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JANUARY 7, 2018









   And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.


INTRO: What is your desire for 2018; what do you long to see and experience this coming year?


   Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish...


   Have you made any New Year’s Resolutions?


   Have you devised a plan to keep your resolutions?


   What is it that you want to see spiritually happen in your life, and the life of our church in 2018?


NOTE: Four things we should seek to accomplish in 2018:


v  To know God more


v  To serve God better


v  To reach others for Christ


v  To live a holier life


The story of Jabez is like finding a hidden diamond


NOTE: The prayer of Jabez is a great example of how we should pray for ourselves and our Church in 2018.


   Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me!




NOTE: When you ask God for His blessing, are you asking for physical blessings, or spiritual blessings.


   It is nice to experience physical blessings


   Spiritual blessings are the best blessings: God's blessings are real things, and produce real effects.


Proverbs 10:22 (TLB) The Lord’s blessing is our greatest wealth. All our work adds nothing to it!


   God longs to pour out His blessings


Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:




NOTE: To know God better and to serve Him greater.


Isaiah 54:1-3 Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD. Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes; For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.


   That God would enlarge our hearts, and so enlarge our vision of Him and how we can serve Him.


Ephesians 3:16-19 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.


   Paul gives us an example of having a Holy Dissatisfaction, wanting more of God in his life.


Philippians 3:12-14 (TLB) I don’t mean to say I am perfect. I haven’t learned all I should even yet, but I keep working toward that day when I will finally be all that Christ saved me for and wants me to be. No, dear brothers, I am still not all I should be, but I am bringing all my energies to bear on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God is calling us up to heaven because of what Christ Jesus did for us.


NOTE: We should desire for greater ways in which we as serve our community as individuals and as a Church




NOTE: We should not try to do anything without God’s presence


Exodus 33:14-16 (BBE) And he said, I myself will go with you and give you rest. And Moses said, If you yourself are not going with us, do not send us on from here. For is not the fact of your going with us the sign that I and this people have grace in your eyes, so that we, that is, I and your people, are separate from all other people on the face of the earth?


   It is the presence of God that gives us the victory.


Psalm 127:1 Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.


John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.


   We dare not put our trust in ourselves.


2 Corinthians 3:5 (GW) By ourselves we are not qualified in any way to claim that we can do anything. Rather, God makes us qualified.




NOTE: How concern are you about the sinfulness that surround us.


John 17:15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.


   We must be constantly on guard against Satan’s attacks.


Psalm 56:13 For thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?


   We must constantly inventory our hearts to make sure no sin has crept in. 


Psalm 139:23-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.


CONCLUSION: Jabez was more honorable than his brethren because of his spiritual desire.


1 Chronicles 4:9a And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren:


1 Chronicles 4:10 And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.


   Let us have the prayer that Jabez had.


January 14th, 2018

What Blessing Do You Need? – Part I



SCRIPTURE READING: Deuteronomy 32:28-52


SCRIPTURE TEXT: Deuteronomy 33:1-17


v.1 -     Man of God preparing for his death: Giving a gift that is useful.

- Not giving a gift that will be forgotten.  Living in the desert what would you give? Rocks?  Sand?  Manna?

Jewish culture: Spoken word is powerful.


“It was with words that God created the world.  He spoke and it came to be. When he ordained that vegetation sprout forth, his words penetrated the earth, lodged in the soil and invested it with fertility.  From creation we learn the power that words channel human power.  They pale in comparison to God’s but they are still powerful.  They cant break stones, but they crush hearts.  They can’t move mountains, but they move people.  They convey feeling and passion, raw spirit and energy.  They connect and sever, build and destroy.  They can make or break your day, not to mention your child.

Speech is the most powerful tool in the human arsenal.  It is God’s gift to humanity.  Other species communicate, but only humans use words.  Greater than the wisdom of our minds is the power of our oratory.  It reacts deep within and brings forth ideas, emotions, and energy.  It penetrates others and conveys selfsame.  They are powerful hooks that build bridges, craft entry points, and forge connections.  If words are so powerful it follows that we must be exceedingly careful with the way we use them.’”  ~ Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, Jerusalem Post.


v.2-3 -  God is ours, we are God’s.  Identity is key.

v.3-4 -  What is ours: The commands & the Law.

v.5 -     God is our Leader.  His authority supersedes all.

v. 6 -    REUBEN: The Blessing of HUMILITY


            Reuben was the first born of Jacob – Even 440 years later, his descendants were still trying to exert authority that wasn’t theirs.

