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6 Avenues for the Church To Be Salt and Light

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Salt and light” is one of the most catalytic metaphors taught by Jesus about who we are as the body of Christ.

To be salt and light to the world is one of the greatest responsibilities of the Church today, the question is how do we do that consistently in a practical way? Can church programs unintentionally get in the way?

You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:13-16)

To be salt and light to the world is a simple concept, yet it can’t happen on Sunday mornings alone. The embodiment of salt and light must be carried into the community that our churches serve.

Being salt and light as the body of Christ is difficult to program because it’s personal. Essentially, it’s demonstrated by:

  • The principles we live by
  • The words we speak
  • The actions we take

We forfeit our opportunity to be salt and light by things like:

  • Division within the church
  • Making the gospel complicated
  • Failure to see and accept others who are different
  • Lacking passion for the purposes of God
  • Elevating personal agendas above God’s

6 Avenues for the Church To Be Salt and Light

1. Consistently Demonstrate Unconditional Love and Grace

Current culture lives in an environment of division, cancellation, and tension. Yet, we have the greatest opportunity imaginable to reach people with the unconditional love and grace made possible by Jesus.

When we lead with love and grace we open the door for truth.

Unconditional love and grace does not suggest mushy or lukewarm Christianity, instead, it recognizes the condition of human nature and our desperate need to be accepted and included.

When we consider the issue of consistency in our demonstration of love and grace, even amongst family and friends, it is challenging. Flawless love and grace isn’t the goal, it’s consistency to do our best from a heart level. When we are consistent with those closest to us, it is more natural to live that out with those we don’t know.

Does your church consistently demonstrate unconditional love and grace?

2. Boldly Communicate the Truth About Jesus

If we lead with love and grace we can be bold in our communication of the gospel of Jesus Christ.