1. The metaphors that Jesus uses here imply that the world is needy and dark - where do you observe the need and darkness in the world around you?
2. If being salt means to nurture growth, where do you see the need for growth around you? Think of your family, neighborhood, school, workplace or somewhere else you spend a lot of time.
3. If you could envision New Song making one particular impact as the light for the city and people of SLC, what would it be?
4. What tempts you to stop trying to make an impact around you? What leads you to become more cynical about the kind of impact you can make?
5. If Jesus really was overcome by the darkness as he died, but rose again to conquer the darkness, what confidence does that give you to stand up against the darkness of the world? What encouragement can you take today from Jesus' battle with the darkness?
13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet.
14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.