You are Salt and Light

Sermon from CCM:Kingsway


This sermon was preached by Tim Simmonds at the CCM Kingsway site of Christ Church Manchester on Sunday 11th November 2018.



This message was part of the ‘SERIES NAME’ series, preached at Christ Church Manchester’s church in Burnage in EARLY/MID/LATE YEAR. The full series included the following sermons:


This sermon was based on Matthew 5:1-16.

The Sermon on the Mount

1Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him.

The Beatitudes

2And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:
3“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
5“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
6“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
7“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
8“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
9“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
10“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.12Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Salt and Light

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. 15Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16In 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.


The Beatitudes

  • Jesus has a clear picture in his mind of our place in the world. We are to be active participants in his Kingdom. This affects our behaviour and our heart attitudes.

  • The Beatitudes show how certain attitudes are blessed (poor in spirit, the meek, and pure in heart) and how certain behaviour is blessed (mourning, hunger for righteousness, mercy, and peacemaking). 

  • If we do these things, have these heart attitudes – the world changes.

You are…Salt of the Earth

  • To preserve the Earth, to stop society’s decline.
  • Jesus encourages us to engage in the world and that in doing that we can produce goodness.
  • When you decide to make peace when someone gossips about you instead of gossiping back. When we choose purity over short term pleasure. When we seek justice for someone who cannot defend themselves. All these things are salt
  • God wants to preserve the world, to make it good by having believers in Jesus realise that they are Salt. 
  • However you can lose your saltiness. You can become contaminated. If you compromise, you give up on justice, righteousness, and purity then you are lose your saltiness. If you choose not to be merciful and to bring division not peace, then you lose your saltiness.

You are…the Light of the World

  • We are called to visibility. There are two images here – light and a city – both are about visibility.

  • We are to be visible, we are to be known, people should have heard of us because of the things we are seen to do, because we live out the beatitudes. We will be like a light on a stand that brings light to a whole house because of the good things that we do.

  • We are called to activity. It’s not the words that we say or the things that we refuse to do, it is the good things that we do for which we should be known. If the church is only visible because of the things it complains about and refuses to do then we have a problem.



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