One Anothering One Another
September 23 - 29  •  Week 3: Accept One Another

Main Point: Accepting one another just as Jesus first accepted us is how we love one another just as Jesus first loved us. 

Introduction

This week we see God’s formula for advancing His Kingdom through acceptance of one another.  By allowing for disagreements, the followers of Christ pursue what is best for each other, rather than for oneself.  We are to approach one another with open palms, inviting into relationship, being for one another, rather than to create any sort of enemies or opposing sides.  We are to accept one another just as Jesus first accepted us.

Discussion Questions

  1. Share a time in your life where you felt like you were being “accepted” just as you were…without pretense or qualification.

  2. How have you created or experienced inside of your own home, neighborhood, or workplace a sense of acceptance even when there are disagreements that could create tension?

  3. Read through Romans 15:1-7. Share how these commands could change how you interact with people inside the Church as well as those on the outside. Note: understand that this passage does not allow for pride or abuse of authority.

  4. On Sunday Ronnie said “We always have the ‘Yeah, buts…’ We always think we have all the right answers.” Does this sound like a guiding principle in your own life and how does this affect your relationships?

  5. Who do you need to start accepting just as Jesus 1st accepted you?

Next Step Challenge

Accepting one another may be the most counter-intuitive, selfless of the “One-Another’s” we will cover. It requires a full surrender of pride. It means placing as a higher value others rather than oneself. It means surrendering your own “preferences” out of a love for God and desire to advance His Kingdom. As we go this week, intentionally live with open palms before God the Father and receive His acceptance. In turn, may His acceptance in spite of our brokenness and sin enable us to do the same with others to His glory.

Key Verse 

“Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.”  Romans 15:7

All other Scripture References 

John 13:34-35; John 1:14; Romans 14:1-4, 10-13, 19-20; Romans 15:1-7; Ephesians 4:2