Sermon – Superheroes: Salt and Light (Matthew 5:1 – 5:15) – Cornerstone Church Kingston
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Superheroes: Salt and Light

Pete Woodcock, Matthew 5:1 - 5:15, 28 March 2021

Jesus describes the Beatitudes as the supernatural qualities of a christian. Pete continues our series in the Beatitudes preaching from Matthew 5:1-16. In this passage Jesus calls christians salt and light. We look into both these symbols to see how they should characterise our lives.

Matthew 5:1 - 5:15

5:1 Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him.

And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.

14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.


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And we're going to have our reading now. That's Matthew 5. We're going to be doing verses 1 to 16 and it should be coming up on the screen for you at home as well as here. Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up onto a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him and he began to teach them.

He said, blessed are the poor in spirit. For theirs is the Kingdom of heaven. Blessid are those who mourn for they will be comforted. Blessid are the meek For they will inherit the earth. Bless it are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in hearts, for they will see God. Bless it are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Lessider to you when people insult you, persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.

Redjoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven. For in the same way, they persecuted the prophets who were before you. 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 under foot.

You are the light of the world. A town built 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.

Well, good evening. My name is Pete Woodcock. I'm the pastor of Cornerstone Church. Great to have you with us here, live, and Well, I hope you're live on your sofas and so forth. Here's the question I want to start with.

What is a follower of Jesus like? What is a follower of Jesus like what is a Christian in other words? Well, Jesus begins this great sermon by describing the characteristics and attitudes of his followers. We've been looking at these over the weeks. They're called the beatitudes and you get them in verses 1 to 12.

These are the qualities that Jesus wants in the Christian life. And they're they're so different to sort of natural qualities. In in some in some ways, they're so supernatural these qualities that God has planted in the Christian that actually they they they seem to go against common sense. The world would look at these and think they're a bit stupid very, very often. But their supernatural attitudes that have been planted in the person who is born again and born into the kingdom of God.

So if you just go through them, aware of our own spiritual poverty. We don't excuse. We don't overlook our soup our spiritual rags and ruins. But we mourn over our sinful state and our shame. We don't trust ourselves, but we put our trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, and we're always hungry for his rightness.

And we're always hungering and thirsting for that. Knowing that we're utterly dependent on the mercy of God. In Christ, we want to show mercy to others. The purity of God has graciously been put into our lives and into our hearts and that's given us a vision for God himself in his purity, but also a desire that other people would know that purity and come into the peace of God and know that peace. And we're so determined to spread this message that we'll speak about Jesus even if we're persecuted for doing that.

They're the beatitudes. And we rejoice in all of this. Because we know that the reward in the next world is greater than the sufferings in this world. So we rejoice. That is what it is to be a follower of Jesus Christ.

That's a description of a Christian. I hope it's a description of you in in submeasure. Now, what Jesus does now in the sermon on the mount, he moves on from a description of the Christian to the effects of the Christian. If you're gonna live that life, that beatitude life, it's going to have effects in the world that we live in and on the world and the people around us. So these poor morning, hungry, merciful peaceful, persecuted Christians are actually the ones calling to Jesus that are going to save the world.

They're gonna be the saviors of the world in many ways under Christ. It's not the rich. It's not the powerful. It's not those with dominating world powers or armies that are gonna save the world. It's not the media savvy activists that are going to save the world.

It's the ordinary beatitude living Christians that are going to save the world. We're going to be the salt and the light of the world. It's amazing, isn't it? You think about it. Most comic superheroes in their sort of ordinary life are just sort of ordinary people.

And they're so ordinary that people don't even guess who they are I mean, it's so amazing, isn't it? I always am amazed when you watch those things. You know, Batman only has to put on a bit of a leather suit and a funny little mask. And no 1 knows that's Clark Ken, you know, even though he talks exactly the same. It's it is quite amazing, isn't it?

So you've got Clark Ken who's superman. Sorry. Clark King is Superman. You've got Bruce Wayne. That's the 1.

He's Batman. And then you've got Peter Parker, and he's Spider Man. They only put on tight suits and no 1 because in their they're just so ordinary. So you've got nerdy Clark Kent, You've got nerdy Peter Parker, and you've got a stupid businessman called Bruce Wayne, which happens to be a millionaire. No 1 guesses that they're superheroes.

