Witnesses of the Kingdom (10 of 26) by Jonathan McLeod

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Witnesses of the Kingdom (10 of 26)
Series: Kingdom Life
Jonathan McLeod
Matthew 5:16

''Let your light so shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven'' (Matt. 5:16).

SCRIPTURE READING

The Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5-7) gives us the essence of Christianity. In other words, in this sermon, Jesus tells his followers how he wants them to live.

[Read Matthew 5:13-16.]

IS CHRISTIANITY GOOD FOR THE WORLD?

Some non-Christians claim that Christianity has had a negative effect on the world (e.g, the Crusades). Of course, Christians will counter with all the good things Christians have done (e.g., started orphanages, hospitals, schools).

It's true that many people who called themselves Christians have done terrible things. But these people have disregarded the teachings of Jesus. They are Christians in name only.

WHAT YOU ARE

What does Jesus expect his followers to be? Jesus gives two metaphors to describe his followers: (1) ''You are the salt of the earth'' (v. 13) and (2) ''You are the light of the world'' (v. 14). Jesus didn't say, ''You should be salt and light.'' He said, ''You are salt and light.''

Salt and light were very important to people in first century Palestine. As ''salt'' and ''light,'' we are to have a good influence on those around us. Jesus says that when we let our light shine, people will ''see [our] good works'' (v. 16; cf. 1 Peter 2:12).

Citizens of God's kingdom are to be people of GOOD WORKS.

A popular saying among Christians is ''Preach the ...


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