Salt, Light, the Saved, the Savior and the Law: Sermon Guide

Discussing and Applying the Sermon

  • How are you doing at being salt—preventing decay and providing savor—where God has you? Are there any conversations—for the purpose of preventing decay—you’ve been avoiding that you need to have?
  • How are you doing at being light—driving back darkness? When was the last time you engaged in a spiritual conversation with someone? Shared the gospel with someone?
  • What’s one way this week you can be proactive to be salt and/or light?

Summary

When is the last time you ate something with salt on it? What about the last time you were in a room with a light that was on? In Matthew 5:13-20, Jesus—because of His death on the cross—calls Christians salt and light. David Leventhal teaches us what that means and how we can apply it to our lives today.

Key Takeaways

  • When you are studying God’s Word, study paragraphs, not verses.
  • Typically speaking, the world’s response to someone who is all-in with Jesus is persecution. Matthew 5:13-20—typically titled “Salt & Light”—is a disciple’s response to the world.
  • The last thing God needs is a smarter sinner. The last thing we need is to be accountable to something without applying it.
  • Salt does two things: 1) Prevents decay...it preserves; 2) Provides savor…it enhances.
  • How are you doing at preventing decay in your sphere of influence? How are you doing at making Christianity “taste good” to others?
  • Our problem is that we like to hang out in the "salt shaker”—the church building—too much. We like holy huddles too much. Yes, we should gather with other Christians, but then we need to go out and reach the world.
  • Light does one thing: drive back darkness.
  • Our faith is personal, but it is never private.
  • Christians don’t do random acts of kindness. We do acts of kindness because our heart has been informed and transformed by Jesus.
  • Jesus didn’t come to abolish the law. He didn’t get rid of the law or do away with the Old Testament. He fulfilled it.
  • Jesus’ death was the once and final sacrifice. On the cross, He perfectly met the demands of a holy God. All the law and the prophets were fulfilled.
  • Your New Testament won’t make sense without your Old Testament, and your Old Testament makes a whole lot more sense because of your New Testament.
  • The righteousness that Jesus is talking about is one of the heart. It has do to with intent.
  • The phrase “Kingdom of Heaven” appears 32 times in Matthew…it expresses: God’s ultimate and complete sovereignty of His world; God’s rule and reign in the lives of His true disciples; God’s future plan when His will shall completely and perfectly be on earth as it is in heaven; it is right now—through us; it is to come—through the final destruction of sin when Jesus returns.
  • A Kingdom of Heaven person always has a reformed life.
  • You can’t obey the Sermon on the Mount. You need Jesus, and you need help. You need other Christians to help you be the man/woman God wants you to be.

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