No 1, not even the close friends. Christians are called to be nothing less than superheroes. Nothing less. What is it? Is it a bird?

Is it a plane? It's superman. What is it? Is it a nerdy poor persecuted Christian? It's sort of the earth man.

It's light of the world woman. That's exactly what he's saying. Verse 13, you are the salt of the earth. Verse 14, you are the light of the world. Jesus Jesus never expects the beatitude to be lived out in cozy communities.

Like a little churchy salt cellar or a nice little warm churchy light shop. Now we're to be in the world and we're to be salt and light in the world to be saviors of the world. This is not a call for those that are, you know, doing tough Christianity. Those who wanna go tough. You know, the SAS Christians.

This is a call for ordinary Christians, every Christian. If you're a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ, then you're working out the beatitudes in your life. If you're working out the beatitudes in your life, you are being salt and light. That is what you are and that is what you're called to. So let's have a look at these then.

First of all, salt. Verse 13, you are the salt of the earth. Now, what does it mean to be salt of the earth? What does that mean? Well, a lot of people, what we do here, and this is what you gotta be very careful.

We we we think of what does salt mean for us in the 20 first century. And then we think, oh, yeah. Well, it's preservative and it adds flavor and it gives thirst if you have too much of it. Ah, that's what it means to be sort of the earth. We sort of will preserve the world, and we give it a bit of flavor, and and we make them thirsty for more.

And then we sort of apply it. Now, okay, there's some stuff that's good in that, but that isn't what the bible means by salt. So what we got to do is to get 20 first century thinking of salt out of our minds and most of the commentaries that go down that line and find out what the bible says about soul and it's much more than just putting salt on our fish and chips to make it tastier. We're not here just to make the world a little bit tastier and a little bit thirsty and to preserve the world. There is loads of stuff, and this is the problem.

There are, you know, I've got at least 10 passages and they're quite long to turn to to show you what salt is and I'm not gonna do it. I'm gonna briefly give them to you. Because but basically, here's the summary of what I'm trying to say this evening. Just living in a right relationship with God will show up the sin of the world. That's what I want to show you, salt means.

You live the beatitudes and you will show what God wants people to be and it will show them up and judge them. And then you'll be persecuted. So here we are. Here here's just a quick overview of the bible and I'm not doing every text. In the old testament, So is often used to make a covenant or an agreement.

Listen to this in leviticus, where the where the laws of sacrifice are are mentioned. Lavith leviticus 2 13, listen, season all your grain offerings with salt. Do not leave salt of the covenant of your God out of your grain offering. And salt all your offerings. God talks to David about making a covenant of salt.

So what salt means here is, it's being made right with God, that you're in a right relationship with God somehow. That broken relationship with God is brought you you are brought together with God. Because of what this salt means. So we're salt, we're salt of the earth. We are the salt of God and we've entered into that relationship with God.

And therefore, we are the acceptable sacrifice that God accepts. So you are the salt of the the earth is assigned to the world that this is really a relationship with God. This is what it looks like. If you're in relationship with God, then you're working out the beatitudes in your life. This is what it looks like.

Because you're the salt of the earth. Do you understand that? Second thing. Salt means sort of cleansing. We saw it in our 2 King series, when Elijah threw some salt in in the water source in Gerico that was poisonous.

And it was producing unproductivity because it was poisonous water. He throws salt in. He cleanses the water and then it produces good fruit. So that's you're the sort of the earth. You're the 1 that is showing the world how to produce good fruit that God wants.

Not what they think God wants, not what religion thinks, but this is what God wants. That's your life. You of the salt of the earth. Salt also is symbolic of judgment and condemnation. So if you remember Lot's wife, if you know that story, Lot was running away with his wife from Solomon Gamora, she turns back and looks because she longs in her heart for the sin of the world and she's turned under judgment of God into a pillar of salt in's judgment.

In the book of deuteronomy, we're told sort of the Lord's judgment upon the earth will be to sort the earth. So, to put salt where where, you know, things grow, and when you salt the earth like that, nothing will grow. It's part of the judgment of God, the destruction of God in deuteronomy. So put all that together And the followers of Jesus Christ are the ones that are so living that they show this is how you live right before God And if you're not living like this, then you are under this judgment. You are not right before God, and you are under the judgment of God.

So we're both how to live for God and revealing that the world is under judgment. Because you're not wanting to live like this. Do you see that? Then when you go into the New Testament, Jesus uses salt in all kinds of ways. 1, we've we've just read.

