Sermon Notes

Sunday, May 27th 2018

Salt and Light

Kingdom Living: Matthew 5:13-20


  1. The Sermon on the Mount’s twin themes are kingdom & _______________________.


  1. Matthew 5:13-16 focuses on who disciples ________________.
  • The Old Testament connects “salt” to covenant” (Lev 2:13; Num 18:19; 2 Chron 13:5)
  • Light in the Old Testament was to characterize Israel (Isa 9:2; 49:6; 60:1-3)
  • What does it look like for Jesus’ followers to be salt and light?


  1. Matthew 5:17-20 focuses on who disciples ________________.


  • Jesus as fulfillment of the law and the prophets (Matt 9:13; 23:23)
  • Disciples are to live out a greater “covenant loyalty” (“righteousness;” 5:20)
  • Matthew portrays Pharisees and scribes falling short of the covenantal loyalty (15:1-9; 23:2-3, 23)
  • Jesus goes on to teach a greater ethic that combines relational faithfulness with right motives (5:21-48)
  • What does it look like for Jesus’ followers to live faithfully?


  1. In light of the arriving kingdom, Jesus teaches how to live faithfully in covenant with God as a believing community by the reality of Jesus as ______________________.


  1. Who we are (“being”) comes from God’s ___________________.


  1. What we do (“doing”) comes from our _____________________.


Soren Kierkegaard: When we awake in the morning and turn our thoughts to you—you are the first, you have loved us first. Even if I arise at daybreak and instantly turn my thoughts to you in prayer, you are too quick for me; you have loved me first (quoted in Becknell and Ashcroft, Beginning of Wisdom, 141).


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