-          Korah’s Rebellion (250 leaders [earth swallows] + 14,700 followers [plague])

-          Wanted the ‘easy’ land east of the Jordan River.  Shepherding territory that was easily conquered in future campaigns.

“True humility is not thinking less of yourself, but of yourself less.” ~Rick Warren


“As long as you are proud, you cannot know God.  A proud man is always looking down on things & people, and, of courage, as long as you are looking down you cannot see something that is above you.” ~C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity


In a day and age where problems arise everywhere, it takes a stronger individual to admit their weaknesses and accept responsibility for their actions than it is to hide behind a mask of pride.


“I have been drawn many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had no place else to go.  My own wisdom and that of all above me seemed inefficient for the day.” ~ Abraham Lincoln


Reminder to serve their siblings & let them benefit: Joshua 1:12-18

How do we stay humble?  By serving others.

I Peter 5:6-7, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”


Romans 12:3, “For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.”


v.7 – JUDAH: The Blessing of JUSTICE

James 1:27, “Pure religion and undefiled before God the Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unspoiled from the world.”


Are we a voice for those without a voice?

The Church cannot afford to neglect those around us.


Judah didn’t give justice to Tamar, but later learned his lesson and stood up for Benjamin before his brother Joseph.

-          He was more righteous than his brothers being shaped and formed by his events & circumstances.

-          Later kings of Judah would need to be KNOW not only what Justice was, but how to deliver it.

Those who oppose injustice will find themselves in the crossfires of opposition. 

Proverbs 21:15, “When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.”

è Resistance increases when the status quo is challenged.


Leviticus 19:15, “You shall do no injustice in court.  You shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great, but in righteousness shall you judge your neighbor.”

Deuteronomy 27:19, “Cursed be anyone who perverts the justice due to the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’”

Deuteronomy 16:20, “Justice, and only justice, you shall follow, that you may live and inherit the land that the LORD your God is giving you.”


Following after the righteousness of God means we do not follow man, but God… regardless of political color or flag.


v.8-11  LEVI: The Blessing of CORBAN (A Gift Dedicated to God)

            v.8 – Guidance

            v.9 – Imparitality

            v.10 – Truth

            v.11 – Blessing


If you truly want to live a life that is 100% dedicated to God it takes 1) Hearing & Listening to God’s voice, 2) Obedience – no matter the cost, 3) Constant Communication & Relationship with God (Which shapes identity)




Confusion with Ephesians 2:10, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

-          Do we read “We have work.  God made it.  I need to take as much as I can, as far as I can, as long as I can”


-          “My identity is shaped in Christ, God knows my limitations & abilities, but is pleased when I do what he has called me to”?

-          We make great human-doings, but horrible human-beings.


We constantly ask ourselves, “God, where do I go?  What do I do?  How do I do it?  Who do I bring?”


Guidance: The Urim & Thummin were two stones that were used to hear the voice of God in a decision.

-          Proverbs 16:33, “The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD.”

When you serve in ministry, YOU WILL experience resistance & hardship.  Not a question of maybe, but of when.

-          Pastors are on the front lines: Not only do you deal with the normal life stressors, but you also deal with:

o   Grumpy parishoners

o   Angry mobs (Rioters/Politics/Etc.)

o   A Job that Follows you Home

o   The Flesh, The World, The Devil (increased)

-          Ex: Setting explosive charges on structural pressure points.

o   The Trojan Power Plant (Rainier, OR) Impolsion

Highest Contributors of Stress in a Job:

1.      Travel (How much?)

2.      Growth Potential (Can I ascend the ladder?)

3.      Deadlines

4.      Working in the Public

5.      Competitiveness

6.      Physical Demands (Lack of Sleep, Lifting, Etc.)

7.      Environmental Conditions (Is it safe?)

8.      Hazards Encountered Personally

9.      Hazards Encountered by Peers

10.  Meeting the Public


Pastors in Ministry Stress:

  • 75% report being “extremely stressed” or “highly stressed”

  • 90% work between 55 to 75 hours per week

  • 90% feel fatigued and worn out every week

  • 70% say they’re grossly underpaid

  • 40% report a serious conflict with a parishioner at least once a month

  • 78% were forced to resign and 63% at least twice, most commonly because of church conflict

  • 80% will not be in ministry ten years later and only a fraction make it a lifelong career

  • 100% of 1,050 Reformed and Evangelical pastors had a colleague who had left the ministry because of burnout, church conflict, or moral failure

  • 91% have experienced some form of burnout in ministry and 18% say they are “fried to a crisp right now”

