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Summary: Light in the darkness gives hope for freedom, That is what Christ is calling us to tonight-be salt in light in the world.

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Clip from the movie The Hurricane-scene where Denzel Washington’s character is on the phone from prison and sees the light in the window that shows him that there are people out there who are working to see him set free.

-Light in the darkness gives hope for freedom,

That is what Christ is calling us to tonight-be salt in light in the world.

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Tony Campolo Story

While teaching at U of Penn, became friends w/ young Jewish student who eventually became a follower of X.

-mentoring and giving direction on how to live as a xian, advised him to go to a particular church that was well known for it’s biblically based preaching.

When they met several weeks later, he said:

“You know, if you put together a committee and asked them to take the Beatitudes and create a religion that contradicted everyone of them, you would come pretty close to what I’m hearing down there at that church.”

“Whereas Jesus said ‘Blessed are the poor,’ down there they make it clear that it is the rich who are blessed.”

Jesus said ‘blessed are they that mourn’ but the people at that church have a religion that promises happiness w/ no crucifictions.”

Whereas Jesus talked about the meek being blessed, they talk as if they took assertiveness training courses. Jesus may have talked about the merciful and peacemakers, but those people are the most enthusiastic supporters of American militarism and capital punishment I have ever met.

Jesus may have lifted up those who endured persecution because they dared to embrace a radical gospel, but that church declares a gospel that espouses middle class success and affirms a lifestyle marked by social prestige.”

Include you in the conversation: Something there to offend everyone. So in Groups of 2-4-One area where you agree or disagree w/ the young man in the story about how we do as the church in America at living out the Beatitudes. Responses?

If we live out the beatitudes, they lifestyle that X has said should mark those who His followers, we will stand out from the world, we will be different, we will be salt and light in the world.

Read Matt. 5:13-16

Jesus used two common word pictures: salt and light-each is essential but each will only have its necessary effect on its environment they are both distinctive from that environment and yet fully involved in it

Salt of the earth: Jesus’ followers would be like salt in that they would create a thirst for greater information. When one sees a unique person who possesses superior qualities in specific areas, he desires to discover why that person is different. Live out the Vintage Christianity Christ has called us to we will be unique-people will desire to know what makes us different.

What good is salt if it loses it’s saltiness?- “salt” then most likely a white powder that came from around the Dead Sea. Contined sodium chloride, but also many other minerals (no refineries), of all the elements in this powder-sodium chloride was probably the most soluble and so it washed out the easiest. When that happened the power that was left over still looked like salt, and was probably still called salt, but did not look or act like salt and was in reality nothing more than road dust.


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