Seeds of Faith Podcast

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February 4, 2011: Sermon on the Mount: Salt and Light Dorcas Glorifies God

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The text for this lesson is Matthew 5:13–20; Acts 9:36–43.

Key Points

  • In the life of Dorcas, we see that God makes His people “salt” and “light,” whose good works glorify Him and point others to the saving light of Christ.
  • Law: By nature, I seek glory for myself in all that I do, even my outward good works.
  • Gospel: When Christ shines His forgiveness on me, I am transformed to live for others to the glory of God.
  • Law: According to the flesh, I do not know how to come to God or where to find Him.
  • Gospel: In Christ, I am a light that points to Jesus as the way to the Father.
 

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Discussion Points

  1. What is the Christian’s role in the world? How does obedience to God’s commands fit into this role? Remember our discussion last week about the role of repentance in our relationship to Christ. Build from that and share your ideas: how does a person in a repentant and trusting relationship to Christ in the church interact with the world?
  2. The first verse of today’s passage speaks of salt losing its saltiness. What is the purpose of salt? How does this metaphor of the salt explain our lives as Christians?
  3. Think about and discuss the metaphor of the light of the world. What are the various images that Christ uses here (verses 14–16)? How does Christ explain these metaphors?
  4. What is the meaning of Jesus’ words in verses 17–18, especially in light of passages like Romans 10:4 Galatians 3:10–14, and Galatians 5:1–6? Has “all” been accomplished (verse 18)?
  5. Why, then, is one not to relax the commandments (verse 19)? Notice that Jesus again refers to the kingdom of heaven in verses 19–20. What specifically does He say about it? What about the righteousness of the Pharisees? What is this righteousness and how is one to exceed it?
  6. In Acts 9:36–43, how is Dorcas described? What is some of the evidence of this description? What is the reason given for many “throughout all Joppa” believing in the Lord and what does this have to do with her good works? How does the story of Dorcas help explain the passage in the Sermon on the Mount that we have been reading?
  7. In Acts 9:36–43, how is Dorcas described? What is some of the evidence of this description? What is the reason given for many “throughout all Joppa” believing in the Lord and what does this have to do with her good works? How does the story of Dorcas help explain the passage in the Sermon on the Mount that we have been reading?

Written by Bob Lail

February 4th, 2011 at 9:18 am

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