Sermon Notes: The blessing of unity in the church – Psalm 133

7 09 2014

We had our final service of the summer series last weekend, I’m a bit behind, but here are my notes!

1 How good and pleasant it is
when God’s people live together in unity!

2 It is like precious oil poured on the head,
running down on the beard,
running down on Aaron’s beard,
down on the collar of his robe.

3 It is as if the dew of Hermon
were falling on Mount Zion.
For there the Lord bestows his blessing,
even life forevermore.
– Psalm 133

Western culture is individualistic, and because of that, we tend to crave community.

We seek advice from peer groups and friends, generally those who’s opinions and views line up with our own, it’s harder to maintain a friendship circle when people don’t agree. But it can be dangerous to restrict ourselves to a small group, it means our views aren’t challenged.

We’d called to relate and to one-another with the whole church: “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” – Galatians 3v28. Mixing ages and backgrounds means that by cross-pollination we can learn from each other. The church is the family of God, and you can’t choose your family. We’re all brothers and sisters, and that changes how we should relate to each other.

Families experience tensions, it’s normal to not all get on easily: “As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” – Ephesians 4 vv 1-3. It’s hard, but when we do it, we get the benefits in Psalm 133 above.

Oil is poured out over Aaron, God pours out the joy of the Holy Spirit and immerses us in His presence. We want to be a church where the Holy Spirit brings us to care for one another deeply, but we need unity to create the fertile ground for the Spirit to work in.

The value of facebook is to know what’s going on in people’s lives and so be able to respond to it. We need to bear with one-another, have grace for one-another, even when they’re irritating. There will be times when we need to forgive, need to be gentle, need to be humble.

But what a motivation to be united people – the pouring out of the Holy Spirit!

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