Tuesday Morning Recap

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Gentlemen,

Tuesday we discussed another difficult saying of Jesus.

“Salt is good; but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltness be restored? It is fit neither for the land nor for the dunghill; men throw it away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” Luke 14:34,35.

1) How does salt lose its taste?

Before addressing this question we discussed why Jesus used this analogy. We agreed that the ‘salt’ represents Christians. We also agreed that we can’t lose our salvation and were uncomfortable with the suggestion that salt could lose its taste.

Steve opined that Jesus may have been talking about the church being salt. If the church stops preaching and living the gospel then it has lost its saltness.

Grady added that Jesus was not saying that we can lose our salvation but that we can lose our effectiveness. He used the example of a staff member who had to be fired because he fell into a life of sin.

2) Why can’t the taste of salt be restored?

We wrestled with this question. Most did not want to accept the idea that a person could be beyond redemption.

Bob said that Jesus is not saying people can’t be given a second chance. Jesus is telling us to be aware of the cost of discipleship. Jesus wants followers who are completely sold out for Him. If we call ourselves Christians we are to be salt and light to the world. Every decision we make should be aimed at making us more ‘salty.’

Sam added that this passage makes him aware that Jesus takes backsliding very seriously. We have been given gifts by the Master and he expects us to use them to advance His kingdom.

Next week Luke 18:1-8. Consider the following questions:

1) Why do we need to pray constantly?

2) If we don’t receive the result we desire is it because we didn’t pray hard enough or long enough?

See you Tuesday.

John

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