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Title Author Date Duration
Audio SGBC Bible Study Bro. Bill Gravley Apr 16, 2014 00:16:59 Dialup Download
This Week's Bible Study Follow Up 04-17-2014 During this week’s discussion of Matthew 5:13, the following thoughts were shared: Verses 3 through 12 of The Sermon on the Mount, gives us the plan of Jesus for making us to be the Christians He wants us to be. Jesus said, “Follow me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.” Beginning with verse 13, Jesus teaches us who we are in this world. First, Jesus said “ye are the salt of the earth”. Salt influences everything it touches. Salt is a seasoning. Salt is that stuff that makes food taste bad if you leave it out. As Christians, Jesus expects us to influence our world in a positive way and in a way that will bring others to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Too often, we allow the things of the earth to change our attitudes so that we are not that good influence Jesus wants. Jesus asked, “if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted?” At times, the effectiveness of our testimony is rendered useless, just as the salt without saltiness is “good for nothing”. Salt cannot regain its saltiness, but we as God’s children can be revived and restored. David was a man after God’s own heart, yet he failed and came short of the glory of God. David’s actions destroyed the effectiveness of his testimony for a time. The prophet Nathan said that even the enemies of the Lord were given great occasion to blaspheme (II Sam. 12:14). David acknowledged and repented of his sin. In Psalm 51, David cried out to God for forgiveness. In Verses 10 through 13, David prayed, “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free Spirit. Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee." Just as God heard and restored David, so He will hear and restore us when we falter in the way. This week, we had a short discussion time. Following the discussion we joined the youth group for their egg hunt. Everyone had a wonderful time.
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