June 29, 2014
Family breakdown is the root of so many of our problems in our society.
Pastor Greg believes we have two options, either judgement or revival.
Matthew 5:13-16 NIV
 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.  “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Why did Jesus use salt and light. Because it is corrupt and needs to see the light.
We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the sermon on the mount.
2 Timothy 3:13 NIV
 while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.
If man thinks we are evolving upward then he is being deceived.
Jesus has not called us to isolate, but to infiltrate.
John 17:15-16,18 NIV
 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.  They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.  As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.
1 Corinthians 5:9-10 NIV
 I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people---  not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world.
Pastor Greg thinks we want to Christianize non believers more then we want them saved. He believes if we can get them to Jesus then they will change.
"We are paratroopers lieutenant, we are suppose to be surrounded"
Romans 12:2 NIV
 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is---his good, pleasing and perfect will.
“Cursed be all that learning that is contrary to the cross of Christ!” —James Madison
The very freedom many use to try to remove faith from our country is here because of faith!
At one time, our government was based on a civil religion view that was based on Christian principles.
In the place of proper faith we now have "spirituality"
"Nones" believe in nothing, they believe in themselves
1. We must stand for truth if it is popular or not.
This is not a time to back down, this is a time to step up.
2. We must use a language they understand.
Sometimes we are answering questions that no one is asking. We need to speak in a way that people can grasp.
1 Corinthians 9:22-23 NIV
 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.  I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.
3. We need to bring them the message of the gospel.
(2 Corinthians 2:14-15 NIV
 But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere.  For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.)
Some love the message and some are offended.
4. Before I can effectively tell them, I must first live it!
“Do not be like them.”(Matthew 6:8 NIV
 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
We are to be salt.
Like salt, Christians shall preserve the world.
2 Thessalonians 2:7-8 NIV
 For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way.  And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming.
Salt stimulates thirst.
We cannot be an influence for purity in the world if we have compromised our own purity.
We cannot be used by God to stop the corruption of sin in others if sin has corrupted us.
A little bit of salt goes a long way.
Matthew 5:13 NIV
 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
First you are salt and then you are light. You live it and then you share it.
Jesus first says we are to be salt, and then He says we are to be light.
Matthew 5:14-15 NIV
 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.
Light exposes the darkness.
John 3:19 NIV
 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.
Light not only exposes the problem, it also shows the way out of darkness.
Is there a precedent for a nation turning back to The Lord.
The story of Jonah and the city of Ninavah is am example it can happen.
1. We need to infiltrate, not isolate.
Proverbs 29:2 NIV
 When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan.
2. We need to pray.
(2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV
 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.)
We as believers need to repent and humble ourselves before God.
Isaiah 55:6 NIV
 Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.
3. We need to preach the gospel.
Heaven is not for good people it is for forgiven people.
What world would we be in if every Christian acted just like you?