Summary: Let’s think about what contributed to their unity of heart and mind. 1- They were unselfish 2- They were witnesses 3- They were gracious
INTRO.- ILL.- Rotterdam, New York—A young bride who got into an argument with her husband of a few hours ran him down with a car and killed him on the way home from the wedding reception, authorities said.
The county district attorney said 21-year-old Joan Kenison drove over her 23-year-old husband, Lewis, after the couple argued on their way from the cocktail lounge where the reception was held.
Wow! I don’t know when that happened but that was one mean bride! That’s taking conflict and fighting way too far. However, conflict, fighting, arguing, bickering, backbiting, etc. are pretty evident in almost every sphere of society. It happens in marriage, work, school, politics, and sometimes even the church!
ILL.- A congregation of the Church of God in Christ in Wichita, Kansas, has asked a court to stop four of the members from disrupting services. Bishop Graze Kinard says the four have run through the sanctuary moaning and shouting while they tried to conduct services. He alleged that they shut the pastor’s Bible while he was preaching, took away the pastor’s microphone and hit him over the head, and pinned down the pianist’s arms. Police have had to step in several times, and the congregation has dwindled from 600 to fifty because of the trouble. The trouble apparently stems from a battle over control of the church, say police.
Imagine that! Somebody causing trouble in the church because they want to gain control of the church. That is generally the reason for conflict and fighting in the church. Somebody or several somebody’s want to control the church. They just have to have their way in everything!
ILL.- Someone asked, “When you have fifty people with different opinions, what do you have?” A Baptist Church.
In reality, it could be any church! It could be a Christian Church or any church. We all have our own ideas about different subjects and occasionally, we will disagree on some things.
Even though there are a variety of opinions on various subjects in the church we must stick together! THERE MUST BE UNITY! We must be united in one heart and mind!
ILL.- The rhinoceros has very poor eyesight. But its tough hide is infested with ticks—a delicacy to a certain little bird, which rides on its back, feeding on the insects and alerting the rhino to danger.
It’s strange to think how some animals can work together for a common cause when God’s highest creation, mankind, can’t work together.
Somehow we who are in Christ must learn to work together even though we are different creatures (in a sense), with different ideas.
The early church was no different than the church today in the sense that they were people with different ideas and opinions BUT THEY CAME TOGETHER IN UNITY OF HEART AND MIND.
PROP.- Let’s think about what contributed to their unity of heart and mind.
1- They were unselfish
2- They were witnesses
3- They were gracious
I. THEY WERE UNSELFISH
Acts 4:32 “All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had.”