Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 3/22/2015

Sunday’s message from The Sermon on the Mount series was called Being an Obvious Christian, taken from Matthew 5:13-16. Here is a brief outline of the message:

Basic theme: Christians are meant to be different from the world
Note: The Beatitudes focus on the Christian’s character. The salt and light section focuses on the Christian’s influence.

I. The salt of the earth (13)
   A. Jesus’ declaration: “You are the salt of the earth.”
   B. The meaning of the analogy:
      1) This world is in moral decay.
      2) Christians act as salt in the world
         – salt cleanses: we live pure lives in the world
         – salt preserves: we stand up for what is right
         – salt flavors: we attract people to Christ
   C. Warning – when the salt loses its saltiness (compromise):
      1) The church loses its reputation (can’t be made salty again)
      2) The church loses its mission (no longer good for anything)

II. The light of the world (14-16)
   A. Jesus’ declaration: “You are the light of the world.”
      Note: Jesus is the true light – we reflect his light (John 8:12)
   B. The meaning of the analogy
      1) This world is in darkness:
         – It doesn’t know the way to God (Acts 26:17-18)
         – It doesn’t know God’s ways (Psalm 119:105)
      2) Christians act as light in the world:
         – light shines: we stand out as followers of Jesus
         – light illuminates: we point people to God and his ways
         – light reveals: we show others how God wants us to live
   C. Encouragement – when your light shines brightly (witness):
      1) People will see your good deeds
      2) People will praise your Father in heaven

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