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"Be who God says you are"

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“Be who God says you are”

Marrying people Wedding - “I now pronounce you mr and mrs”...Jesus has pronounced upon you a title Salt and Light”
In case you missed the memo...there was an historic event in the early hours this morn...Prince Harry got married to the girl from suits
I. Wedding - “I now pronounce you mr and mrs”...Jesus has pronounced upon you a title Salt and Light”
Big Idea: “Be who God has pronounced you to be”
Matthew 5:13–16 ESV
“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. “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In 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.
Context: Here Jesus is describing the reality of the kingdom
The kingdoms of the word say – belief in yourself, don’t be sad! don’t be show weakness, make sure you have it all together on the outside...and people will love you
Jesus’ kingdom says – Humble yourself, weakness is alright, just because you have it, doesn’t mean you have to show it off, and before you worry about the outside...take a look at the inside...and if you do all that, don’t be surprised if they still don’t like you
Jesus’ kingdom says – Humble yourself, weakness is alright, just because you have it, doesn’t mean you have to show it off, and before you worry about the outside...take a look at the inside...and if you do all that, don’t be surprised if they still don’t like you
Jesus’ kingdom says – Humble yourself, weakness is alright, just because you have it, doesn’t mean you have to show it off, and before you worry about the outside...take a look at the inside...and if you do all that, don’t be surprised if they still don’t like you
But now he says “Your salt, Light, you’re a city”
Tonight we’re gonna answer 3 questions:
But now he says “Your salt, Light, you’re a cit
What Did Jesus mean when he said this?
Tonight we’re gonna answer 3 questions: A. WhatDidJesusmeanwhenhesaidthis?
What is the warning here?
B. What is the warning here?
C. Howcanaccomplishit?
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How can accomplish it?
Question 1: What did Jesus mean when he said called us salt and light?

What did Jesus mean when he said called us salt and light?

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Question 1: What did Jesus mean when he said called us salt and light?

We have a purpose

B. Whatisthewarninghere? C. Howcanaccomplishit?
There are many ways we like to define ourselves as men and it’s usually wrapped in what we do - (I’m a teacher, I’m athlete, I’m a Student)
There are many ways we like to define ourselves as men and it’s usually wrapped in what we do - (I’m a teacher, I’m athlete, I’m a Student)
But understand - those things are your fiction...but their not your identity
But understand - those things are your fiction...but their not your identity
Understand - If you have placed your faith in Jesus...the titles that he gives you are non negotiable...He’s not saying “I want you to be these things if you want too or if you have time for it” He says “you are these things” so it’s not a matter of “Am I these things” It’s a matter of “Am I walking worthy of my God Pronounced purpose”
Understand - If you have placed your faith in Jesus...the titles that he gives you are non negotiable...He’s not saying “I want you to be these things if you want too or if you have time for it” He says “you are these things” so it’s not a matter of “Am I these things” It’s a matter of “Am I walking worthy of my God Pronounced purpose”
App: Do you understand who you are?...be who Jesus says you are
a) Baby Prince who was stolen
App: Do you understand who you are?...be who Jesus says you are
4. App:Doyouunderstandwhoyouare?...bewhoJesussaysyou are

We are a valuable resource

II. We have valuable great value to this world “salt” ‘light” “city”

“salt” ‘light” “city”

