Life Group Study Guide: Loved what you heard on Sunday? Want to go deeper? The life group study guide will help you unpack what you heard on Sunday, while diving deeper into God's word.
➢ When was the last time you were perfect?
➢ What situations bring out your inner perfectionist?
Read Matthew 5:43-48 (ESV).
➢ According to Jesus, He commands His disciples to be perfect as God is perfect (vs. 48). Does Jesus realistically expect us to be perfect?
➢ What does perfect mean in this context?
➢ Read John 19:28-30. Jesus uses the exact same word for perfect in this text only it is translated, “Finished.” How does this text help illuminate what Jesus is saying in Matthew 5?
➢ How might our need for perfectionism impact our relationships according to Matthew 5?
➢ What cultural shifts does Jesus expect His disciples to make in the way we love one another?
➢ Read Romans 3:20-22. Why might it be difficult to accept that we are perfected, not through our own efforts, but through our faith in Christ?
Make It Personal:
➢ On Sunday, Pastor Jason gave three examples of perfectionism: self-oriented, externally-oriented, and others-oriented. When was the last time you struggled with one of these kinds of perfectionism? How did the struggle make you feel?
➢ Why do you think people struggle with unrealistic expectations for themselves?
➢ In what ways might perfectionism mask insecurity? How have you seen this play out in your own life?
➢ How might we shift our focus to the work of Christ perfecting us rather than on our desire to make ourselves better on our own?
➢ In what area of your life do find it hard to choose people over perfection? How might you prioritize loving others over chasing after perfection?
➢ In what areas of your life are you driven to perform? How might you prioritize giving more grace to yourself and others rather than chasing after a perfect performance?
➢ What is one take away or action that you will commit to as a result of this study?