Real Identity: You are Salt and Light

This past weekend at Eastbrook, we continued our series “Becoming Real” on the Sermon on the Mount by looking at Matthew 5:13-16.

You can view the message video and outline below. You can also view the entire “Becoming Real” series here, as well as the devotional that accompanies the series here. Join us for weekend worship in-person or remotely via Eastbrook at Home.


“You are the salt of the earth…You are the light of the world…”  (Matthew 5:13, 14)

“You are…”

  • The disciples
  • The crowds
  • Who is the “you”?
  • The unexpected ones in God’s mission

Metaphor and the Power of Mental Pictures

  • Jesus’ use of metaphor in Matthew 5:13-16
  • Why mental pictures are invaluable for life

“You are the salt of the earth…” (5:13)

  • The importance of salt: flavor, preservative, fertilizer
  • Discipleship and saltiness
  • Warning: don’t lost your saltiness

“You are the light of the world…” (5:14-16)

  • The importance of light in a town and a house
  • Discipleship and light-shining
  • Encouragement: let your life shine to God’s glory

Wholistic or Complete Discipleship

  • Discipleship of being and resting
  • Discipleship of mission and action

Dig Deeper

This week dig deeper into this section of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in one or more of the following ways:

  • Consider memorizing one or both of the images here: Matthew 5:13 or Matthew 5:14-16
  • Sketch, draw, or paint one of the images from this portion of Scripture. Share it with someone when you’re done to start a conversation about what it means to follow Jesus.
  • Consider reading Professor Anthony B. Bradley’s article on this passage, “You are the Manure of the Earth
  • Explore parallels to this passage from other parts of Scripture, writing your own comments and thoughts about how these illumine Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 5:
  • Isaiah 9:1-2
  • Mark 9:50 and Luke 14:34
  • Mark 4:21 and Luke 8:16
  • John 1:4-9
  • John 8:12
  • Acts 13:47
  • Ephesians 5:8-14
  • Philippians 2:14-16
  • Colossians 4:6
  • 1 Peter 2:11-12

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