• David Rogers

Salt & Light


Salt and Light

Mathew 5:13-16

13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet. 14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 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." (Mathew 5:13-16, ESV)

"But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light." (1 Peter 2:9, ESV)

"The world out there is not waiting for a new definition of Christianity. The world is waiting for a new demonstration from Christianity!" (Leonard Ravenhill, English evangelist, author)

"I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me" (Galatians 2:20, ESV)

AS SALT, WE MUST NOT LOSE OUR ABILITY TO INFLUENCE!

13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet."

"The Church used to be a lifeboat rescuing the perishing. Now she is a cruise ship recruiting the promising." (Leonard Ravenhill, English evangelist, author)

" 5 Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. 6 Let your speech always be gracious,

seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person." (Colossians 4:5-6, ESV)

AS LIGHT, WE MUST JOIN TOGETHER THAT OUR LIGHT BECOMES BRIGHTER!

14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 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."

"Jesus, looking out over the multitudes of His day, saw the corruption and the collapse of life at every point.... He saw them wrapped in gloom, sitting in darkness, groping amidst fogs and mists, and He knew that they needed, above everything else, light." (G. Campbell Morgan, British Pastor, 1863-1945)

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12, ESV)

Week 1 - Salt and Light

When I think of names like Hudson Taylor, William Carey, Jim Elliot, Adoniram Judson, Lottie Moon, and George Whitfield…the concept of ‘salt and light’ come to mind. These missionaries’ lives, as well as many others, were characterized by two things—being Salt and Light to the lost world. In these days, the nature of salt was not for flavor—but for preservation. We see these Heroes of the faith being ‘salt’ in their compassion for the lost and their drive to protect and save the lost from the world’s corruption. We see them being ‘light’ in their dedication to making the message of the GOSPEL known. These missionaries stand out to many who have followed them, many people look up to them, admire them, preach about them, and strive to be like them. So, my question to you is, what made them a missionary? Was it because they traveled to foreign lands preaching the GOSPEL? Was it because “missionary” was their “Full-time” vocation? What it because they were gifted and intelligent? Was it because they were articulate with the way they share the GOSPEL? Was it because they were gifted more or differently that the rest of us? No, that is not what made them a missionary. Now, to say yes to any of the previous statements is not at all a bad thing…but each statement in itself does not summarize wha