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Speaking of JESUS

Speaking of JESUS

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June 28, 2020: Speaking of Perfect

The message that sparked the conversation ... Practice Makes Perfect.

Does practice make perfect? How much practice would it take? Join us in a conversation about striving for perfection, going the extra mile, and breathing peace into our broken communities.

Discussion Questions


  1. What was something you made a serious effort to practice, but never got perfect.

  2. Author Malcom Gladwell in his book Outliers promoted the idea of the "10,000 hour rule," based on a study of elite violinists and pianists who had all racked up an average of 10,000 hours of practice by age 20 (roughly 3 hours every day for 10 years). It seemed to reinforce the idea that "practice makes perfect." However, another study suggested that it's more complicated: there are environmental and genetic factors at work, too (see ... https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/aug/21/practice-does-not-always-make-perfect-violinists-10000-hour-rule)
    What do you think of this idea that "practice makes perfect"?

  3. Another twist on the phrase is "practice makes permanent." How does that shift the meaning?

  4. Jesus ends the first half of the Sermon on the Mount with the phrase "be perfect" (or "be complete/mature"). Listen to chapter 5 again and see what words or phrases interest, puzzle, challenge or otherwise get your attention.

  5. What tone do you tend to imagine in Jesus' voice when you hear him say, "be perfect"?

  6. Putting this with the beginning of Jesus' sermon, how is this good news for you?

  7. Reflecting on this, what do you want to say to people in your household, church, or neighborhood?


Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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