Matthew 5:13-16 (705)

       A.  Our influence is likened to salt.  V13
             1.  Salt was used to season food, but if “leached out” it was used to coat pathways.
             2.  As salt gives a desirable taste to food, we are to have a desirable influence on others.
       B.  Our influence is likened to light.  Vv14-16
             1.  The purpose of lighting a lamp is to provide a means for people to see.
             2.  We are to have an influence so people will “see” our Heavenly Father.

       C.  Let’s learn a few principles about influence.

   I.  Influence is a quality that all of us have.
       A.  It is either good or bad, but can’t be both at the same time.  Matthew 12:30 (712)

       B.  Our influence can be changed.

            1.  From good to bad through carelessness.  Judas Iscariot is an example.  Matthew
                 27:3-4 (728)

            2.  From bad to good through carefulness.  Saul of Tarsus is an example.  Acts
                 9:1-2 (808); Philippians 1:21 (867)

      C.  Our influence will continue after we die.  Abel is an example.  Hebrews 11:4 (889)
            1.  Poem:  “The bridge Builder by Will Allen Bromgoole

  II.  Two ways to have a good influence.
       A.  By expressing our faith.  James 2:14-20 (892)
             1.  By works.  Vv 14, 18b, 20

             2.  By meeting the needs of others.  V15

             3.  By having a stronger faith than the demons.  V19

       B.   By our demonstration of love.  John 13:34-35 (793). Poem by Mother Teresa

III.  The ultimate purpose of a good influence is so that others will see our good works and
       glorify our Father in heaven.  Matthew 5:16

       A.  Glorify is to give God the attention that He deserves.  According to The International
             Standard Bible Encyclopedia, to give Him the worship and reverence with are His due.

Closing: Review and Poem: “If” by Joanna Fuchs