“salt” ‘light” “city”
Now...understand, Us trying to grasp the importance of these things in this day would be like my trying to convey the importance of wet wipes to those who don’t have kids...unless you’re in the culture...you might not ever full appreciate them...but needless to say all 3 of these things would be considered valuable...some might even call them a necessity
Now...understand, Us trying to grasp the importance of these things in this day would be like my trying to convey the importance of wet wipes to those who don’t have kids...unless you’re in the culture...you might not ever full appreciate them...but needless to say all 3 of these things would be considered valuable...some might even call them a necessity
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Here’s there primary purposes...Preservation...Illumination...Rest
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2. Here’s there primary purposes...Preservation...Illumination... Rest
Salt - The primary use for salt was to preserve food - There are other purposes, but this one would be the most synonymous with salt during this time
2. Here’s there primary purposes...Preservation...Illumination... Rest
a) Salt - The primary use for salt was to preserve food - There are other purposes, but this one would be the most synonymous with salt during this time
Light - Light provided illumination in the dark
b) Light - Light provided illumination in the dark
A City- Rest In those days, travel was a dangerous thing, thieves and robbers were a plenty so you wanted to make sure you’re under the protection of a city
A City - Rest In those days, travel was a dangerous thing, thieves and robbers were a plenty so you wanted to make sure you’re under the protection of a city
c) A City- Rest-Inthesedays,travelwasadangerousthing, thieves and robbers were a plenty so you wanted to make sure you’re under the protection of a city
All of those things were essential for survival and flourishing
All of those things were essential for survival and flourishing
d) All of those things were essential for survival and flourishing
Jesus says to his disciples both then and now “this is who you are!”
3. Jesus says to his disciples both then and now “this is who you are!”
Like Salt – We are in the preservation business
a) Like Salt – We are in the preservation business
We preserve people - I think about Matthew when he’s watching Jesus minister to the broken in ...and as he’s watching him...Isaiah’s words coming into his mind “A bruised reed he wont break and a smoldering wick he won’t quench”
(1) We preserve people - I think about Matthew when he’s watching Jesus minister to the broken in ...and as he’s watching him...Isaiah’s words coming into his mind “A bruised reed he wont break and a smoldering wick he won’t quench”
Thats who we are...
(2) Thats who we are...
Like Light – We are in the illumination business
b) Like Light – We are in the illumination business
Psalm 119:130 ESV
The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.
Christians can bring illumination to one of the persistent questions in history - Why are we so messed up?
(1) Christians can bring illumination to one of the persistent questions in history - Why are we so messed up?
The word of God brings illumination to our greatest problem and our greatest hope
(2) The word of God brings illumination to our greatest problem and our greatest hope
Sin is the reason things are broken (b) Death is the consequence
(a) Sin is the reason things are broken (b) Death is the consequence (c) Jesus is the hope
Jesus is the hope
Psalm 119:130 ESV
The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.
Like a City – We are in the rest business
c) Like a City – We are in the rest business (1) Jesus said come to me all who labor and are heavy laden
Like a City – We are in the rest business
(1) Jesus said come to me all who labor and are heavy laden
and I will give you rest... (2) App: Jesus has you here for the weary....
and I will give you rest...
App: Jesus has you here for the weary....
Please note - All these things Jesus calls us to be…He already is for us
If Jesus was just our example…we would be crushed…Thank God He’s our Savor
We were made for contact A. Notice, Jesus gives us a location to affect – “Of the earth” “Of the

We were made for contact

III. We were made for contact A. Notice, Jesus gives us a location to affect – “Of the earth” “Of the
Notice, Jesus gives us a location to affect – “Of the earth” “Of the world” “On a hill”
“Of the earth” “Of the world” “On a hill”
world” “On a hill”
In other words, your saltiness, your brightness, bring was never designed for self-consumption but for others...and if too much of it gathers for too long of a time...things become really dry...
In other words, your saltiness, your brightness, bring was never designed for self-consumption but for others...and if too much of it gathers for too long of a time...things become really dry...
We’ll talk about that in a min...
We’ll talk about that in a min...
Big app: This is who Jesus you are...Your valuable...you were made for contact...
Big app: This is who Jesus you are...Your valuable...you were made for contact...

Whats the warning here?

Don’t be tasteless

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“v. 13 You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt loses it’s taste, how shall it’s saltiness be restored? it’s no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under foot”

Matthew 5:13 ESV
“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.
I.
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Don’t be tasteless “v. 13 You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt loses it’s taste, how shall it’s saltiness be restored? it’s no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under foot”
The phrase “Loses its taste reads more literally “to become defiled or weak” - This is not the scientifically impossible notion of salt becoming flavorless but rather the common problem in the ancient world of salt being mixed with various impure substances and therefore becoming worthless as a preservative.
B. App: This is a common issue for us...when instead of us effecting our environment...our environment infects us...we become diluted and insipid
App: This is a common issue for us...when instead of us effecting our environment...our environment infects us...we become diluted and insipid
1. What can dilute us?
What can dilute us?
a) The cares of this world dilute us b) Hidden Sin dilutes us c) Empty privatized Religion dilutes us
The cares of this world dilute us
Hidden Sin dilutes us
Empty privatized Religion dilutes us

