The Parables of The Salt of the Earth & The Light of the World

Matthew 5:13-16

Everyone:

  • Read the scripture text of the parables.

Adults:

  • Consider these questions about the parables.
  • Salt changes things when it comes in contact with them.  How does this compare with a Christian life?
  • What other qualities does Salt have that a Christian should have?
  • Light changes the darkness from a distance.  How does this compare with a Christian life?
  • What does Light represent in the parable?
  • What does Darkness represent in the parable?
  • What is significant about Christians being compared to Light? (See John 1:1-5; John 8:12; 1 John 1:5; Proverbs 4:18-19)
  • What is significant about a small amount of light being seen from afar.
  • Other Things to Consider
  • Which can you add to a room to remove the other?  Light or darkness?
    • If we add more light, does more darkness disappear?  What lesson can we learn from this about our Christian influence?
    • Read 2 Peter 1:1-11
  • What happens if you have been in the dark and suddenly enter the light?
    • What might this indicate when we are working with the lost?  What about new Christians?
    • Is it easy to get used to the absence of light?
  • Does our attitude have anything to do with the way our light shines?  (See Philippians 2:15)
  • What would happen if everyone imitated your example?  (1 Corinthians 11:1)

Youth Group:

  • Consider these questions after reading the parable.
  • What are differences in how Salt and Light influence other things?
    • Does Salt influence something from far away or when it comes in contact with it?
    • Does Light influence something from far away or when it comes in contact with it?
    • What does this indicate about how Christians should influence others, since we are compared to both?
  • Which can you add to a room to remove the other?  Light or darkness?
    • Does this mean that Darkness is the absence of Light?
    • What does this say about how important our Christian influence is?
  • What does the word influence mean? (1 Timothy 4:12)
  • How can you influence others for good?
  • How can you keep from letting others influence you for bad? (1 Corinthians 15:33)
  • Activities for Youth Group Members
  • Look up the history of the word “Salary” and see how significant Salt was in the days of Jesus.
  • Have you ever heard the phrase “Not worth his salt”?  Look up the meaning of this phrase to see the value of salt.
  • Work the Honeycomb Puzzle that is included in the bulletin.

Kidspiration Kids:

  • Activities for Kids and Parents
  • Read the Parable with your family.
  • Work the Honeycomb Puzzle that is included in the bulletin.
  • Do the Light of the World Outdoor Activity that is included with this week’s bulletin.
  • Watch this YouTube video about The Light of the World.  https://youtu.be/jv6P4G_vco4