Pastor’s Emotional Health, Family, & Morality

  • 70% say they have a lower self-esteem now than when they entered ministry

  • 70% constantly fight depression

  • 50% feel so discouraged that they would leave their ministry if they could, but can’t find another job

  • 80% believe their pastoral ministry has negatively affected their families and 33% said it was an outright hazard 

  • 80% of ministry spouses feel left out and unappreciated in their church

  • 77% feel they do not have a good marriage

  • 41% display anger problems in marriage (reported by the spouse)

  • 38% are divorced or divorcing

  • 50% admit to using pornography and 37% report inappropriate sexual behavior with someone in the church

Pastor’s Lack of Soul Care & Training

  • 70% do not have someone they consider a close friend

  • 50% do not meet regularly with an accountability person or group

  • 72% only study the Bible when preparing for sermons or lessons

  • 21% spend less than 15 minutes a day in prayer — the average is 39 minutes per day

  • 16% are “very satisfied” with their prayer life, 47% are “somewhat satisfied”, and 37% are either “somewhat dissatisfied” or “very dissatisfied” (spending more time in quiet prayer or listening to God versus making requests was correlated with higher satisfaction)

  • 44% of pastors do not take a regular day off

  • 31% do not exercise at all, while 37% exercise at least three or four days a week as recommended

  • 90% say they have not received adequate training to meet the demands of ministry

  • 85% have never taken a Sabbatical

The blessing of knowing identity: Romans 8:31, “If God is for us, who can be against us?”

-          This is why we MUST constantly be plugged into God.


v. 12 BENJAMIN – The Blessing of Love & Protection

            Those secure in love can accomplish great things.

            A study from UCLA showed that having loving parents can physically alter the neural pathways in children that will influence them to being healthier throughout their life both physically, mentally, and emotionally.  The opposite leads to increased morbidity and mortality rates; increased cholesterol levels, chance of cardio diseases, metabolic syndromes, and physical defects.


Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs (Western Culture):


God our Father:

Matthew 23:37b, “How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!”

Isaiah 49:15, “Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb?  Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.”

Ephesians 1:4-6, “even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.  In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.”


v.13-17  JOSEPH: The Blessing of Wealth

We are uncomfortable talking about wealth in the church.  We think of the Rich Man & Lazarus, the Rich Man & his barns, scriptures about avoiding wealth and their glory fading like a flower, but we forget the stories of David, Solomon, Job, & Barnabas who did great things for God with their wealth.


Proverbs 30:7-9, “Two things I have asked of You, do not refuse me before I die: Keep deception and lies far from me, give me neither poverty nor riches, feed me with the food that is my portion, that I not be full and deny You and say, “Who is the LORD?” or that I be in want and steal, and profane the name of my God.”


NOTICE: Joseph still had to work for wealth, but the blessing allowed it to come easier for him. 


However, we are encouraged to not pursue wealth as our primary.

I Timothy 6:10, “For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”

Matthew 6:24, “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.”

Our primary love needs to FIRST be God.  Then the blessing comes afterwards.  Money is a tool.  How we use it is important.


Barnabas in Acts 4:36-37 used his wealth to provide for the Church’s need.

Israel was called at God’s command to plunder Egypt before they left (Exodus 3:20-22)


Again, the question becomes, HOW DO WE USE THIS TOOL?



-          HUMILITY – So you can serve wholeheartedly?

-          JUSTICE – So you can advocate for those without a voice?

-          CORBAN – So you can learn to rest more & follow in obedience rather can constantly doing, doing doing?

-          LOVE & PROTECTION – So you can move forward in growth & development?

-          WEALTH – So you can be a blessing to others?

JANUARY 21, 2018

What Blessing Do You Need? – Part 2

SCRIPTURE READING: Deuteronomy 34:1-12

SCRIPTURE PASSAGE: Deuteronomy 33:18-29

Recap of Last Week: Preparation to go into the promised land. 

Power of the spoken word.

Blessings: Reuben-Humility, Judah-Justice, Levi-Corban, Benjamin-Love & Protection, Joseph-Wealth



“It’s not what you know, but who you know” – Pike’s German Class

-          The lure of desiring relationship

Genesis 2:18, “Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.””

-          Not just referencing marriage

-          Story of Alexis & Isaac (Man Time vs. Tonya Time)

What better way to build fellowship than to have a party?  That (along with God’s Spirit) grew the believers from a group of 200 to a megachurch.

