SHERWOOD – David Burton, evangelism team leader for the Florida Baptist Convention, spoke on Matthew 5:13-16, encouraging audience members to be salt and light, during the evening session of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention 2013 State Conference on Evangelism and Church Growth held Jan. 21 at First Baptist Church, Sherwood.
Reminding those in attendance that no one is promised tomorrow, Burton spoke of the “need to be ready.”
“And we need to make sure that every day we have served the King of kings and Lord of lords to the very best of our ability,” Burton said, adding, “And a part of an evangelism conference ... is where we come and get our cups filled so we’re winning and reaching a dark, lost, dying generation and world. And we live in a very dark, dark society, and it’s getting darker every day.”
Burton urged those in attendance to “turn on the light” and “pour on the salt.”
He said Christians are salt and light because they have been changed, as described in 2 Corinthians 5:17.
Referencing 2 Corinthians 4:3-4, he spoke of the need to take the light to the lost world.
And Burton pointed out that while sin cannot extinguish one’s light, it can cover it up. But he pointed to 1 John 1:9 (KJV), which says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Burton ended by praying that the sin covering people’s lights would be removed to allow their lights to shine because “we know that light beats darkness every time.”
“Thank You that my light will beat the darkness every time,” Burton prayed. “Wherever I go, whatever circumstance, my light ... beats that darkness – because of the blood of Jesus – every single time.”