BELIEVERS ARE SALT AND LIGHT
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
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