the light of the world

 

NOTE: Following is a copy of the discussion guide that will be used in MoSt Church’s LIFE groups tomorrow, May, 6. This guide will enable your follow-up of Adam Marshall’s sermon, The Light of the World, from Matthew 5.14-16. You’ll find these LIFE group discussion guides categorized each week here on my site under the category title “LIFE group guides.”

Aim

To highlight Christ’s teaching that his followers are this world’s light.

Word

Now when Jesus heard that John was arrested, he went to Galilee. He left Nazareth and settled in Capernaum, which lies alongside the sea in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali. This fulfilled what Isaiah the prophet said: Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, alongside the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles, the people who lived in the dark have seen a great light, and a light has come upon those who lived in the region and in shadow of death. [Isaiah 9.1-2] From that time Jesus began to announce, “Change your hearts and lives! Here comes the kingdom of heaven!” (Matthew 4.12-17 CEB)

You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its saltiness, how will it become salty again? It’s good for nothing except to be thrown away and trampled under people’s feet. You are the light of the world. A city on top of a hill can’t be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket. Instead, they put it on top of a lampstand, and it shines on all who are in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before people, so they can see the good things you do and praise your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5.13-16 CEB)

You were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord, so live your life as children of light. Light produces fruit that consists of every sort of goodness, justice, and truth. (Ephesians 5.8-9 CEB)

Open

Icebreaker questions are meant to help us all start talking. Choose one of the following to discuss as a group.

1. Tell us about an experience you’ve had when the lights suddenly went out on you.

2. Were you afraid of the dark or do you have night blindness now? How did/do you cope?

Dig

These questions are meant to help us grapple with Scripture related to this morning’s sermon. Choose some.

1. What is the proper response to encountering the “great light,” Jesus (Matt. 4.12-17)?

2. What do salt and light have in common (Matt. 5.13-16)?

3. Is the ‘light” Jesus speaks of the same as “the good things you do?” (Matt. 5.14-16) Explain.

4. With Eph. 5.8-9 in view, what happens in the dark?

Reflect

These questions facilitate our sharing what we sense God’s Spirit is doing with us thru his word. Choose some.

1. What is some of the “light” you’ve seen in others that has truly changed the way you live?

2. We speak of children “failing to thrive.” What effects come from believers “failing to shine?”

3. What is the power source(s) for our being this world’s light? How do we tap in?

4. We often do what is unthinkable, hiding our light under a basket, so to speak. Why?

5. How are we to let our light “shine” and, at the same time, walk “humbly” with the Lord?

6. How can we pray for you as to your being a bright “light” to this world?

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