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The Salt and Light Revolution

• Greg Boyd

Jesus commanded his disciples to be the salt and light of this world, but being the salt and light has been misunderstood in many contemporary Christian circles. In this sermon, Greg talks about the purpose of being salt and light, and he calls all of Jesus’ followers to step out of the crowd and become disciples.

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Jesus called us to be the salt and light of this world. When Jesus said to be salty, he was not talking about having an attitude. He was saying that we should remain pure in this world so that we can be put on display and have the Kingdom seen. In the same way, a lamp cannot be seen if put under a bushel. We should manifest the Kingdom in this world in such a way that it remains unpolluted by the world and for all to see. When we become his disciples, we are called and empowered to display God’s original purpose for people’s lives by having lives that are fundamentally different from the world. Yet, we don’t judge the world, just as Jesus did not judge us but gave us grace. Our world is dark; it needs a light. We are the means and the sign with which God points people towards the light.

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Topics: Community, Discipleship, Transformation

Sermon Series: Blessed Revolution

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Focus Scripture:

  • Matthew 5:13

    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.

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5 thoughts on “The Salt and Light Revolution

  1. Kevin says:

    “For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers” 1 Corinthians 4:15

    This is the problem in discipleship and why church is mostly a nursery full of babes in Christ. there are not enough mature christians birthing and nurturing children in the faith.

  2. Teresa says:

    True, Kevin. But to me, this sermon is a huge step in the right direction (Romans 10:14)!

  3. Carol says:

    ♫ ♫♫ Shine the light, share the faith, Show the world that Jesus is the answer, That Jesus is the way, Together we can make a difference, Be a beacon in the dark of night, Share your faith, Hold it high, Shine the light, Let your light so shine, So everybody will see Jesus, Let your light so shine, To glorify your Father in Heaven♫ ♫♫ ♫ ♫

  4. Robert W says:

    Right on. I was saved 40 years ago and have been trying my best to follow Him since then. I did missionary work in Latin America for about 15 years and have been trying to do my best here in the states. All that to say Greg is one of the few people i’ve met who understands what it means to give Him everything and trust the Lord for the consequences. When you really follow Lk. 14:33 you begin to understand God’s character.

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"Thank you all the way from Oregon. I deeply appreciate being shepherded by Pastor Greg and everyone else on the panels. You are a rare find in the church nowadays. Tackling tough questions with humility and a kingdom perspective. It has been life changing for me in such tumultuous times."

– Heather, from Oregon