Ministry Tools Resource Center
Newsletter: March 2021

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Dear Friends,
Jesus said, "You are the salt of the earth" (Matt. 5:13). Given enough salt, people tend to get thirsty. Imagine if our conversation, and our very lives, were "always full of grace, seasoned with salt" (Col. 4:6). What a difference we would make in the world around us!
That's Christ-like communication. When our conversation becomes more Christ-like we'll be seasoning the world with BOTH grace and truth for Jesus came full of both (Jn. 1:4).

A blast of truth alone tends to turn people away, often leading them to view Christians as intolerant.
A blast of grace alone tends to compromise the full essence of who Jesus is and what He came to do.
Bring both together and you'll be more likely to create a spiritual thirst within people. And, then you can present them with the Living Water (Jn. 4:10-14).

We'll also tend to "spur one another on toward love and good deeds" (Heb. 10:24) as our saltiness seasons all we do in and outside of the Church, with believers as well as non-believers. (Check out the four posts series about the Bible Teacher's Role as a Motivator which points to this verse.)
Remember that if "salt loses its saltiness" (Matt. 5:13), it also loses its ability to season. How are we going to maintain that saltiness? -- By abiding in Christ, for apart from Him we can do nothing (Jn. 15:5).

Because of His grace and truth,

Phyllis Kline
Ministry Tools Resource Center

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