Outbound Bridges: No Jesus Fans
Topic: Biblical Passage: Matthew 5:3–5:16
1 Thessalonians 1:3
1.) It's why you are here? It's time to go home when there are no more bridges to be built!
John 17:1-2, 4, 6
- Are you an admirer of Jesus, or a follower?
2.) CARE: Sacrifice (good deeds that are deliberate and costly) in order to put CHRIST ON DISPLAY and prepare for the hope of the gospel.
“In the time of Jesus, the hills above the Sea of Galilee also used to be the hangout for holy revolutionaries, for outlaws ready to fight the pagan Romans and bring in the kingdom of God - by force if necessary. - NT Wright
1.) Fighting for power and position is not the advance of His glorious Kingdom, it is an expression of our own kingdom, our fears, our hate, our sin, and our agenda. Our call in CARE is a life of sacrifice and turning the other cheek, in meekness, in mercy, in love.
GLORY is our motive for this call of selfless, deliberate acts of CARE without the violence of our own will! This points to CHRIST
3. Followers of Jesus are, by definition, agents of preservation and illumination in a world caught in the snare of the decay of sin and the darkness of rebellion.
4. The metaphors of salt and light say something about our basic disposition in and towards the world.
Salt does not hate the meat it preserves through CARE….IT IS A DISPOSITION OF LOVE!
“The salt of the earth does not mock rotting meat. Where it can, it saves and seasons. And where it can’t, it weeps. And the light of the world does not withdraw, saying ‘good riddance’ to godless darkness. It labors to illuminate. But not dominate. . . . We don’t own culture, and we don’t rule it. We serve it with brokenhearted joy.” - John Piper
5. The temptation to abandon what we are is really a temptation to abandon Christ.
“We will not wish we had made more money, acquired more stuff, lived more comfortably, taken more vacations, watched more television, pursued greater retirement, or been more successful in the eyes of this world. Instead, we will wish we had given more of ourselves to living for the day when every nation, tribe, people, and language will bow around the throne and sing the praises of the Savior who delights in radical obedience and the God who deserves eternal worship.” ― David Platt