But in Mark chapter 9, you see that he's he's talking about people that make others sin cause the little ones to sin. And he says, if your cause if you were living a life that causes Even a little 1 to sin, you've lost your saltiness. You've lost your purpose. Then in Luke chapter 14, he talks about salt in the area of commitment where he says, when a bloke goes out and he's gonna build a tower, he sort of make sure he's got enough money to finish the job. If he doesn't make sure he's got enough money to finish the job, then he's an idiot.

And he says, don't lose your saltiness. In other words, finish the job. If you're my follower, you're finishing the job. You're carrying on with this work. You're never becoming less salty.

You're becoming more salty. You're doing more of the work. You're adding more bricks to the tower. You're going to finish the job. It's a commitment to the job.

See, there's I told you there was loads of stuff about sort. I'll sum it up in a minute. But we're chose we've chosen clearly who we're going to follow, and because we're following Christ, we're being salty. Don't lose the salt. Don't lose the salt.

You're saltiness. Keep following him. So let me illustrate it. If you're a Christian, then just your very presence in this world reveals perhaps at work the dishonest business things that are going on. Because you're saying I don't want to do that.

You see that? You reveal just by being a Christian, living out those those those beatitudes, you reveal the gossip in the office. You don't want a gossip. You reveal the racism in your neighborhood by being a Christian. You would real the immorality at the party by just being a Christian.

You're bringing both this is how someone who knows God lives, And God is judging you because you're not living like that in the party, to the racist. Just simply being a Christian makes racism look racism. Just simply being a Christian makes gossip look like gossip. Just simply being a Christian if you're consistent with the beatitudes makes corruption look like corruption. Some of the family members had a a WhatsApp message from another family member in Australia about a girl who lives quite locally.

Her name is Natalie. And she's unfortunately just just been diagnosed with cancer. She's a fantastic Christian girl. She was absolutely key at Kingston University when she was at Kingston University as a terrific witness for Christ. She became a Christian think she became Christian there, and she was a great witness for Christ, Natalie Natalie her name is.

And because this text came through, then it reminded me of of of this. It was exactly the illustration I wanted. Natalie was Kingston University studying nursing. She was in her final year. The final exam was coming up I don't know how, I can't remember exactly how, but the whole of her class found out what the last exam was.

They they they got the exam paper. And the whole of the class agreed to cheat at Kingston University. Natalie, as a Christian said, no, I'm not gonna do it. And they said, no, come on, look. No 1 will find out.

We've got the exam paper. Let's really go for it. We're all cheat. If we all cheat together, it'll be fine. And she said, no.

And they put massive pressure on her. Massive pressure on her to cheat. And she didn't cheat. And because she didn't cheat because she was living out a righteous life. Her non cheating showed up that everybody else had cheated.

And so they hounded her and hounded her and hounded her until the university suggested that she leave. That's Kingston University for you. It's extraordinary. All of them were found out for cheating because she wouldn't cheat. Now, she wasn't dobbing them in.

She was just living the life. She's the sort of the earth. When I was first converted, I worked for an organization well, I've been not telling you. Well, I was a driver. And my job was to drive blood around the country.

It's a fantastic job. I had buckets of blood in the back of my van. I longed for someone to smash into it and the bucket to fall over. And just see what people would think. But anyway, I 1 of my jobs was to go late at night to an abattoir in Oxford.

With my white van, driving through Oxford to to to pick up buckets of cow blood. And it was late at night. It was a horrible job It was a nasty job, but it took me 2 hours to do it. And I had just become a Christian and I down in the book because it was overtime, 2 hours overtime to do the job. The man who did the job before me, who was now my boss, said, no.

No. No. Don't put 2 hours down. I always put 4. And I said, yeah.

But it wasn't 4. It took me 2. He said, yeah. But put 4 down. I said, no.

No. No. No. I agree. It's worth 4 hours, but it only took me 2.

So I'll just put 2 down. No. If you don't put 4 down, I get shown up for all these years, I've been taking 4 hours. And I said, I don't wanna dive you in. But it only took me 2.

So I'm gonna put 2 down. Do you see? Do you see? Just living as a Christian as the beatitudes, trying to live righteous and an honest life causes people of the world to be judged. And they don't like it, or they might like.

