Summary: This is a sermon that shows that one day there will be judgment of the world and that the purpose of God’s people here is to be a light for the world to see.
God’ Expectation for His people.
Central theme of the Message: God expects His children to walk in His light. As children of God we are to be like Him and live a life under the guidance and influence of His Holy Spirit.’
Mom and Dad how many have you told your children not to do something and they have gone ahead and did it anyway? How did that make you feel? God does and feels the same way. He has created rules for us to live and has a plan for our life. These rules and plans are not there if we want to do them they are what God expects from His children. But in our world those who claim to be His children often have deaf ears when it comes to what God wants for our lives. We want to do what we want. We do not want to do what God wants because they don’t fit into our plans. When things don’t seem to go right and everything falls apart that is because we are following our plan and not God’s. We are rebellious children and as with any child that rebels against the parent’s authority God is going to judge us. That day is coming. People act like God want Judge. They seem to overlook Him and think that they are the ones that are important. They are like Babe Ruth. An umpire named Babe Pinelli once called Babe Ruth out on strikes. When the crowd booed with sharp disapproval at the call, the legendary Ruth turned to the umpire with disdain and said, "There’s 40,000 people here who know that the last pitch was ball, tomato head." Suspecting that the umpire would erupt with anger, the coaches and players braced themselves for Ruth’s ejection. However, the cool headed Pinelli replied, "Maybe so, Babe, but mine is the only opinion that counts." Believers need to realize that God’s judgment is the only one that counts and resist the temptation to argue over disappointments. We need to rely on God’s sovereign choices for us regardless of whether they seem popular or not at the moment.
I. Verses 1-5 God’s judgment is coming.
a. Christians today are God’s Temple we should stand above the world today. Today we are the temple sitting on the mountain for all to see. Our presence here is for a purpose. One is that we are a witness for God among the ungodly and two we are to be a place where people can come to see and learn more about God.
i. Our lives are to be different from the rest of the world because God is in us.
We to be a are shining example among the people. How can we teach people to walk in God’s
path if we don’t walk it ourselves. We are to carry the word out of the church and into the
world. People are in need of this word and God has chosen us to carry it to the world.
ii. Our language should be different from the rest of the world because God indwells us.
We are a special people because of the indwelling of the Spirit. God is with us 24/7. At no other
Time in the history of man has this occurred.
iii. We should lead people to the Lord by our actions and words.
b. We are his mountain in the world today and we are to be attractive not because of our beauty or things that we have but because of God’s indwelling presence within us. We are the light that all are to see.