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Summary: Four ways we can be in one accord with each other.

WESTSIDE BAPTIST CHURCH

PASTOR: TERRY VAUGHAN

SERMON TITLE: ONE ACCORD

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:16-18 (quickview) 

ACTS 1:6-14 (quickview)  “WHEN THEY THEREFORE WERE COME TOGETHER, THEY ASKED OF HIM, SAYING, LORD, WILT THOU AT THIS TIME RESTORE AGAIN THE KINGDOM OF ISRAEL? AND HE SAID UNTO THEM, IT IS NOT FOR YOU TO KNOW THE TIMES OR THE SEASONS, WHICH THE FATHER HATH PUT IN HIS OWN POWER. BUT YE SHALL RECEIVE POWER, AFTER THAT THE HOLY GHOST IS COME UPON YOU: AND YE SHALL BE WITNESSES UNTO ME BOTH IN JERUSALEM, AND IN ALL JUDAEA, AND IN SAMARIA, AND UNTO THE UTTERMOST PART OF THE EARTH. AND WHEN HE HAD SPOKEN THESE THINGS, WHILE THEY BEHELD, HE WAS TAKEN UP; AND A CLOUD RECEIVED HIM OUT OF THEIR SIGHT. AND WHILE THEY LOOKED STEDFASTLY TOWARD HEAVEN AS HE WENT UP, BEHOLD, TWO MEN STOOD BY THEM IN WHITE APPAREL; WHICH ALSO SAID, YE MEN OF GALILEE, WHY STAND YE GAZING UP INTO HEAVEN? THIS SAME JESUS, WHICH IS TAKEN UP FROM YOU INTO HEAVEN, SHALL SO COME IN LIKE MANNER AS YE HAVE SEEN HIM GO INTO HEAVEN. THEN RETURNED THEY UNTO JERUSALEM FROM THE MOUNT CALLED OLIVET, WHICH IS FROM JERUSALEM A SABBATH DAY’S JOURNEY. AND WHEN THEY WERE COME IN, THEY WENT UP INTO AN UPPER ROOM, WHERE ABODE BOTH PETER, AND JAMES, AND JOHN, AND ANDREW, PHILIP, AND THOMAS, BARTHOLOMEW, AND MATTHEW, JAMES THE SON OF ALPHAEUS, AND SIMON ZELOTES, AND JUDAS THE BROTHER OF JAMES. THESE ALL CONTINUED WITH ONE ACCORD IN PRAYER AND SUPPLICATION, WITH THE WOMEN, AND MARY THE MOTHER OF JESUS, AND WITH HIS BRETHREN.”

I WANT TO PREACH TO YOU ON ONE ACCORD. I WONDERED WHEN I READ THIS SCRIPTURE JUST WHY THESE PEOPLE WERE IN ONE ACCORD. I READ THERE THAT THEY WERE THERE WITH JESUS BEFORE HE ASCENDED INTO HEAVEN. THEY KNEW JESUS. THEY KNEW OF JESUS. THEY LIVED WITH JESUS, THEY WERE AROUND JESUS. THAT’S THE WAY CHRISTIANS OUGHT TO BE TODAY. IN VERSE 9 IT SAYS THEY JESUS ASCENDED UP IN A CLOUD INTO HEAVEN AND THEY SAW HIM. THAT MEANS THEY WERE THERE WITH HIM AND SAW HIM ASCEND. VERSE 14 SAYS THEY ALL CONTINUED WITH ONE ACCORD IN PRAYER AND SUPPLICATION.

I LOOKED UP THAT WORD ACCORD IN THE WEBSTERS DICTIONARY AND IT SIMPLY MEANS THIS: HARMONY. I SHARED WITH MY WIFE THIS MORNING THAT IT’S GOOD WHEN YOU’VE GOT GOOD HARMONY. ONE WAY TO HAVE GOOD HARMONY IS TO BE REAL HEAVENLY. IF WE’LL JUST BE REAL HEAVENLY, WE’LL HAVE GOOD HARMONY. IF WE HAVE GOOD HARMONY ABOUT US, WE CAN BE HAPPY. THE OPPOSITE OF ACCORD IS DISARRAY OR CONFUSION.

IN 1 CORINTHIANS 14:40 (quickview)  PAUL SAID “LET ALL THINGS BE DONE DECENTLY AND IN ORDER.”

IF YOU HAVE ONE ACCORD YOU OUGHT TO HAVE ORDER. THERE OUGHT NOT TO BE ANY CONFUSION IN GODS HOUSE OR AROUND GODS PEOPLE IF EVERYBODY’S IN ONE ACCORD. BUT WE’RE LIVING IN A WORLD TODAY WHERE A LOT OF CHRISTIANS AND A LOT OF CHURCHES ARE IN DISARRAY. THERE’S A LOT OF CONFUSION IN THE CHURCH AND MOST OF IT IS ABOUT WHO’S GOING TO BE IN CHARGE. THESE PEOPLE HOWEVER WERE IN ONE ACCORD, SIMPLY FOR ONE REASON AND THAT IS BECAUSE THEY KEPT THEIR HEARTS AND THEIR LIVES AND THEIR MINDS AND THEIR SOULS FOCUSED ON JESUS CHRIST. A LOT OF CHURCHES TODAY GET SO MANY THINGS IN THEIR MINDS AND IN THE HEARTS OF INDIVIDUALS THAT DON’T PUT GOD FIRST. THEY THINK OF EVERYTHING BUT GOD. THEY PUT EVERYTHING ELSE FIRST BUT WE NEED TO PUT GOD FIRST. LET GOD HAVE HIS WAY. LET GOD BE THE ONE THAT STIRS US AND MOVES US AND LEADS US. THE WORLD WE’RE LIVING IN TODAY HAS GROWN UPHOLDING AND DIFFERENT AND THEY AREN’T FOLLOWING GOD TODAY. I’M GLAD I CAN STILL FEEL GOD WORKING IN THIS OLD WRETCHED SINNERS BOYS LIFE. IF EVERY CHRISTIANS IN GODS HOUSE WOULD GET IN ONE ACCORD, THEN GODS HOUSE WOULD BE IN ONE ACCORD. IF I DON’T HAVE HARMONY IN MY LIFE, HOW CAN I HAVE HARMONY WITH THE SPIRIT OF GOD. THE BIBLE SAYS IF A MAN DON’T KNOW HOW TO TAKE CARE OF HIS OWN HOUSE, HOW CAN HE TAKE CARE OF THE HOUSE OF GOD? CHRIST OUGHT TO BE NUMBER ONE ALL THE TIME. THAT’S WHAT BRINGS ONE ACCORD. IF YOU CAME WITH ONLY ONE THING ON YOUR MIND TODAY WHICH IS CHRIST THEN YOU’LL HAVE A BLESSING TODAY. IF YOU COME SEEKING...THE BIBLE SAYS IF YOU SEEK ME EARLY, YOU SHALL FIND ME.


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