Teenagers are constantly referred to as being rebellious. I will not be one to argue that rebellion is one of the characteristics located at the heart of the teen spirit, but I will argue that this characteristic is not always a negative one.

Since Adam and Eve first bit into the forbidden fruit (Genesis 3), human kind has been in rebellion against God. We tend to rely on ourselves for what we think we need rather than relying on God to provide what we need and to fulfill our desires. This type of rebellion against God has been glorified, and even set as a standard in popular society today. It takes a rebellious spirit to step beyond the negative trend, and to stand out having, and living according to, our true relationship with Jesus Christ.  Since we live in a world that chooses to live apart from God, we live in constant rebellion when we choose to pursue God and live according to God’s law.

(IDEA BEHIND REBELLION)

Jesus Christ looked at His disciples and said, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24, Mark 8:34, Luke 9:23) Popular society promotes “self”, but Jesus clearly commanded that those who want to come after Him must deny themselves and carry their cross. We cease to represent ourselves and begin to represent Christ with our life.

(THE CHALLENGE)

My next book, Rebellion, is all about how one high school student rebels against the false standard that society represents. It is a fictional story following one year in the life of Zephaniah Isaac Payton. How does he change? How does he make a difference? What does it look like to live completely for Christ and to constantly pursue growth in the Christian faith?

(WHY FICTION?)

View an excerpt from the book here.

The book will be released on September 17, 2011. To kick off it’s release we will be hosting a semi-formal event.

Event details:

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We will be talking about ministry through rebellion and we will also be supporting a non-profit. Please be there if you can be. Don’t forget to RSVP.

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