Chris Band

Lightly Seasoned (Matthew 5:13-16)

Chris Band, January 20, 2019
Part of the Sermon on the mount series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

We are to be salt and light in the world, to give flavour and illumination to the world and to make a difference.
To be distinctive and visible as a community in the world.
Salt is the enemy of decay, prevents corruption, is antiseptic, purifies, cures etc etc. And we are called to be salt in the world.
We may have lost our distinctiveness. We have many similarities with non-Christians, but we are forgiven and our brokenness is being restored. We are in a relationship with the holy, loving God.
We shine out as Christians as we speak out the Word of God.
Salt in a morally decaying world; light in a spiritually dark world.

Tags: beatitudes, Distinctive, impact, light of the world, salt of the earth, shining for God, visible

About Chris Band: Chris became a Christian at the age of 11. He has studied theology at 3 different academic institutions for 9 years in total – Birmingham University, London School of Theology and the University of Oxford. He worked for five years with national students in the UK (with UCCF) and then for seven years amongst international students (with Friends International). He also taught New Testament Studies in North India for 3 years. Chris is married to Breeze and they have two daughters, Petra and Tia. His hobbies and interests include reading, classical music, film, DIY and Sport. Following ministerial training at Regent’s Park College, Oxford (during which he was on placement with us at HBC), Chris was ordained as a Baptist minister and formally inducted as a full-time minister at Headington Baptist Church in September 2009.
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Matthew 5:13–16 (Listen)

13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet.

14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.



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