Together #forSalem
Together #forSalem
Does God accept me? [Discovering, pt 5 / 6]

Everyone wants to know they are accepted for who they really are. But so often, we are told to conform, clean up, and change if we want to be accepted. Is God the same way? Or is his acceptance something completely different… something completely better?

Episode Breakdown
00:45 Imagine it…
02:52 Why Christianity gets rejected
05:39 When we reject…
08:10 But Jesus’ is offensively inclusive
10:45 What Jesus isn’t like…
13:10 the ONLY requirement…
14:40 Got pushback?!
17:30 Our privilege & what’s next for us this week
20:30 Questions & updates

Main Points:
The primary question we ask of every relationship is… do you accept me?
When we accept Jesus’ acceptance of us, we discover an entirely new life.
Jesus doesn’t take other people’s opinions into account when he accepts someone.
We often insist on rejecting the people Jesus insists on accepting.
Jesus’ acceptance is offensively inclusive.
Our love is a response to Jesus’ love.
The only requirement to have Jesus’ acceptance is to accept it.
Jesus accepts us so that we can accept others for him.
Jesus’ acceptance changes everything.
Accept that you are accepted and then live like it.

Weekly Challenge:
Read: Matthew 11:28-30
Ask: Do I need to accept Jesus’ acceptance?
What have I been doing to try to EARN his acceptance?
Do I need to offer acceptance?

Discussion Questions:

  1. How have you seen God’s love this week?
  2. What is your reaction to this week’s passage and message? What pushbacks, insights, “yeah, but’s”, doubts, or questions do you have?
  3. Read Matthew 11:28-30 slowly. What stands out to you? How would you describe what Jesus is offering here?
  4. In what way(s) do you feel you need to accept Jesus’ acceptance? To whom do you feel you need to offer acceptance?
  5. How can your group pray for you this week?




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