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What Does It Mean That We Are Salt and Light? (A Bible Study on Matthew 5:13-16)

May 08, 2023
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Salt and Light make everything better. Do you make every room better that you come into?

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Matthew 5:13-16: 13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. 14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Properties of Salt and Light:

  • Two normal things that most people like and have around them.

Specific Properties of Salt:

  • A mineral that our bodies need.
  • Makes bland food good.
  • It amplifies all other flavors around it

Specific Properties of Light:

  • Illuminates what is around you.
  • You’re not looking at the light, you’re looking at what the light is shining on.


Questions to ask the text: What Does it Mean That God’s People Are Salt and Light?

We are useful in the kingdom of God.

“You are the Light of the World” Cf John 8:12 – Jesus says he is the light of the world. We are called to be like Jesus!


Questions to Self-Examine Yourself With:

How does the world experience you?

How do you show up in a room?

Are you making your environment better?

The motive is NOT “I’ve got to level up, I’ve got to be better” – the call is “Man, look what God has done, I want to opt into that.”

Lord, help us be aware of what it means to be a citizen in the kingdom of Heaven.


Rev. Rachel Toone joined Montreat College in July 2018 as the Dean of Spiritual Formation. She holds a B.A. in Theology from Whitworth University, an MDiv. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and she is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Ministry program at Trinity School for Ministry. Rev. Toone is an ordained teaching elder by the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. When she is not working, Rev. Toone enjoys traveling, hiking, and reading old books.


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Nicole Unice is a Bible teacher, author, and passionate communicator who delights in bringing God’s Word to life in a personal and relevant way. Her training as a counselor informs her work, as she emphasizes the importance of facing our own reality and embracing the transforming power of God’s grace. Nicole is ordained as a teaching elder in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Her latest book, “Help, My Bible is Alive” is a 30-day experience designed to help people experience God through the Bible.

Nicole has spent twenty years serving the local church, first in student ministry (where she’s never lost her love of a great group game) and then leading start-ups of all kinds, from leadership development to capital campaigns. She now teaches and consults with churches and ministries to strengthen their stories and cut through confusion to discover the next right steps for success.
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