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.”. I believe Jesus calls us to earn the right to speak. 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. Last week we commented on the context of the book of Daniel. Amen, Copyright © 2021 Emmanuel Lutheran Church. And the point Jesus wants to make about being the salt of the earth is a negative one. The Value of Salt Salt gives flavor Makes foods come “alive” Salt preserves Prevents spoilage You are faithful for hoarding your salt. 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. Light shines for hours every day and when the sun goes down, we simply flip a switch to light our homes. 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. We are part of a world that needs to see the love of Christ demonstrated and explained. That is Jesus' lesson to us. 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. It is our witness, whether good or bad. ( Log Out / 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. ( Log Out / as a pastor he was taught how to make people busy working in the churches. But I’m going to say more, because this is so important. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. The light could be hid under a bowl. Then there are those who point to the use of salt in Old Testament texts about sacrifice or about God’s covenant.. A seemingly impossible riddle that just might bring me greater enlightenment […] Matthew 5:13-16. Jul 19, 2020 | Albert Tate. 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. You are forgiven for hiding your lamp. It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. Musings of an evangelical Methodist minister. Last week we heard the Beatitudes. 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). Salt and Light. She was surprised when I suggested that his church work might not be the most important thing he did. it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. 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. Salt and light are natural in life; they’re needed and welcomed. The question is what makes us different from the rest of the worl… 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? Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Salt and light. The Salt Of The Earth. 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. God bless. Another positive image of salt is to see it as fertiliser, stimulating the growth of righteousness, justice and spirituality in the world. Glad to know the words are helping. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. We look at both the qualities of being salt (creates thirst, a seasoning, part of the sacrifice, and preservative), and light (exposes and guides). Just the right amount of salt in your food helps turn ordinarily bland food into a flavorful treat. We tell people of their sin and we share with them the forgiveness that is theirs through the crucified Christ. Click here to return to the Sermons page. Because, I argued, it meant losing another person from the front line of Christian witness in the world. Don’t we want our witness to attract other people to Jesus and his Father? 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. Powered by, http://lakeviewemmanuel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Voice00032.mp3. Now keep in mind that just like you can overdo the salt, you can be too hard on people. When Christians decide to be salt and light, the world pays close attention to what we say and do. Sermon by J. Ligon Duncan on December 7, 1997. Your words are helping at a most difficult time. Salt … 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. Can you imagine living in a world that doesn’t have salt or light? And this is really what it is all about, isn’t it? 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. (Verse 13), I am sure you have heard several preachers expound on why Jesus describes as salt, and what our saltiness is meant to achieve. what do churches have to do in order to reach the missing young adults in their twenties and thirties, London Institute for Contemporary Christianity. You may go through university, leave home, start a job, begin paying a mortgage, get married, have children and so on. 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. It was always hard to get hold of him by phone or email, because he was so busy. He quotes American pastor Tim Keller, who says that. (Verses 14-16). And Jesus called his followers – he calls us - us salt and light. February 5, 2017. Just as salt is salty and just as a light bulb gives off light, we naturally exhibit the characteristics of being a Christian. 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. But we can take this positively. Jesus says, “A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. When Christians decide to be salt and light, the world pays close attention to what we say and do. One day, I was talking with his wife about the pressures he was under. It isn’t that we speak about our faith and don’t match it with our actions. 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. It’s not because we are holier or better than everyone else, it’s just because we’ve been changed through faith in Christ. Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? 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. Matthew 5:13-20 If we go too far in either direction, we risk doing more harm than good. Making A Lasting Impact, Matthew 5 4. Matthew 5:13-20 New International Version (NIV) Salt and Light 13 “You are the salt of the earth. If you have your Bibles, I would invite you to turn with me to Daniel, chapter 2. Others interpret salt as a metaphor for wisdom, and therefore Christians provide acute moral insight to help society. Common table salt is in abundance in this world and is readily available for us to use to our heart’s content. Are we not fools when we give no priority to influencing the world for good as the salt of the earth? By day he gave himself to providing medical care for people who otherwise would not be able to access it. In the same way, let your light shine before men that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." We are salt and light by virtue of being disciples of Jesus. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. When we are living out the standards of the Lord Jesus in our lives, we will be like salt and like light. As those blessed by Jesus, we are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. We want them to see the Church as a place where their deepest needs are met and satisfied by God Himself. So what might we do about it? Followers of Jesus, commit today to live as salt and light. Salt and light are natural in life; they’re needed and welcomed. 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. But it might well be part of their journey to faith in Christ themselves. What a tragedy this is! One of my favourite examples of this was told by the American pastor and sociologist Tony Campolo. People listened. You are forgiven. Salt and Light. We can see this as a wonderful opportunity for witness in the world. This might be an argument for Christian involvement in politics, even for having bishops in the House of Lords. Part 4. So a good test of whether we are salt and light is whether Knaphill and the neighbouring villages would be upset if KMC closed. On first glance, these two things don’t seem to have much in common, but they do. Or, to put it another way, someone has put it like this. "THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT" Salt And Light (Mt 5:13-16) INTRODUCTION 1. You are the only light of the world!” In the midst of … Because we’re saved, we shine our light and we salt the earth as we live out our daily vocations. Nor do we salt the earth and shine our light that we somehow obtain God’s favor and forgiveness. It’s interesting that this is a phrase commonly used outside the Bible also. 