Southern Baptist Convention ~ June 15, 2016 ~ St. Louis
Ted Traylor ~ Convention Sermon
Message: Unity Over Self
Illustrations: 1)Absalom. 2)Instead of standing shoulder to shoulder, we look at, and fight each other.
Psalm 133 King James Version (KJV)
133 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
2 It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;
3 As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.
Steve Gaines and J.D. Greer had a beautiful display of this Psalm and Unity as they ran for SBC president! They placed unity over self.
1)Unity is released. The oil runs down the high priest. In the 133rd Psalm, oil is referred to running down Aaron’s beard and garments.
2)Unity is refreshing. The dew from Mt. Hermon will flow down to Zion.
3)Unity is rewarding. It is reflected by cooperation. Love one another. Refuse to be stingy and critical. Refuse disunity. In 1931, the Southern Baptists achieved unity through the Cooperative Program (CP), the International Missions Board (IMB), and the North American Missions Board (NAMB). The CP is unifying and scriptural.
John 17:20-23 King James Version (KJV)
20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.