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Summary: To show that our perfection is because of the perfection of the LORD JESUS CHRIST in us.

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I. EXORDIUM:

Are you perfect in Him?

II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:

Believers

III. OBJECTIVES:

To show that our perfection is because of the perfection of the LORD JESUS CHRIST in us.

IV. TEXT:

Matthew 5:48 (Amplified Bible)

You, therefore, must be perfect [growing into complete maturity of godliness in mind and character, having reached the proper height of virtue and integrity], as your heavenly Father is perfect.

V. THESIS:

Our perfection is because of the perfection of the LORD JESUS CHRIST in us.

VI. TITLE:

Be perfect

VII. EXPLICATION:

A. Author: Matthew, also called Levi

B. Date written: 60 A.D.

C. Purpose: To show that JESUS of Nazareth was the Kingly Messiah of Jewish prophecy

D. To whom written: Jews

E. Main theme: JESUS is GOD's Promised Anointed Messiah, the King of the jews

F. Keywords: fulfilled

G. Key verses:

Matthew 16:16-19 (Amplified Bible)

Simon Peter replied, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.

Then Jesus answered him, Blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied) are you, Simon Bar-Jonah. For flesh and blood [men] have not revealed this to you, but My Father Who is in heaven.

And I tell you, you are Peter [Greek, Petros—a large piece of rock], and on this rock [Greek, petra—a huge rock like Gibraltar] I will build My church, and the gates of Hades (the powers of the infernal region) shall not overpower it [or be strong to its detriment or hold out against it].

I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind (declare to be improper and unlawful) on earth must be what is already bound in heaven; and whatever you loose (declare lawful) on earth must be what is already loosed in heaven.

VIII. MAIN BODY:

A. Yes, be perfect, even all things are contrary to you

"You, therefore, must be perfect [growing into complete maturity of godliness in mind and character, having reached the proper height of virtue and integrity],"

Genesis 17:1 (Amplified Bible)

WHEN ABRAM was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, I am the Almighty God; walk and live habitually before Me and be perfect (blameless, wholehearted, complete).

What is living in faith with no perfection? We can live in perfection by faith.

Colossians 1:28 (Amplified Bible)

Him we preach and proclaim, warning and admonishing everyone and instructing everyone in all wisdom (comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God), that we may present every person mature (full-grown, fully initiated, complete, and perfect) in Christ (the Anointed One).

James 1:4 (Amplified Bible)

But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing.

Psalms 37:37 (Amplified Bible)

Mark the blameless man and behold the upright, for there is a happy end for the man of peace.

GOD completes us by making us perfect in CHRIST.

B. Be perfect, our role model is our FATHER in Heaven

"as your heavenly Father is perfect."

Matthew 5:16 (Amplified Bible)

Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven.


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