stories, lessons, and a lot of nonsense

Tonight, we wrapped up the Rebel Life series.  I admitted that I always wanted to be cool, and I used to feverishly pursue that.  I talked about Jesus, and how He gave up status, power, and possessions, as opposed to making it His life’s purpose to pursue those things.  He didn’t go after the things we tend to go after.  He was the ultimate Rebel.  Lecrae put it best when he said, “Jesus was a rebel, a renegade, outlaw, a sanctified troublemaker, but He never sinned, naw.  He lived His life by a different set of rules.  The culture ain’t approve…”

To follow after Jesus is to rebel against our sinful culture.  Here’s a recap of what we were rebelling against, and who in the Bible set a good example:

Rebel against peer pressure (Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, in the fiery furnace)

Rebel against sexual immorality and society’s expectation that everyone’s doing it (Joseph, as he resisted Potiphar’s wife)

Rebel against the fear of sharing and the notion that we shouldn’t talk about God (Elijah vs the 450 prophets of Baal)

Rebel against the pursuit of status (Jesus, Philippians 2:5-8).

We starting a series on prayer next week.  It’s called, “Hey, God.”  here’s the video promo for it, starring my nephew, Matt.

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