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Salty Saints

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Sermon shared by Dr. Phillip Paschal

May 2001
Summary: Our purpose in the world.
Tags: Faith (add tag)
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
SALTY SAINTS
TEXT MATT. 5:13
INTRODUCTION: SODIUM CHLORIDE OR COMMON SALT IS A CHEMICAL COMPOUND THAT IS USED ALL OVER THE WORLD. IT CONTAINS EQUAL NUMBERS OF POSITIVELY CHARGED SODIUM AND NEGATIVELY CHARGED CHLORINE IONS. SALT HAS MANY PURPOSES AND GOES THROUGH A PROCESS IN ORDER FOR IT TO BE USED IN ITS VARIOUS CAPACITIES. THE COLORLESS SUBSTANCE HAS NO ODOR BUT A CHARACTERISTIC TASTE. SALT IS ESSENTIAL IN THE DIETS OF HUMANS AND ANIMALS, AND CAN BE FOUND IN BLOOD, SWEAT, AND TEARS. BUT MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS, AS CHRISTIANS WE ARE COMPARED TO SALT. WE HAVE A PROCESS THAT WE GO THROUGH, ORGASTRATED BY THE HOLY GHOST. JUST AS SALT HEALS, CURES, MELTS, AND PRESERVES, WE ARE TO HEAL THE SIN SICK CONDITIONS OF THIS WORLD. WE ARE TO MELT THE STONY HEARTS OF MAN, HELP TO CURE THEM OF THEIR REBELLION, AND PRESERVE THE GODLINESS OF THIS PRESENT AGE. THANK GOD THAT I AM A SALTY SAINT.

I. TEXT
THIS SETTING TAKES PLACE ON THE MT. OF GALILEE. JESUSí MESSAGE WAS PRIMARILY TO HIS DISCIPLES, HOWEVER, THE MULTITUDE WAS INCLUDED IN THIS DISCOURSE.

HAVING RECEIVED THE GOSPEL MESSAGE, JESUS INFORMS HIS DISCIPLES THAT THEY ARE SALT, WHICH MEANS THAT THEY HAVE A SPECIFIC PURPOSE AND RESPONSIBILITY, AND THAT WAS TO GO EVERYWHERE PREACHING AND TEACHING THE GOSPEL. ALLOW ME TO MOCK TIME MOMENTARILY AND ASK ARE YOU A SALTY SAINT OR A SITTING SAINT?

AS CHRISTIANS WE HAVE BEEN DIVINELY DESIGNED AND COSMICLY CREATED TO HAVE A POSITIVE IMPACT ON THIS WORLD. AS I OBSERVE THE CONDITIONS OF THIS WORLD, THERE ARE STILL SOME AREAS THAT NEED TO HAVE SALT SHAKEN OVER THEM. OUR GOVERNMENT NEEDS SALT; OUR HOMES NEED SALT; OUR SCHOOLS NEED SALT; AND EVEN SOME OF OUR CHURCHES NEED SALT. THE BOOK OF REVELATIONS REVEALS THE CONDITIONS OF THE WORLD AFTER THE SALT HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM THE EARTH.

II. THE PURPOSE OF SALT
AS STATED PREVIOUSLY, SALT HAS A WIDE VARIETY OF USES. IT GIVES FLAVOR TO FOOD THAT IT DID NOT OTHERWISE HAVE. GOD WANTS US TO GIVE A FLAVOR TO THIS WORLD THAT IT DOES NOT POSSESS. HOWEVER, SALT CAN BE BITTER WHEN USED INAPPROPRIATELY. MY BROTHERS AND MY SISTERS, WE CANNOT AFFORD TO BE BITTER AND OVER SALTY.
THE TEXT TEACHES THAT SALT THAT LOOSES ITS EFFECTIVENESS IS GOOD FOR NOTHING.

A CHRISTIAN IN THE SIGHT OF GOD THAT HAS LOST HIS/HER EFFECTIVENESS IS GOOD FOR NOTHING. AND WHEN GOD DECREES THAT YOU ARE GOOD FOR NOTHING, HE SOMETIMES CALLS YOU FROM LIFE TO REWARD. THEREFORE, IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT YOU STRIVE TO WALK WORTHY OF THE VOCATION WHEREWITH YOU HAVE BEEN CALLED (EPH. 4:1).

2 COR. 5:17 TEACHES THAT IF ANY MAN BE IN CHRIST HE IS A NEW CREATURE. IF YOU ARE A NEW CREATURE, YOU ENDEAVOR TO MAKE LIFE MORE FLAVORABLE FOR OTHERS. BUT I HAVE DISCOVERED THAT EVERYONE IN THE HOUSEHOLD OF FAITH IS NOT A SALTY SAINT, THEY ARE SALT SUBSTITUTES. THEY LOOK LIKE SALT BUT DONíT ACT LIKE SALT. THEY SING AND SHOUT LIKE THEY HAVE SALT, BUT THEY ARE NOT SALT. THEY DONíT FLAVOR THE LIVES OF OTHERS, THEY FRUSTRATES THE LIVES OF OTHERS. BUT IF THE HOLY GHOST HAS WROUGHT A CHANGE IN YOUR HEART YOU OUGHT TO TESTIFY THAT YOU ARE A SALTY SAINT. BEING A SALTY SAINT DOES NOT MEAN THAT YOU WALK AROUND WITH YOUR JAWS PUFFED UP.

III. CONCLUSION
IF YOU ARE A SALTY SAINT, YOU SHOULD BE CONCERNED WITH THREE THINGS. FIRST, YOU MUST BE WILLING
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