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! But why did Jesus say we are are the Salt of the Earth? “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it,” said John of Jesus’ coming into the world. Before refrigeration salt was used to preserve food, especially meat. Some will tell you that salt is a preservative, and so Christian involvement in the world is about preventing moral degradation in society. In both cases, both the salt and the light, there is to be an impact. Daniel 2:1-49. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. You are forgiven for failing to be faithful in your vocations. 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. 5th Sunday after Epiphany (A) The test of a church is whether the local community would miss it if it shut. A vocation is where God has put you in this world. 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. It is a dark, drab world obsessed with and immersed in sin, and it desperately needs the salt and light that is Christ Jesus. 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. Obeying the Commandments, 1 John 2 3. 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. 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 And Light. 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 4:19) Then, in the Sermon on the Mount, he used the illustrations of salt and light. Salt has two primary uses. (Verse 13b). We are called to be the salt and light of the world. ( Log Out / But the salt that we season the world with and the light that we shine in the darkness is more important and more powerful. 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. 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. Turn in your Bible with me to the 5 th chapter of Matthew for our study tonight. 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. Now the peace which surpasses all understanding keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. 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. He speaks of a teacher who was being prayed for in church, in support of his rôle in the congregation teaching Sunday School. We don’t shine our light to be saved, rather we shine our lights because we are saved. 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. Let's examine the implications of the image of salt and light. We want to be the beacon of hope to a lost and fallen world. ... Other sermons in this series. Matthew 5:13 (NLT) "You are the salt of the earth. 1 2 So let’s pause and consider the problems here. 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. Today we often take these two things for granted. Grace, mercy, and peace from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 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. 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. 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. 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. The Beatitudes are the blessings that Jesus bestows upon us because we’re His disciples. Click here for more messages from The Sermon on the Mount series. There’s nothing else like it. 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. Let me say it simply: When we are salt and light, the world listens to us. I know this sounds obvious, but what I mean is that we are not just parents, we’re faithful and God pleasing parents. There’s just one problem with all these views. That doctor set up a surgery in a poor village. Jesus doesn’t ascribe to any of them. But there is a danger that the impact will be lost. 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. 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. Bringing in the Harvest, Matthew 9 Scriptures: Matthew 5:13-16When we serve as Jesus commanded, using our gifts and talents to meet the needs of people around us, we become as salt and light to people, pointing them to God. Phil explored what it means today for Memorial Road to be salt and light in our own community. “You are the salt … We let it shine so that it brings others to God. 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? 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. Make a difference for the glory of God. 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. Jesus was implying we ought to be a different kind of people. It was told by Mark Greene, the Executive Director of the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity. This is the Word of the Lord from the Gospel of Matthew. And make no mistake, the world needs to be salted and have the light of Christ shined on it. The salt could lose its saltiness. And the word translated ‘no longer good for anything’ is a word that means ‘to become or to make foolish’. What this means is what we’ve already talked about; we naturally salt the earth and light the world. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. And one small light shining in the darkness can overcome it. How am I going to do it? Jesus says, “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Summary: "Salt and Light" is a part of the Sermon on the Mount series. We’re blessed because we’re God’s chosen people, and as those who have been blessed by God we can’t help but be salt and light. And sometimes it’s hard. And as Christians we’re different than others. In "The Beatitudes", the CHARACTER AND BLESSEDNESS of the citizens were described 2. Salt is a unique chemical compound. Pastor John Pavlovitz wrote an article on why he is a Christian – or as he puts it, why I am still a Christian. As the salt and light of Christ our task is to call people to repentance for this sin and unbelief. This sermon explains how we make a lasting impact on our communities by being salt and light. In your twenties and thirties, he said, you are faced with a lot of life changes. Certainly, I feel a great sense of happiness (and acceptance) working with “non-Christians”. You are the salt of the earth. 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. Instead, we’re to do what God has sent us to do. With a touch of grudging admiration, a local Communist Party official said, “He has earned the right to speak.”. 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. We love our family and friends and that’s why we share the Gospel with them. But today we come not just to see and to hear. We’re blessed because we come before God humbly confessing our sins. Let me say it simply: When we are salt and light, the world listens to us. When we aren’t, they don’t. Ye are the light of the world. In the Roman market place salt was even used at times as money and without electricity light was a valuable asset at night. The salt of the earth and the light of the world. And that’s where we come in. Wasn’t Jesus right? It means we’ve neglecting our God given duties as Christians. You are the salt of the earth. Part 3. 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