Your Lampstand Study Guide

Your Lampstand Study Guide

“We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won’t need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don’t fire cannons to call attention to their shining- they just shine.” – Dwight L. Moody

Matthew 5:14-16
14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. (NKJV)

  • For the last two weeks we have read this passage where Jesus tells us that we, as believers, are the light of the world. How do you think this is true?
    • In verse 15, what does Jesus say people never do with light?
    • In what ways, though, do Christians many times “hide” their light?
      • What do you think is the reason for this?
  • According to verse 16, why is it so important for us as Christians to let our light shine?
  • What do you think it means for you to “let your light shine”?

Titus 2:11-14
11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. (NKJV)

  • Based on this passage, who has access to receive God’s grace?
    • According to verse 12, what has His grace taught us?
  • According to verse 14, what does Christ want to redeem us from?
    • What does Christ want to redeem us for?
  • Would you characterize yourself as “zealous for good works”?
    • What do you think this means?
  • How does knowing Jesus and what He’s done for you make you passionate to do good works for Him?
    • Take a few minutes to ask the Lord to give you a passion for the work of His kingdom. Ask Him to show you if there are any good works that He has for you that you need to step into at this time. 

Matthew 6:22-23
22 “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness! (NKJV)

  • What do you think it means that the eye is the lamp of the body?
    • Based on this passage then, how do we personally get more light?
  • What does this passage say about the importance of what we allow ourselves to see and what we focus on?
    • Take a few minutes today and consecrate your eyes to the Lord. Ask the Lord to show you if you are allowing any impure things to pass through the lamp of your body. Determine to focus on what is good and true only (Phil. 4:8).

2 Corinthians 2:12-18
12 Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech—13 unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing away. 14 But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ. 15 But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. 16 Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. (NKJV)

  • According to verse 16, what happens once someone turns to the Lord?
    • What do you think the “veil” is that’s taken away?
  • How are we “beholding as in a mirror” the glory of the Lord?
    • What are some ways that we as Christians should be transformed into the image of the Lord?
      • What does it mean that we are changed from “glory to glory”?
  • According to the last part of verse 18, who helps us in this growth transformation process?
    • What is your relationship with the Holy Spirit like? Invite Him into your life today. Ask Him to fill you, lead you, and empower you for this day.

Hebrews 12:1-2
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (NKJV)

  • What do you think are the “cloud of witnesses” referred to in verse 1?
    • What do you think it means to run the race of life with “endurance”?
  • According to verse 2, what is the key to running our race successfully?
    • Practically, what do you think it means for us to “look unto Jesus” on a daily basis?
  • Is there anything in your life right now that might be distracting you from focusing on Jesus?
  • Prayer: Fix your eyes on Jesus today as your Savior and your Source. Let this beautiful hymn be your prayer today. Sing it to the Lord if you have the freedom:
            “Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
            Look full in His wonderful face,
            And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
            In the light of His glory and grace.”

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