Sermon Notes

Follow Along

The Light

What Light Is And What Light Does

Matthew 5:14-16

“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father. Matthew 5:14-16


Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” John 8: 12


The night is coming, and then no one can work. But while I am here in the world, I am the light of the world.” John 9: 4-5


So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image. 2 Corinthians 3:18


For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ. We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves. 2 Corinthians 4:6-7

1. Light is clear and pure

For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true Ephesians 5:8-9

2. Light penetrates

For you are all children of the light and of the day; we don’t belong to darkness and night. 8 But let us who live in the light be clearheaded, protected by the armor of faith and love, and wearing as our helmet the confidence of our salvation. 1 Thessalonians 5:5,8

3. Light enhances a person's vision

Jesus replied, “My light will shine for you just a little longer. Walk in the light while you can, so the darkness will not overtake you. Those who walk in the darkness cannot see where they are going. Put your trust in the light while there is still time; then you will become children of the light.” John 12:35-36

4. Light reveals

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. John 14:6


I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the dark. John 12:46

5. Light guides

You light a lamp for me. The Lord, my God, lights up my darkness. Psalm 18:28


The Lord is my light and my salvation—so why should I be afraid? Psalm 27:1


For you are the fountain of life, the light by which we see. Psalm 36:9


Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105

6. Light strips away the darkness

Judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. All who do evil, hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. John 3:19-20

7. Light overpowers

Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people. Philippians 2:15

8. Light discriminates

9. Light warns of dangers

Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them. It is shameful even to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret. But their evil intentions will be exposed when the light shines on them, for the light makes everything visible. Ephesians 5:11-14 

10. Light protects

The night is almost gone; the day of salvation will soon be here. So remove your dark deeds like dirty clothes, and put on the shining armor of right living. Romans 13:12

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