They might say, okay. Fine. I should admit. But in those cases, they don't. If you are like Jesus Christ, the beauty of that will show up the reality of the environment that we're in.

Do you see that? That's the salt of the earth. If you are a Christian walking like Jesus, walking like the beatitudes, then the beauty of your life will show everybody around you what is good and what is bad and what God wants and how you walk with God and they're either come up to it or not or not. So Jesus says, don't lose it. Verse 13.

You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt loses its saltiness, How can it be made salty again? It's no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. Our people get all worked up here because so can't lose its saltiness. But Jesus isn't teaching a chemistry lesson here. He's not an idiot.

He's the creator of sort. What he's saying is that if you lose your your edge, then you are like salt, that hasn't got any saltiness. And what's the point of that? It's just a white mush. To lose your saltiness, in fact, the phrase, the word lose its saltiness is is the word for fool.

You become foolish. You're a foolish person. Your salt but you haven't got any saltiness. How utterly foolish? You're a Christian, but you have no impact into the world, utterly foolish.

We are to be a living testimony of God and what is to come and the new world order and that this world is wrong. So don't lose your salt, saltiness. That's the first 1. Salt, You're the salt of the earth. Third, the second thing is you are light.

You are light of the world, verse 14. You are 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 men that you may see your good deeds.

And pray they may see your good deeds and praise your father in heaven. You are the light of the world If the challenge of the previous verse is don't lose it, keep salty so that you show up the world and you're judging the world, Then the challenge of this verse is don't hide your light. Salt and light are complementary here. Salt has this negative effect of showing up the rot, just by being salt, but light has the positive effect of pointing the way to people who are in darkness. And the world is in darkness.

The world needs light. Isn't that obvious? Doesn't the world need light? I mean, I don't I don't know. It's totally confused, isn't it?

About everything. It's just like in the dark constantly, about everything as far as I can see. The world is really in the dark. And Jesus tells us that the world is in the dark. And it hasn't got a clue where it's going.

And really, what it's doing. And it's oblivious, it seems it's so in the dark to its danger. When you're in utter darkness, you lose all sensibilities. I don't know whether you've ever been in real darkness. It happened to me on 1 occasion, and it was 1 of the most frightening things can remember.

I went down a mine, a coal mine. I went down 3000 feet. I went by train 5 miles in. It's unbelievable. Then you got off the train and then you had to walk.

And then you walked, and then you crawled, and then you were on your belly, and then you came to the face, the co face. And there was a little bit of wood like that holding 3000 feet of earth up. And it it you hear it. You hear the creeks. It's horrific.

And then the bloke who took me turns the lights out. It was not funny. It was not funny. It was horrific. Just the thickness of the atmosphere.

You knew someone was near you, but you you didn't quite know where they were. You didn't know what was up, what was down, You didn't know where you were. For a few minutes, the darkness just consumes you. And and it was so frightening that you were sort of it was like drowning. It was like it was genuinely like drowning.

Water was going in your mouth. It was like darkness was all in you. You could not see a thing. And then he turned the lights on and the panic began to to just go away. Well, the world left to itself is in darkness.

The world cannot save itself. The world cannot spark a light. You verse 14 says Jesus are the light of the world. You are the light of the world. On the first day of creation, light triumphed over darkness, Isaiah, chapter 9 verse 2, very famous words at Christmas, the people walking in darkness have seen a great light on those living in the land of the shadow of death, a light has dawned.

John chapter 8, verse 12, Jesus says, I am the light of the world. Now he says, You are the light of the world. He's the light of the world. Now I'm leaving this world and you're the light of the world. Amazing, isn't it?

Light breaks into darkness and creates a world Jesus comes into darkness, of people walking into the darkness, and now he says, I'm leaving you to be the light of the world. Now, we're not light like him. We're more like the moon. The moon has no light. It just reflects the sun.

And that's our job. You see, it's not enough for us just to be salty. It's not enough for us just to condemn the world in the sense of just how we live. It's not enough just to live differently It's important that we do, but we also need light. We need people that live consistently like the Lord Jesus Christ, but we're not to be seen just to be nicer or even more Godly than other people.

The world needs light, not just good living people. So the good works in verse 6 Steve, if you look at it, are linked with the light before men, which in itself is linked with the prophets preaching the gospel. Look at verse 16. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your heavenly, your your father in heaven. Why would they praise the father in heaven for the good deeds?

