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In the book of Acts there is one phase that appears again and again, and that term is “one accord.” The early church was on one accord. They were united. They had things in common.
The phase “one accord” is actually repeated 11 times in the book of acts and only 1 other time in the New Testament.
The early church was on one accord and I believe that unity was one of the reasons that the blessings and the power of God fell down upon it. The bible says “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them”.
These believers had one mind, one purpose, one heart.
If we want to see the power of God manifested in our church today, we need to be a church that is on one accord.
In Psalm 122 the Bible says “How good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell together in unity.”
Unity is God’s plan for His people. The word unity means oneness, harmony, agreement. In the English language it also means oneness. That’s where we get the word unicycle which means one wheel. That’s where we get the word uniform which means one form.
That’s where we get the word unicorn, which means one horn. We are to gather together in one Spirit, one focus and one mince. We are many people from many backgrounds and many differing opinions. It’s hard enough to get along with ourselves much less a group of 2 or more.
Unity means more than simply belonging to the same church. Unity requires the binding together of faith and hearts; becoming of one mind before God. Unity means having that love that runs from heart to heart and from breath to breath. Unity means being bound so close that one can’t fall without the other.
The early church, was a united church, they were a church on one accord. They were a church that went to the next level. They were a church that progressed. They were a church where Godly Progress was the top priority.
I want to point out 3 areas in which the early church was united.
1. They were united in prayer
The church of the Lord Jesus Christ, needs to be united in prayer. We need to be united in prayer, because we understand that the battle is not ours, it’s the Lord.
Do you remember when the 120 were in the upper room, the Bible says in Acts 1:14, they continued with one accord in prayer and supplication.
When Peter and John were released from prison the Bible says “They lifted up their voice to God on one accord.”
When the early church were on one accord and in one place, praying, something happened in that place. God showed up. We as a church need to get on one accord and cry out to God. Without the Lord, the church is powerless and ineffective.
Everything we do must be immersed in prayer.
2. The second thing we find out about the early church, is that they were not only united in prayer, but they were also united in vision and purpose.
Acts 2:1 says: When the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all on one accord in one place.
This group of people were different in many ways, yet, they were on one accord.
The church today, needs to be untied in Vision, Purpose and direction. The moment we loose sight of the purpose that God has for His church, we will begin to turn on each
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