By: Dennis Pierce
Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 2:21-25
I. 1 Corinthians 11:1 says, “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.”
A. On several occasions in the Gospels you will read of Jesus simply saying, “Follow Me.” (Matthew 4:19; Matthew 8:21-22; Matthew 9:9; Matthew 19:16-22)
B. Many times you will read of “great multitudes” following Jesus. (Matthew 4:25; Matthew 8:1; Matthew 12:15; Matthew 19:2)
II. Synonyms of follower include adherent, admirer, believer, disciple.
A. We encounter the word disciple often in the Gospels and the Book of Acts.
1. A disciple not only learns from another but also follows another.
2. Matthew 28:18; Matthew 16:24; John 10:27; John 12:26.
III. Following is a part of our everyday life.
A. We learn to follow early and will choose to follow one thing or another in life. (Matthew 6:24; Matthew 12:30) You cannot serve God and mammon.
I. Following Jesus brings suffering. (1 Peter 2: 20-21)
A. Suffering is of value when it is not deserved. (vs. 20)
B. We have been called to suffer. (vs. 21)
C. While many preach a gospel of prosperity, the Bible describes the reality of Christianity. (2 Timothy 3:12; 1 Peter 3:14; 2 Timothy 2:11-12; Romans 8:17)
D. Christ is our example of suffering. (vs.21).
II. Following Jesus requires the pursuit of righteousness. (22-24)
A. Jesus, our example was sinless. (vs. 22)
1. He was tempted in all points yet without sin. (Hebrews 4:15)
B. We are to be holy. (1 Peter 1:15-16)
C. When Jesus began his public ministry, His first word was repent. (Matthew 4:17)
D. Because we cannot be perfect (1 John 1:8) does not justify tearingdown the perfect standard.
III. Following Jesus requires commitment. (vs. 23)
A. Jesus committed himself to the righteous judge. (23)
B. Beginning at chapter 12 in the Book of Romans, Paul makes a transition from doctrinal instruction to practical living for the Christian. He begins with a call to commitment. (Romans 12:1-2)
C. Jesus taught that God is to be first. (Matthew 6:33; Matthew 22:37)
Following Jesus will cost you something. Not following Jesus will cost you a lot more.