English Service KINGDOM BE-ATTITUDES

WE ARE CALLED TO BE SALT AND LIGHT

MATHEW 5:13-16

INTRODUCTION

The overall theme of the sermon on the mountain was how people of the kingdom of      Heaven are to live. Jesus was saying “ those who are my disciples should affect the world in a positive way by the way in which they live.

Let us learn.

FIRST, WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE SALT OF THE EARTH ? (Matt. 5:13)

  1. The Meaning.
  • “ You all of you are the salt of the earth”
  • Salt was a necessity of life in ancient times, a lot of value was attached to salt.
  • Salt was used for money, Roman soldiers were actually paid with salt.!
  • The word “Salary” is a Latin word “Salarium” or salt money.
  • When we say “worth their salt” it means your value is not worth the pay (salt).
  1. The Application.
  • According to the salt institute, there are over 14,000 uses of salt.
  • The two primary uses of salt are seasoning and preservation.
  • Salt was essential for survival in the days prior to refrigeration especially in preserving meat.
  • Salt was to arrest or at least hinder the process of decay.
  • Christians are given the task of arresting the decay of our world.
  • Christianity has had a profound positive effect on the world.
  • Christianity has attached New value to human life. Prior to Christianity infanticide and abandonment of child of God was common practice.
  • Hospitals were began through the influence of Christianity.
  • Schools and general education come through Christianity.
  • The Red Cross was started by an evangelical Christian. The first 123 colleges and universities in the USA and 120 in Europe were began by the church.
  • Orphanages, adoption centers, treatment centers for the insane, Agriculture etc.
  • Slavery and slave trade was ended by Christians.
  • Christians keep the corruption of society at bay by opposing moral decay by their lives and their words.
  • Today there is a horrifying new trend, it is difficult to distinguish the Christians from the rest of the society.
  • Divorce, teenage pregnancy, cheating in business, stealing and sexual immorality is as high for Christians as for non-Christians
  • The salt has lost its saltiness, it is being thrown and trodden under foot !

SECOND, WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD. (MATT 5:14-16)

  • Jesus was telling His disciples “ You and you alone are the light of the world”
  • The problem is that we have come to believe that our Christianity testimony is “Personal “ private.
  • Christ says “Let your light so shine “ – It is a command.
  1. The Meaning.
  • We are called to receive the light (John 3:19-20).
  • Once we receive the light, we must walk in the light. (Eph. 5:8)
  • We are called to reflect the light (John.9:5, Phil.2:14-15)
  1. The Application
  • “Let your light shine before men”. Shine before people.
  • Darkness distorts reality, but light reveals things as they really are. But people love darkness (John.3:19-20)
  • Jesus said,. “If we shine” two things will happen.
  • Men will see your good deeds.
  • They will give glory to your Father in heaven.

 

CONCLUSION.

  • Do people see your good deeds ?
  • Do people give glory to God because of your life ?
  • We are salt and light in the world and society.

 

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Rev, Dr. Willy Mutiso is the Senior Pastor at First Baptist Athiriver. He is widely known for his practical and dynamic teaching style which helps people apply the timeless truths of Scripture to their everyday lives.

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