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Summary: JESUS SAID YOU ARE THE SALT OF THE EARTH. THAT TELLS ME THAT WE AS CHRISTIANS NEED TO HAVE SOMETHING IN OUR LIVES TO MAKE THE LOST WORLD THIRST FOR WHAT WE HAVE.

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HOW SALTY ARE YOU?

MARK 9: 38---50

INTRODUCTION: JESUS SAID YOU ARE THE SALT OF THE EARTH.

THAT TELLS ME THAT WE AS CHRISTIANS NEED TO HAVE SOMETHING IN OUR LIVES TO MAKE THE LOST WORLD THIRST FOR WHAT WE HAVE.

>>>STORY OF THE FISHERMEN AT LAKE GUNTERSVILLE AND THE SALTY PEANUTS.****** YEARS AGO, A MAN AND HIS BROTHER HAD A VERY LUCRATIVE BUSINESS ON LAKE GUNTERSVILLE ALABAMA. HE WOULD VISIT WITH THOSE FISHING, ENGAGE THEM IN A CONVERSATION AND THEN OFFER THEM SOME OF THE SALTED PEANUTS, FROM THE BAG HE WAS EATING FROM. ABOUT FIVE MINUTES LATER, HIS BROTHER WOULD ARRIVE, PULLING A WAGON OF ICE COLD SOFT DRINKS, THAT HE SOLD FOR 25 CENTS EACH (THESE WERE THE DAYS OF 5 CENT SOFT DRINKS) THE SALTINESS OF THOSE PEANUTS WAS STILL IN THEIR TASTE BUDS AND IT CREATED A GREAT THIRST. WE AS CHRISTIANS SHOULD BE THAT SALTY.

I BELIEVE CHRISTIANS NEED TO BE AUTHENTIC. I BELIEVE THE WORLD NEEDS TO SEE A GENUINE LOVE FOR GOD IN OUR LIVES.

I BELIEVE THE WORLD NEEDS TO PERCEIVE US AS BEING ON THE LEVEL AUTHENTIC CHILDREN OF GOD. PAUL: “ I BEAR THE MARKS OF A CHRISTIAN.

WE NEED TO SHOW FORTH SOME EVIDENCE OF A SPIRITUAL LIFE.

STORY OF THE BARBEQUE COOK. (RICKY AND SCOTT SPARKS ALABAMA)

A MAN WALKED INTO A SOUTHERN BARBEQUE RESTAURANT ONE DAY AND ASKED TO SPEAK TO THE BARBEQUE COOK.

A RATHER LARGE GENTLEMAN CAME OUT WITH A VERY SMOKEY AROMA ON HIS CLOTHING AND BARBEQUE SAUCE ALL OVER HIS APRON AND SAID: “HELLO, I’M BIG BUBBA, WHAT CAN I DO FOR YOU?” WITH THAT MY FRIENDS STATED: “WE NEED TWO SLABS OF RIBS TO GO”.

(CONTRIBUTORS’ NOTE: YOU HAVE TO BE FROM THE SOUTH TO UNDERSTAND THE ABOVE)

JESUS SAID IF THE SALT HAS LOST IT’S SAVOR (SEASONING) IT IS GOOD FOR NOTHING, THROW IT OUT. (USELESS)

WHAT GOOD WOULD TASTELESS USELESS SALT BE ON YOUR FOOD? NONE!!!

WHAT GOOD CAN A USELESS LIFE OF NO SPIRITUAL INFLUENCE BE? NONE!!!

PAUL SAID: 1 Cor 9:27

But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

1. PAUL SAID I DON’T WANT TO BE THROWN ASIDE LIKE USELESS SALT AND NO GOOD TO ANYONE, ESPECIALLY TO GOD.

2. THE GREATEST DETERMINATION A CHILD OF GOD SHOULD HAVE IS TO BE USEFUL TO GOD AND NOT BE VIEWED AS A CASTAWAY, OR ONE WHO HAS FAILED GOD AND BECOME SPIRITUALLY USELESS IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD.

I. SALTY CHRISTIANS ARE NOT AFRAID TO LIVE A GODLY LIFE IN A GODLESS WORLD.

(A) WE LIVE IN A TIME WHERE PEOPLE ARE BOLD ABOUT EVERYTHING BUT BEING A CHRISTIAN.

1. BOLD REPUBLICANS

2. BOLD DEMOCRATS

3. BOLD SPORTS FANS

4. EVERYONE IS FIRED UP ABOUT EVERYTHING BUT SERVING AND LIVING FOR GOD.

(B) WE LIVE IN A TIME WHERE MANY ARE FILLED WITH SALT SUBSTITUTE** (A GOOD IMITATION, BUT NOT “REAL SALT”)

1. SUBSTITUTED EDUCATION FOR EDIFICATION*****

YOU CAN EDUCATE THE FLESH UNTIL IT SPEAKS PROPERLY ACTS POLITELY AND LOOKS SOPHISTICATED BUT IT WILL STILL BE LOST UNTIL THAT PERSON GETS SAVED. (REMAINS AN EDUCATED LOST PERSON)

2. SUBSTITUTED GOOD DEEDS FOR GOOD DOCTRINE.

TURNED AND TWISTED THE SCRIPTURES TO MAKE THEM MEET THEIR LIFESTYLE UNTIL THEY HAVE TOTALLY FORGOTTEN WHAT THE WORD OF GOD SAYS.


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