Thoughts of John

What is on my mind.

I Peter 2:21-23 "Following Christ"

Summary: The Bible weds intensely practical instruction with profoundly important doctrine. Nothing is more practical than following Jesus, the one who “kept entrusting Himself to Him who Judges righteously.”

1. A. As an overview of this text, I Peter 2:21-25, read it out loud and answer these questions: To what purpose were you called?

B. Why were you called to this purpose?

C. What example are you called to follow?

2. A. What is Peter’s mind saturated with, in the power of the Holy Spirit, as he writes this text? Isaiah 53

B. What is it about the Bible, and this text, that causes Christians to believe the Bible?

C. Is man able to predict the future? How many years ago did God, through Isaiah, pen this?

3. A. Think back in I Peter and how practical the instruction has been. We need only to review the last few sermon titles to see how practical this has been: Submission to the Government,
Responsibilities of Citizenship and Real Freedom, and Unjust Suffering. Now look at our text, I
Peter 2:21-23, and take note of how the practical is wed to doctrine. Philippians 2:5-8

B. Support this statement, “The way you think is the way you act”, from text in the Bible. Matthew 15:15-20, Mark 7:17-23

C. What are you called to? I Peter 2:21-23, Proverbs 3:5-7

4. A. What two great doctrines do you find in I Peter 2:22-24?

B. These doctrines, the sinlessness of Jesus and His substitutionary atonement accomplished at the cross, are wed to two truths or facts. What are they? I Peter 2:22-24, Isaiah 53:4, 6, 7, 9, II Corinthians 5:21, Hebrews 4:15, I John 3:5

C. Look at I Peter 2:22 and think of your own mouth, or anyone else’s for that matter. Only He is the sinless Savior! Isaiah 6:5, Jeremiah 17:9, Mark 1:22, John 7:44-46, James 3:2, 3:7-8

5. A. It is not just what He did say (I Peter 2:22) but what He did not say (I Peter 2:23). Observe how He spoke and did not speak. Matthew 26:59-68, 27:11-14, 27:22-31, 27:39-46, Luke 23:34

B. How could He speak and not speak as He did? How can we follow Him? To whom did He entrust Himself? Luke 23:46, Philippians 2:9-13, I Peter 2:23

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November 28, 2008 - Posted by | 1 Peter, Bible, Bible Study, Christian, New Testament, Theology

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