Series: The Life of Jesus
Part V: "His Teaching: You Are The Light"

A Sermon by
Rev. Louis M. Murphy Sr.

WHAT SHOULD THE CHURCH'S RELATIONSHIP WITH THE WORLD BE LIKE? After teaching the Beatitudes, which are character traits of those who are truly part of God’s kingdom, Christ teaches about the relationship his followers will have with the world. They are to be salt and light.

In the same way as Jesus’ life and message of salvation bring light to those in darkness, his disciples are a living demonstration of the arrival of the kingdom of heaven. The light of revelation from God that accompanies Jesus’ announcement of the kingdom is not just carried by his disciples; they are that light.

As Jesus’ disciples, we are called to be the light of the world. We cannot be hidden, for our very nature, the kingdom life within us, is living testimony to those in the world who do not yet have that light. Our good works are produced by the light and life that come from God. It is not of our own making, because those who see us in action will glorify not us but their “Father in heaven”.
February 14, 2021
Sermon Series: "The Life of Jesus"
Part V: "His Teaching: You Are The Light"

      I.   The Figure of the Light (Matt 5:14)
                            1.   The Lamp (1 Cor. 6:19)
                            2.   The Oil (Romans 8:9)
                            3.   The Wick (Proverbs 20:27)
                            4.   The Flame (John 1:4; John 8:12)
   II.   The Function of the Light (Matt 5:14)
                            1.   We Must Shine Privately (Matt 5:15)
                            2.   We Must Shine Publicly (Matt 5:14)
                            3.   We Must Shine Purposefully (Matt 5:16)
 III.   The Failure of the Light (Matt 5:15)
                            1.   The Bushel Speaks of Busyness
                            2.   The Bed Speaks of Laziness (Luke 8:16)
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