A Celebration of Spiritual Unity

This past Sunday, I preached on Psalm 133. It is one of the great psalms of the Psalter. And it is addresses one of the important subjects of the Christian life: spiritual unity.

For the record, I love the psalms. Like many Christians, the psalms sustain my devotional life through its various seasons. I find preaching the psalms to be difficult, but rewarding. It forces me to plunge deeper into these great hymns of faith.

Psalm 133 addresses the subject of spiritual unity in an interesting fashion. It is not a song, but a sermon. In it, David does not preach, he praises. And this song celebrates the wonderful blessings of spiritual unity.

Here is the sermon skeleton from Sunday’s message.

Title: “A Celebration of Spiritual Unity

Text: Psalm 133

Theme: In praise of spiritual unity

Point: God blesses his children when they live together in spiritual unity.

Introduction: The ascription of Psalm 133 reads: “A Song of Ascents. Of David.” This title introduces us to this psalm by making two foundational points:

    * “A Song of Ascents“: Spiritual unity is essential to true worship.

    * “Of David“: True godliness is essential to true godliness.

Outline:

I. Celebrate the nature of spiritual unity (133:1).

    A. Behold: When God’s people are united, it demands attention.

    B. Brothers: In Christ, we are family.

    C. Unity: We should live in unity, not mere uniformity

    D. Dwell: Spiritual unity is a Christian lifestyle, not a special event.

    E. Good and pleasant: This is the nature of spiritual unity.

       1. Some things are good, but not pleasant. Other things are pleasant but not good. Spiritual unity is both good and pleasant.

       2. Consider the inverse: “Behold, how bad and disturbing it is when brothers do not dwell together in unity.”

          * Good: the objective reality of spiritual unity

          * Pleasant: the subjective reality of spiritual unity

II. Celebrate the source of spiritual unity (133:2-3a).

    A. The point of these two pictures is that spiritual unity is sent down, not worked up.

    B. These two pictures teach us two things about God-sent unity:

        1. God produces unity to consecrate his people (v. 2).

        2. God provides unity to refresh his people (v. 3a).

III. Celebrate the benefits of spiritual unity (133:3b).

    A. There: Ultimately, this refers to wherever God’s children dwell together in unity.

    B. The Lord commanded the blessing: Blessings are the result of sovereign prerogative, not human discretion.

    C. The blessing: We should focus on the better blessings

    D. Life: Life itself is a gift to be thankful for.

    E. Life forevermore: The greatest blessing of all is eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ.

   

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  • Lostlyn

    Pastor Charles, I will try to convey to you the many emotions I am feeling after a long absence from your blog. First, I am happy to have resolved my computer issues: Sad to hear that you are leaving MSMBC (I experienced the emotions of my pastor leaving); hurt I can't find your messages online anymore; and at last but not least, I am feeling divinely blessed to have had the privilege of hearing you in person here in San Antonio, Tx. My first experience was in the year of 2007, so when you came back in 2008, I battled illness, lack of transportation and cold weather to get to hear you. It was GOD's design that I was in attendance. My soul was out in the storm and your teaching and preaching of GOD'S Word calmed my storms. I discovered you online & continued to listen to you until my computer went on vacation. Now that it is back, I can't find your sermons.
    I shall pray for you and your family as you take on a new congregation and I will truly lift up MSMBC family as they deal with your leaving. I encourage each and all to count it all a blessing to have had your guidance and teaching for as long as they have had you. You are a wonderful blessing from GOD and Jacksonville, Florida is blessed to have you in it's community. I hope that your sermons will be back online again soon. I'd shared your views and messages with my love one that is wrongfully encarcerated(that statement is the GOD'S TRUTH). Most amazingly is the fact that many of messages where some of the same messages he had for me.
    Again, I thank GOD for the blessings of hearing you and I thank you for being a faithful servant of GOD!! May HE keep you and yours always and forever.

    Sincerely,

    A Salvation Seeker

  • Anonymous

    H. B.

    You should consider making your sermon outlines available on a weekly bais like Ray Pritchard and a few others do. that would be great!

    Blessings to You!

  • Anonymous

    Masterful outline Pastor Charles.

    I am curious as to how the unlocking of the “Dew of Mt. Hermon and the “precious oil” came about?

    I see in your outline that it is understood as representing unity that comes down from above and not something that we work up.

    Tony R.

  • Pastor Lance A. Mann

    Great outline HB…as always you have blessed me tremendously, and the only reason I will not preach it word for word is because I want you to preach it at First Mt. Zion next year. Be Blessed.

    Lance