Passage: Matthew 5:13
- Jesus' Sermon on the Mount was intended to distinguish his disciples from the crowds and highlight the cost of discipleship.
- What separates Christians from non-Christians is not virtue or morality, but faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
- When Jesus called his followers "salt" and "light", he was addressing their identity before addressing their behavior.
- "Salt" points to the preserving, anti-decay influence disciples are meant to have in the world. "Light" depicts how disciples push back darkness in decaying culture.
- Both salt and light must get out of isolation and into the world to fulfill their purpose. The church exists for the sake of the decaying, dark world.
- Do we see our core identity as resting in Jesus or in our own morality/virtue? How might this affect how we view non-Christians?
- What evidence do you see of moral/cultural decay that signals the need for the church's preserving "salt" influence?
- What examples of ethical confusion or darkness can you identify that require the light of Christ through his people?
- How have we neglected being "salt and light" by isolating ourselves from people who need Jesus?
- Practically speaking, how can we let our light shine through good deeds without calling attention to ourselves? How do we give glory to Jesus rather than ourselves?
The questions aim to foster conviction, awareness, and practical application when it comes to embracing our calling as "salt and light" to the world for the glory of Christ.