Pastor’s Blog


Who is the light of the world? The Bible actually gives us two answers to that question. The first answer — and probably your first response — is that Jesus is the light of the world (John 8:12; 9:5). But in addition to declaring Himself to be the light of the world, Jesus also identified someone else: you!

Toward the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says to His followers:

“You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”
— Matthew 5:14-16

Everyone who claims the name of Jesus is called to be light in this world — to shine brightly and stand in stark contrast to the surrounding darkness so that God will be glorified. In fact, light is only useful when it goes into the darkness and makes itself visible for all to see. And this is the image Jesus uses to share His expectations of the church.

This Sunday, we’ll begin a new sermon series that will explore several ways in which we can be a people of light in a world of darkness. Along the way, we’ll see how the gospel should shape us as a church and how this should lead us to be distinctive yet attractive to a broken and watching world.

~ Josh

a people of light in a world of darkness

  • August 21:
    a people of truth in
    a world of deceit
  • August 28:
    a people of unity in
    a world of division
  • September 4:
    a people of self-sacrifice in
    a world of self-interest
  • September 11:
    a people of hope in
    a world of despair
  • September 18:
    a people of restoration in
    a world of destruction

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