Throughout the Bible we hear a lot about light, especially in the New Testament. When Jesus comes, He is often described as the Light, the Light of the world. As His followers the light gets passed on to us and now we are the light of the world. However, I don’t know that we ever connect light all the way to the source. I don’t know that we connect light with the source of the light. Light isn’t just something that we shine.
In this message, the first in our series 8 to 15, we will start to define what it means to be the light.
8 to 15 is our idea that we have gotten from the New Testament that is our strategy for reaching people. It comes from a greek work called oikos which means household or extended household. It was a way people lived in the New Testament. It is group of people with whom we already do life with. And it is the environment in which being the light is the most natural and most effective.
This message ties in a lot of what we’ve been talking about over the past few weeks of the summer, going through the series, “Wake Up!”
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other.