Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? Light shines for hours every day and when the sun goes down, we simply flip a switch to light our homes. Now keep in mind that just like you can overdo the salt, you can be too hard on people. And this is really what it is all about, isn’t it? Salt and light are natural in life; they’re needed and welcomed. Now the peace which surpasses all understanding keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Salt And Light. ... Other sermons in this series. There’s nothing else like it. It is our witness, whether good or bad. Making A Lasting Impact, Matthew 5 4. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus shocks His listeners with the Beatitudes and then launches into the metaphor of salt and light to help his listeners understand how they're called to interact with the world. A seemingly impossible riddle that just might bring me greater enlightenment […] Last week we heard the Beatitudes. And although some will mock, many will ‘glorify [our] Father in heaven.’ That might simply be we’ve done a good bit of PR for the faith. He asked, what do churches have to do in order to reach the missing young adults in their twenties and thirties? What we say and do is seen by the world. The text that I have chosen for this morning’s sermon is the Gospel, which was read a few minutes ago. It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.” We salt and light the world because we’re His disciples, so what does it mean if we don’t salt the earth or shine our light? Often such people are ones who want to see the world changed for the better. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? The Church stands alone from everything else in the world offering true hope and true peace to a world that knows neither hope nor peace. We tell people of their sin and we share with them the forgiveness that is theirs through the crucified Christ. In the same way, we don’t hide the light that is in us. If the Sermon on the Mount is where we learn to be disciples before the watching world, as I argued in my introduction last week, then salt and light are prime examples of this. And the point Jesus wants to make about being the salt of the earth is a negative one. But just like popcorn isn’t good with salt, and just like a parking lot is dangerous without lights, our society isn’t any good without salt or light. We need a Salt and Light Revolution in our day. But it might well be part of their journey to faith in Christ themselves. The man broke down in tears. The salt of the earth. It makes absolutely no sense to light a lamp and then hide it under a bucket because the lamp is supposed to bring light to the whole house. By day he gave himself to providing medical care for people who otherwise would not be able to access it. Salt and light. We shine our light in a darkened world so that others will know the salvation that we know, that they will also know that love of God. Can you make it useful again? “Salt and Light” Matthew 5:13-16 Today’s lesson comes right after, what are called the Beatitudes—or what we talked about last Sunday—it’s the beginning of Jesus’ great big famous Sermon on the Mount. That is Jesus' lesson to us. And that’s where we come in. "THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT" Salt And Light (Mt 5:13-16) INTRODUCTION 1. The light could be hid under a bowl. We are more concerned with filling church jobs than with encouraging people into character-building witness opportunities where they are the salt of the earth. Because He faithfully served as the Light of the World, even though it would lead to His death, He has given us what we don’t have; a new relationship with God. ( Log Out / Yet how often is it the case that Christians have vacated these areas, seeing involvement there as inferior to church work? We don’t beat them up with their sin, we don’t thump with our Bibles, and we don’t shame them, rather we share the message of Christ with love. This is the Word of the Lord from the Gospel of Matthew. When I reflect on the voluntary work I do in our community not directly related to our church – namely, working at an op shop (fundraising for our nursing home) and tutoring an African refugee – I can show God’s love to the people I’m working with, inadequate as I am. It desperately needs to be seasoned by Christ if it is to emerge from shadow of sin and death. This might be an argument for Christian involvement in politics, even for having bishops in the House of Lords. While there is an award winning Biographical Documentary Film titled ‘Salt of the Earth’ according to the Meriam-Webster Dictionary it’s a phrase used to refer to people of good character. Don’t we want our witness to attract other people to Jesus and his Father? It’s interesting that this is a phrase commonly used outside the Bible also. Today we often take these two things for granted. Can you imagine living in a world that doesn’t have salt or light? Salt and Light. We are called to be the salt and light of the world. Part 3. He just says we are the salt of the earth, full stop. It is a dark, drab world obsessed with and immersed in sin, and it desperately needs the salt and light that is Christ Jesus. But there is a danger that the impact will be lost. The salt could lose its saltiness. Another positive image of salt is to see it as fertiliser, stimulating the growth of righteousness, justice and spirituality in the world. It’s not because we are holier or better than everyone else, it’s just because we’ve been changed through faith in Christ. Matthew 5:13-20 New International Version (NIV) Salt and Light 13 “You are the salt of the earth. If we go too far in either direction, we risk doing more harm than good. Jesus was implying we ought to be a different kind of people. In other words, Jesus doesn’t take his simple analogy of us as the salt of the earth and extend it into some great allegory. Daniel 2:1-49. He speaks of a teacher who was being prayed for in church, in support of his rôle in the congregation teaching Sunday School. By evening he would drive around the area, preaching the Gospel. Unfortunately [says Kandiah] what 20-30s often hear in church is not encouragement to take huge steps in their faith, but to take on huge responsibilities within the church. In short, cutting some ties from the institutional church and simplifying some of the ways we do church in order to release ourselves to spend more time blessing people in our communities with the love of God in word and deed is absolutely critical to our sharing in the mission of God. