Monday, January 30, 2017

Study in Matthew 5:14-16

For the next few months (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday), I am going to present a small class Bible study looking over Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. 

Group/private Study

Study

QUESTION: Why do you turn on a light?

Though an incandescent light can give off heat, you probably answered that the reason to turn on a light is so that you can have light. The same was true during the time of Jesus. A person light an oil lamp to create light.

READ Matthew 5:14-16 “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.  No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.

Jesus says those who are part of his kingdom are lights. They cannot be hid. Jesus’ true followers will be seen. Followers of Jesus in countries past and present have refrained from proclaim openly that they follow Jesus, but it is only a matter of time that something different is seen in them. Just their lives proclaim that they Jesus’ followers.

QUESTION: What in this scripture causes people to see the light?

Good deeds are part of the life of the follower of Jesus. In another place, Jesus says, “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples"(John 13:35).

Yes, followers of Jesus do share the kingdom message by word but Jesus makes it clear it is the life and actions of his follower which cause people to glorify God. The question you must ask yourself, Is my life shining forth Jesus?

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