This message was preached by George Chow at Word of Grace Church Pune, on the 13th of July, 2014. You can listen/download to the audioby clicking here
Have you been in a situation where the light suddenly went out? Have you been in a restaurant where there is not enough salt?
Jesus said some wonderful things about salt and light.
Matt 5:13- 16
Salt- Sodium Chloride- NaCl
Salt is one of the most abundant minerals. It’s one of the most stable compound- dependable, trustworthy. Salt was a mode of money ‘you are salt’- you are valuable, precious, amazing.
Q. What can salt do? There are 14000 uses of salt. Preservative, medicinal, seasoning… we are useful.
We prevent decay and protect. That’s how we should be. Medicinal- it has healing power. We are to be healers of people. Jesus wants us to be in and among the people- we make life interesting. It enhances life, doesn’t change life. We bring out the natural flavour of people.
In Col 4:5- 6 it says “seasoned with salt”. What does that mean? It tastes good and satisfying.
· It’s a cleansing agent- just like Jesus changes us.
· Change agent- we are the accelerant for people to know Jesus.
· Pest control- weeds, ants, etc.
· Peace keeper- sprinkle salt on grease fire. Salt helps reduce conflict because it melts the walls and brings reconciliation. Mark 9:50 says “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt among yourselves, and be at peace with each other.”
2 Kings 2:19- 21 Elisha uses salt to clean the springs.
Q. What is light? Radiant energy, visible, fast…
Reveals dirt; health- vitamin D, lasers, gives hope- lighthouse, speaks truth.
C.S. Lewis quote- “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”
The harsh reality is that we are in a bad condition- India has 1 billion unsaved. So how can we be salt and light in this country?
Word of Grace is an Evangelical (Born Again), Spirit filled (Charismatic), Reformed, English speaking church in Pune that upholds the Bible as God's inspired Word for life. We are a church community that have people from every part of India and parts of the world. We are here to put the Great Command and the Great Commission into practice by equipping and releasing every member into works of service. To know more about us please log onto www.wordofgracechurch.org.
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