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. (Verse 13b). Because we’re saved, we shine our light and we salt the earth as we live out our daily vocations. It transports us from the darkness of this world into the light that is Jesus Christ. In "The Beatitudes", the CHARACTER AND BLESSEDNESS of the citizens were described 2. We are quick to condemn when people in politics, the media or popular arts take stances that are ignorant of Christianity or hostile to it. So a good test of whether we are salt and light is whether Knaphill and the neighbouring villages would be upset if KMC closed. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. When Christians decide to be salt and light, the world pays close attention to what we say and do. Salt and Light Epiphany 5A 2/5/2017 All Saints, Brookline Isaiah 58.1-9a Psalm 112.1-9 I Corinthians 2.1-12 Matthew 5.13-20 Salt and Light “If salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored?” At first glance, this question reminds me of a Zen koan. The Beatitudes are the blessings that Jesus bestows upon us because we’re His disciples. The question is what makes us different from the rest of the worl… When we aren’t, they don’t. And the word translated ‘no longer good for anything’ is a word that means ‘to become or to make foolish’. Firstly by thinking about salt and secondly about – you guessed it – light. We’re not just children, we’re faithful and God pleasing children, we are not just employees or students, we’re faithful and God pleasing employees and students. We do all that we do, we shine our lights and we season the world with our salt because we know that it is all about what Christ has done for this fallen world – starting with us! In this section, Matthew 5:13-16, Jesus tells his disciples, “You are the salt of the earth” and “You are the light of the world.” In this study, therefore, we will examine what it means to be salt and light. And Jesus called his followers – he calls us - us salt and light. In your twenties and thirties, he said, you are faced with a lot of life changes. Jul 19, 2020 | Albert Tate. Last week we commented on the context of the book of Daniel. "Salt and Light" is a part of the Sermon on the Mount series. And this is a high calling for you and me, it is one that our Lord takes most seriously and it’s one that we should take seriously as well. With a touch of grudging admiration, a local Communist Party official said, “He has earned the right to speak.”. The salt and light of we who are disciples of Christ bring hope to the hopeless, forgiveness to the sinners, and life to the spiritually dead. How am I going to do it? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. We’re blessed with the righteousness of Christ because through faith we hunger and thirst for it. We are called to be the salt and light of the world. No: Jesus calls us to see the church as the people of God gathering to edify one another and strengthen each other for witness in the world. Nor is it that we engage in worthy deeds as a reason to avoid talking about Christ. When we are living out the standards of the Lord Jesus in our lives, we will be like salt and like light. When Christians decide to be salt and light, the world pays close attention to what we say and do. Thanks for sermon 2. On first glance, these two things don’t seem to have much in common, but they do. In a manner of speaking, this world is unseasoned and dark. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. It means we’ve neglecting our God given duties as Christians. Click here to return to the Sermons page. Make a difference for the glory of God. Kandiah reminds me in his article of a story I have heard several times before. Wasn’t Jesus right? Here is the sermon for this coming Sunday, the second in our series from the Sermon on the Mount. Your words are helping at a most difficult time. But today we come not just to see and to hear. You know the challenge. We said that the book was set during the Babylonian exile of Judah. Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.” (Matthew 5:10-11). O. ur last study was about the eighth and last beatitude that Jesus gave in the Sermon on the Mount, “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.. Turn in your Bible with me to the 5 th chapter of Matthew for our study tonight. 5th Sunday after Epiphany (A) This sermon explains how we make a lasting impact on our communities by being salt and light. (Verse 13b). Obeying the Commandments, 1 John 2 3. Some will tell you that salt is a preservative, and so Christian involvement in the world is about preventing moral degradation in society. There’s just one problem with all these views. Like today’s Gospel, last week’s Gospel, came from the Sermon on the Mount. Salt and Light. Instead, we’re to do what God has sent us to do. But just like popcorn isn’t good with salt, and just like a parking lot is dangerous without lights, our society isn’t any good without salt or light. Ye are the light of the world. “You are the salt … Just a pinch of salt can make a huge difference in the flavor of a dish. 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