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Summary: Being Salt and Light in your daily life.

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Salt And Light

Matthew 5:13-16

February 20, 2005

Matthew 5:13 (NLT)

"You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it useful again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.

The Value of Salt

 Salt gives flavor

 Makes foods come “alive”

 Salt preserves

 Prevents spoilage

Being Salt In A Tasteless World

Mark 9:50

Mark 9:50 (NLT)

Salt is good for seasoning. But if it loses its flavor, how do you make it salty again? You must have the qualities of salt among yourselves and live in peace with each other."

Being Salt In A Tasteless World

 Remembering God’s Faithfulness

 Preserving Christian heritage

 Teaching God’s Word

Deuteronomy 11:18-19

Deuteronomy 11:18-19 (NLT)

So commit yourselves completely to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands as a reminder, and wear them on your forehead. [19] Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are away on a journey, when you are lying down and when you are getting up again.

Being Salt In A Tasteless World

 Remembering God’s Faithfulness

 Preserving Christian heritage

 Teaching God’s Word

 Changing the flavor of society

 Permeating society with the love of Jesus

 Allowing God to be seen in all that you do

2 Corinthians 2:14

2 Corinthians 2:14 (NLT)

But thanks be to God, who made us his captives and leads us along in Christ’s triumphal procession. Now wherever we go he uses us to tell others about the Lord and to spread the Good News like a sweet perfume.

Being Salt In A Tasteless World

 Remembering God’s Faithfulness

 Preserving Christian heritage

 Teaching God’s Word

 Changing the flavor of society

 Permeating society with the love of Jesus

 Allowing God to be seen in all that you do

 Counteracting the moral decay of society

 Speaking out when necessary

 Taking a stand for what is right

Flavorless Salt

 Many blend in to avoid the cost of taking a stand

 Easier to be quiet

 Many are unwilling to make the sacrifice

 Pride is in the driver’s seat

 Many are unwilling to make a commitment

 Jesus does not have Lordship in their lives

Matthew 5:14-16 (NLT)

You are the light of the world—like a city on a mountain, glowing in the night for all to see. [15] Don’t hide your light under a basket! Instead, put it on a stand and let it shine for all. [16] In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.

The Purpose of Light

 Illuminate the darkness

 Revealing what is hidden

 Revealing obstacles

 Giving life

City Lights

 Can be seen for a great distance

 Reveal life

 Unmistakable

 Unmovable

Hiding The Light

 Remaining quiet when we should speak

 Going along with the crowd

 Denying the light


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