Called to Carry the Light (Part 2) God’s Missionary People (Matthew 5: 14 – 16)
Theme: We are to be involved in God’s missionary plan
Introduction: If we are to be completely honest, it is not easy to be a dedicated Christian today. Our society is not a friend to God nor to God’s people. And, whether we like it or not there is conflict between us and the world. Why? Because we are different from the world and we are to have different attitudes. In His sermon on the mount, Jesus through the beatitudes lays out an outlook radically different from that of the world. And then, the Lord Jesus calls us to be both salt and light to the world. Jesus used these common, everyday images to describe His people and the influence they are to have in the world. For today, I would like to zero in on the image of God’s children as light in this world because God has not just called us the light of the world. He has called us to carry the light of His gospel and glory to the world! The Lord has a missionary plan, and that is to call us to be His missionary people! I want to share with us today four ways we can make our light shine.
Conclusion: If we are to be completely honest, it is not easy to be a dedicated Christian today. Nevertheless, God has called us the light of the world. And, He has called us to play an active role in carrying the light of His gospel and glory to the world.
Called to Carry the Light (Part 1) God’s Missionary Plan (Genesis 12:1-3)
Theme: World missions is God’s plan to share the gospel
Introduction: Jesus has called us (as the church and Christians) to be the salt and light of the world. We are certainly seeing the darkness in the world all around us today. And, God has called us to make a difference in the world! You might be asking, why should I be concerned with the world or missions? And, the answer is, because this is God’s ultimate concern. In the Bible, God used many men and women to carry out his plan to bless all the people of the earth. Followed by Noah, Abraham is the second person in the Bible whom God called forward to serve him to reach the world. This was exactly what was behind the call of Abram. What can we learn from the life of Abraham today? We like Abram, have been called to carry the light of the gospel to the world. Just like when God called Abram, He made him three great promises if he would answer the call. We have these same three promises to us today
Conclusion: Jesus has called us (as the church and Christians) to be the salt and light of the world. God wants to bless all the nations of the world with us! God wants to give the light of His gospel message to all the nations with us. God wants us to answer His call because that is God’s missionary plan. And, what was true of Abram, is true of us! Also, what was promised to Abram is promised to us if we will answer that call and live by faith and faithfull