Watonga Church of Christ . . . learning from the men, women and children of Bible times
The Sermon on the Mount
Imagine! the earth and all it's people
Jesus said to his followers, "Ye are the salt of the earth"
some people don't follow Christ's teaching, like "love your neighbor"
But others follow Christ; they are kind and loving and respectful.
These people are like salt that give food its flavoring: but instead, they give influence and instruction and good examples to the world!
Now look at the earth and all its people and see that the Christ-like people have salted the earth just like salt on food.
Jesus said to his followers, "Ye are the light of the world."
The sun lights our physical world
just like Jesus lights our spiritual and moral world
You might need a flashlight to see where to step and turn on a dark path
You definitely need Jesus' words to help you see where to step and turn in a dark world
Then, followers of Jesus reflect the light of Jesus to other people trying to find their way in a sinful world.
Jesus said, "You heard that you should not murder; but I say that you should not be angry with your brother without a cause." (don't kill one's body or one's spirit) Jesus taught, "You should not have to swear that you are telling the truth. When someone asks you if something is true, just simply say 'yes' or 'no'." (if you're honest, you don't need all those extra words) Jesus taught, "You should love your neighbor AND your enemies. Pray for your enemies and do good to those who persecute you." (it is easy to love your friends, exercise your spirituality by loving your enemies) Jesus explained, "If you do your good deeds to be seen of men, you already have your reward. If you do your good deeds in secret, God will reward you openly." (if you want to talk to someone about your good deed, talk to Jesus) Jesus said, "Don't store up treasure on earth where it can be destroyed or stolen; but store up treasure in heaven where your treasure can not be taken from you." (Instead of filling the piggy bank with money, fill your heart with the words of Jesus - it will pay off better!) Jesus warned, "Forgive others their sins against you and God will forgive your sins; but if you don't forgive people, God will not forgive you." (choose to forgive - God has probably got a lot more to forgive you for than you have to forgive that other person for, so you come out ahead anyway!)