THERE’S POWER IN UNITY AND TOGETHERNESS


Jesus prayedThere’s power in unification and the early church knew what that looked like and because of that they watched miracles happen.

Acts 2:42-47 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 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, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

The early church did things that caused the unification.
They were intentional in everything they did.
What did they do that was intentional?

1. They devoted themselves to teachings
2. They broke bread and fellow-shipped with one another.
3. They prayed together.
4. They looked out for each other.
5. They did all of this gladly with a sincere heart and praising God together. There was power behind their unity!

It’s time for us to get back to the ways of the old church.
It’s time for us to be unified as one body, looking out for the interest of others outside ourselves.

Philippians 2:2-4 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

It’s time for us to start back investing in each other, making time for each other and breaking bread with each other instead of being so busy we can’t find time to fellowship with one another.

Hebrews 10:25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another-and all the more as you see the day approaching.

It’s time for us to start back praying together.

Acts 1:13-14 When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. 14 They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.

Psalm 133:1 How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!

That’s the goal for Together 2016 on the National Mall in Dc on July 16th 2016!!!

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I’ll close with this thought!!

Thought

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3 thoughts on “THERE’S POWER IN UNITY AND TOGETHERNESS

  1. What a beautiful call to unity!

    There is one important aspect of the Early Church, that the Church today tends to glaze over…
    In Acts 2:44- 45 (NRSV) “All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need.”
    Now, the first converts weren’t preaching a Gospel of health, wealth and prosperity. They were giving all they had to ensure that every person among them had enough to be healthy. Their idea of wealth and prosperity, I suspect, was the joy of living in Christian community.
    I think we’ve lost sight of the fact that all we have is God’s. We give 10%, pat ourselves on the back, and remain blind to the need of others around us. Can unity come about in a place — in a Nation– where we justify inequality? I don’t know. But I don’t think so. And I wonder if that is why membership in American Christian Churches, overall, have been on a downward trend over the last decade. We’ve made it about the individual, about me, when the early church knew it was about all who gathered together in Christ’s name.

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