Salt and Light

Salt And Light

Praise the Lord, and greetings in the Name of Jesus, as we enter into a new week, this being Monday, we begin with part one of our new study for this week Salt and Light, and on Thursday we will pick up with part two, it is our hope and prayer that through these studies you are strengthened and encouraged in your spiritual walk with the Lord. God Bless!

Focus Verses

Mat 5:13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

Mat 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

Lesson Text

Mat 5:13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

Mat 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

Mat 5:15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

Mat 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Focus Thought

Jesus’ new kingdom will fill the world with change agents: salt and light.

Culture Connection

Spreading Seeds Of Faith

At times we feel certain emotions but are not quite sure why. Often it is because certain thoughts ran through our minds, triggering those feelings. “Thoughts and emotions have a profound effect on one another.

Just as our thoughts can affect our moods and feelings without our even realizing it, so our lives—lived in a way that reflects the love of Jesus Christ—can affect other people, sometimes without their or our even knowing it. We have opportunities every day to impact other people’s lives and spread seeds of faith and hope in soil that is spiritually fertile.

Sometimes we are that thought of hope, peace, or deliverance sprinkled into someone’s life, and their reaction is a deep hunger and thirst for God. Simply living in a way that honors and pleases God will cause more people than we know to turn their thoughts toward God, contemplate their life’s purpose, and consider where they will spend eternity.

Outline

  1. DISTINCTIVENESS OF SALT AND LIGHT
  2. Salt
  3. Light
  4. SIMILARITIES OF SALT AND LIGHT
  5. Effective only when scattered
  6. Both Serve as Change Agents
  7. Both Have Healing Properties
  8. WE ARE SALT AND LIGHT
  9. The Great Commission
  10. Lifestyle Evangelism

Contemplating The Topic

We were born into a world of sin. Some of us lived in dysfunctional families. Some of us grew up in cities filled with crime, drugs, and filth. One part of us may feel overwhelmed and unsure of what we can do to make a difference. Yet another part of us desires to make a difference and change the world.

For this reason we are called to be salt and light in this world. God’s idea of a “better” world, requires us as believers to let the love and purpose of Jesus Christ be made manifest through our lives. We leave the world better than we found it when we share the gospel as agents of salt and light in the world.

Searching The Scriptures

  1. DISTINCTIVENESS OF SALT AND LIGHT
  2. Salt

Jesus did not tell His disciples they were the sugar of the earth, but He told them they were “the salt of the earth” (Matthew 5:13).

Mat 5:13a Ye are the salt of the earth:

First, salt is a preservative. During Jesus’ day, before refrigeration, people would rub salt on meat to keep it from spoiling.

Second, salt enhances flavor. This world is bland. The same sins that have been trapping human beings from the Garden of Eden are still causing men and women to stumble. This world is without hope. Only the Christian—the one who has been changed by the gospel and made new by the Spirit—can point the world to the hope found in Jesus Christ. As Christians, we have access to true joy, peace, and life.

Unfortunately salt can lose it saltiness. Salt is a strong compound; but when diluted, it breaks down and loses its salinity. Worldliness destroys saltiness.

When we lose our saltiness, we become of no use to the kingdom of God. We have worth and value because of the image of God we bear, but we lose our effectiveness and usefulness when we choose the world’s ways over God’s ways. When we find ourselves becoming dissolved and diluted in sinful behaviors and practices, we must find our way back to an altar. Only through repentance can God wash away the impurities and give us grace that we may become useful once again.

  1. Light

Light is a “form of energy that makes it possible to see things” Scripture describes those who are lost as blinded and living in darkness. “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them” (II Corinthians 4:4).

Those of us who have come to a saving knowledge of the gospel have had the light shine into our lives, illuminating what was once veiled in darkness. If it were not for the light shining into our darkness, we would still be lost in sin. But thanks be to God that we have “seen a great light” (Isaiah 9:2).

  1. Similarities Of Salt And Light

“Ye are the salt of the earth” (Matthew 5:13). “Ye are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14). When Jesus discussed this idea with His congregation on the side of the mount, He was essentially warning them to avoid two errors some Christians make. He admonished them not to seclude themselves and hide from the world. We have been placed in this world for a reason. We are not to be “of the world,” though we have been placed in the world. (See John 17:14–15.)

It is not God’s will for His people to remove themselves, and thus their godly influence, from those in the world. This would only leave the world without hope. The only chance sinners have to be saved is by hearing the truth so the truth can set them free. (See John 8:32.)

Joh 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Although we are to be witnesses to the world, we are to avoid the error of being unified with the world and adopting the world’s values as our own. We cannot allow ourselves to let the values and ways of the world permeate who we are as believers, we cannot conform to the pattern of the world (Romans 12:2), for in doing so we would be testifying that we are in darkness also. We must become the salt and light of the world.

On Thursday we will pick up our study on Salt and Light at (effective Only When Scattered) until then have a Blessed day in the Lord, and God Bless!

 

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