We are currently exploring practical, biblical examples of our church’s mission: taking the life-changing reality of Jesus to our neighborhoods, our cities, and our world. Specifically, we’re focusing on eight verbs vital for anyone passionately living to reach others for Christ.
“Light” is one of those things that we often take for granted in our daily lives. In fact, we probably don’t pay much attention to light until it is removed and we find ourselves stumbling around in darkness (face it- we all have an embarrassing “I got hurt in the dark” story that we try to keep under wraps!)
From the first words of Genesis, the theme of light vs. darkness runs consistently throughout all of Scripture- light is connected to righteousness and right living, while unrighteousness is depicted as darkness. When it comes to light/dark, the Bible reveals the following:
- God is light (1 John 1:5). He is the source of righteousness, and there is no darkness in him.
- Jesus is light (John 8:12). He makes righteousness possible.
- We are light (Matthew 5:14-16). The righteousness of Christ has been implanted in every believer.
- Light has an effect (John 3:18-20). Darkness likes darkness, and does not want to be exposed.
- We choose light or darkness (1 John 1:5-7). As believers, we have the daily choice to either walk in the light or allow the light within us to be hidden.
Through faith, God has made us positionally righteous, but He also calls us to live practically righteous- to walk in the light and let the light shine out.
- What is the most humorous or unusual event in your life (that can be shared in a group setting!) which is directly a result of being in the dark?
- How is the imagery of light and dark helpful in better understanding the tension between righteousness and unrighteousness? Why is this imagery so effective?
- Review the passages above (many of which are familiar within the church). Are there other insights you can glean from these passages when they are studied together?
- How might you practically “shine out” this week? Where or with whom can you share the light of Jesus within you?