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Sermon on the Mount: Week 3

Sermon on the Mount: Week 3

by Travis Troyer on September 16, 2020

Week 3 - Salt & Light
(Matthew 5:13-16)

The Romans said, “There is nothing more useful than sun and salt.”  We as members of God’s Kingdom are the salt of the earth and light of the world.  We have a purpose and role to fulfill in this world.  People, society, and those far from God need us to be who God has created us to be.
Salt seasons, it adds flavor. God has placed us in this world to add flavor.  We are spread out in families and communities to allow people to experience the flavor of love, joy, grace, mercy, and so much more. Salt also preserves and cleanses.  Our presence helps to restrain sin and preserve morality while offering the freedom and forgiveness of Christ to those around us.  Finally, salt creates thirst.  Through our lives, our hope is that many will acquire a thirst for the gospel.
Light illuminates. The problem with darkness is the effect it has on one’s ability to see clearly.  People lose direction in the dark.  We are to be extensions of Jesus’ ministry of light to the world.  We are illuminated by the transforming work of Christ and are responsible to shine that light so others can see clearly.
The fruit of faithfulness to our purpose of being salt and light in this world is that others may see our good works and give praise to God.  God’s Kingdom looks much different than the kingdoms of this world. As members of this Heavenly Kingdom, we seek to point the attention to the King of all Kings.
Weekly Reading - Matthew 5-7; Mark 9:42-50; Luke 14:34-35; 1 Peter 2:12; 2 Corinthians 9:13

Questions to Consider:
What role(s) of salt (seasoning, preserving, cleansing, creating thirst) do you find yourself fulfilling?
On a scale of 1 to 10 how would you rate the brightness of your light shining? (1 being dim and 10 being bright) How can you increase your brightness?
The more pieces of salt and the more lights you put together the greater the impact.  How can you connect and grow deeper in your church community?  What can you do this week to strengthen your relationships within your church community?

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