Because you've explained that why I'm different, why I live like this, is because of the Lord Jesus Christ. And you point to Jesus the light of the world and then they're praise the father. They know that he's father. Why were the prophets killed because of their light? What was their light?

Speaking, preaching, prophesying, proclaiming, living, salt, but light. Now, of course, we're tempted to conceal the light and to hide it And so when people say why are you different? Why do you live like this? We're we're tempted just to sort of say, well, because we're quite nice people I was brought up this way, rather than saying, because Jesus has changed me, because I wanna live for the lord Jesus Christ. That's why I'm different.

It's not anything to do with me. Stop looking at me. Look at him. This is the work of the father. Yeah?

He's the 1 that changed me. I if I was without Jesus, I can tell you I'd be this and that and everything else. I can tell you what I would think of other people. I could do the old gossip, you know? I remember once, So it's just come to mind.

There was a bloke in in Cambridge. I was doing a conference in Cambridge, and I went out for for lunch just to walk around, get some fresh air And there was a open air preacher in Cambridge. It was brilliant. It was really good. And he was preaching in the open air.

There's a whole lot of students around into him. And then these local this local lad came up on his bike and started shouting out abuse. And it was really annoying because this this preacher had a good crowd. And so I thought, okay. Well, I'll I'll take this bloke on.

I'll do my job, and I'll just say, hi, hi, mate. How are you? And he's told me to f off. And I said, well, you just calm down, mate. And then he really went and he said and it would just you know, everything I tried got him more and more angry.

I was being salt, and he was not liking it. In the end, he says, oh, you know, Do you want do you wanna fight? He right up to my face. Look, these are teenagers. Do you wanna fight?

He said, because we can just go down on the green and have fight. And I said, yes, I wanna fight. I do wanna fight. I wanna smash your head in. I really am angry at you.

Yeah. I wanna fight. Come on. But Jesus is telling me not to do it. And I'm flipping annoyed about it.

Sorry, spitting all over here. But I'm only not gonna fight you. You are you are an arrogant so and so, but I'm not gonna fight you because Jesus says I shouldn't do it that way. And so I'm gonna tell you this, you need to turn to Jesus and trust in Him. And it's only the power of God that's holding back my fistmate.

It's only that I can't remember what he did, but it was different. Something strange happened. I can't remember what it was now. But that's exactly it, isn't it? God is the 1 that holds us back.

So that we not only don't fight, we actually preach the gospel. Filippians chapter 2 verses 14 to 16 is amazing. Listen to this. He says, do everything without complaining or arguing. He's talking to So don't complain and argue.

Yeah? Simple. So that you may become blameless and pure, so you're going to live out the characteristics of the beatitude. Listen, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation in which you shine like the stars in the universe as you hold out the world of life. As you hold the word of life out.

So, live differently, live godly, live a life of restraint, Live life like the beatitudes, but you hold out the word of life as well in this dark. World. You preach. So don't hide it. Don't hide it.

The word good in good deeds in verse in verse 16 is the word that is used for beautiful. So are you living a beautiful life as you speak out the Christian message? You are salt and light. So let your little light shine. That's the song we should have had, isn't it?

I mean, we should have that on Thursday if we're having these old songs. In fact, we should have, if we're having a Graham Kendrick song, shine, Jesus shine. Shouldn't we? Yeah. In fact, we might have that.

On Thursday. That would be that would be great. I've known that for years. What a song. Yeah?

Let your light shine. The most stupid thing that the world does is in verses 10 to 12, if you look at it in chapter 5, which is to persecute Christians to exterminate Christians to shut the mouth of the very ones they need. It's crazy. It's crazy. But there's a stupid thing, and that is for Christians to lose their saltiness and hide their light.

That's just as mad because that's what we're meant to be about. We are to be superheroes. We are to be living beatitudes and speaking about Jesus. We are bringing the light into the dark world. We are the army of light, marching out, preaching the gospel.

We are to go to war with darkness Jesus is the Lord of light and he calls us to bring light, the light of his love to a dark sinful world that they may be ready for the next life that we are looking forward to So we must ask this question, how do we keep saltiness and how do we keep light? Well, be a superhero. Go through those speed attitudes. I'll do it in a minute. Keep working on them.

