Three major lessons for us to learn from Christ’s example of suffering…
I. The Principle of Christ’s Suffering (v. 21)
A. Your call to ___ was a call to do good as you endure suffering for
righteousness sake (cf. Lk. 9:23; 14:27; Ac. 14:22; Rom. 8:16-17; 2 Tim. 3:12; 1 Pet.
B. Christ’s suffered not only as your ___, but as your __
meant to be followed (cf. Phil. 3:8-9)
II. The Pattern of Christ’s Suffering (vv. 22-23; cf. Isaiah 53:7, 9)
A. His suffering was _______ through and through… ours must be as
well (v. 22)
B. He didn’t ________________________…. neither should we (v. 23a;
cf. Rom. 12:19)
C. He kept leaving ___________ to God… so should we (v. 23b;
cf. Ps. 37:5-6; Rom. 12:19)
III. The Product of Christ’s Suffering (vv. 24-25; cf. Isaiah 53:12, 5-6)
A. He freed us from the __________ of our sins (v. 24a; cf. Gal. 3:13)
B. He freed us from the __________ of sin (v. 24b; cf. Col. 2:11-12; 3:9;
Eph. 4:22; Gal. 5:24; Rom. 6:6)
C. He freed us to __________________________ (v. 24c; cf. Col. 2:12;
3:10; Eph. 4:23-24; Gal. 5:25; Rom. 6:4; Gal. 2:20; 2 Cor. 5:17; Rom. 6:11-13)
D. He _________ us to __ Him in the same path of doing
good while suffering unjustly (v. 24; cf. Ps. 23)
1) How is the knowledge that suffering as a Christian is following in Jesus’ footsteps both
liberating and challenging? Is there a way you need to stop avoiding His footsteps, and
begin walking in them?
2) How does Christ’s example of doing good while suffering unjustly relate to our relationships
toward the government, at the workplace, in our marriage, and in our church fellowship?
Apply the pattern of Christ’s suffering to conflicts in those relationships.
3) The temptation to seek revenge is a strong impulse. What has Christ done to enable us to
not yield to that temptation but direct it in the right way?
4) In practical terms, what can we do to trace the footsteps of Christ in suffering in a godly