Junior Youth: The Secret to Being Perfect

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Opener: My Perfect Person

Invite everyone to draw a stylised picture of their perfect human being (e.g. with big ears because they’re a great listener)

OR

Write a personal column advert for the “perfect human being” (50 words or less)

Be Perfect

In Matthew 5:48 Jesus says, “Be perfect”. What do you think Jesus’ description of perfect would be?

Read Matthew 5:43-48 for the context of his imperative to “be perfect”.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbour’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you so that you will be true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and on the unjust, too. If you love only those who love you, what good is that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that. Be perfect therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

Discussion

How would you describe God’s idea of the perfect person after reading this?

Why do you think, in God’s eyes, that the ‘perfect person’ is the one who is able to love their enemies?

Think of someone that you don’t like at all. Don’t name them… but share why you don’t like them.

According to Jesus, loving them is your chance to be perfect! How do you feel about that? What makes that hard? What from the passage would help you to do that?