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SALT

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matt. 5:13-16
Matthew 5:13–16 KJV 1900
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. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

SALT

MATT. 5:13–16

Introduction. Christ regards his people as the “Salt of the earth”—

ITS FUNCTION

I. ITS FUNCTION—to season …

1. To bring out the best flavor …

2. Desired and needed by all … (1) Savages trade valuables for small portions … (2) Cattle travel long distances for it …

3. The influence of Christianity will develop the best in man …

Introduction. Christ regards his people as the “Salt of the earth”—

IT’S FUNCTION

Brown, J. D. (2001). Fifty Sermon Outlines on the Way of Salvation (p. 15). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

II. ITS FUNCTION—to preserve …

1. Salt is to preserve from corruption that on which it is sprinkled … You must sprinkle enough …

2. The world is in danger of sinking into corruption …

(a) Society threatened with disintegration by opposition of conflicting classes … For example, the race problem …

(b) Domestic life is corroded by immorality and intemperance …

(c) Frivolous amusements tend to become unwholesome …

(d) A preserving and purifying agent is needed

3. The world is worth preserving …

(a) Christ does not desire the destruction of civilization, but its preservation … (a) He has power to destroy it … (b) He died to save and preserve it … (c) He commissioned us, His agents and instruments …

(b) Politics, commerce, art, literature, all are worth preserving against corruption …

IT’S ACTION

III. ITS ACTION—salt is an antiseptic—the church is expected to be of the same character …

1. Not merely to be pure—but to purify …

2. Not just during campaigns—but the constant influence of Christians … In every day living …

IT’S FAILURE

IV. ITS FAILURE …

1. Salt may lose its savor (preserving and seasoning power)—So may the church lose her power to witness …

2. When this happens, it is useless for the intended … (1) It is still salt but with no power … (2) Used to make roads …

3. When the church loses the spirit of Christ, she becomes a hindrance rather than help—the power is gone … The spirit of Christ is LOVE, COMPASSION, RIGHTEOUSNESS …

4. The church is salt—not sugar … (1) Sugar will sweeten, but not preserve … (2) Sugar will make for pleasant taste, but will not purify …

Conclusion. Do you season that with which you come in contact?

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