‘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.’ (Matthew 5:13)
Salt is an amazing thing. It adds taste and preserves food, and it is essential to life. Historically, salt was very costly. Jesus described his followers as being like salt (and light) in the world. What does this mean? How can we be like salt to the world?
For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. (1 Corinthians 1:25)
From where do we get our wisdom? How do we know about God, about what God wants, and about how to live as God’s holy people? Do we look around us, and get our wisdom from our culture and society? Or is there somewhere better?
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. (1 Corinthians 1:18)
Last week we saw how God sees us and calls us to be his holy people. How should we live as holy people? What does that look like? As we continue to explore Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, we’re going to start to see how we should live as God’s holy people - it’s all about Jesus.
To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be his holy people (1 Corinthians 1:2)
Paul wrote the this letter to a church that was far from perfect. There were factions, divisions, immorality and conflict, yet he described them as holy people and the church of God. How can this be?
Jesus answered them, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but those who are ill. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.’ (Luke 5:31-32)
You would be very welcome to join us at 10:30am in St Andrew, Cuffley this Sunday. We’re very pleased to welcome Tim Ward to our service this morning.