Acts 2:42-47, “And they devoted themselves to the apostle’s teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread ant the prayers.  And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles.  And all who believed were together and had all things in common.  And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.  And day by day, attending the temple together and break bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all people.  And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”


Having a reason to celebrate and party.  Need a reason?  Make one!

Ex: Growing parties, Teaching Celebration, Birthday Parties

-          As holidays have lost their meaning, we need to come up with new events that remind us of the true value of gathering together.

Hebrews 10:24-25, “And let us consider how to stir one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”


? What would happen in the church if we developed our skill in hospitality?  What if we started hosting each other for dinner & invited friends who perhaps didn’t know Jesus?  Discipleship happens!


Dr. Granovetter in 1973 discovered that the majority of jobs come not from close friends, but from “weak ties”.  Acquaintances vs. Friends.


v.20-21 - GAD: The Blessing of AUTHORITY

- The ability to get things done.

*NOTICE: v.21 – “With the heads of the people”

- Balance: Not Tyrant of Dictatorship, but not Anarchy either (Judges 21:25)

            The Power of Releasing for Service: Letting people do what they were designed to do. 

-          In a research poll done by Huseman & Hatfield, studies indicated that 85% of Americans could do better at their job, “If [they] chose to”.

-          As a company, if employees are not maximized to their potential and ability the company loses revenue, skill assets, and eventually the employee they’ve invested in.

-          Ex: Eric Liddell, “When I run I feel God’s pleasure.”

-          Ex: II Samuel 18:22-23, “Then Ahimaaz the son of Zadok said to Joab, “Come what may, let me also run after the Cushite.” And Joab said, “Why will you run, my son, seeing that you will have no reward for the news?”  “Come what may,” he said, “I will run.”  So he said to him, “Run”.  Then Ahimaaz ran by the way of the plain, and outran the Cushite.”

o   Outrunning – There is great value in putting the right people in place to do what they do best and then not hindering them in their work. [MUST KNOW IDENTITY!!!!]

Jesus’ Prayer in John 17:21-23 was that we might be Unified.  Satan’s greatest tool is to cause little things to become big splinters.

-          I Corinthians 12:11, 26-27, “All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills… If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.  Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.”

-          How much fear would Satan have if all churches unified, if all denominations came together?  How much work for the Kingdom of God could be accomplished?


v.22 -   DAN – The Blessing of POTENTIAL

Lion cubs: Cute, Full of Energy, Noisy.  They haven’t learned much yet, and they are trained by the Pride (pack).  One day they grow up to be big lions that will hunt down prey.


Ephesians 4:11-14, “And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of the ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the wave and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.”  (The Fullness of Christ)


Discipleship is KEY!  Commanded by Christ in Matthew 28.

-          Discipleship is the ability to come alongside someone and help them develop into who God wants them to be.  It is helping them unlock their dreams, know their identity, accomplish great achievements, and leave a lasting legacy for them and us.

Potential is one of the greatest determining factors in hiring.  It is the question of ‘Can they learn?’ or ‘Do they have the aptitude for growth’


John Maxwell’s Developing the Leader Within You, writes, “When you cannot afford to hire the best, hire the young who are going to be the best.  Then:

            Believe in them – that will encourage risk.

            Show them – that will build respect.

            Love them – that will strengthen relationships

            Know them – that will personalize development

            Teach them – that will enhance growth

            Trust them – that will develop loyalty.

            Expand them – that will provide challenges.

            Lift them – that will ensure results.”


Insights from a Millennial:

-          We were told, “You will do great things, you will accomplish much”, and we believed it.

-          We were raised in a ‘stable’ time period that allowed for art, reflection, and ingenuity.

-          When the time came for collaboration, we were told “There is no place here for change.  This is how it’s always been done, that’s how it always will be.” So Millennials took their ideas and left.

-          Nowadays, Millennials have introduced their ideas in the marketplace and have radically shaped Economics (Buy one, give one), Politics (Less news), & Business (Advertisement, Customization, Speed & Development)

-          The cost? True relationships & personal holiness.

-          We now live in a “Digital Babylon” according to Barna Study Group. To be effective we need discipleship: teachings on vocation, calling, and the will of God for the individual.

-          New Star Wars a Prime Example

How will we as OFCOG rise to this occasion and be Christ to them?


v.23 – NAPHTALI – The Blessing of FAVOR

Proverbs 3:3,4, “Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart.  So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man.”


Luke 2:52, “And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.”


*Some people seem more adept than others: Estherlyn – Free, Alexis – Reduced Cost, Pike – Raise the price!! Quick!!


