REBEL: non-conformists on a mission
4 – Changing the Rules
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.
- Jesus changed the rules of culture
“Eventually he [Jesus] came to the Samaritan village . . . Jacob’s well was there; and Jesus, tired from the long walk, sat wearily beside the well about noontime. Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Please give me a drink.” The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?” – John 8:3, 7, 9
- Jesus changed the rules of character
”No, you are obeying your real father when you act that way.” They replied, “We were not born out of wedlock! Our true Father is God himself.” Jesus told them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, because I have come to you from God. I am not here on my own, but he sent me. Why can’t you understand what I am saying? It is because you are unable to do so! For you are the children of your father the Devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning and has always hated the truth. There is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.” – John 8:41-44
- Jesus changed the rules of conduct
“You have heard that the law of Moses says, `Do not murder. If you commit murder, you are subject to judgment.’ But I say, ‘if you are angry with someone, you are subject to judgment!’ You have heard that the law of Moses says, `Do not commit adultery.’ But I say, ‘anyone who even looks at a woman with lust in his eye has already committed adultery with her in his heart. So if your eye—even if it is your good eye—causes you to lust, gouge it out and throw it away.’ You have heard that the law of Moses says, `If an eye is injured, injure the eye of the person who did it. If a tooth gets knocked out, knock out the tooth of the person who did it.’ But I say, ‘don’t resist an evil person! If you are slapped on the right cheek, turn the other, too.’ You have heard that the law of Moses says, `Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say, ‘love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!’” – Matthew 5:21-22; 27-29; 38-39; 43-44
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is.” – Romans 12:2
- Don’t copy the world’s way
- Allow God to transform your entire life
- Act on and follow what you already know
A rebel breaks the rules by pursuing the mind and heart of Jesus. Don’t waste your life trying to be a CARBON COPY of the world when God created you to be an ORIGINAL MASTERPIECE.
“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—and how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born . . . How precious are your thoughts about me, O God! They are innumerable!” – Psalm 139:13-17
– What have you learned in this rebel series? How has it challenged your faith?
– Why do you feel it is hard to change culture around you? Why is it easier just to fit in?
– How have you seen God transform your life? How can you use that to impact others around you?
– Does it seem weird to you that Jesus cares about who you are inside more than outside? Why would it be helpful for you to focus on what He wants to do internally?
– How can you apply this idea of changing the rules this week? What are some specific ways you are going to seek to be a life-changing rebel as a result of this series?