REBEL: non-conformists on a mission
3 – Choosing the Wrong Crowd
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.
“That night Levi invited Jesus and his disciples to be his dinner guests, along with his fellow tax collectors and many other notorious sinners. (There were many people of this kind among the crowds that followed Jesus).” – Mark 2:15
Sin is missing the mark.
“Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach.” – Luke 15:1
1. Sin doesn’t surprise Jesus.
“As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and Pharisees brought a woman they had caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd. “Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the very act of adultery. The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?” . . . Then Jesus stood up again and said to her, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?” “No, Lord,” she said. And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more” – John 8:3-5,10
2. Sin doesn’t stop Jesus.
”When Jesus came by, he looked up at Zacchaeus and called him by name. “Zacchaeus!” he said. “Quick, come down! For I must be a guest in your home today.” Zacchaeus quickly climbed down and took Jesus to his house in great excitement and joy. Meanwhile, Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “I will give half my wealth to the poor, Lord, and if I have overcharged people on their taxes, I will give them back four times as much!” – Luke 19:5,6,8
3. Sin doesn’t stain Jesus.
“The Son reflects God’s own glory, and everything about him represents God exactly. He sustains the universe by the mighty power of his command. After he died to cleanse us from the stain of sin, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God of heaven.” – Hebrews 1:3
1. Shut down your denial of sin
“If we say we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and refusing to accept the truth.” – 1 John 1:8
“…take this message of repentance to all the nations… “There is forgiveness of sins for all who turn to me.” – Luke 24:47
2. Open up your eyes to the pain and sin of others
“When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.” – Mark 6:34
“But the LORD said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The LORD doesn’t make decisions the way you do! People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at a person’s thoughts and intentions.” – 1 Samuel 16:7
3. Clear away the barriers of selfishness.
“Don’t keep looking at my sins. Remove the stain of my guilt.” – Psalm 51:9
Jesus chose the WRONG crowd for the RIGHT reasons: He wanted to bring them CLOSER to God.
– Why does choosing the wrong crowd seem like a bad idea?
– What are your fears in going to the wrong crowd? What is holding you back?
– How does Jesus give us an example a mission of why we need to go to the wrong crowd?
– How can you become more of a rebel in this area? How can you reach out here in this city but also around the world with the Good News?
– What are some steps you could take this week to reach out to the wrong crowd?