Don’t go into hiding

Matthew 5:14–15 ESV
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.
“v.14 You are the light of the world. A city on a hill can’t be hidden Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket but on a stand and it gives life to all in the house” 16 In 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
II. Don’t go into hiding “v.14 You are the light of the world. A city on a hill can’t be hidden Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket but on a stand and it gives life to all in the house” 16 In 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
Matt 5:
Matthew 5:14–16 ESV
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In 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.
Jesus never intended for us to be hidden...yet sometimes I look at some corners of christian cultures...and I think we might have missed the memo
A. Jesus never intended for us to be hidden...yet sometimes I look at some corners of christian cultures...and I think we might have missed the memo
Jesus never intended for us to be hidden...yet sometimes I look at some corners of christian cultures...and I think we might have missed the memo
We were never designed for “Insulated” Christianity
a) We were never designed for “Insulated” Christianity
It was supposed to be a little messy and difficult...Thats why he gave us the spirit
b) It was supposed to be a little messy and difficult...Thats why he gave us the spirit
So we know what Jesus meant, and we know what issue we’re to avoid... but here’s the practical question...

How can we let our light shine before others?

c) We were called to Go – (ESV) 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
c) We were called to Go – (ESV) 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Matthew 5:16 ESV
In 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.
So we know what Jesus meant, and we know what issue we’re to avoid... but here’s the practical question....
Question 3: How can we let our light shine before others?
16 In 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
Jesus says “this is what you are (Salt, Light, City) and this is what You need to do Let your light shine for all to see...so that others will see you though it be drawn to me”
Jesus says “this is what you are (Salt, Light, City) and this is what You need to do Let your light shine for all to see...so that others will see you though it be drawn to me”
Here’s the question: How do we let our light shine before others?..He spends the rest of chapters 5-7 explaining....and this is what he says...
Be unexpectedly forgiving - (ESV) 23 So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.

Go beyond whats expected and do whats uncommon

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Be unexpectedly forgiving

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Matthew 5:23–24 ESV
So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
Matthew 5:23–24 ESV
So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
Be unexpectedly forgiving - (ESV) 23 So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
To get offended is human...to stay offended is saltless
To get offended is human...to stay offended is saltless
App: We should never get comfortable with unforgiveness
App: We should never get comfortable with unforgiveness

Be serious about repentance

Matthew 5:29–30 ESV
If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.
(ESV) 29 If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body
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be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.
Now this seems like a hyperbolic statement...if not, we’re be a bunch of maimed fools in here...but the point is “Be serious about repentance”
To fall short is human...To not take it seriously is saltless
a) To fall short is human...To not take it seriously is saltless
App: Don’t just acknowledge your sin...Do whatever you need to do to repent of your sin
b) App: Do whatever you need to do to protect your purity

Be uncommonly kind

Matthew 5:38–42 ESV
“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.
(ESV) 38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. 41 And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. 42 Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.
Now theres so much to unpack here...but what i’ll say is this...this whole idea of being peaceable or even willing to lose to your enemies goes against every ounce of pride in my being and the fabric of what our society says is manly...
Now theres so much to unpack here...but what i’ll say is this...this whole idea of being peaceable or even willing to lose to your enemies goes against every ounce of pride in my being and the fabric of what our society says is manly...
a) But think about it like this...Jesus willingly lost...so that you can win
a) But think about it like this...Jesus willingly lost...so that you can win
b) App: To have enemies is human...to hate your enemies is saltless
Conclusion - Jesus has pronounced you salt and light...we must walk worthy of what God has called us to be
Conclusion - Jesus has pronounced you salt and light...we must walk worthy of what God has called us to be
A. How are we gonna do this?
How are we gonna do this?
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You don’t have to do it on your own? Lets ask for the Holy Spirit to Pour himself out on us..so we might let our lights shine
Saul Appointed as king...
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B. You don’t have to do it on your own? Lets ask for the Holy Spirit to Pour himself out on us..so we might let our lights shine
A. Howarewegonnadothis? 7
C. Saul Appointed as king...
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B. Youdon’thavetodoingonyourown?LetsaskfortheHolySpiritto Pour himself out on us..so we might let our lights shine
C. SaulAppointedasking... C. SaulAppointedasking...
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