The word acceptance means “taking to oneself.” It is an invitation. Acceptance is the state of receiving someone into relationship. To be accepted is to have all your parts, good and bad, received by another with condemnation.
Henry Cloud and John Townsend
This morning we continued our series, The Five Ways of Being by exploring acceptance. We delved into the New Testament letter, Philemon. One of the key verses in this brief letter is verse 17: “If you consider me a partner, welcome him as you would welcome me.” I found it fascinating that the language here is similar to Paul’s teaching in Romans 15: “Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. (Romans 15:7)
Here are four practical principles as we seek to accept others as Christ has accepted us:
- Acceptance believes the best about others
- Acceptance is not based upon position or place in life
- Acceptance gives grace and truth over time
- Acceptance does not mean agreement
During our gathering we introduced Chris Tomlin’s, “Whom Shall I Fear.” We framed it with readings from Psalm 27 and Romans 8 and provided some space for people to bring their fears and anxieties before the Lord in prayer. You can learn the backstory and listen to an acoustic version of the song at New Song Cafe.
Here is our complete worship flow:
- Everything in Color (Ben Cantelon)
- O This God (Matt Redman)
- Scriptures and Prayer: Psalm 27:1 and Romans 8:30-31
- Whom Shall I Fear (Chris Tomlin)
- Forever Reign (One Sonic Society)
- Announcements and Offering
- Message (Be Accepting)
You can learn what other communities of faith experienced this weekend in worship at The Worship Community.