Introduction: God refers to believers as the “salt” and “light.” Too many Christians fail to appropriate the benefits, privileges, and responsibilities of being salt and light. Make a difference for the glory of God. The Beatitudes are the blessings that Jesus bestows upon us because we’re His disciples. If we go too far in either direction, we risk doing more harm than good. Glad to know the words are helping. Jesus says we can do it for a different motive: ‘that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.’ Isn’t that what we want? I can’t imagine French fries without salt and I would never live in Barrow, Alaska where the sun doesn’t shine for six months in the winter. Now the peace which surpasses all understanding keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. He just says we are the salt of the earth, full stop. It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. Print This Post. And the word translated ‘no longer good for anything’ is a word that means ‘to become or to make foolish’[2]. Just as salt is salty and just as a light bulb gives off light, we naturally exhibit the characteristics of being a Christian. Phil explored what it means today for Memorial Road to be salt and light in our own community. It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. We look at both the qualities of being salt (creates thirst, a seasoning, part of the sacrifice, and preservative), and light (exposes and guides). 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. You may go through university, leave home, start a job, begin paying a mortgage, get married, have children and so on. Indeed, Pam. Making A Lasting Impact, Matthew 5 4. One day, I was talking with his wife about the pressures he was under. He calls us to stop treating the church as our one-stop provider of religious services and our social life, and to get our hands dirty in the world. Because you then have a new and loving relationship with God, you have a new relationship with those around you. In your twenties and thirties, he said, you are faced with a lot of life changes. We do good works, we help those around us, we share the love of Christ not so others say what good people we are, but so that they would say how good God is. He’s decided he’s going to give up his post as a school governor in order to concentrate on the more important things – like his church work.”. And make no mistake, the world needs to be salted and have the light of Christ shined on it. And the point Jesus wants to make about being the salt of the earth is a negative one. And Jesus called his followers – he calls us - us salt and light. Grace, mercy, and peace from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? The text that I have chosen for this morning’s sermon is the Gospel, which was read a few minutes ago. Let me say it simply: When we are salt and light, the world listens to us. And this is why we do what we do, that Christ would be the focus of those on whom we shine our light and sprinkle our salt. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Like today’s Gospel, last week’s Gospel, came from the Sermon on the Mount. ... Other sermons in this series. as a pastor he was taught how to make people busy working in the churches. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. 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. ( Log Out /  I believe Jesus calls us to earn the right to speak. Four world-renowned communicators who bring life-changing messages to... Jul 19, 2020. Can you imagine living in a world that doesn’t have salt or light? In the final beatitude, Jesus described the attitude the world would often display towards the citizens of the kingdom (10-12) 3. That is Jesus' lesson to us. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! You are the only light of the world!” In the midst of … Salt and Light. What this means is what we’ve already talked about; we naturally salt the earth and light the world. Obeying the Commandments, 1 John 2 3. So salt the earth and let your light shine because you are God’s instruments to bring Christ to this world, and that is an awesome and wonderful calling for you and me. Because, I argued, it meant losing another person from the front line of Christian witness in the world. He speaks of a teacher who was being prayed for in church, in support of his rôle in the congregation teaching Sunday School. By way of transition to talking secondly about light, let me tell you about a circuit steward from one of my previous appointments. what do churches have to do in order to reach the missing young adults in their twenties and thirties, London Institute for Contemporary Christianity. (Matthew 4:19) Then, in the Sermon on the Mount, he used the illustrations of salt and light. These two examples Jesus uses may seem insignificant now, but in the first century salt and light was very valuable. There is almost no greater disappointment than unflavored food! We said that the book was set during the Babylonian exile of Judah. It means we’ve neglecting our God given duties as Christians. Jesus says, “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? And fortunately, it can have both because you are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. But it might well be part of their journey to faith in Christ themselves. Not only do we live our faith while the world is watching – as if we were actors in a TV show being viewed by others – we live our faith with those people and towards the world. 1. A New Lens. Sermon by J. Ligon Duncan on December 7, 1997. It isn’t that we speak about our faith and don’t match it with our actions. You are the salt of the earth. 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. 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. He quotes American pastor Tim Keller, who says that. You see, even though Jesus was just beginning His public ministry, He had already attracted quite a following. Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? You aren’t just family, friends, or neighbors, you are saints, children of God, to whom He has entrusted the Salt and the Light of Christ Jesus. 