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  • Donut Theology / Be Teleios

    Contributed by J Jeffrey Smead on Feb 18, 2011
    based on 175 ratings
     | 72,712 views

    In Greek, the word translated "perfect" in Matthew is "teleios". " If something accomplishes what it is designed to do, it is said to be perfect that is "teleios" So "telios" is often translated as "mature". "Teleios" has the idea of "being complete."

    Jesus proclaims In the Gospel Lesson today: "Be perfect, therefore, as your Heavenly Father is perfect." Be Perfect! Let us consider two other passages that speak to this calling, a calling to be perfect: From Genesis Gen. 6:9 "Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah ...read more

  • Almost Perfect Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Jan 8, 2002
    based on 105 ratings
     | 17,896 views

    Perfection is often thought of as being sinless. But there is more to the Biblical ideal of "perfection" than that. Opening illustration is humorous and informative.

    OPEN: This morning I’m going to give you a quiz, and I don’t want you to think real hard about your answers. I just want you to answer as you feel you should. Question #1: How many of you believe you are perfect? Question #2: How many of you believe it is possible for someone WHO IS STILL LIVING ...read more

  • How To Deal With The Enemy Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Feb 21, 2010
    based on 68 ratings
     | 15,897 views

    Jesus says I have to love my enemies. But there’s a reason they’re my enemies - I don’t like them! So why should I do this?

    OPEN: The military apparently understands the need to make their instructions memorable and so they occasionally resort to humor to explain the basics. For example: Instructions printed on Rocket Launcher tells soldiers to "Aim towards the Enemy." U.S. Marine Corps tells its recruits that when ...read more

  • On Being Perfect Series

    Contributed by David Flowers on Mar 16, 2008
    based on 6 ratings
     | 4,004 views

    Part 5 in 5-week series Getting Free, this message asks and answers the question, "What did Jesus mean when he said we are to "be perfect?"

    GETTING FREE Sermon Five: On Being Perfect Wildwind Community Church David K. Flowers March 16, 2008 Matthew 5:48 (NIV) 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. As we close out our series on making a full commitment of our lives to God – a series I’ve titled ...read more

  • Donut Theology

    Contributed by Rick Pendleton on Dec 21, 2012
    based on 1 rating
     | 3,302 views

    A unique take on what it means to be "Perfect"

    Donut Theology Matthew 5:38-5:48 In the last sentence of our passage today, Jesus says something that is very confusing… "Be perfect, therefore, as your Heavenly Father is perfect." Be Perfect! Doesn’t that make you scratch your head? How can we possibly be ...read more

  • The Perfect Hole

    Contributed by Rick Pendleton on Oct 29, 2012
    based on 1 rating
     | 1,319 views

    A different understanding of "Be ye perfect" (Matt. 5:48) that talks about 1. The perfection OF Christ, the perfection IN Christ and the perfection LIKE Christ.

    The Perfect Hole Matthew 5:38-5:48 In the last sentence of our passage today, Jesus says something that is very confusing… "Be perfect, therefore, as your Heavenly Father is perfect." Be Perfect! Doesn’t that make you scratch your head? How can we possibly be ...read more

  • Be All That You Can Be

    Contributed by Duane Johnson on Aug 20, 2008
    based on 3 ratings
     | 1,663 views

    We can have joy even in the midst of trials when we know and value what they are producing.

    James 1:2-4 BE ALL THAT YOU CAN BE Do you recognize that slogan? If you are thinking of a TV commercial we are on the same wavelength. Who is it that uses that phrase in their advertising? The United States Army! I wonder how many of you want to be all that you can be? Perhaps as a mother or ...read more

  • What Time Is It? It’s Time To Grow Up! Series

    Contributed by on Oct 18, 2010
    based on 16 ratings
     | 16,749 views

    Just like we grow physically in stages, God wants us to grow up spiritually, becoming more like Jesus every day.

