Last week we talked about the church as God’s Kingdom community. The gathered church should display to the watching world what it looks like to live with Jesus as King! The marks of God’s Kingdom community, the local church, are service, humility, hospitality and unity. This is from last week’s sermon in Mark 9:30-41. This week we will continue to look at the marks of God’s Kingdom community. Additional marks include community holiness, personal holiness, absolute commitment to Jesus as King (despite suffering) and peace. All of this amounts to the church being salty (vs. 50). Salt, in the ancient world, was used as a preservative; it prevented rot and decay. R. Kent Hughes writes, “Jesus’ call to be “salt” is a challenge for his disciples to be a preserving influence in a decaying world.” Our saltiness will inevitably result in the world asking questions concerning the motive for our saltiness. “Why do you live that way?” “How can you possibly have joy with all that is going on in your life right now?” 1 Peter 3:15 reads, “but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect…” May our salty living results in gospel conversations. When those opportunities arise, pray for boldness to obediently make known the reason for your hope—the gospel of Jesus Christ!