Friday, December 21, 2012

Advent Archive: Acts 2



God views unity as a vital part of the church. Nothing will impede the progress of the gospel and evangelism like disagreement and disharmony. It is for this reason that Paul says in Philippians 2:2, “fulfill my joy that ye be...of one accord,” in essence, “unified.” There will be plenty of reasons to fight, but don’t. We have an enemy who would desire nothing more than to undermine the work of God. When we read Acts 2, we find this same reality of unity as the descriptor of what the followers of Christ had when the Spirit came down and filled them with the desire and ability to proclaim the gospel on an unprecedented level. Verse 1 says, “they were all with one accord,” speaking to this idea that although they could probably have found things to disagree on, they instead looked to be unified for the cause of Christ. How are you doing with this? Does it seem easier to find something wrong with the Christians around you? Do they just not understand God like you do? Do you seek to shame them for their lack of spirituality? If so, you are not seeking to be in one accord. Don’t compromise on sin, but at the same time, don’t lose sight of what really matters.
Food For Thought: What are some things that you should break fellowship with someone for? What are some things that you should not break fellowship for?