Light of The World – Week 3

Church at The Springs

Dec 17 – 18, 2023

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Light Of The World

Teaching Pastor | Joe LaCognata

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Icebreaker:

Have you been able to check out any Christmas light displays yet?

Being the Light of the World 

Isaiah 9:2

The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine.

How does it make you feel that Isaiah wrote hundreds of years before Jesus about Jesus?

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 came to be the light of the world so you and I can be the light of the world. What are your initial reactions to this statement?

What does it mean to be the light of the world?

Matthew 5:14

“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.

What do you think an “Upsidedown Kingdom” means?

Philippians 2:14-15

Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.

What does it mean for you to live as a bright light?

Matthew 5:15-16

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.

Being the light leads to good deeds.

Investing in the lives of others

How are you investing in the lives of others?

Good deeds lead to good words.

Why do small good deeds usually have such a multiplication effect?

1 Peter 3:15

But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,

When was the last time someone asked you what was different about you?

Invite to faith

Invite to conversation

Invite to church

Invest and Invite

Matthew 5:16

In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.

Good words lead to changed lives.

Are your good deeds to turn people toward you or toward God?

Romans 10:13-14

For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?

Who shared the light of the world with you?

Who are you sharing the light of the world with?

1 John 1:5

This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all.

1 John 1:6

So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth.

1 John 1:9

But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.

Changed lives lead to being the light of the world. 

Isaiah 9:2

The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine.

Being the light leads to good deeds

Good deeds lead to good words

Good words lead to changed lives

Changed lives lead to being the light of the world

As you close pray for those you are inviting to Christmas Eve services. Go around the group and share the names of those you want to invite and pray for them and for yourself to have boldness to invite!