Pop Culture | Week 5 | Salt & Light

Matthew 5: 13-16- 13 
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. 14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Big Idea: The culture that you don’t engage, is the culture that you give away.

Matthew 5:1-12
Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach them. He said:

Matthew 9:36
When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.

Matthew 5:3 
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 5:4
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

2 Corinthians 7:10
Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.

Matthew 5:5
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

Bad Mythology – The church is supposed to be broke.

Matthew 5:6
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

Matthew 6:31-33
Don’t focus on what you’ll eat or drink or what you’ll wear… that’s what society does. But seek His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be given to you. 

 Matthew 5:7
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

Bad Mythology – Christians don’t have problems.

 Matthew 5:8
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. 

Bad Mythology - God can only use spiritual things and people with spiritual jobs. 

 Matthew 5:9
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

2 Corinthians 5:17-19 - 17 
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.

Bad Mythology - The church is here to make me feel better.

Matthew 5:10-12
 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Bad Mythology - The church belongs to God and world belongs to the devil.

Matthew 5: 13-16- 13 
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. 14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Laurie Weaver