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October 15, 2017 - Rethinking Conformity - Mark 8:27-35

posted Oct 25, 2017, 12:03 PM by Grant Garber
  • Conforming simply means to act or present yourself in a certain way because you are trying to meet someone else’s expectations. Simply said, you want to please, identify with or impress others.
  • Ironically, to be a really good non-conformist you usually have to conform yourself to a fashion, image, or certain way of thinking and acting set by those non-conformists who have gone before you. Try as we might to break free from conformity it’s really very difficult.
  • Too often today it is popular to identify Jesus only as a great teacher and a courageous rabbi who not only “talked the talk” but “walked the walk”. But if Jesus is, as Peter said, the Messiah and the Son of the living God, that means He has authority over us in a way that He doesn’t need to conform to traditional wisdom and thinking -- - He can demand us to conform to what He says.
  • As soon as Jesus starts talking about the necessity of His suffering, we see Peter demand that Jesus conform to his idea of who He should be as the Messiah.
  • Jesus didn’t come to be a god of our design, constantly trying to reinvent Himself to keep up with our latest ideas for Him. He came to conform Himself to the Father’s will.
  • Jesus rejects any kind of conformity to the pattern of this sin filled world.
  • By not conforming to the world’s expectations Jesus was able to demonstrate the depth of His love. He gave Himself wholly for us so that we will be able to meet God’s expectations.
  • Conforming to Christ and taking up our crosses is going to lead us to inner renewal and a life of loving service even to the degree that we would be willing to lose our lives for the sake of Jesus and His Kingdom.
Rethinking Traditional Wisdom Series
Pastor Jim Spon | Mark 8:27-35