Message for August 20, 2017 from Pastor Shirley

     Acts 4:32-33 “And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.  And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.”

     The common theme that seems to run through the book of Acts is unity-accord. Unity means, “the state of being one or united-the quality of being one in spirit, sentiment, purpose, etc.” The word accord means “to make agree or harmonize to be in agreement or harmony”. These words were used as “begin one in spirit, purpose, or aim.

   Why did the early church have such power? They all were of “one heart and soul.” They knew  their purpose-to bring the gospel to all people. Each one had a different task but they were all unified for the purpose. All the believers shared in this unity. Not just the leaders or the apostles.

   I remember reading a story about a little one year old girl that became lost in an open field with grass and weeds waist high. Once her family realized she was missing they immediately formed a search team to began searching for her. Realizing the weeds were taller than her they knew this would be a difficult task. They all scattered out and went in different directions. But to no avail. Finally, just before dusk one of the people in the group offered a suggestion, “Let’s link arms and walk together side by side up and down the field to see if that helps.” In no time the little girl was located all because the people came together as one.

    Unity – walking together as one for the same common purpose. John 12:32  Jesus said, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.”

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