Summary: , “If your church was removed tomorrow from your neighborhood, from the community, would anybody notice?” I know you would notice, but what about the people in our community?
Pastor Glenn Newton July 7, 2002
"You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made
salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by
men. "You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do
people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives
light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that
they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”
(NIV) Matt 5:13-16
This week I heard someone ask this question about the church, it asked, “If your church
was removed tomorrow from your neighborhood, from the community, would anybody
notice?” I know you would notice, but what about the people in our community?
I thought about it, and realized that we would have some Parents who would
notice when they tried to drop off their kids at Next Generation and we were gone, that’s
an important need in our community that we as a church are trying to meet.
Then I asked myself, and I ask you this morning. “If you were removed from your
neighborhood, from the community, would anybody notice?” What would people miss the
most about you? What would they miss the least?
This week our Nation lost one of our best Baseball players of all time; Ted William’s was
said to be the best hitter of all time, and most people agree that he was. Ted William’s left
a mark because he could hit a little white ball with a stick better than anyone else, and he
also served his country in two wars, and he raised millions of dollars for children with
cancer. It was said of Ted William’s that he never stopped talking about hitting the
baseball, he had a passion for the game that was unmatched, and the current superstars
would love to just sit down and listen to what he had to say about baseball.
As I thought about the amount of Influence that Ted William’s had throughout baseball, I
thought wouldn’t it be great to have that kind of influence for Jesus Christ. I believe Jesus
Christ has called us to a life of being a witness, being an influence for the Kingdom.
Jesus gives us two examples. We are to be Salt & Light to our world. Salt and Light.
One is hardly seen. Yet too little of it you can taste the difference and too much of it can
ruin your food.
The other is visible it is needed during the night or when it is dark. Yet too much of it in
the morning well make you say, “Turn it off” yet too little of it can make you feel unsafe.
What is it? It is salt and light. One works as it comes into contact with the food and the
other one as turned on.
Jesus said you are the Salt and the light. Today I want to share with you an ancient
formula that can turn this world upside down.
First, Let’s talk about our Christian Influence, as being a Salty Witness.
"You are the salt of the earth.”
You know that Jesus was a master Teacher, he used illustrations that the people would be
able to relate too, and be able to understand. Salt was a very important element in Jesus
day, just as it is today. Do any of you use Salt?
In many societies it was so highly valued that it was used for money. The English word
salary is derived from the Latin word Salarium which refers to the payments made to a
Roman soldier with salt.
3. Herod’s temple had a chamber of salt for ceremonial use of salt. (Mish. Midodoth, v.3)
4. Whenever a city was defeated the custom was to throw salt through out the city. This
mean that the city had been separated from its past. Elisha used salt to purify the water of
Jericho (2 Kings 2:20)
5. The normal procedures when a child was born was to be rubbed with salt (Ez. 16:4)
Salt Makes A Difference.
B. The use of Salt
Salt was gathered in Palestine from along the seashore or inland lakes.
1. SALT MAKES YOU THIRSTY.
2. SEASONING: In Bible times and till today salt is used for seasoning our food. Who
likes to eat food without salt? Even though salt is so small and yet hardly noticeable it
makes a difference when applied to the substance.
b) In order for our lives to be a living sacrifice for God they must be preserved and
seasoned with righteousness of Christ.
3. Preservative: But it was also used to preserve food. They did not have the refrigeration