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Blessed to Salt and Light the World

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, my family and those whom God loves:

Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

Today I want to focus on that part of the Gospel reading from Matthew 5 (13-16) where Jesus says…

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. (ESV)

If someone asked you personally, “Who are you?” and “What are you about?” how would you answer these questions? How would you answer those questions for your congregation?

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New Testament

Matthew 5:13-16

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, my family and those whom God loves:

I would like us to consider this text from the fifth chapter of Matthew’s Gospel, verses 13-16. Jesus said…

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. (ESV)

The ESV and NIV translations label this section simply, “Salt and Light.” The NASB title is, “Disciples and the World.” The NKJV identifies this section as “Believers are Salt and Light.”