We are called to be the salt and light of the world. We said that the book was set during the Babylonian exile of Judah. ( Log Out /  It isn’t that shining our light before others so that they see our good deeds is about us boasting or acting as if we are superior. It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. The moment we start treating the church as the provider of our religious services we start asking the wrong questions about whether the church is meeting our needs, and then walking out when the preaching, the music, the small groups or the children’s ministry doesn’t reach the standards we set in our minds. If the Sermon on the Mount is where we learn to be disciples before the watching world, as I argued in my introduction last week, then salt and light are prime examples of this. Common table salt is in abundance in this world and is readily available for us to use to our heart’s content. This isn’t easy, not at all, in fact it can feel impossible, but it’s what we do. In "The Beatitudes", the CHARACTER AND BLESSEDNESS of the citizens were described 2. The Church stands alone from everything else in the world offering true hope and true peace to a world that knows neither hope nor peace. You are the salt of the earth. Nor is it that we engage in worthy deeds as a reason to avoid talking about Christ. Jul 19, 2020 | Albert Tate. Here is the sermon for this coming Sunday, the second in our series from the Sermon on the Mount. Some will tell you that salt is a preservative, and so Christian involvement in the world is about preventing moral degradation in society. Jesus says, “You are the salt of the earth” and “You are the light of the world.”  He doesn’t say that you will be the salt or that you were the light, He says that you are the salt and you are the light. Salt is a unique chemical compound. And this is why we do what we do, that Christ would be the focus of those on whom we shine our light and sprinkle our salt. You are forgiven. The salt and light of we who are disciples of Christ bring hope to the hopeless, forgiveness to the sinners, and life to the spiritually dead. No: Jesus calls us to see the church as the people of God gathering to edify one another and strengthen each other for witness in the world. I believe Jesus calls us to earn the right to speak. The world is a dark and fallen place that desperately needs to be changed. Another positive image of salt is to see it as fertiliser, stimulating the growth of righteousness, justice and spirituality in the world. It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. But it might well be part of their journey to faith in Christ themselves. Jesus says, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”  We salt the earth not that we would be praised, but that God would be praised. Unfortunately [says Kandiah] what 20-30s often hear in church is not encouragement to take huge steps in their faith, but to take on huge responsibilities within the church. Turn in your Bible with me to the 5 th chapter of Matthew for our study tonight. Now the peace which surpasses all understanding keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. With a touch of grudging admiration, a local Communist Party official said, “He has earned the right to speak.”. 1. (Matthew 4:19) Then, in the Sermon on the Mount, he used the illustrations of salt and light. The light could be hid under a bowl. If the Sermon on the Mount is where we learn to be disciples before the watching world, as I argued in my introduction last week, then salt and light are prime examples of this. What we say and do is seen by the world. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. In the same way, let your light shine before men that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." The Value of Salt Salt gives flavor Makes foods come “alive” Salt preserves Prevents spoilage The question is what makes us different from the rest of the worl… Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. The Beatitudes are the blessings that Jesus bestows upon us because we’re His disciples. Jesus says that salt without the saltiness, disciples who don’t influence the world for good, is, no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. He calls us to stop treating the church as our one-stop provider of religious services and our social life, and to get our hands dirty in the world. We let it shine so that it brings others to God. If you have your Bibles, I would invite you to turn with me to Daniel, chapter 2. Sermon by J. Ligon Duncan on December 7, 1997. We’re blessed with the righteousness of Christ because through faith we hunger and thirst for it. One is to season, and the other is to preserve. 1 2 How am I going to do it? What this means is what we’ve already talked about; we naturally salt the earth and light the world. And this is a high calling for you and me, it is one that our Lord takes most seriously and it’s one that we should take seriously as well. It is a dark, drab world obsessed with and immersed in sin, and it desperately needs the salt and light that is Christ Jesus. In your twenties and thirties, he said, you are faced with a lot of life changes. “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it,” said John of Jesus’ coming into the world. Now keep in mind that just like you can overdo the salt, you can be too hard on people. It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.”  We salt and light the world because we’re His disciples, so what does it mean if we don’t salt the earth or shine our light? When I reflect on the voluntary work I do in our community not directly related to our church – namely, working at an op shop (fundraising for our nursing home) and tutoring an African refugee – I can show God’s love to the people I’m working with, inadequate as I am. You are forgiven for hiding your lamp. The Salt Of The Earth. Wasn’t Jesus right? But just like popcorn isn’t good with salt, and just like a parking lot is dangerous without lights, our society isn’t any good without salt or light. We love our family and friends and that’s why we share the Gospel with them. By evening he would drive around the area, preaching the Gospel. Obeying the Commandments, 1 John 2 3. Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? Often such people are ones who want to see the world changed for the better. Part 3. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. 5th Sunday after Epiphany (A) It was told by Mark Greene, the Executive Director of the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity. Phil explored what it means today for Memorial Road to be salt and light in our own community. Salt And Light. Our witness is about both our words and our deeds. February 5, 2017. In the Roman market place salt was even used at times as money and without electricity light was a valuable asset at night. One of the problems he cited as making the church unattractive to people in that age range was the disconnect between Sunday and Monday. We are more concerned with filling church jobs than with encouraging people into character-building witness opportunities where they are the salt of the earth. So what might we do about it? Salt and light are natural in life; they’re needed and welcomed. Today we often take these two things for granted. It isn’t that we speak about our faith and don’t match it with our actions. If we go too far in either direction, we risk doing more harm than good. Are we not fools when we give no priority to influencing the world for good as the salt of the earth? Before refrigeration salt was used to preserve food, especially meat. And although some will mock, many will ‘glorify [our] Father in heaven.’ That might simply be we’ve done a good bit of PR for the faith. It means we’ve neglecting our God given duties as Christians. It’s the Only Light; In both of these statements– you are the salt of the earth, and you are the light of the world– the language here is emphatic, it can also be translated “You are the only salt of the earth. Change ). Because, I argued, it meant losing another person from the front line of Christian witness in the world. And fortunately, it can have both because you are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. This is the Word of the Lord from the Gospel of Matthew. As the salt and light of Christ our task is to call people to repentance for this sin and unbelief. But we can take this positively. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Sermon: "Salt and Light" It seems to me that as Christians, we are called to enact a tremendous balancing act as we go through life. In other words, Jesus doesn’t take his simple analogy of us as the salt of the earth and extend it into some great allegory. And while we might think we affirm the importance of being salt and light, I want to say this morning that we pay lip service to it, and the way we run our churches often undermines this essential Christian task. He is concerned about his disciples not being the salt of the earth, not influencing society for good – whatever that entails: But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? (Verse 13b). Jesus says, “A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! She was surprised when I suggested that his church work might not be the most important thing he did. Daniel 2:1-49. Powered by, http://lakeviewemmanuel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Voice00032.mp3. And the point Jesus wants to make about being the salt of the earth is a negative one. One day, I was talking with his wife about the pressures he was under. Jesus says we can do it for a different motive: ‘that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.’ Isn’t that what we want? Click here for more messages from The Sermon on the Mount series. Glad to know the words are helping. As those blessed by Jesus, we are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Matthew 5:13 (NLT) "You are the salt of the earth. When Christians decide to be salt and light, the world pays close attention to what we say and do. And make no mistake, the world needs to be salted and have the light of Christ shined on it. We shine our light in a darkened world so that others will know the salvation that we know, that they will also know that love of God. Others interpret salt as a metaphor for wisdom, and therefore Christians provide acute moral insight to help society. Bringing in the Harvest, Matthew 9 Scriptures: Matthew 5:13-16When we serve as Jesus commanded, using our gifts and talents to meet the needs of people around us, we become as salt and light to people, pointing them to God. Because you then have a new and loving relationship with God, you have a new relationship with those around you. Print This Post. We tell people of their sin and we share with them the forgiveness that is theirs through the crucified Christ. Let's examine the implications of the image of salt and light. But just like popcorn isn’t good with salt, and just like a parking lot is dangerous without lights, our society isn’t any good without salt or light. Or, to put it another way, someone has put it like this. You are the only light of the world!” In the midst of … There is almost no greater disappointment than unflavored food! He quotes American pastor Tim Keller, who says that. We can’t help it, we just do it. (Matthew 5:13-16) Both salt and light have properties which affect things around them. We don’t need to earn those because Christ has done all that is necessary that we would be forgiven. But I’m going to say more, because this is so important. In short, cutting some ties from the institutional church and simplifying some of the ways we do church in order to release ourselves to spend more time blessing people in our communities with the love of God in word and deed is absolutely critical to our sharing in the mission of God. We have neighbours whom we can love in the name of Christ. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus shocks His listeners with the Beatitudes and then launches into the metaphor of salt and light to help his listeners understand how they're called to interact with the world. (Verse 13), I am sure you have heard several preachers expound on why Jesus describes as salt, and what our saltiness is meant to achieve. Jesus says, “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? Part 4. We don’t shine our light to be saved, rather we shine our lights because we are saved. Followers of Jesus, commit today to live as salt and light. Amen, Copyright © 2021 Emmanuel Lutheran Church. By day he gave himself to providing medical care for people who otherwise would not be able to access it. When we aren’t, they don’t. Last week we heard the Beatitudes. Salt and Light. Don’t we want our witness to attract other people to Jesus and his Father? Grace, mercy, and peace from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. You might have the vocation of spouse, child, employee, and friend, you are probably a mixture of many of these. You are the salt of the earth. That is Jesus' lesson to us. Loving the Family, 1 John 3 2. Make a difference for the glory of God. There’s just one problem with all these views. Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.” (Matthew 5:10-11). ( Log Out /  Like today’s Gospel, last week’s Gospel, came from the Sermon on the Mount. He’s decided he’s going to give up his post as a school governor in order to concentrate on the more important things – like his church work.”. We are called to be the salt and light of the world. Certainly, I feel a great sense of happiness (and acceptance) working with “non-Christians”. Indeed, Pam. Matthew 5:13-16 (Salt and Light) INTRODUCTION: We are studying the Sermon on the Mount, and today we come to the part where Jesus calls us the salt of the earth and the light of the world. When we aren’t, they don’t. You know the challenge. We’re blessed because we come before God humbly confessing our sins. Jesus says that in fact, we are blessed, all of us, and we are called to be a blessing to others – to all of the world. 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