Introduction: Noah Webster observed that unity is “the state of being one . . . Unity is a thing undivided itself, but separate from every other thing”
1. The Blessings of Brethren Unity – vs.1
a. How Good
b. How Pleasant
2. The Analogies of Brethren Unity – vs.2-3
a. Precious ointment – vs.2
b. Dew – vs.3
Unity of Believers as Brethren in the New Testament
1. The basis of our unity as believers is the Lord Jesus Christ:
Galatians 3:28; Ephesians 1:10
2. Christian unity is expressed by the phrase “one mind”:
Romans 15:6; Philippians 1:27, 2:2; 1 Peter 3:8
3. Christian unity is expressed by the phrase “one spirit”:
1 Corinthians 6:17; 1 Corinthians 12:13
4. Christian unity is expressed by the phrase “one body”:
I Corinthians 12:12-13; Romans 12:4-5; Colossians 3:15
How should this Psalm influence our prayers tonight?
The following quotes from an article on unity, by Geoffrey Bromiley, in Bakers Dictionary of Theology are helpful:
“Christian unity is a given fact of the new life to be believed and accepted in faith in Christ. It is not the unity . . . created, safeguarded or enforced by a human institution or association” (page 539).
“Again, Christian unity is not identical with uniformity. It does not allow division. But it does not exclude variety. The one Spirit gives different gifts (I Cor. 12:4f.). In the one body of Christ there are many members . . .The unity grounded in Christ leaves scope for diversity of actions and function, the only conformity being to the mind of Christ and directions of the Spirit” (page 539).