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. These two examples Jesus uses may seem insignificant now, but in the first century salt and light was very valuable. 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? Because we’re saved, we shine our light and we salt the earth as we live out our daily vocations. 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. But the salt that we season the world with and the light that we shine in the darkness is more important and more powerful. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. ( Log Out /  Or, to put it another way, someone has put it like this. Just the right amount of salt in your food helps turn ordinarily bland food into a flavorful treat. With a touch of grudging admiration, a local Communist Party official said, “He has earned the right to speak.”. It was told by Mark Greene, the Executive Director of the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity. The salt of the earth and the light of the world. Matthew 5:13-20 New International Version (NIV) Salt and Light 13 “You are the salt of the earth. Dave Faulkner. Jesus doesn’t ascribe to any of them. Wasn’t Jesus right? Indeed, we institutionalise such an approach. We are salt and light by virtue of being disciples of Jesus. We are part of a world that needs to see the love of Christ demonstrated and explained. So what might we do about it? We don’t need to earn those because Christ has done all that is necessary that we would be forgiven. We have neighbourhoods, villages, towns and institutions that need the love of Christ. 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. Nor is it that we engage in worthy deeds as a reason to avoid talking about Christ. Not only was he a circuit steward, his day job was a responsible managerial one for an international shipping company and he was also a governor at his daughter’s school. Over the years, he has had a special concern for some of the impoverished nations in the Caribbean, such as Haïti and the Dominican Republic. We need a Salt and Light Revolution in our day. The salt of the earth and the light of the world. The test of a church is whether the local community would miss it if it shut. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. The salt of the earth. Last week we heard the Beatitudes. When we aren’t, they don’t. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.”  Like a city set on a hill, we want the people of this world to focus on us as members of a place of refuge. Instead, we’re to do what God has sent us to do. What we say and do is seen by the world. We love our family and friends and that’s why we share the Gospel with them. Just think for a moment about the sin that you see around you daily. In "The Beatitudes", the CHARACTER AND BLESSEDNESS of the citizens were described 2. We look at both the qualities of being salt (creates thirst, a seasoning, part of the sacrifice, and preservative), and light (exposes and guides). 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. I read an article on Friday by Krish Kandiah, who holds a senior position with the Evangelical Alliance. By evening he would drive around the area, preaching the Gospel. Light shines for hours every day and when the sun goes down, we simply flip a switch to light our homes. 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. Today we often take these two things for granted. Followers of Jesus, commit today to live as salt and light. In the Roman market place salt was even used at times as money and without electricity light was a valuable asset at night. 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. ( Log Out /  Amen, Copyright © 2021 Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Sermon: "Salt and Light" It seems to me that as Christians, we are called to enact a tremendous balancing act as we go through life. It transports us from the darkness of this world into the light that is Jesus Christ. This might be an argument for Christian involvement in politics, even for having bishops in the House of Lords. We have to seek his meaning not in ancient uses of salt nor in Old Testament verses, but in what he says about the image. How am I going to do it? 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. So let’s pause and consider the problems here. it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. You might have the vocation of spouse, child, employee, and friend, you are probably a mixture of many of these. It is a dark, drab world obsessed with and immersed in sin, and it desperately needs the salt and light … 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 are more concerned with filling church jobs than with encouraging people into character-building witness opportunities where they are the salt of the earth. We sin, we fail to shine our lights, and we don’t sprinkle our salt, so every day we need to remember that Christ is for us too. We’re blessed because we come before God humbly confessing our sins. So a good test of whether we are salt and light is whether Knaphill and the neighbouring villages would be upset if KMC closed. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Kandiah reminds me in his article of a story I have heard several times before. One is to season, and the other is to preserve. Musings of an evangelical Methodist minister. Let's examine the implications of the image of salt and light. As those blessed by Jesus, we are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Our witness is about both our words and our deeds. The question is what makes us different from the rest of the worl… Salt and light. This sermon explains how we make a lasting impact on our communities by being salt and light. We are called to be the salt and light of the world. And when we think that our social lives should revolve around the church, we cut ourselves off from the world where we are meant to shine our light, by reflecting Christ. Let me say it simply: When we are salt and light, the world listens to us. “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it,” said John of Jesus’ coming into 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. Matthew 5:13 (NLT) "You are the salt of the earth. February 20, 2005. Jul 26, 2020. In the Roman market place salt was even used at times as money and without electricity light was a valuable asset at night. