REBEL: non-conformists on a mission
1 – Our Rebel Leader
“There was no beauty or majesty in him that would attract us to him” – Isaiah 53:2
A rebel is a person who resists any authority, control, or tradition.
…so a life-changing 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.
1. A rebel challenges authority… Jesus did.
“Yes, how terrible it will be for you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. For you cross land and sea to make one convert, and then you turn him into twice the son of hell as you yourselves are.” – Matthew 23:15
“How terrible it will be for you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs—beautiful on the outside but filled on the inside with dead people’s bones and all sorts of impurity.” – Matthew 23:27
2. A rebel changes the rules… Jesus did.
“But I have added to that rule . . . and tell you that if you are only angry, you are in danger of judgment!… But I tell you: that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart… But I tell you: Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also… But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…” – Matthew 5:22, 28, 39, 44
3. A rebel chooses the wrong crowd… Jesus did.
“That night Matthew invited Jesus and his disciples to be his dinner guests, along with his fellow tax collectors and many other notorious sinners. The Pharisees were indignant. “Why does your teacher eat with such scum?” they asked his disciples.” – Matthew 9:10-11
Let’s strive to be this kind of life-changing rebel like Jesus was. Here’s how…
1. Learn about His life.
“But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life.” – John 20:31
“Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.” – Acts 17:11
2. Love His teaching.
“As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a village where a woman named Martha welcomed them into her home. Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. But Martha was worrying over the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.” But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are so upset over all these details! There is really only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it—and I won’t take it away from her.” – Luke 10:38-42
“When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, O LORD God Almighty.” – Jeremiah 15:16
3. Live His Way.
“Remember your leaders who first taught you the word of God. Think of all the good that has come from their lives, and trust the Lord as they do. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” – Hebrews 13:7-8
“…Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.” – 1 Peter 2:21
“I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” – John 13:15
anyone can bring attention to themselves . . . but life-changing rebels know the importance of life, the PURPOSE of life, and their POSITION in life.
- What usually comes to mind when you hear the word rebel? Do you see Jesus as a rebel?
- What did Todd say the difference was between an attention-seeking rebel and a life-changing rebel?
- How did Jesus demonstrate how to be a life-changing rebel?
- What are some areas that you think it will be challenging to be a rebel? What will make it difficult on your school campus? In your family? Among your friends?
- What are ways that you can be more of a life-changing rebel this week?