Called to be distinctly different and invaluable to others.
Inviting others to taste and see that God is good.
- The Beatitudes describe the essential spiritual character of those whom God will permit to be members of His kingdom.
- The two brilliant and searching metaphors that Jesus bestowed upon his disciples is a call to every Christian to live right and shine for him in a sin-darkened world.
- You are the salt of the earth (vs 13a)
- But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? (vs 13b)
a. It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown away and trampled by men. (vs 13c)
- You are the light of the world. (vs14a)
a. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. (vs 14b) Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. (vs 15)
- In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your father in heaven. (vs. 16)
The world needs to taste and see that God is good and worthy to be praised by our godly behaviour and good works.
Questions for sermon discussion
1. How were you converted?
(a) purely by hearing the gospel.
(b) due to a relationship with a Christian friend, coworker, parents or family members.
(c) by seeing the good deeds that spring from the teachings of Jesus Christ.
2. Are you the salt of the earth and the light of the world in your daily realm? Why?
3. How can we win the world to Christ?
4. What are some of the good works you have done, not to bring praises to self, but to bring others to Christ and glory to God? Share.