If Any Man Will Follow Me

Matthew 16:21-26

The passage of scripture just prior to this is a highlight in the life of Peter. He has proclaimed that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. Jesus answers him with (Mat 16:17) "…Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven."

In just two or three verses later Peter makes one of the greatest mistakes of his life. He rebukes the Lord. He places himself in the way of the Lord fulfilling His mission on earth. Jesus then has to rebuke Peter and get him straightened out. Peter goes from one of the highest pinnacles of his life to the lowest position. Why? How could this happen? If it happens to Peter, surely you and I can expect to see the same thing take place in our life.

Is there something here that will keep us from making the same mistake? When this happens to us, what will we do? Let's take a closer look.

(Mat 16:24) "Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me."

I. If Any Man - The Candidate

II. Will Follow Me - The Commitment

III. The Criteria - Deny Self

No more games, no more excuses, the challenge is to follow Him. Will you come today? If you need to accept Christ…come now. If you are serious about serving Christ…come now. What will be our answer?