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Overcoming Strongholds in the Spheres of Society (36 of 40)
Series: Emerge: Kingdom
Jesus Culture - Banning Liebscher
Matthew 5:13-16

We are the light of the world! We can go into dark places and bring hope and change the way Jesus did.

Everywhere Jesus went, He shifted the atmosphere around Him with His love. He brought hope, healing, peace, and joy. As we intentionally carry God's presence within us, we will be a light that leads people toward Jesus.

Main Scripture: Matthew 5:13-16

- Focus on verse 13 for the Church as the salt of the Earth.
- Focus on verse 14 for the Church as the light of the world.
- Focus on verse 13-14 for the Church as an agent of influence.

EQUIP: The Church overcomes strongholds with authority and influence.

Teaching Point 1: The Church preserves the Earth. (Matthew 5:13)

Several years ago, salt was used to preserve and flavor food. What normally starts to rot and decompose is preserved when it is properly salted. Salt also helps food taste better and makes it more enjoyable to eat. When Jesus said, ''You are the salt of the Earth'' (MATTHEW 5:13), He was talking to God's chosen community of followers.

If we are the salt of the Earth, we are in a position to take care of people. As salt, we are to preserve those around us.

When Abraham learned that God was going to destroy the sinful, dangerous cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, he came into alignment with God's heart and asked God to spare them. Abraham functioned in his role as salt of the Earth by interceding for the community around him, knowing God desires mercy. ''I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices. I want you to know me more than I want burnt offerings'' (HOSEA 6:6).

God doesn't want any life to decay or be destroyed. He wants everyone to repent and find His eternal life (2 PETER 3:9). We play an active role in God's plan to preserve. We get to show the people around us who Jesus is, so they can come to know Him.

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