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Most of us would scoff at the idea that we were false teachers. Maybe we're not teachers at all. Yet, Peter focuses more on the lives of the false teachers than on their doctrine. We must take a look in the mirror. Are we LIVING like a false teacher? Are we influencing others away from Christ?
God's presence is the Beauty of the Lord! The presence of the Lord is a powerful, positive presence for good in our lives. We will live, grow, bear fruit and have victory if we make room for the presence of the Lord.
It's so easy to feel like we don't matter in a church the size of Mission. But the Apostle Paul challenges us that each one of us does matter and that if we don't 'get' that, Christ's Church suffers. Listen to the claims made by Paul and ask yourself: "What if these claims are true?" If they are, you'll want to jump in with God's people and change the world!
You are salt! Get out of the container. You are light! Go and burn something down for the sake of the world.
Did your parent ever tell you to "watch yourself?" Mine did, and it wasn't about being mean or trying to ruin my day. It was about my dad trying to make sure I was the person I should be. Peter, in his first epistle, basically encourages his readers to "watch themselves" and for the same reason.......so that they could live up to their status as God's chosen people. As Christians, we should continue to "watch" ourselves today and how we live our lives? Why? Well.....that's what Peter is going to tell us.
Here Jesus describes the definitive reason why we exist as a church... our ultimate mission. What did Jesus mean when he talked about us losing our saltiness? What does being salt and light mean to us in our culture? It's our ultimate mission.
What does it mean when Jesus speaks the words, "we are the salt of the earth"? Are Christians simply flavouring within society or has God called us to be much more: to stand out, to speak out, to live in a way which creates a thirst, to act in away that challenges darkness?
Message #4 from our "Back To School" series shared on Sunday, September 30, 2012 at LifeHouse Fellowship in Kyle, Texas