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Sermon Notes: Jesus raises Jairus’ Daughter

Sermon notes: Jesus raise Jairus’ Daughter


Someone said, “I bet the Funeral Parlors in Jesus’ day just about went broke. Anywhere Jesus went, the dead were being raised.” Jesus probably raised many people from the dead during his earthly ministry, although the Bible records only three of them.

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Sermon Notes: Why do we abstain from Alcohol?

Sermon: Why do we abstain from Alcohol?


In the U.S, the Assemblies of God has traditionally adopted a position of
total abstinence or “teetotalism” when it comes to the use of alcoholic beverages. Our  church is  no exception to that rule. But, in  this  age  of moral  permissiveness, how have we come to that  position and how can we defend it?

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Sermon Notes: Salt of the Earth, Light of the World and the City on a Hill

Sermon Notes: The Salt of the Earth, Light of the World and the City on a Hill


Last month I had the joy of walking you through Jesus’ teaching on the Beatitudes and together we were able to discover some amazing truths to help ourselves in our walk with God. If you missed those sermons, don’t worry. You can get to them by going here.

Tonight I want us to consider another important portion of scripture recorded in the same passage as the Beatitudes. Once again please turn your Bibles to the Gospel of Matthew chapter 5. We will read verses 13 through 16, (Matthew 5:13-16). Some of you might question the necessity for this sermon because many other sermons have been preached from these verses before. This sermon however is going to be a much simple and an easy to understand version.

Preaching the undiluted truth in a simple manner is a challenging task. I spent countless hours writing and rewriting these notes until I was certain this is precisely what the Holy Spirit wants me to tell. So here’s another sermon to help you in your walk with Christ. If you are a Preacher yourself please feel free to use these notes in any way you see fit.

1. Salt of the Earth

It’s interesting that this is a phrase commonly used outside the Bible also. While there is an award winning Biographical Documentary Film titled ‘Salt of the Earth’ according to the Meriam-Webster Dictionary it’s a phrase used to refer to people of good character.

But why did Jesus say we are are the Salt of the Earth? Salt is a unique chemical compound. There’s nothing else like it. Jesus was implying we ought to be a different kind of people. The question is what makes us different from the rest of the world? We must go back to the original language in which the New Testament was written to find the answer .

The Greek word for salt is ‘halas’ which means prudent. Prudence manifests itself in many different ways. However the book of Colossians says “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should answer everyone.” (Colossians 4:6) Here for salt Paul is using the same Greek word as Matthew. Then prudence is the defining characteristic of a disciple and it manifests through our words.

Now Salt cannot loose its favour because it’s a stable compound. If so why did Jesus say ‘But if salt loses its flavor, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled on by people.’ (Matthew 5:13)

In the ancient days unlike now salt was not harvested through means of vaporization. Salt was harvested using much less reliable methods. The salt harvested using such methods was unclean sometimes and often ended up being thrown into the street and trodden under the feet of people walking by.

Jesus is saying we can choose to be prudent or imprudent. Just like salt without savor is useless so is the imprudent Christian because there’s no substitute for a prudent Christian.

How do we choose to be prudent? The Bible says ‘For the mouth speaks from what fills the heart.’ (Matthew 12:34b) It also warns us to guard the heart above everything else. ‘Guard your heart with all vigilance, for from it are the sources of life.’ (Proverbs 4:23). If you want to be a prudent Christian you must start by changing your heart.

2. Light of the World

Now we move from the metaphor of the ‘Salt of the Earth’ to the ‘Light of the World’. The Gospel of John says Jesus is the true light, (John 1:9). Then why did Jesus call us the light of the world? It’s obvious we are not the light ourselves. I can think of at least three reasons.

First, Jesus was basically saying our lifestyle should be a manifestation of his light. The Greek word ‘phos’ used by Matthew in place of light here gives the meaning ‘manifest’. The Amplified Version makes this a lot clearer. It says “You are the light of Christ to the world.” Jesus is not saying we are the light ourselves but witnesses of his light.

Second, I told you we can choose to be prudent or imprudent. Jesus is giving us another choice here. We can choose to be the witnesses of light or inhabitants of darkness. It’s important that we understand darkness is not the opposite of light as many seem to believe. The Meriam-Webster Dictionary defines dark as the absence of light. Likewise light becomes absent when our lifestyle contradicts God’s expressed will allowing darkness to take over, (John 12:35).

Third, Jesus is calling us to be different a second time. (The first time was when he said we are the salt of the earth.) He is implying that the difference between a disciple and a non-believer should be no lesser than the sharp contrast that exists between dark and light. In fact when non-believers see us they should be convinced of the darkness engulfing their own lives.

What must we do to become witnesses of light? The 1st Epistle by St. John says this. “In him was life, and the life was the light of mankind.” (1 John 1:4) We become witnesses of Jesus’ light through our relationship with him. Interestingly John talks about this relationship to Jesus several times.

• Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and take up residence with him. (John 14:23)
• “I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in me and I in him—bears much fruit, because apart from me you can accomplish nothing.” (John 15:5)
• What we have seen and heard we announce to you too, so that you may have fellowship with us (and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ). Thus we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete. (1 John 1:3-4)

Finally being witnesses of Jesus’ light isn’t enough. It’s not beneficial to others unless we let that light shine. With that we come to the third metaphor which is ‘The City on a Hill’.

3. The City set on a Hill

Ancient towns were often built of white limestone. They gleamed in the Sun during the day and at night the inhabitants’ oil lamps would shed glow over the surrounding area. Hence these cities served as beacons for directing travelers toward the city as they could be spotted from miles away at night as well as broad day light. So Jesus’ audience knew exactly what he was talking about. In the same way we also must help the weary pilgrims of life to find their way to Christ by shining his light for him.

Then Jesus shifts the focus of his audience from the glow of a city to the glow of a single household. In the ancient Middle East houses were lit using small clay lamps. Since those houses were simple one room structures placing the lamp on a lamp stand gave light to the entire house. Jesus used this earthly example to teach a spiritual lesson. That is we should not blend in with unbelievers for the fear of offending them because such behavior is like lighting a lamp and putting it under a basket indeed.

Shining your light isn’t always a pleasant experience because light is not welcomed everywhere for it exposes the works of darkness. The Bible says “But their evil intentions will be exposed when the light shines on them.” (Ephesians 5:13 – NLT) We have to decide whether we want to please God or please men before we can shine our light before others, (John 12:42-43)

Jesus said we shine our light through our good works. In Greek ‘works’ is translated as ‘ergon’. It means ‘labour’. Labour is the price of good works. Unless you are willing to pay the price you cannot shine your light.


In closing I would like to share a thought which happened to cross my mind while preparing this sermon. As God has called us to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world it makes us the most important group of people on the surface of this earth. It should be our prayer that the Holy Spirit will equip us with his grace to live a life worthy of that calling.

(If this sermon was helpful to you please consider leaving your feedback in the comments section at the bottom. It would be a great encouragement to me personally.)

Sermon: The Beatitudes ~ Part II (Final)

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Sermon notes: The Beatitudes

Sermon: The Beatitudes ~ Part II (Final)

The Church of the Beatitudes. A Roman Catholic Church built on the traditional site of Jesus delivery of the beatitudes.


Jesus used the beatitudes to explain to His followers the true path to happiness. However this teaching has not always been accepted well because it’s the great contrast to the worldly notion of blessedness and happiness. Friedrich Nietzsche, the German philosopher once called them a “malignant disease.” Jesus’ point is we need to change our focus from the world’s perspective of happiness to God’s perspective of it, in order to find any happiness at all in this life and the beatitudes are the way to do it. In my previous sermon we looked at the first four of these. Let’s consider the rest today.

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Sermon notes: God commands Abraham to offer up Isaac



Elie Wiesel the most famous Holocaust survivor of all time once said this. “After the Holocaust I did not lose faith in God. I lost faith in mankind!” If the Holocaust was a test, I am sure Wiesel passed it with flying colors.

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Sermon notes: The Parable of the Good Samaritan

Sermon: The Parable of the Good Samaritan


We have before us this evening a well known passage of the Bible. The Parable of the Good Samaritan. The Society is so familiar with the story there are at least half a dozen Hospitals in the US named after the Good Samaritan. So many sermons have been dedicated to it, searching the phrase “Sermon on the Good Samaritan” in Google returns over  481,000  results.

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Sermon: The Beatitudes ~ Part I

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Sermon notes: The Beatitudes

Sermon: The Beatitudes ~ Part I

Mt. Eremos: the hill top from where Jesus is believed to have delivered the Sermon on the Mount.


Countless research has proved that happiness is every man’s greatest goal in life. In Matthew 5:3-12 & Luke 6:20-22 Jesus used the beatitudes to explain to His followers the true path to happiness. This teaching has not always been accepted well though because it’s the great contrast to the worldly notion of blessedness and happiness. George Bernard Shaw called it an “impractical outburst of anarchism and sentimentality.” The point is we need to change our focus in order to find any happiness at all in this life and the beatitudes are the way to do it. In today’s sermon let us consider to how embrace these principles?

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Sermon notes: Jesus heals a Roman Centurion’s Servant

Sermon: Jesus heals a Roman Centurion’s Servant


In the weeks that passed by I shared with you from Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount.” For the past 24 years I have listened to many Preachers and preached many sermons myself. But none of those preachers or myself ever concluded a sermon with an unexpected warning like Jesus gave in his sermon on the mount. His exact words were,

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!” (Matthew 7:21-23)

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