Perfect Sinners: See Yourself As God Sees You
“Perfect Sinners is one of my favorite books ever. It takes some of the most important questions there are, and provides answers that are easy to understand. Time and again, we get tripped up when we try to work out how Gods grace affects our lives, with things like how hard we have to try, or rewards in heaven, or being sure we are responsive enough to God to count as belonging to him. This book starts with those questions, and answers them beautifully, simply and biblically. The illustrations are brilliant, and I love this book both because it helps me answer my own questions, and helps me answer other peoples. Thank you Matt Ill be recommending this to everyone!”See All
Pastor, Dundonald Church, London
“Matt Fuller explains and applies the beautiful gem of Justification by faith in ways that will help you love Jesus more. Many of the issues we struggle withdoubt, assurance, half-heartedness, joylessness, guilt, disobedienceare shown to be issues related to justification and are addressed in helpful, practical, clear ways. I wholeheartedly recommend this excellent work.”See All
Field Director, UCCF
“Guilt and grace, faith and works, justification and sanctification, warnings and assurance How do these things fit together? 500 years after the start of the Reformation, many remain confused about such matters. Clear, insightful, engaging, pastoral and, most importantly, biblical"Perfect Sinners" is a timely antidote for such confusion.”See All
Lecturer in Theology and Ethics, Sydney Missionary & Bible College
“Glorious gospel truths of identity, value and assurance are readily and happily affirmed and believed by Christians. However, in the face of our own failings, struggles and doubts, the reality of a personal joy and confidence in these truths can often be absent. Matt Fuller tackles these issues in some depth with a warm and sympathetic pastor's heart. Here's a book that will benefit Christians, whatever our stage of following Christ. No quick fixes. Instead, a thoroughgoing biblical call to persevering faith and trust in Christ, and a developing grasp of what it means to be accepted in the Beloved.”See All
London Director FIEC
“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 pastors 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.”See All
Associate Minister for Women at St Johns, Tunbridge Wells and Director of Womens Ministry at the Proclamation Trust in London
“Reading Perfect Sinners brought so much joy to my soul. Its not only Biblically rich and beautifully written with quite brilliant stories and illustrations. It addresses supremely important questions that members of our congregations often ask about salvation in Christ: questions about Gods love and our failure, about justification and transformation, about guilt and assurance, about falling away and discipline. This is not just a heart-warming readMatt has given us a really important book which clarifies the nature of saving faith in simple language for a new generationI absolutely love it!”See All
Senior Pastor of Dundonald Church and Director of Co-Mission in London
“Christians are most harmed or helped at the point where one biblical truth intersects with another. Matt Fuller has done a superb job in taking us to the point where our unconditional, unearned and secure status in Christ meets our dynamic, progressive transformation in Christ-likeness. The book manages to affirm the assurance of our union in Christ and yet not explain away the legitimacy of Christian guilt, and divine rewards. I love how the book refuses to be reductionistic. It affirms that obedience in Christ pleases God and our sins, while atoned for, still grieve him. This book is clearly written, drenched in pastoral concern, answering real questions and colored with helpful illustrations. It's the book I wanted to write and it's a book I loved reading.”See All
Lead Pastor, St Alban's MBM, Australia
“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 Fullers book is an accessible, down-to-earth, sustained reflection on how we can keep these important truths together.”See All
Dr. Garry Williams
Director of The John Owen Center, London Theological Seminary
“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.”See All
Writer-in-Residence at Tyndale House and Ministry Trainer at St. Andrew the Great, Cambridge
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. Overemphasizing 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.