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Scriptures: John 8:12-20, John 6:35, John 3:19, John 12:46, Matthew 5:14-15
Light and darkness is a theme that is repeated throughout all of Scripture. So when Jesus makes the statement, "I am the light of the world," it is a profound and powerful declaration of Who He is. We often come across people who are in a dark place in their lives, driven there by circumstance, or crisis or choices. In Christ, we find a Person who can bring people out of whatever their darkness may be, and into His light. Through this message we will discover how we can have a role in bringing people from darkness to light.
"Nobody likes to walk in complete darkness. Complete darkness almost paralyzes you and if you do have to walk you really don’t walk - you just kind of shuffle. You don’t know what is ahead of you, below you, or above you. Occasionally during a storm or a big snow you may experience the power going out in your home. All the lights go out. Once that happens, the moment it happens, you’re thinking about one thing: When are the lights going to come back on? How long will it be before the darkness is gone? Jesus makes an incredible promise. He said the moment you come to Him, surrender to Him, and let Him become your light, you will never walk in darkness again." --Dr. Merritt
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Pastors Edge provides Bible preachers and teachers with ready-to-use resources and materials based on the preaching of Dr. James Merritt, Senior Pastor at Cross Pointe Church in Duluth, GA and host of the international broadcast ministry Touching Lives.