"The Christian Salt and Light Company"
Passage: Matthew 5:13–5:16
1. The Lord God of the universe is worthy of being the heart of everything – our desires, our_________________________, our lives, our work, our family, our neighborhood, Romans 1:5; Revelation 4-5; Genesis – Revelation; Matthew 1-4; Isaiah 46:3-10; 45:5-7; 43:7; Colossians 1:15-20.
2. Because of His decrees, His supremacy, His great holy and loving nature, and our____________________, eternity hangs in the balance, Romans 1:18-24; 5:12-21; Acts 17:16-34.
3. Jesus is the __________________answer to the problem of our rebellion, Acts 4:12; John 14:6; Matthew 1-4; 1:21; Romans 1:16-17.
4. The local _________________________ is God’s method for spreading the message of the Gospel. God is a missionary God; therefore, his local church must be a missionary church, Matthew 4:19; 1 Peter 2:9-12; 1 Corinthians 15:34; Matthew 28:16-20; Matthew 10:33; Luke 9:26; Mark 8:38; John 17:18; 20:21.
5. Each follower of Jesus must cultivate their___________________ – the beatitudes must be our attitude, in order for us to live rightly as missionaries, Proverbs 4:23; Matthew 4:19; 5:1-12; Colossians 3
6. God’s plan requires _______________ and words, 2 Corinthians 4:7-12; Matthew 10:33; Luke 9:26; 2 Timothy 2:12; 1 Corinthians 4:9-13; Mark 8:38.
7. God’s plan requires that we be known for our counter culture lives and attitudes NOT our fortresses, self-righteousness, accommodation or______________________________, Ephesians 5:1-21; John 8:12; Revelation 1-3.
8. God’s plan requires us to_______________________ engage and be salt and light. My actions steps for 2015:
Community Group Discussion Questions
1. Discuss the various stances we can take as believers with the world: fortress, withdrawal; domination, accommodation, self-righteousness. How do these stances effectively keep us from being a missionary people? How might these stances effectively keep non-believers from taking part in our church activities?
2. When we think of missions we think of missionaries in foreign countries that we support. Why is it hard to think of ourselves as missionaries?
3. Who are the three people in your life who are the most ornery? Why might they be most open to friendship?
4. Does God’s call ALWAYS require sacrifice?
5. What teachings of the Bible are the hardest to accept: the uniqueness of Jesus as the only way to heaven, the sinfulness of all humanity, others?