We kicked off a new series this week based on a passage from Acts, Chapter 2:
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
This passage serves as a great foundation for our Christian communities today. In a divided world, Christ-followers can be of "one accord," as they bear witness to the gospel.
There's a phrase that the King James version of this passage uses that sometimes gets lost in other translations. It says the believers were of "one accord." That means they had a unified purpose, that they were of one mind. The believers enjoyed a unity or togetherness of heart, mind, and spirit. They were going in the same direction, with the same passion. They enjoyed such unity because of Christ and because of the Holy Spirit, and it is no different today. If we want to be like-minded about what matters, we must share the same foundation in Jesus. Jesus is the hero and the source of the church's unity.
The early believers were not only like-minded, but they were devoted to or persistent in the activities that displayed and developed their unity. These activities include prayer, teaching/listening to the Word, fellowship, and taking the Lord's supper together. They also gave generously to one another. They took care of each other, selling possessions, giving as needed, and giving of themselves so that the whole body functioned properly as each member contributed in his or her unique capacity. Are we devoted to unity and to functioning properly as Christ's body?
Favor with Others
When the believers displayed such loving like-minded behavior, they gained favor with all the people. When we see faith lived out, it's refreshing to us and to others! As Christ said to his disciples when He was on earth, "By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:35) When we love one another in action and in truth, the world takes notice as we reveal Christ's love!
We invite you to join us as we continue in this series on living with one accord as the body of Christ.