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The second sermon in a series from "The Sermon on the Mount" in Matthew 5-7. This sermon was delivered on Sunday, June 12, 2016.
The story of Saul is one of the most popular stories in the New testament. Examining the way God radically changed his heart is vital for Christians to observe. When God saved Saul, He began to live a life passionate for sharing the Gospel. As Christians, observing Paul's life and passion for Christ is important.
Is your walk in the Light or in darkness?
In John 3 Jesus is witnessing to a man who considered himself to be moral. He was a man that knew a lot about the Old Testament scripture and law, but he was a man that was still lost and living in the darkness. Jesus tells him that he needs to come into the light and stop hiding his sin behind his supposed keeping of the Jewish law. The law was meant to show men their imperfection so that they would come to Jesus knowing that they could never be good enough to please God. I. Jesus describes humankind as dead already A. God did not send His Son into the world to condemn it (John 3:17, 18) 1. If you don’t believe you are condemned already 2. Because you have not believed in the name of the Son of God B. God sent His Son into the world to save it 1. Believe in the Son and you are not condemned 2. Look to Him and be saved (John 3:14, 15) II. Who is the Light? A. Jesus is the Light (John 1:4) B. The Light shines in darkness but the people in darkness can’t comprehend (John 1:5) C. John the Baptist was a witness to the Light (John 1:6, 7) III. Step into the light and see yourself as you really are A. This is what condemns man (John 3:19) 1. Light is here 2. Men love darkness better than light, because deeds are evil B. How do people doing wrong feel about the light? (John 3:20) 1. They hate the light and won’t come to the light 2. They don’t want their deeds exposed IV. Believers are to be living in the light A. Walk as children of the light (Eph. 5:8-10) B. Lay aside the deeds of darkness (Rom. 13:12) C. We should appear as lights in the world (Phil. 2:14, 15) D. We need to drag our sins out into the light even as believers 1. Confess them before God (I John 1:5-10) 2. Confess them to other (James 5:16) None of us are good. We are all sinners. Many of us here today have come to the Light. We have seen that we are sinners and we have accepted Jesus as our Savior. What is needed now is for us to live in the Light and long to be further illuminated, so that we might shine as lights in the world.
We continue our series through the Sermon on the Mount.
Seeing this broken, warring world, with a new perspective isn’t easy to do. This is the call of the Church. We are to be a body of many, flooding the world with God. When we welcome Jesus’ flooding of our own vision, our hearts are enlightened with the hope of God’s new creation come. We see life amidst death and we give others, and ourselves, something to hold… a presence of God: everywhere, in everything, every circumstance, every event. And with God in all, there is always hope.