We need a Salt and Light Revolution in our day. No matter what our station in life, no matter our age, our gender, or our vocation, we do all that we do so that others will glorify God and come to faith in Christ who saves them from sin and eternal death. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. 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. Jesus says, “You are the salt of the earth” and “You are the light of the world.” He doesn’t say that you will be the salt or that you were the light, He says that you are the salt and you are the light. Loving the Family, 1 John 3 2. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. When Christians decide to be salt and light, the world pays close attention to what we say and do. Before refrigeration salt was used to preserve food, especially meat. It is when we depart from the Spirit-led lifestyle of genuine discipleship that the distinctions between ourselves and the rest of the world become blurred and our testimony is hindered. Or, to put it another way, someone has put it like this. But today we come not just to see and to hear. And one small light shining in the darkness can overcome it. Can you imagine living in a world that doesn’t have salt or light? Jul 19, 2020 | Albert Tate. By day he gave himself to providing medical care for people who otherwise would not be able to access it. The world is a dark and fallen place that desperately needs to be changed. We don’t need to earn those because Christ has done all that is necessary that we would be forgiven. 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. By evening he would drive around the area, preaching the Gospel. Yet how often is it the case that Christians have vacated these areas, seeing involvement there as inferior to church work? You are forgiven for failing to be faithful in your vocations. Phil preached about salt and light from Matthew 5 for our series “The Vision of Jesus.” He explained why Jesus might have picked these two metaphors from among other choices to describe His people. This sermon explains how we make a lasting impact on our communities by being salt and light. This might be an argument for Christian involvement in politics, even for having bishops in the House of Lords. It isn’t that shining our light before others so that they see our good deeds is about us boasting or acting as if we are superior. When we aren’t, they don’t. Indeed, Pam. In the same way, let your light shine before men that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." ( Log Out / We’re blessed with the righteousness of Christ because through faith we hunger and thirst for it. (Verse 13b). It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. We’re blessed because we come before God humbly confessing our sins. It’s the Only Light; In both of these statements– you are the salt of the earth, and you are the light of the world– the language here is emphatic, it can also be translated “You are the only salt of the earth. And while we might think we affirm the importance of being salt and light, I want to say this morning that we pay lip service to it, and the way we run our churches often undermines this essential Christian task. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. But it might well be part of their journey to faith in Christ themselves. Just the right amount of salt in your food helps turn ordinarily bland food into a flavorful treat. As the salt and light of Christ our task is to call people to repentance for this sin and unbelief. The test of a church is whether the local community would miss it if it shut. Jesus says that in fact, we are blessed, all of us, and we are called to be a blessing to others – to all of the world. The salt could lose its saltiness. But why did Jesus say we are are the Salt of the Earth? He is concerned about his disciples not being the salt of the earth, not influencing society for good – whatever that entails: But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? One is to season, and the other is to preserve. You are the only light of the world!” In the midst of … Part 4. You might call this portion of the sermon the charge of the light brigade or the call to pass the salt and be salt shakers in the world. The question is what makes us different from the rest of the worl… You are the salt of the earth. 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. So let’s pause and consider the problems here. And the point Jesus wants to make about being the salt of the earth is a negative one. Just as salt is salty and just as a light bulb gives off light, we naturally exhibit the characteristics of being a Christian. And fortunately, it can have both because you are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. One day, I was talking with his wife about the pressures he was under. We want to be the beacon of hope to a lost and fallen world. Jesus was implying we ought to be a different kind of people. 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. Phil explored what it means today for Memorial Road to be salt and light in our own community. Because we’re saved, we shine our light and we salt the earth as we live out our daily vocations. We can’t help it, we just do it. And the word translated ‘no longer good for anything’ is a word that means ‘to become or to make foolish’. We want them to know the joy that comes from being the salt of Christ, we want them to experience the power of forgiveness that makes them shine. 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 want them to see the Church as a place where their deepest needs are met and satisfied by God Himself. Others interpret salt as a metaphor for wisdom, and therefore Christians provide acute moral insight to help society. The Value of Salt Salt gives flavor Makes foods come “alive” Salt preserves Prevents spoilage Let me say it simply: When we are salt and light, the world listens to us. Sermon by J. Ligon Duncan on December 7, 1997. Some will tell you that salt is a preservative, and so Christian involvement in the world is about preventing moral degradation in society. 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. But the salt that we season the world with and the light that we shine in the darkness is more important and more powerful. The light could be hid under a bowl. He just says we are the salt of the earth, full stop. We look at both the qualities of being salt (creates thirst, a seasoning, part of the sacrifice, and preservative), and light (exposes and guides). Salt has two primary uses. “Yes,” she said, “we’ve had some conversations about that. Nor do we salt the earth and shine our light that we somehow obtain God’s favor and forgiveness. Wasn’t Jesus right? We love our family and friends and that’s why we share the Gospel with them. (Matthew 4:19) Then, in the Sermon on the Mount, he used the illustrations of salt and light. We said that the book was set during the Babylonian exile of Judah. In our Gospel for this morning, Jesus mentions two things that don’t really seem to go together; salt and light. He has campaigned against multinational companies that have exploited their workers in these lands, and he has taken groups of Christians from the United States on mission trips there. Here is the sermon for this coming Sunday, the second in our series from the Sermon on the Mount. That doctor set up a surgery in a poor village. And that, positively, is Jesus’ point when he goes on to describe Christians as the light of the world: You are the light of the world. And this is really what it is all about, isn’t it? Jesus says that salt without the saltiness, disciples who don’t influence the world for good, is, no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. It transports us from the darkness of this world into the light that is Jesus Christ. 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. As those blessed by Jesus, we are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. The moment we start treating the church as the provider of our religious services we start asking the wrong questions about whether the church is meeting our needs, and then walking out when the preaching, the music, the small groups or the children’s ministry doesn’t reach the standards we set in our minds. 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! 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? Jesus doesn’t ascribe to any of them. 5th Sunday after Epiphany (A) 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. “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it,” said John of Jesus’ coming into the world. We are salt and light by virtue of being disciples of Jesus. In your twenties and thirties, he said, you are faced with a lot of life changes. Part 3. Jul 26, 2020. To face such major challenges requires a lot of energy, and this shows itself in other ways. Now the peace which surpasses all understanding keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. You are forgiven for hiding your lamp. ( Log Out / A seemingly impossible riddle that just might bring me greater enlightenment […] February 20, 2005. 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). If we go too far in either direction, we risk doing more harm than good. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? I read an article on Friday by Krish Kandiah, who holds a senior position with the Evangelical Alliance. Today we often take these two things for granted. If you’re not a follower of Jesus, your life can be changed. "Salt and Light" is a part of the Sermon on the Mount series. Glad to know the words are helping. Matthew 5:13-16 (Salt and Light) INTRODUCTION: We are studying the Sermon on the Mount, and today we come to the part where Jesus calls us the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Thanks for sermon 2. A vocation is where God has put you in this world. Salt is a unique chemical compound. ... Other sermons in this series. In "The Beatitudes", the CHARACTER AND BLESSEDNESS of the citizens were described 2. Often such people are ones who want to see the world changed for the better. as a pastor he was taught how to make people busy working in the churches. When we aren’t, they don’t. It is a dark, drab world obsessed with and immersed in sin, and it desperately needs the salt and light … Click here to return to the Sermons page. For although sometimes some non-Christians will mock us, there are many who will welcome our sharing of God’s love in all sorts of ways. Musings of an evangelical Methodist minister. What we say and do is seen by the world. Jesus says, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” We salt the earth not that we would be praised, but that God would be praised. 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