The Walk, Pt5: April 3, 2022 ShenUMC 9am Service

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Apr. 03, 2022

The Walk


Matthew 5:13-16 & Matthew 28:16-20

1.   Introduction:

     a.  Worship and Prayer: A Living Hallelujah

     b.  Study: The Importance of Listening and Paying Attention

     c.  Serve: Here I Am, Lord, Send Me

     d.  Give: Where Your Treasure Is

     e.  Share: Going Fishing, Reflecting Light

     f.  The Five Practices From The Cross

2.   The Set Up:

     a.  One of the greatest challenges to the Christian faith is not Jesus, but Christian impersonators. 

     b.  As Christians, we are called to a higher standard because the way we walk with Jesus demonstrates to the world who he really is.

“You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything but is thrown out and trampled underfoot.”

“You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid.  No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house.”

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.’

Matthew 5:13-16

          i.  You are the salt of the earth… 

               > Salt was used for flavoring, preserving, sacrificing, destroying, and fertilizing.

               > Salt enhances sweetness and suppresses bitterness.

               > “Can salt lose its saltiness?” 

                    - The genuine followers of Jesus cannot lose their saltiness. They are new creations, completely changed, and effective in their witness. 

                    - Someone who is an impersonator cannot become salty again. The impersonators have no effective witness in the first place.

          ii.  You are the light of the world…

               > Light overpowers/overcomes darkness.

               > Jesus is implying his followers will be the ones to carry his light into the dark places of the world and of the human heart.

          iii.  Salt and light? Bitterness and darkness?

“The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips and walk out the door and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.” (Brennan Manning)

     c.  The way we walk with Jesus demonstrates to a world who doesn't know him, who Jesus is and what Jesus can do.

3.   Share/Witness:

     a.  The very act of sharing our stories/testimonies about something increases our positive feelings about it.

     b.  When we share our faith with others, it deepens our faith and love for God. 

     c.  We've got to do that in the way that we speak AND the way that we live.

“Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them… And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you.”

 (Matthew 28:16-20)

     d.  The Great Commission applies to us today.

“…most people who choose to follow Jesus do so because of the positive witness of Christians, through whom they experienced love and from whom they heard a compelling witness and example of what it means to be Christian.” (Adam Hamilton)

4.   Come And See (John 1: 35-46; John 4:4-42):

     a.  Jesus' first century followers became followers by an invitation to come and see.

     b.  The goal for Jesus' first century followers was not to explain something, but to experience someone. (This truth can help us overcome our fears.)

     c.  We can do this!

5.   Conclusion:

     a.  Our faith is personal, but it was never meant to be private.

     b.  God is placed you and me in a sphere of influence.

     c.  Identify people who are around you to invest in this year.

     d.  Invite _____________ to come and see.