Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:13-16
13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Jesus puts His Light in the darkness of this world!
1. You are the light of Christ in this dark world! Matthew 5:13-16
a. Shine among men!
b. Shine through good deeds!
c. Let it Shine! The Light shines from another source! Undeniable, unquenchable, Unashamed!
2. You must avoid the Light Quenchers! Verse 15
a. Moral Perversion: Isa 5:20
b. Spiritual Perversion: John 3:19
3. You must receive the Light in order to be light! Verse 16
a. Jesus came to bring light to all people in darkness!
i. Prophecy Fulfilled: Isa 9:2; Matt 4:16
ii. People Liberated: Isa 42:7, 16
iii. Proclamation of Jesus’ Gospel: Isa 61:1
b. Jesus provides light to you that will change your life:
i. You will never walk in darkness: John 8:12; John 12:46
ii. You will proclaim His message to others: Act 26:17-18
4. You must do good deeds: Verse 16
a. Put off deeds of darkness! Rom 13:12; Ephesians 5:11
b. Put away your partnership with unbelievers! 2 Cor 6:14
c. Put on the light of God! Eph 5:8
d. Prepare for Jesus’ Return! 1 Thess 5:4
e. Praise Him who called you into the light! 1 Peter 2:9