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Summary: I have had many supporting churches, as a missionary, that the word “lighthouse” was a part of their name. The Bible makes it very clear that we as a church body are to be a lighthouse to the world.

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THE CHURCH – A LIGHTHOUSE

This will be our final message in this series on the church.

(Mark 16:15 NKJV) And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.

(Mat 5:14-16 NKJV) "You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. {15} "Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. {16} "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

I have had many supporting churches, as a missionary, that the word “lighthouse” was a part of their name.

The Bible makes it very clear that we as a church body are to be a lighthouse to the world.

LIGHT SHINES

LIGHT IS REFLECTED

LIGHT ACTS AS A WARNING

· LIGHT SHINES

Making decisions in the dark can lead to some regrettable consequences. Back in the days before electricity, a tightfisted old farmer was taking his hired man to task for carrying a lighted lantern when he want to call on his best girl. “Why,” he exclaimed, “when I went a-courtin, I never carried one of them things, I always went in the dark.” “Yes,” said the hired many wryly, “and look at what you got!”

Why did this guy carry a light? He wanted to be able to see in the darkness.

The job of light is to illuminate the darkness. Light is proactive. It dispels darkness. Darkness is the absence of light, but light is not the absence of darkness. Light can penetrate and dispel darkness, but darkness cannot overcome light.

(John 9:5 NKJV) "As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world."

(Mat 5:14 NKJV) "You are the light of the world..."

The Bible makes it clear that the lost world lives in darkness. It is our job to shine into that world.

Paul said:

(Acts 13:47 NKJV) "For so the Lord has commanded us: ’I have set you as a light to the Gentiles, That you should be for salvation to the ends of the earth.’"

If we fail to shine, people will perish.

(2 Cor 4:3-4 NKJV) But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, {4} whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.

Have you ever been in a cave and seen blind salamanders or seen blind cave animals in a book?

Why are they blind? Because, they live in darkness.

If they lived in a lighted world, they wouldn’t be blind.

Now, we can’t make a blind salamander see, but we can lift the veil of blindness from a lost person with the Gospel.

Do some of you like to fish? How about fishing at night? What does that have to do with light?

(Mark 1:17 NKJV) Then Jesus said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men."

Why do people build a fire or set up a light when fishing at night? Light attracts fish, and we are to be fishers of men.

We all need to get involved in night fishing.

THE LIGHT THAT SHINES FARTHEST, SHINES BRIGHTEST AT HOME.

We will only be as effective as our light shines.

· LIGHT IS REFLECTED


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