The Light(house) of the World
Nov. 17, 2019 - Matt Herndon
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- “Once you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of light” (Eph. 5:8-9).
- “Shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the world of life” (Phil. 2:15-16).
- “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your father in heaven” (Mt. 5:14-16).
“The night is almost over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Rather, put on the armor of light and clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ…” (Rom. 13:12-14).
Question: How can we, as God’s people here at Rooftop, better fulfill our mission as a lighthouse in our community?
Stay plugged in
“I am the vine, you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire, and burned” (Jn. 15:5-6).
“I am the wall socket, you are the light bulb with the cord. If you stay plugged into my socket and do not trip my breaker, and if the cat does not chew on your cord, you will burn very brightly and light up a room according to your wattage. Unplugged from me you are just a piece of glass. If you do not stay plugged in, you are like a bulb with a broken filament. Such bulbs are unscrewed, dropped on the concrete by kids who love to hear that ‘pop’ sound, swept up, and thrown away” (Jn. 15:5-6 Ameren Version).
Q: What fires you up for Jesus?
#2: Stick together
”YOU ALL are the light of the world…” (Mt. 5:14)
#3: Station ourselves along the coastline
“You are the light of the world….”
“Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation. Then you will shine among them like the stars in the sky” (Phil. 2:14).
Q: What’s my coastline?
“In Jesus Christ was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (Jn. 1:4-5).