“Salt and Light:”
Staying on Mission Even as We Stay at Home
13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.
14 “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. 15 No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, 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 in heaven. (Matthew 5:13-16).
This is a strange and unsettling time. Our regular rhythms of life and worship have been disrupted. Ordinarily, the way of Jesus seems to be to “draw close” or to “come near.” But in this season, loving our neighbor well means practicing “social distancing.” So, how do we keep being the church even when we cannot meet as the church? How do we stay “on mission” when a big part of the mission means staying at home?
There is a way. We want to encourage our Second Baptist Church family to be “salt and light” in your homes and in your neighborhoods, even while you maintain the healthy and neighbor-loving practices recommended by the CDC and the Governor. We are asking you to consider the following:
- Pray for your neighbors, every day. For most of us, that means that we may have to learn our neighbors’ names and get to know a little bit about them.
- Reach out to your neighbors on your street or your block. Encourage them. Invite them to talk with you over the phone or from across the street. Offer to help them with things that you can handle, like picking up groceries or medicines. In a time of isolation, this will help them see that they are known and connected. Here are some other ways of thinking and connecting that would help you shine the light of Christ in your neighborhood “Loving Your Neighbors”.
- Click here for a sample text that you could include in a letter or email to your neighbors.
- If you can meet the needs of your neighbors, do what you can. If there are needs you can’t meet, pass them along to our church staff. We might be able to help. In addition, 2BC is connected to a larger network of churches who may be able to mobilize to meet bigger needs.
Second Baptist family, let us love one another as Christ has loved us. All powerful movements start small, with one person or one family willing to surrender themselves to the power of the Spirit and allow God to use them. You can be “salt and light” in your neighborhood!
Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. (1 John 4:7).
Director of Missions and Outreach