Isaiah 42:6 "I, the LORD,have called you inrighteousness; I will takehold of your hand. I will keepyou and will make you to bea covenant for the peopleand a light for the Gentiles
Matthew 4:16 the peopleliving in darkness have seena great light; on those livingin the land of the shadow ofdeath a light has dawned."
John 1:9 The true light that gives light toevery man wascoming into the world.
John 8:12 "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows mewill never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
John 12:46 I havecome into the worldas a light, so that noone who believes in me should stay in darkness.
John 12:36 Put your trust in the light whileyou have it, so that you may become sons of light."
2. Which do you believe better expresses the meaning of "You are the light of the world"? 34% As the moon reflects the suns light, we reflect Jesus light to the world66% As we develop the character Jesus has been describing, his light shines from within us
Ephesians 5:8-10For you were oncedarkness, but nowyou are light in theLord. Live aschildren of light …10 and find outwhat pleases theLord.
2 Corinthians 4:6 ForGod … made his lightshine in our hearts togive us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
Matthew 5:14 “… A city on a hill cannot be hidden.
3. Some believe the "city on a hill" is a reference to Jerusalem (see Isaiah 62). Do you agree? 49% 51% Yes No
Mathew 5:15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on itsstand, and itgives light to everyone in the house.
Matthew 5:16 Inthe same way, let your light shine before men, thatthey may see your good deeds andpraise your Father in heaven.
1 Peter 2:11-12 Dearfriends, I urge you, asaliens and strangers inthe world, to abstainfrom sinfuldesires, which waragainst your soul. 12Live such good livesamong the pagansthat, though theyaccuse you of doingwrong, they may seeyour good deeds andglorify God on the dayhe visits us.
1 Corinthians 5:9-11I have written you in my letter not to associatewith sexually immoral people— 10 not at allmeaning the people of this world who areimmoral… In that case you would have to leavethis world. 11 But now I am writing you that youmust not associate with anyone who callshimself a brother but is immoral.
1 Corinthians 2:4-5My message and my preaching werenot with wise and persuasivewords, but with a demonstration ofthe Spirits power, 5 so that yourfaith might not rest on menswisdom, but on Gods power.
John 17:11, 15, 18I will remain in the world no longer, but they arestill in the world, and I am coming to you. … 15My prayer is not that you take them out of theworld but that you protect them from the evilone. … 18 As you sent me into the world, I havesent them into the world.
WHAT WE NEED TO DO 1. Make Contact 2. Build Relationships
1 Thessalonians 1:5; 2:7-9You know how we lived among you for your sake. …2:7 We were gentle among you, like a mother caringfor her little children. 8 We loved you so much thatwe were delighted to share with you not only thegospel of God but our lives as well, because you hadbecome so dear to us. 9 Surely youremember, brothers, our toil and hardship; weworked night and day in order not to be a burden toanyone while we preached the gospel.
WHAT WE NEED TO DO 1. Make Contact 2. Build Relationships 3. Be available
1 Peter 3:15Always be prepared to give ananswer to everyone who asks youto give the reason for the hopethat you have.
WHAT WE NEED TO DO 1. Make Contact 2. Build Relationships 3. Be available 4. Point to Jesus
Philippians 2:14-16Do everything without complaining orarguing, 15 so that you may become blamelessand pure, children of God without fault in acrooked and depraved generation, in which youshine like stars in the universe 16 as you hold outthe word of life.
1. Whose influence most helped you come to faith?30% 28% Mother Father Grandmother Grandfather 17% Brother or sister15% Neighbor 6% Friend Other 0% 2% 2%
Breakdown of "other" as influences who helped you come to faith Both parents 19% 12% Spouse 19% Children25% 6% Mother-in-law 6% 13% Holy Spirit PDCOC
4. How are you most likely to hide your light? Being quiet when you should speak 8% 26% Going along with the crowd23% Denying the light 13% Letting sin dim your light 28% Not explaining your light to 2% others Ignoring the needs of others