On this LIVE edition Tony Marino and Pastors +Brian Whiteside, +Michael Duncan, and Dr. +Jeff Klick “The Perfect Disciple?” We team God’s Word with our latest book, “The Discipling Church.” Guest Panelists: +J.R. Miller (Dr. Joe Miller), +Jason Velotta, +Lyn Smith, +Tim Young, +Ed Hook,  and +Shawn Savage (Shawn & Caroline Savage).

Linter Notes

As the show progressed, here are a few thoughts that stuck out to me on Matthew 5:48

My translation, “Stand up and be made perfectly-whole just as the heavenly father is perfectly-whole.”

– The Greek word for “perfect” refers to wholeness as opposed to error free.

– The Greek verb for “be” is in the Future, Middle, Imperative 2nd Person Plural.  What doe sthat mean?

– Verb: An action

– Future: Fulfilled  in the future

– Middle: Perfection is being accomplished on its own by the work of the Father

– Indicative: This perfection really happening and possible

– 2nd Person Plural: Each individual must take action, but our action is also through a community.

What should we do if we hope to live in perfect-completeness like our Heavenly Father?

– Being perfectly-whole is not about avoiding “sin” it is about living in righteousness.

– Being perfectly-whole is not about inaction (stuff I don’t do} it is about the actions that I take.

– Being perfectly-whole means loving our enemies.

– Being perfectly-whole means caring for the needs of those who suffer (the widow, the poor, the orphan, etc…)


Dr. J.R. Miller is a Professor of Applied Theology and Leadership & Dean of Online Learning at Southern California Seminary. Outside work, he is a church planter. Dr. Miller has a diverse educational background and authored multiple books on church history, biblical theology, and Leadership. Joe and his wife Suzanne enjoy the sun and surf with their 3 sons in San Diego, CA.

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