Summary: “All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; but the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him” (Isaiah 53:6). Do you see yourself as a sheep in need of a shepherd and guardian?
1. A. Read I Peter 2:21-25. To what purpose have you been called? To whom were you called? What example are we to follow? I Peter 2:21-23
B. “I have made the Lord God my refuge.” Can you say that? Psalm 73:25-28, Proverbs 3:5-6
C. Who is this God to whom we are to entrust ourselves? I Peter 2:23, John 5:19-24
2. A. The object of our trust, the key to every exhortation in the Bible, is to entrust ourselves to the Shepherd and Guardian of our souls (I Peter 2:25). Psalm 23:1 says, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” Can you say that?
B. Why do sheep need a shepherd? How are we like sheep? Isaiah 53:6, James 2:10, I Peter 2:25
C. What is the most important thing to a sheep? John 10:1-15
3. A. What did Jesus do and why did He do it? (I Peter 2:24) Psalm 40:7-8, Mark 10:45, Luke 19:10, John 12:27-28, Romans 3:21-26, I Corinthians 15:1-4, Galatians 3:13-14, Hebrews 10:9-10
B. What was the motive and the necessity of the cross? Isaiah 6:3, John 3:16, 15:13, Romans 5:8, 6:23, II Corinthians 5:21, I John 4:10, Revelation 4:8
C. We have just seen that God is holy and sin must be judged (think courtroom). God is righteous and sin must be paid for (think accounting). Faced with the reality of God’s motive and the necessity of sending His Son to the cross, what are we to do? Colossians 2:13-14, 3:1-3, I John 3:16