A few years ago, I was riding home from this place here, And I was going up a hill and I was, you know, this hill is is just in long distance and I'm always puffed out. There's often a bloke actually who comes out of a a little office bloke. He often seems to be there when I'm passing. And he's always going, go make gore, mate. And I'm going like this.

Well, I was just coming up this hill and I heard this din. It was a little boy dressed up as Superman. He had all the superman gear on. Yeah? And he was shouting at his mom.

No. No. I'm not doing this, and he was ever so rude to his mom. His mom was saying, come on, no. I'm not going.

And he was really rude to his mom. Dressed up a superman. But the brilliant thing was, as I was writing, a bloke came around the corner. And he was an old man and he saw what was going on and he he shouted at the boy. I.

Don't shoot. Speak to your mother like that. You're a superman. Superman doesn't talk like that. You stupid little boy.

Being superman and grow up, and the little boy was just He was completely stunned out of crying. And the mother didn't know what to do, whether to embrace him or to tell him to shove off. And I was laughing my head off as I was puffing up the hill. It was amazing. Dress up a superman and treating his mother like that, the bloke was right, whether he was right to do it quite like that.

But what a beautiful thing? Don't put on the Christian label and not be a superhero, So work on those beatitudes. Poor in spirit. How can you deepen that attitude? By meditating on the greatness and the glory of God.

And when you meditate on the greatness and the glory of God and the beauty of Christ, you'll see how poor you are. And that will have an effect in the workplace. You're not the top knob. You're not God. God is God.

Yeah? And suddenly the way you treat people will be different, wouldn't it? He's the God, the creator. How can you be a racist? God created all mankind.

Once you see how great God is and you see the paucity of yourself, you're not. Who are you? To be better than someone else. You see how you you live? Morning.

Take every opportunity to confess your sin and repent. Yeah, I fail so much. Thank you for Jesus. Meek. Don't always insist on your own way.

Gosh, stop it. You're not always right. You don't know is know everything. Just calm down. Stop thinking about yourself all the time.

Stop insisting on your own way and that the whole world revolves around you. And that would change you on it. You'd be a different person in the office if you're not thinking about yourself all the time. Hunger and thirst for righteousness. Allow the injustices and the wickedness of the world to hit you.

Be moved by them when someone's murdered. Think about that. Think about the ruination of people's lives. I thought there was such a dreadful 1 on the on the TV the other day was there where this little kid rides off from his mother. He's just trying his mom's bike out.

He's trying his mom's bike out in London and he's gone for 30 seconds and he stabbed. And he's on Facebook. Face timing is my mom. And she say, what? You've only been gone 30 seconds, and he's there bleeding.

And she's running around which way did it go? When you hear that? For goodness, sake what a world we're in. It needs the gospel, doesn't it? Someone just stabbed this young boy.

Gosh. The anger in people over almost then nothing. Be sad about this world. Purity. Put into your mind good stuff.

Re good stuff that will lead you to God. Be a peacemaker. Try and practice to sit. Stop gossiping. Try and bring people together.

See how you can do it. Give to people, be generous, and learn to speak. So pray for opportunities not just to be different, and therefore show the world what God wants and therefore by implication, judge the world. But try to speak, pray for opportunities to speak about the Lord Jesus Christ. Listen.

The country is opening up You're gonna begin to see workmates again live in the flesh. They're gonna ask you some questions. How did you cope with the year? Have an answer for that. Be ready for that question.

Talk about the Lord Jesus Christ. Talk about church. Be explicit. Say, to be quite honest, I couldn't have got it through without this. Talk about Jesus.

Say, yeah, I'm I'm sort of quite an anxious person, but the lord Jesus Christ is where I've been going. I've been praying. Talk about it. Speak out the Lord Jesus Christ. Look for those opportunities.

That little video that we saw. Share that on Facebook. Go on. Come on, it's just brilliant, isn't it? Click it like it.

Share it. Put it out wherever you can. Ask people here. Friends, look, this is what my church put together. Wonder what you think of this.

These are the young people of the church, isn't it great? Yeah? Share it. Speak it out. Don't hide your light.

Let the little light shine. You are the salt of the earth, you are the light of the world. Father God, help us please with these things. Help us to take them seriously and passionately and live these truths out in our lives. So this lost world would see the gospel and be saved in Jesus name.

We pray,

Preached by Pete Woodcock
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Pete is Senior Pastor of Cornerstone and lives in Chessington with his wife Anne who helps oversee the women’s ministry in the church.

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