Christian Influence in the Local Community

Sermon Series:Sermon on the Mount

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus showed them and shows us what the lives of his followers look like in their everyday world. In Matthew 5:10-16 in particular, Jesus tells his disciples about the kind of influence they are in the world. He says, “You are salt” and “You are light.” Through this imagery, he demonstrates how Christians are those who prevent decay, preserve life, and enhance the flavor of their local communities (salt) and who also expose the darkness of sin and reveal the truth, hope and love of God. Though Christians are distinct from the rest of the world, and it may be fearful to engage in our societies, Jesus confirms that believers are significant parts of their local communities. We must not become isolated from or indifferent to our society, but rather invested and involved for the good of others and the glory of God. Other Scriptures Referenced: Matthew 4:23-25; 5:1-9; John 3:19-21; 8:12.