3. We shine the light; we do not hide it.
A. Matthew 5:14-16 – “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. 15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.
B. During this time, people are afraid… unsettled… anxious…
C. We are Hope Dealers—Light shiners—Love givers!
D. This virus is highly contagious, but I’m praying for believers, to be even more contagious.
E. We don’t have to panic like those who have no hope
F. Romans 1 says – I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes
G. It’s His kindness that leads us to repentance & We receive forgiveness even when we don’t deserve it
H. Philippians 4 says – Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.
I. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 – We often suffer, but we are never crushed. Even when we don’t know what to do, we never give up. 9 In times of trouble, God is with us, and when we are knocked down, we get up again.