Jesus loved being around him. And he accepted them. As we heard in part 1, being accepted means “no matter how different we are, I see you as a person worthy of value and honor.” Here in part 2, we take a close look at an “unlikely” group of people Jesus accepted: the skeptics. We’ll eventually land here [spoiler alert]: Jesus accepts every skeptic as an individual. What’s that mean for you? It means you are accepted, and asking questions and not taking everything at face value is healthy.
SIN. Yeah, we went there. It’s not a fun word is it? Why? Probably because it’s a weird religious word that usually brings up three responses… a. don’t care; b. anger; c. shame. Or, maybe a mix. However we respond to the word… we usually can go on to say that, if there is a God, he definitely does not accept sinners. We’re here to tell you why you’re misinformed, and that Jesus’ acceptance is appallingly offensive because it is unbelievably inclusive. Listen or watch to find out what we mean.
Whether we believe in a God or not we’ve all felt it… that restless, nagging feeling like there’s supposed to be something more to life… something is missing… this isn’t how things are supposed to be. Jesus described it as a thirst. A thirst we all try to quench in some way (money, sex, relationships, success…). Sure, it seems to work at first, but in the end, we feel even more thirsty. Maybe the problem is that we haven’t nailed down what our true need is. Listen or watch to see what we mean.
We keep saying this series: No matter how different we are, I see you as a person worthy of value and honor. But what about when we FAIL? We’ll cut to the chase… the acceptance of Peter by Jesus is a great example of this truth about following him: Jesus’ acceptance isn’t based on our performance. It’s based on his never-ending love. Do yourself a favor: watch / listen to this message. Especially if you feel like a failure, not enough, or are full of regrets. You won’t… regret it.