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Pastor Steve Williams : The Defeatism of Perfectionism

Progress Not Perfection · 43:37 · Recorded October 31, 2021

The Defeatism of Perfectionism

Matthew 5:48 (NIV) “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

2 Corinthians 13:9, 11 (KJV) And this also we wish, even your perfection… be perfect.

Its misbeliefs that can hold you back

An "all or nothing" mindset.

"I won’t ever be good enough for God, so why even try?"

"God is so hard to please, he’s not worth my pursuit."

Finding a different take

God far exceeds all I imagine about him.

Though he’s perfect, he’s nothing like a perfectionist!

Psalm 19:14; 104:34; Proverbs 15:8, 26; Ecclesiastes 2:26; Ezekiel 18:23; Romans 12:1-2; 14:18; 2 Corinthians 5:9; Galatians 6:8; Ephesians 5:10; Colossians 1:10; 3:20; 1 Thessalonians 2:4; 1 Timothy 2:3; 5:4; 1 John 3:12

He’s more pleased with my progress than impatient for my perfection.

2 Peter 3:18 (NIV) Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

The process he’s pursuing with you

Philippians 1:6 (NIV) He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

My JUSTIFICATION – “I’m permanently accepted ‘in Christ’.”

Ephesians 1:3-6 (CSB) Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavens in Christ. For he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in love before him. He predestined us to be adopted as sons through Jesus Christ for himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace that he lavished on us in the Beloved One.

My SANCTIFICATION – “I’m being gradually conformed to Christ’s likeness.”

2 Corinthians 3:16–18 (NRSV) When one turns to the Lord, the ‘veil’ is removed. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And all of us, with ‘unveiled’ faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transform-ed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.

My GLORIFICATION – “I’ll be completely transfigured in Christ’s presence.”

Philippians 3:20-21 (NIV) Our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

Jude 1:20-21 (NAS) But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.

A "Power CHART" for living

The POWER of his indwelling Spirit.

Courage to face fears with faith.

Honesty with myself, God and others.

Affirming friendships with fellow-strugglers.

Luke 22:27 (GW) “You have stood by me in the troubles that have tested me.”

Right thinking to fuel my soul.

Time to get there!

  • Is there someone you found yourself wishing could hear this message? What part of it do you think they could use most?

  • What traits of perfectionists do you find yourself identifying with? How have you found these to be self-defeating in your experience?

  • What are some misbeliefs about God you’ve held that he’s helped(ing) you overcome and correct? What practical difference has it made for you?

  • How does the "In Christ" teaching of the New Testament touched-on in this message impact your heart & mind? What assurances does it provide you? What questions does it raise?

  • Which Scripture(s) in this message seemed to speak to you most personally and powerfully? What do you think God wants you to know or remember or doin light of this verse(s)?

  • Look over the “Power CHART” section of your notes. Which of these points do you sense you need to put renewed focus on and why? How can your small group pray for you about this?

Parents: Read Ephesians 1:3-6 with your child. Then share with them that Ephesians 1 tells how God chose us. Christ died to forgive us. And the Holy Spirit stays with us to help us. Discuss with your child examples of good gifts they have that came from God. Remind them that they do not need to be perfect for God to love them and bless them.

  • Is there someone you found yourself wishing could hear this message? What part of it do you think they could use most?

  • What traits of perfectionists do you find yourself identifying with? How have you found these to be self-defeating in your experience?

  • What are some misbeliefs about God you’ve held that he’s helped(ing) you overcome and correct? What practical difference has it made for you?

  • How does the "In Christ" teaching of the New Testament touched-on in this message impact your heart & mind? What assurances does it provide you? What questions does it raise?

  • Which Scripture(s) in this message seemed to speak to you most personally and powerfully? What do you think God wants you to know or remember or doin light of this verse(s)?

  • Look over the “Power CHART” section of your notes. Which of these points do you sense you need to put renewed focus on and why? How can your small group pray for you about this?

Parents: Read Ephesians 1:3-6 with your child. Then share with them that Ephesians 1 tells how God chose us. Christ died to forgive us. And the Holy Spirit stays with us to help us. Discuss with your child examples of good gifts they have that came from God. Remind them that they do not need to be perfect for God to love them and bless them.

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