First Baptist Church, Elgin TX
Questioning Jesus – Week 7
October 3, 2021
Main Scripture Reference(s)
Matthew 5:13-16

Questioning Jesus – Week 7

October 3, 2021 / Matthew 5:13-16

Questioning Jesus – Week 7

Question #7

If salt should lose its taste, how can it be made salty?

  • Matthew 5:13

A Second Question

What does it mean to be salty?

  • Some kind of presence.

Observations:

1. Being salty mean trying to preserve society through political involvement or moral policing, because it meant that to Jesus.

  • James 4:1

2. We are called to help preserve from being separated from God.

  • Mark 9:47-50

3. We are called to preserve our personal and mission in the midst of persecution and personal .

  • Matthew 5:11-12

The primary task of the Church is to evangelize and to preach the gospel. Look at it like this. If the Christian Church today spends most of her time in denouncing communism, it seems to me that the main result will be that communists will not be likely to listen to the preaching of the gospel. If the Church is always denouncing one particular section of society, she is shutting the evangelistic door upon that section. If we take the New Testament view of these matters we must believe that the communist has a soul to be saved in exactly the same way as everybody else. It is my business as a preacher of the gospel, and a representative of the Church, to evangelize all kinds and conditions and classes of men and women. The moment the Church begins to intervene in these political, social and economic matters, therefore, she is hampering and hindering herself in her God-appointed task of evangelism.

  • – Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones –

Application:

1. from the “moral policing” mindset.

2. to prioritizing the .

3. to remain .

Community Discussion Points:

*Open by reading Matthew 5:13-16

  1. What does it mean to be salty?
  2. Have you ever misunderstood what it means to be salt? How so?
  3. Why do we so often want to focus on external issues instead of the heart? Which approach did Jesus take? Expound.
  4. How do you see people? Do you primarily see people’s sin, or do you see their need for Jesus? How often do you think about your need to share Christ with others?
  5. Why is it so easy to hurt our witness?
  6. In our social media-driven world, how easy is it to alienate people that we should be witnessing to? Have you ever been guilty of this?
  7. When we are tempted to fall into the moral policing mindset, what can we do to remind ourselves of our mission?
  8. How can you prioritize the gospel in your life?

* Close by sharing one specific way that you will try or fight to remain focused on sharing the gospel with others this week.

 

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