the rebel jesus, part 1

Renegade Gospel

June 09, 2013

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Central to the Christian faith is a man who denies all our preconceived notions about what God should look like. Joining his movement will mean coming to terms with the real Jesus, the REBEL JESUS.

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Message Map

Mark 1:21-28

RENEGADE GOSPEL: Rebel Jesus

Rebel Jesus - critical to the faith

I. The Attraction

something radical

  • Luke 9:23
  • Mark 8:34-38
  • Mark 10:21
  • Luke 14:26

II. The Call - Follow Me

  • Mark 1:21-28

Begin with the teachings of Jesus. Read Matthew 5-7 this week, and take a look at the reflection questions by clicking on the 'Sermon Questions' button

Sermon Questions

Radical Jesus
Central to the Christian faith is a man who denies all our preconceived notions about what God should look like. Joining his movement will mean coming to terms with the real Jesus, the REBEL JESUS. We begin by spending this week reading through one of his most famous teachings-the Sermon on the Mount.

Day 1-Read Matthew 4:12-25
What do you think it was that drew people to Jesus?
How do you think he differed from the religious teachers of this day?
What initially drew you to Jesus?
In what ways are you still in touch with that initial motivation to follow him?
How have you moved away from it?

Day 2-Read Matthew 5:1-20
How would you put the Beatitudes into your own words?
What is their central message?
How do they differ from our typical understanding of what it means to be “blessed”?
What does this tell us about God?

Day 3-Read Matthew 5:21-48
In what ways does this teaching go against the ways of the world?
Is Jesus flipping the world upside down, or is he flipping it right-side up? Explain.
What about this passage challenges you the most?
What encourages you?

Day 4-Read Matthew 6:1-18
What would you say is the big point or the main thesis of this portion of Jesus’ teaching?
How does it challenge some of the common beliefs about how the world works?

Day 5-Read Matthew 6:19-34
What does this passage teach us about our priorities?
According to Jesus, where does our anxiety and worry come from?
What is the remedy to our anxiety?
How does this passage challenge you?
How does it encourage you?

Day 6-Read Matthew 7:1-14
What is the danger in “judging others”?
What kind of peace do you receive from verse 8?
What does it mean that “the road to eternal life is narrow” and that “few find it”?
What does this passage teach us about the nature of God?

Day 7-Read Matthew 7:14-29
According to this passage, what is it that makes someone a disciple of Jesus Christ?
After reading through these scriptures, how has following Jesus changed the way that you live for the better?
At the same time, how have you lost touch with the rebel Jesus?
If you are going to truly commit to the real Jesus, what needs to change?

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