Salt & Light
Throughout His teaching on earth, Jesus contrasts the way of the world with the way of God’s Kingdom. His Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) describes the lifestyle of those who belong to the Kingdom of God. JESUS’ Sermon on the Mount is about believing in His kingdom, belonging to His kingdom, and living for His kingdom.
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt should lose its taste, how can it be made salty? It’s no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. “You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are 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
Jesus said to these average ordinary people “you are the salt of the earth… you are the light of the world.” These twin sayings of Jesus are still crucial insights into what it means to represent the Kingdom of Heaven here on earth.
Beatitudes - Blessed are the Persecuted
Throughout the history of Christianity, persecution has been the experience of Christ followers. In His sermon on the mount, Jesus taught His disciples: Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for the kingdom of heaven is theirs. “You are blessed when they insult you and persecute you and falsely say every kind of evil against you because of me. Be glad and rejoice, because your reward is great in heaven. For that is how they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5:10–12
Everyone who believes in Jesus, lives like Him, and lives for Him will be persecuted in some way. Rather than fear persecution, Jesus teaches His followers to prepare for it, persevere through it, and praise God while enduring it as they live for the Kingdom of Heaven here on earth.
Beatitudes - Blessed are the Peacemakers
In a world overcome with and defined by conflict, God calls those who are in Christ to be peacemakers (Matthew 5:9). We know that God has made peace through Jesus by his sacrifice on the Cross (Col. 1:20), and that he has given to us the task of reconciliation, or making peace, within the world around us (2 Cor. 5:18). Let’s explore what it looks like for us to be peacemakers and reflect Christ to a world in need of restoration.
Beatitudes - Blessed are the Pure in Heart
The gift of physical sight is wonderful – the green of spring, the blue of a winter sky, or the smile of a friend. Yet there is a seeing that surpasses even this—and that is seeing God. This is what the sixth Beatitude is about—seeing God. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God” (Matthew 5:8).
Beatitudes - Blessed are the Merciful
Mercy is not just an emotion or a kind disposition. Mercy is compassion put into action. We cannot talk about mercy without immediately thinking of the cross of Jesus Christ. For it was here that God acted out of grace in mercy to fallen, sinful man.
Let’s go out and show mercy to others in our families, in the church, in our community. Let’s purposely become involved with those who are hurting. Willingly forgive those who have wronged us. “Blessed are the merciful, approved by God are those who show compassion in action, for they will be shown mercy.”
Beatitudes - Blessed are those who Hunger and Thirst
Nutritionists have emphasized the importance of healthy diet by telling us that “we are what we eat.” Physical health is a result of a healthy diet. In the realm of the spirit, “you are what you eat” is even more significant. In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” (Matthew 5:6).
Beatitudes - Blessed are the Meek
In His Sermon on the Mount, JESUS taught His disciples about living for the Kingdom of Heaven while still living on earth, The beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-10) are the character qualities of those approved by God in His kingdom. Today we consider Jesus’ third character development, “Blessed are the meek” (Matthew 5:5), with Craig Williams.
Meekness is not weakness; it’s strength under control. It’s an attitude of humility that leads to action among humanity. Jesus exemplified this godly characteristic best as he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death— even to death on a cross (Philippians 2:5-10).
Beatitudes - Those Who Mourn
In our world of positive thinking, good vibes, and escaping pain at all costs, we prefer to gravitate toward wishing for the best, rather than feeling sadness. During times of difficulty, we exhort others to “keep your chin up” and “don’t get down.” We encourage others, “it’ll be okay,” “stay positive,” “things will get better.” We utilized euphemisms to soften the pain of death – lost, passed away. So what do we do when life’s not okay, when things don’t get better? How do we go on when we experience the harsh realities of sin and the sorrows of death?
In His Sermon on the Mount, JESUS taught His disciples about living for the Kingdom of Heaven while still living on earth, The beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-10) are the character qualities of those approved by God in His kingdom. The first beatitude we discussed last week was “poverty of spirit” – intellectual understanding of our spiritual helpless and emptiness apart from God’s grace. The second beatitude is the emotional counterpart – comprehension of our complete sinfulness and need for God’s grace.
Those who mourn over sin and death find comfort in Christ’s victory over sin and death. Living follows lamenting. Comfort follows mourning. Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted.
Beatitudes - Poor in Spirit
As children of God by faith in His Son, we share the same family characteristics. Yes, we vary greatly in just about every conceivable way, including spiritual gifts, passions, abilities, personalities, experiences, and interests. Yet, according to the Bible, we all belong to the same family and therefore have the same family likenesses. The Characteristics of God’s Family are listed in the Beatitudes of Matthew 5:3-10.
In the first words of this great sermon about Kingdom Living, Jesus began with the most important characteristic of the Kingdom of Heaven: “Poverty in Spirit.” Poverty of spirit is neither a financial, material position nor a depressed, emotional condition.To be poor is to be weak and helpless, to lack the resources to provide for, defend, and save oneself. Those who are poor in spirit on earth are rich in heaven because of Christ. “Blessed are the poor in spirit.”
Sunday Service Times
Communion Worship Service in English (Auditorium)
K- Grade 5: Children enjoy worship service in the main auditorium with their families. Children will be dismissed to Children's Church midway through the service.
Servicio de Adoración en Español
11:00 am (Student Ministry Building)