Irresistible Influence

My message for Sunday, October 2, 2016 is entitled “Irresistible Influence,” from Matthew 5:13-16, where Jesus describes his followers as the “salt of the earth,” and the “light of the world.” 
Here’s the link for the article by Ed Stetzer referenced in the message.
Also, here’s the quote from Bill Hybels cited towards the end of the sermon:

Businessmen can provide sorely needed jobs. 

Wise educators can teach useful knowledge of the world. 

Self-help programs can offer effective methods of behavior modification. 

Advanced psychological techniques can aid self-understanding. 

And all of this is good. 

But can any of it truly transform the human heart? 

I believe that only one power exists on this sorry planet that can do that. 

It’s the power of the love of Jesus Christ, the love that conquers sin and wipes out shame and heals wounds and reconciles enemies and patches broken dreams and ultimately changes the world, one life at a time. 

And what grips my heart every day is the knowledge that the radical message of that transforming love has been given to the church.

[emphasis mine]

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