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. The Value of Salt Salt gives flavor Makes foods come “alive” Salt preserves Prevents spoilage Change ). Loving the Family, 1 John 3 2. Salt is a unique chemical compound. That is, when Jesus calls us the salt of the earth and the light of the world, he is telling us we live as disciples for the blessing of the world. We want them to see the Church as a place where their deepest needs are met and satisfied by God Himself. 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. She was surprised when I suggested that his church work might not be the most important thing he did. ( Log Out /  Salt has two primary uses. Certainly, I feel a great sense of happiness (and acceptance) working with “non-Christians”. We’re blessed because Christ enables us to forgive those who have hurt us. Salt and light are natural in life; they’re needed and welcomed. "THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT" Salt And Light (Mt 5:13-16) INTRODUCTION 1. There’s just one problem with all these views. And that’s where we come in. But today we come not just to see and to hear. The light could be hid under a bowl. It was always hard to get hold of him by phone or email, because he was so busy. When Christians decide to be salt and light, the world pays close attention to what we say and do. It is our witness, whether good or bad. 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). 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. 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. Summary: "Salt and Light" is a part of the Sermon on the Mount series. There’s nothing else like it. Salt And Light. In a manner of speaking, this world is unseasoned and dark. (Verse 13b). Firstly by thinking about salt and secondly about – you guessed it – light. 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. Another positive image of salt is to see it as fertiliser, stimulating the growth of righteousness, justice and spirituality in the world. One of the problems he cited as making the church unattractive to people in that age range was the disconnect between Sunday and Monday. Today we often take these two things for granted. Sermons › Salt and Light; Daniel: Salt and Light. I suggest that one thing implied here is that we so live lives of love and concern for the people in our world that it leads to questions and opportunities, so that then we can tell people the Gospel of the Saviour and Lord in whom we believe. 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. 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. Ye are the light of the world. Salt and Light. On first glance, these two things don’t seem to have much in common, but they do. 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. Click here for more messages from The Sermon on the Mount series. 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. People listened. We can see this as a wonderful opportunity for witness in the world. God bless. The Salt Of The Earth. Yet how often is it the case that Christians have vacated these areas, seeing involvement there as inferior to church work? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. He asked, what do churches have to do in order to reach the missing young adults in their twenties and thirties? Some will tell you that salt is a preservative, and so Christian involvement in the world is about preventing moral degradation in society. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. You are the salt of the earth. “You are the salt … When we are living out the standards of the Lord Jesus in our lives, we will be like salt and like light. The salt could lose its saltiness. Those who have read my sermons here in recent years may recognise one or two things I’ve quoted before, but they get a repeat here for a new church! Jul 19, 2020 | Albert Tate. Pastor John Pavlovitz wrote an article on why he is a Christian – or as he puts it, why I am still a Christian. I know this sounds obvious, but what I mean is that we are not just parents, we’re faithful and God pleasing parents. Your words are helping at a most difficult time. Part 4. More positively, others will say that salt is for seasoning or purifying, so Christian disciples have a rôle in improving the moral and ethical life of our culture. 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. Daniel 2:1-49. Click here to return to the Sermons page. Jesus was implying we ought to be a different kind of people. Before refrigeration salt was used to preserve food, especially meat. Jesus says, “A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Here is the sermon for this coming Sunday, the second in our series from the Sermon on the Mount. Others interpret salt as a metaphor for wisdom, and therefore Christians provide acute moral insight to help society. We can’t help it, we just do it. You are faithful for hoarding your salt. Turn in your Bible with me to the 5 th chapter of Matthew for our study tonight. 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. To face such major challenges requires a lot of energy, and this shows itself in other ways. We tell people of their sin and we share with them the forgiveness that is theirs through the crucified Christ. We have neighbours whom we can love in the name of Christ. "Salt and Light" is a part of the Sermon on the Mount series. In particular, he tells a story about a Christian doctor who went out to one of these nations – I think it was the Dominican Republic. Common table salt is in abundance in this world and is readily available for us to use to our heart’s content. (Verses 14-16). Not being the salt of the earth, not making it a priority for Christians to influence the world for good, is foolishness in the eyes of Jesus. 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 man broke down in tears. Salt and light are natural in life; they’re needed and welcomed. Part 3. 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. What a tragedy this is! February 5, 2017. Can you make it useful again? 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. 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