This sermon was based on Matthew 5:1-16.
The Sermon on the Mount
Salt and Light
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.