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Sermon shared by Andy Stanley

January 2006
Summary: The second in a series of messages on the topic of an invisible "unseen" world that impacts our visible world. This sermon focuses on authority, submission, and rebellion.
Series: Twisted
Audience: General adults
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Rebellion equals freedom. We didnít actually know how to say it like that, but thatís the premise from which we operated from the time we were about 12 or 13 years old, right? It just made sense. The best way to get free is to rebel against the rules, or ignore all the rules, because as long as I was keeping rules, I wasnít really free. And we grow up and that sort of morphs into a more sophisticated version of the same thing. As adults, we know that rebelling doesnít equal freedom because we know the prisons are full of people who rebelled and they lost all their freedom.

So, weíre too smart for that, but thereís still this insidious twist that follows us into adulthood, and the adult version of the same twist goes like this: "If I disagree with a rule, Iíll ignore it. If I disagree with a rule, Iíll disobey it. If I disagree with a rule, Iíll disregard it." Itís the same twist. Itís just the adult version. Itís somehow "Iím still going to be free and Iím still going to do what I want to do, but instead of just dismissing all authority, Iíll just take it one rule at a time, one law at a time, and if I donít like the rule, if I think itís too extreme, if I think itís, you know, redundant, if I think itís irrelevant, if I think Iíve kind of grown past that, one rule at a time Iíll evaluate and then Iíll decide one rule at a time, and if I disagree Iíll just disregard it."

Now you may not be willing to admit this in church, but everybody listening to this message in about five minutes or less can think of an opportunity or think of a situation where youíve done exactly that. You know, 40 miles an hour, thatís stupid. It should be 45 here. Fifty-five, thatís stupid. It should be 65. Sixty-five, it should be 75. What happened to the good old days when you could drive 80 miles an hour?

But weíve all done that. We evaluate it rule by rule. You know, youíre filling out your own taxes and youíre doing your deductions and youíre thinking, "This ought to be a deduction. This ought to be a deduction. This ought to be a deduction. These ought to be deductions. I mean common sense says these should be deductions. God would probably agree that theyíre deductions." And thereís something, curfew, whatever it is . . . theyíre many, many examples where we just, you know, because we donít agree with it, we just disregard it.

We started this series last week. Itís called Twisted, and sort of the big idea of the whole series is that there is an invisible world that impacts our visible world. Thereís an invisible world, an unseen world, that impacts our seen world. And, if you believe in God and/or heaven, youíre halfway there. You already believe in an unseen world. You already believe thereís a being who somehow impacts or controls that unseen world. Itís the other half that we tend to ignore.

Because last week we said just like germs, the invisible germs that float around all the time and are carried through the air, just like germs are invisible and yet have the potential to impact the visible world, in the same way, we discovered last week that thereís another invisible world that has the potential to impact us, not just physically, but impacts our decisions, impacts our relationships, impacts the way we think about things, impacts
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