REBEL: non-conformists on a mission
2 – Challenging Authority
A rebel is someone who is a non-conformist to patterns of life or traditions of the culture in order to glorify God and live on the mission of God.
Authority is a person or group of people that have the legal power to make and enforce the rules.
1. Jesus challenged the world’s way
“But Jesus called them together and said, “You know that in this world kings are tyrants, and officials lord it over the people beneath them. But among you it should be quite different…” – Matthew 20:25-26
“The greatest among you will be a servant of all” – Mark 10:44
2. Jesus challenged behavior
“But how terrible it will be for you Pharisees! For you are careful to tithe even the tiniest part of your income, but you completely forget about justice and the love of God. You should tithe, yes, but you should not leave undone the more important things.” – Luke 11:42
3. Jesus challenged the heart
“A good person produces good deeds from a good heart, and an evil person produces evil deeds from an evil heart.” – Luke 6:45
“But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” – 1 Samuel 16:7
“Blind Pharisees! First wash the inside of the cup, and then the outside will become clean, too.” – Matthew 23:26
“He [God] has planted eternity in the human heart…” – Ecclesiastes 3:11
“For the truth about God is known to them instinctively. God has put this knowledge in their hearts . . . Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things.” – Romans 1:19, 21, 25
1. Choose God’s way
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” – Matthew 7:13-14
2. Challenge your heart
“Above all else, guard your heart, for it affects everything you do.” – Proverbs 4:23
“… and let your hearts be filled with God alone to make them pure and true to him.” – James 4:8
3. Change your behavior
“Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching.” – John 14:23
When your heart is challenged, your choices become clearer, your actions will change, and God’s Way will become contagious to others.
– How has your understanding of being a rebel changed? Do you see how living like Jesus would cause you to be a rebel?
– What are some unhealthy ways to challenge authority? What are some Godly ways?
– What would it look like for you to challenge the culture around you?
– Why do you think Jesus starts with the heart? What was the challenge Todd gave regarding your heart?
– Where are the areas in your life where you may struggle to challenge authority? How can you be a rebel this week that does?