1 Corinthians 11:1 (NIV)
Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.
Paul informs the church at Corinth to follow his example. (1a)
Paul informs the church at Corinth that he follows an example. (1b)
Paul informs the church at Corinth that he follows the example of Christ. (1c)
The qualities of Jesus Christ which set an example for believers is as follows:
Self-denial Php 2:4-5, Mt 10:38; Mt 16:24 pp Mk 8:34 ppLk 9:23; Lk 14:27; Heb 12:2
Endurance of suffering 1Pe 2:21-23Mt 10:24-25; Jn 15:20; 1Th 2:14-15; Heb 12:3
Service Mt 20:25-28 pp Mk 10:42-45; Jn 13:13-17
Faithfulness Heb 3:1-2
Love Eph 5:1-2,25; 1Jn 3:16
Patience 1Ti 1:16
Forgiveness of others Eph 4:32; Col 3:13
Gentleness and humility Mt 11:29
Purity 1Jn 3:3
Prayer Lk 11:1
Paul set an example in the way in which he pastorally led the church, but only did so because of the perfect example shown before him through the life and practice of Jesus Christ.
Living Word Op(portunity):
- Who are you following?
- Do you believe that in order to lead you must first follow? Why or why not?
- Who are you leading, and where are you taking them with your example?
- What do your choices have to say about your leader?