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Psalm 133

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Proposition:  Living in unity as believers is good and pleasant because it is the place where God pours out abundant blessing.

A.     Unity is good and pleasant because it sanctifies God’s people.

B.      Unity is good and pleasant because it refreshes God’s people.

C.      Unity is good and pleasant because it is God’s desire.

I.       Introduction

A.     Disunity in the church

1.       9,000 denominations in the World, 635 in the United States

2.       Churches splitting, breaking ties with each other

3.       more common to talk about differences than about similarities.

4.       Questions

a)      Have you ever felt disconnected from the people that you worship with?

b)     Have you ever felt tension in the church?

c)      Do this church feel like a family?

5.       I this what God wants?  Was this his desire when he created the world?

6.       Despite our divisions, our deep longing is for community, with others and with God.

B.      Psalm 133 Gives us Some Answers

1.       Introduction

a)      Psalm of Ascents

·  Written by King David.

·  Sung by the Israelites enroute to Jerusalem for different feasts.  Sing songs to pass the time.

·  Songs were significant.

·  Tradition.  Similar to my “road trip” CD.

b)     Passage

How good and pleasant it is

When brothers live together in unity!

It is like precious oil poured on the head,

Running down on the beard,

Running down on Aaron's beard,

Down upon the collar of his robes.

It is as if the dew of Hermon

Were falling on Mount Zion.

For there the LORD bestows his blessing,

Even life forevermore.

2.       Brief Explanation

a)      Unity described as good and pleasant.

b)     Unity compared to oil and dew

3.       Proposition:

·      Living in unity as believers is good and pleasant because it is the place where God pours out abundant blessings.

II.     Main Points

A.     Unity is good and pleasant because it sanctifies God’s people.

1.       Analogy to Oil

a)      Explanation

b)     Comparison to Unity

2.       How Unity Makes Us Pleasant to God

a)      Illustration

·  Addictions

·  “Family of God”

b)     Application

B.      Unity is good and pleasant because it refreshes God’s people.

1.       Analogy to Dew

a)      Explanation

b)     Comparison to Unity

2.       How Unity Refreshes God’s People

a)      Illustration

·  Encouragement

b)     Application

C.      Unity is good and pleasant because it is God’s desire.

1.       God’s BlessingóGod’s Intention

a)      Explanation

b)     Comparison to Unity

2.       How Unity Is God’s Desire

a)      Illustration (All “People”)

b)     Application

III.  Application

A.     Application to Life

·  Promote unity in the church

·  Set aside petty disagreements

·  Engage in relationships with others (incarnation)

·  Live the gospel of God redeeming a “people”

·  Not possible without Christ.

B.      Application to Christ

·  Christ prayed for our unity (John 17:20-21)

·  Unity only possible through Holy Spirit of Christ.

·  Christ’s work on the cross made unity possible.  Christ brought salvation for all people.

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