    WHAT TIME IS IT? IT’S TIME TO GROW UP! INTRO TO TOPIC: Does anybody know what time it is? (NOT “Tool Time!”). • Jesus said to the Pharisees: “how is it you do not discern this time?” (Luke 12:56). • “And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our ...read more

  • When Life Really Gets Hard (I) Series

    Contributed by Richard Tow on Sep 16, 2009
    based on 1 rating
     | 2,000 views

    Benefits gained by those who persevere through trials are discussed. James tells us to rejoice in hardship; sermon examines why.

    When Life Gets Really Hard James 1:2-12 4-13-08 How would you respond this morning if you received a call telling you that terrorists had just blown up your house and your insurance had expired yesterday? How would you respond if your boss called to tell you his business had fall off and he ...read more

  • The Miraculous Gifts Of The Holy Spirit Series

    Contributed by Scott Coltrain on Jul 20, 2004
    based on 29 ratings
     | 2,416 views

    This is an overview of the miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit, examining their origin, purpose and activity in the infant Church.

    The New Testament records that Jesus and members of the early Church performed miraculous works. These miraculous deeds produce awe and wonder in us as we read of them. These miracles also produce questions within us, such as: How were they performed? Why were they performed? Did all the ...read more

  • How Does A Mature Disciple Look Like Series

    Contributed by Daniel Villa on Jun 24, 2008
    based on 1 rating
     | 2,825 views

    Be Perfect series presents selected topics from Matthew 5-8 containing Jesus’ call to maturity for those who follow Him.

    BE A TELEIOS! (MATURE) Matthew 5:33-48 A mature person is a follower of Christ who through persistent study of the Word, backed up by a completely surrendered life, and transformed by the amazing empowerment of the Holy Spirit, has learned to respond to life’s challenges in ways that are good ...read more

  • Matthew 5 - Part 20 - You Think You’re So Perfect! Series

    Contributed by Ross Cochrane on Jan 10, 2010
    based on 14 ratings
     | 4,015 views

    Jesus says "Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect" (Matthew 5:48). What is that supposed to mean? Like, that’s impossible, right?

    Matthew 5 - Part 19 - YOU THINK YOU’RE SO PERFECT! Jesus says "Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect" (Matthew 5:48). What is that supposed to mean? Like, that’s impossible, right? In fact there are a number of contradictions in this section of the Bible, until ...read more

  • Father: Responsibility In Relationship

    Contributed by Billy Ricks on Jun 19, 2011
     | 1,531 views

    As fathers, men, husbands we need to exchange our point of view for Gods. The cutlural viewpoint is distorted and diseased. Let Jesus show you what it means to be a real man. A real father.

    Intro: The question from the Pharisees, the rebuke from the disciples, and the rejection of Jesus by the rich man are clear indications of a great need for changing our point of view. I believe you will see as we teach this passage today that the reason there are so many problems with fathers, ...read more

  • You Are Loved With An Everlasting Love, Part 1 Series

    Contributed by Richard Laraviere on Aug 9, 2008
    based on 10 ratings
     | 4,784 views

    God’s love for us is so awesome, unending, unrelenting, so refreshing, how long has it been since you have seen him?

    You are loved with an everlasting love… Part 1 Text: Jer. 31:1-3 Introduction: 1. Most of us have our love tanks running on empty. I do not mean the sensuous, giddy, boyfriend, girlfriend love stuff. 2. Too many Christians are dealing with fears. Why? Because our ...read more

  • You Are Loved With An Everlasting Love, Part 2 Series

    Contributed by Richard Laraviere on Aug 9, 2008
    based on 5 ratings
     | 2,561 views

    God;s love for us is so endless, unrelenting, so refreshing, how long has it been since you have seen him?

    You are loved with an everlasting love… Part 2 Text: Jer. 31:1-3 Introduction: 1. Most of us have our love tanks running on empty. I do not mean the sensuous, giddy, boyfriend, girlfriend love stuff. 2. Too many Christians are dealing with fears. Why? Because our ...read more