Story: Andrew at Corban – Library Stairs

How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie

1.      Become genuinely interested in other people.

2.      Smile

3.      Remember that a person’s name, is to that person, the sweetest and most important sound in any language.

4.      Be a good listener.  Encourage others to talk about themselves.

5.      Talk in terms of the other person’s interests.

6.      Make the other person feel important and do it sincerely.


Romans 12:18, “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.”

Matthew 5:16, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

I Peter 2:12, “Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.”


v.24-25 -  ASHER: The Blessing of STRENGHT

§  Oil & Iron/Bronze – Outward signs of strength (Economic & Defense)

§  Favorite & Sons – Signs of Inward strength - Legacy & Character

When these areas are damaged we either see 1) Corruption from outside forces which supersedes health or 2) Decay and lack of integrity (Civil War).


Abraham Lincoln, “A House divided against itself cannot stand.”

Jesus, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand.”

--Sometimes events or circumstances will thwart our good efforts and attempt to overshadow our accomplishments.


Proverbs 11:3, “The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.”

Proverbs 20:7, “The righteous who walks in his integrity – blessed are his children after him!”

--Sometimes our own selves will attempt to thwart our good efforts and attempt to cancel out our accomplishments.

--Paul himself wrote in Romans 7, “That which I should do, I don’t do.  That which I should do, I do.  Who will save me from this body of death?”

v.26-29  Closing Reminders:

            - God is our God.  We are his, and he is ours.

            - He is our fortress, our ever-present help in trouble (Ps 46:1)

            - We are set aside for God (Holy)

            - God gives us the victory.





RELATIONSHIP – So you can reach out to others?

AUTHORITY – So you can accomplish great things for God?

POTENTIAL – So you can grow more into the person God wants you

    to be?

FAVOR – So you can be a blessing to others?

STRENGTH – So you can provide stability to those around you?



JANUARY  28, 2018






   The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus.


INTRO: People need to see Jesus; the world needs to see Jesus


   The principle of simple curiosity has often brought a person to salvation.

   What is it that awakens the desire to see Jesus in the heart of a nonbeliever?


   What kind of Jesus will they see in you?


   More people have come to see Jesus because of the life of a Believer rather than a sermon.


   It is the Believer’s daily walk that draws a nonbeliever to seek Jesus.




Matthew 5:13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.


NOTE: Salt can either enhance or destroy that which it comes in contact with.


   The world needs salt, but it needs Jesus more.


   How we live will either draw people to Jesus or turn them away


   What kind of Jesus is the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas showing the world?




   Salt is totally different from that to which it has been applied.


Romans 12:2 (BBE) And let not your behaviour be like that of this world, but be changed and made new in mind, so that by experience you may have knowledge of the good and pleasing and complete purpose of God.


NOTE: As Believers were are to be different from those of the world without becoming holy-than-thou.




    In Jesus’ day, and until electric, salt was used as a preservative


   Salt works as a preservative, altering food so it can be kept for a longer period of time


Exodus 32:31-32 (BBE) Then Moses went back to the Lord and said, This people has done a great sin, making themselves a god of gold; but now, if you will give them forgiveness--but if not, let my name be taken out of your book.


NOTE: The cry of the Believer must be for the repentance of the sinner.


   “Wait a Little Longer please Jesus”




·         Philip & Barnabas


Acts 8:35-37 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.


Acts 9:26-27 And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a disciple. But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus.


Acts 11:25-26 Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul: And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.


·         Salt make food taste better


Psalm 34:8 O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.


Psalm 119:103 How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!




NOTE: The Believer’s life should draw sinners to Christ.




NOTE: Jesus is the Light of the Word


John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.


Ephesians 5:8 (BBE) For you at one time were dark, but now are light in the Lord: let your behaviour be that of children of light


   We are to be reflective lights of Jesus in this sin darkened world.


NOTE: Jesus said He was the light of the WORLD, so we must also the light of the WORLD.


Matthew 28:19-20 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.


Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.


   Our light must shine out to everyone not just a chosen few.




Isaiah 9:2 (GW) The people who walk in darkness will see a bright light. The light will shine on those who live in the land of death's shadow.


Acts 13:47 (NJB) For this is what the Lord commanded us to do when he said: I have made you a light to the nations, so that my salvation may reach the remotest parts of the earth.'




   That which is harmful and that which is good.


John 16:8 (GW) He will come to convict the world of sin, to show the world what has God's approval, and to convince the world that God judges it.




Philippians 2:15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;


1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.


CONCLUSION: Our life must be the kind of life that brings glory and honor to Jesus, and make others desirous of Him.





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