Be Perfect — Part 2

September 12, 2022

Our human concept of maturity is that we start off completely dependent but that we grow into independence. However maturity in God’s kingdom comes as we grow in greater and greater levels of dependence on Christ. Growth doesn’t happen as we need Him less, but rather as we see our need for Him more.

In this exploration of the command Be Perfect, you will be deeply encouraged as you see God’s desire to mature His children. One of the ways He does this is by increasing our level of training, one step at a time, to become more dependent upon Him. Irritations, hardships, and difficult people are “classrooms” God gives us. As we become more dependent on Him, we become channels of His life and His love to others, and we are seen as “children of our Father in heaven.”

  • Gabe Cleator, Host

    Gabe Cleator loves Jesus and desires to help others cultivate an intimate relationship with Christ as the All-Sufficient One. Gabe holds a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Ministries, is author of the book Always and in Everything, and currently serves as the director of the Home Discipleship Network under the ministry of IBLP. His passion is to see God’s people turn back to a vibrant, living Christianity that has Christ at the center and the Word as the foundation. Gabe and his wife, Sara, live in East Texas where they enjoy serving the Lord together and spending time in the great outdoors, taking fishing trips or visiting National Parks.

  • Nate Paine, Host

    Nate Paine loves pointing people to God’s Word. After giving his life to the Lord at age 11, he has carried Isaiah 61:1–3 as his life verses, following God’s call to “preach good tidings unto the meek,” “bind up the brokenhearted,” “proclaim liberty to the captives,” and offer beauty for ashes through the Person and work of Christ. Nate completed his bachelor’s degree in Biblical Ministries, has served in prison ministry, and mentored many young men through the Journey to the Heart program. Today, he lives with his wife and four children in East Texas where he serves on staff with IBLP and the Home Discipleship Network. In his spare time, you may find Nate reading his favorite authors (Andrew Murray and A.W. Tozer), perfecting his pour-over coffee brewing, or adventuring with his children—preferably with fishing poles in hand.

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