October 13, 2019
Sermon Title: You Are the Salt
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Scripture Text: Matthew 5:13
13 "Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.".
You Are the Salt
In the Beatitudes Jesus sets before us a word picture of the inner spirit of a genuine Christian.
The Master Teacher continues the Sermon on the Mount or lecture on Christian discipleship by describing in graphic terms the influence of such Christians. By using the terms salt and light to describe the influence of the church, he sets forth a part of its function in the world. The words of the verse in which the text is found imply a conflict, express a compliment, issue a commission, mention a calamity, and deliver a call to consecration.
Point 1. You are the salt of the earth - conflict (Matthew 5:10-12)
It is not right for Christians to follow a policy of peace at any price. They cannot do so and be worthy followers of Jesus Christ. Christianity is revolutionary Matthew 10:34-38. Some who think of Christianity as something sweet may be shocked at the idea that genuine Christians provoke conflict.
Point 2. You are the salt of the earth - compliment.
I suspect that they were becoming more and more convinced that they could not conquer Jericho unless God gave it to them. Jericho's walls were high, in fact it had a series of two other walls. The gates were massive and they were securely shut. Each circling of the wall must have advanced the realization that without God there would be no victory.
Point 3. You are the salt of the earth - commission.
A. Salt is a preservative.
B. Salt is an antiseptic.
C. Salt is a seasoning.
D. Salt is positive.
Point 4. If the salt loses its savor - calamity.
If the salt loses its distinctive nature, it also loses the preserving power and becomes dull, sluggish, insipid, flat, and tasteless.
Point 5 You are the salt of the earth - consecration.
Every follower of Jesus Christ should seek to be sure that he or she is functioning as the salt of the earth.
Conclusion: Salt also creates thirst. While those who are ill disposed toward the gospel resent the presence of those who function as salt to preserve, others are hungry for God, and the genuine Christian is to them like a lump of salt on the tongue. By the beauty of your life and by the happiness of your heart, you can win others to faith in Christ.
May God help you to do so.
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