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Your Religious Salt

June 24th, 2007

“Salt is good, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is of no use either for the soil or for the manure pile. It is thrown away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear”

(Luke 14:34-35)

Introduction: Salt (Greek, halas) has religious significance in the ancient world (TDNT, 228). Many moderns will not get this. But, for him that has ears to hear, salt will make a difference.

I. The Religious Significance of Salt

A. Used in OT worship (Ex. 30:35).
B. Re: Covenant (Num. 18:19; Lev. 2:13; 2 Chron. 13:5).
C. Used in the NT as the inner mark of the disciple

1. Mk. 9:49-50 (1 Cor. 3:13)
2. Col. 4:6
3. Matt. 5:13

II. Attempts Toward Salt Substitutes

A. The Dash ______________ of _______________.

B. The Accent on __________ rather than ________.

C. Why we substitute –

1. ______________________________________.

2. ______________________________________.

Conclusion: Redemptive living is about your religious salt. Are you in covenant? Are you involved in worship? Will you hear Jesus today?

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