FAQ: Can We Be Perfect in this Life?

Thursday, September 11, 2014
UPDATE: 6:30 PM @ Dutch’s
6:30 PM @ Medicine Mound Depot

Warm Up Questions

What does the word “perfect” mean?
What does the word “holy” mean?

Discussion Questions

What does it mean if a person is perfect?
What does Jesus expect of us when he says, “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matt 5:48)?
Does a mistake/misunderstanding differ from sin?
How does Jesus’ perfection differ from our future perfection?
If someone were to become perfect in this life, what ramifications would that have on their salvation?
Is our Heavenly perfection different than earthly perfection?

Some Related Scriptures

Lev 11:44–45; 19:2; 20:7, 26; Deut 6:5; Eccl 7:20; Matt 5:48; 22:37; Mark 12:30; Luke 10:27; 1 Cor 3:1–3; 10:13; Phil 3:12–16; Heb 2:18; 4:15; Jas 1:4; 3:2; 1 Pet 1:16; 1 John 1:4–2:2; 3:7–11; 4:12; 5:18

Additional Resources

  • Seven Minute Seminary Videos
    • Can We Really Be Holy? - John Oswalt
    • What Is Holiness? - John Oswalt
    • Sanctifying Grace - Chuck Gutenson
    • Spirit Baptism and John Wesley - Laurence Wood
  • Chris's rendition of John Wesley's Sermon on Christian Perfection
    Sermon Notes
  • Some of John Wesley’s writing/sermons on Christian Perfection
  • Read what the UMC Discipline has to say about “Sanctification and Perfection”