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)
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
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.
Lead, kindly Light, amid th’ encircling gloom,
Lead Thou me on;
The night is dark, and I am far from home;
Lead Thou me on:
Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene — one step enough for me.
I was not ever thus, nor prayed that Thou
Shouldst lead me on;
I loved to choose and see my path; but now
Lead Thou me on.
I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,
Pride ruled my will: remember not past years.
So long Thy power hath blest me, sure it still
Will lead me on,
O’er moor and fen, o’er crag and torrent, till
The night is gone;
And with the morn those angel faces smile,
Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile.
As I concluded our series, “Will You Be My Neighbor?”, this past weekend at Eastbrook, I took a practical look at how John 8:12 and Matthew 5:14 fit together in our faith and practice. In these two verse, a theme of light from God shining through Jesus and His people come together, yet in different directions:
“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world.’” (John 8:12)
“You are the light of the world.” (Matthew 5:14)
There is a lot in here, but as it was a family worship weekend for us, I tried to use more story-telling and practical application to our lives. Maybe that worked and maybe it didn’t. You can watch/listen and let me know.
While so much could be said about Jesus’ resurrection, in my message this past weekend at Eastbrook, “The Good News of the Resurrected One,” I brought three specific aspects of Jesus’ resurrection into focus: