How to Be a Light in the Darkness | Shine Part 1

How to Be a Light in the Darkness | Shine Part 1

Christians should be good people 

Jesus calls us to live beyond nice – Holy Different 

This is not only counterintuitive… It’s just downright weird – Craig Groeschel

Matthew 5:14-16 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.

Shining Jesus draws people to Himself 

1 Peter 3:15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have 

Radical Supernatural Goodness 

1 Peter 1:15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do

Set aside, completely Different, Dedicated to God, not ordinary or normal 

Holy Different 

Shining Jesus pleases our Father 

1 John 1:5-6 God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 

Matthew 7:13-14 Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

Radical Supernatural Goodness 

God’s Leading/God’s Power 

We can’t be radically good in our own power 

John 15:5 I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

I can’t but you can! 

To Shine we need God’s Leading/God’s Power 

Shine in our Words 

Philippians 2:14-15 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky

Shine in our Words 

Words live on past the moment 

Apologizing doesn’t erase words 

Power of our words contain unequaled danger

Proverbs 10:19 When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable,
But those who restrain their lips are wise. 

Holy Different in our words 

Shine, being Holy Different in our Words