We emphasize world missions on fifth Sundays at MSMBC. Sunday was also the last day of 2006. With both factors in mind, I chose to preach Sunday on Psalm 67 – The Missionary Psalm. It is a prayer for personal blessings with the goal that it will result in the worldwide praise and worship of the Lord God. Here is the sermon skeleton of the message:
Title: “Embracing God’s Mission for Your Life”
Text: Psalm 67
Theme: The Missionary Psalm
Point: God desires to use your life to reach the world for his glory.
I. God wants to use you so that the world might know him (67:1-2).
A. Ask God to bless you (67:1).
B. Ask God to make you a blessing (67:2).
II. God wants to use you so that the world might worship him (67:3-5).
A. Long for the glory of God to be praised (67:3, 5).
B. Long for the joy of God to be enjoyed (67:4).
1. There is joy in the holy justice of God.
2. There is joy the sovereign authority of God
III. God wants to use you so that the world might fear him (67:6-7).
A. May the faithfulness of God be experienced (67:6a).
B. May the favor of God be enjoyed (67:6b-7a).
C. May the fear of God be expanded (67:7b).