Perfect Sinners

See yourself as God sees you

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How to think, feel and act as those who are both perfect saints and wicked sinners

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How am I meant to feel as a Christian?

You can go to an evangelical church on a Sunday and be told: "Christian, you are loved by God, no matter what you've done. God could not love you more than he does." You can go to another evangelical church and be told: "You're a wretched sinner". The emphasis can feel very different, and yet both churches are teaching truth.

Holding both truths together in balance can be tricky but it's essential for healthy Christian living. Overemphasising one at the expense of the other causes all sorts of problems.

Perfect Sinners will help us keep the balance, as we distinguish between our "status" before God and our "walk" with him.

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Contents

  • Intro: What does God think of me?
  • 1. How can God love me when he hates sin?
  • 2. How strong does my faith need to be?
  • 3. Does God only love me because he has to?
  • 4. Does God's love for me vary?
  • 5. Will God still love me if I never obey him?
  • 6. Should I ever feel guilty?
  • 7. Does God reward us differently?
  • 7.5. But does God really still love me?
  • 8. Why is change so slow?
  • 9. Why are believers warned not to fall away?
  • 10. How do I enjoy greater assurance of God's love?
  • Final Word: Perfection is eternal – sin is not

Specification

Author Matt Fuller
ISBN 9781784981389
Format Paperback
First published 2017
Dimensions 129mm x 198mm x 10.5mm
Language English
Pages 144
Publisher The Good Book Company

Other information

Sometimes, Christians get confused about how God thinks of them. The questions get phrased like this:

Q: I'm a Christian: God loves me in Jesus – is there really nothing I can do to make him love me more or love me less? Errm, yes and no.
Q: Does God love all Christians the same? Errm, yes and no.
Q: Do some Christians get greater reward in heaven? Yes! How come? Where does grace fit in?
Q: Should I ever feel guilty? Is that appropriate?
Q: If I'm always forgiven, what's going on when I confess sin? Am I even more forgiven?

Commendations

This is a thoroughly helpful book by a pastor who loves people and spends a lot of time listening to them and hearing the questions they actually ask (which are not always the questions we pastors want them to ask!). Matt Fuller engages the reader with a light touch and earthy pastoral realism, behind which lie a clear theological mind and careful study.

Christopher Ash

Writer-in-Residence at Tyndale House and Ministry Trainer at St. Andrew the Great, Cambridge

Christians struggle if we fail to believe in both the wonderful status given us forever when we are born again AND the fact that the Lord responds to how we then live. Matt Fuller’s book is an accessible, down-to-earth, sustained reflection on how we can keep these important truths together.

Dr Garry Williams

Director of The John Owen Centre, London Theological Seminary

How can we be sure that our status before God is unchanging (we are justified) when our personal walk with the Lord is so erratic (we still sin)? If Christ has paid the penalty for all our sin then why do we need to confess it?
With penetrating insight and a pastor’s heart, Matt mines the treasure of the precious doctrine of justification by faith alone and encourages us to keep working out our salvation, secure in the knowledge that we are God's children if we trust him to the end.

Carrie Sandom

Associate Minister for Women at St John’s, Tunbridge Wells and Director of Women’s Ministry at the Proclamation Trust in London

Customer reviews

“Easy access”

I really enjoyed this book by Matt, it is really accessible and surprisingly enjoyable given at times the weighty questions it's addressing. If like me you're not a big reader you'll find this book just right. Matt uses great examples and stories from his own ministry to highlight the sin and doubts we all go through and repeatedly reminds us of our standing before God because of Christ; wretched sinners made perfect by his grace. Thank you Matt for writing this book.


16/05/2017

“Answers questions you might be afraid to ask”

This book has really clear answers to questions which most (if not all) Christians ask themselves from time to time. Matt is a great communicator and writes with a pastor's heart. He wants us to enjoy our status as adopted children while we continue to battle against sin on our way to heaven. I'll certainly be lending my copy out to loved ones.


16/05/2017

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