We are the Church
February 10, 2019

Acts 5:12 NKJV
And through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were
done among the people. And they were all with one accord in
Solomon’s Porch.

“One Accord” Greek
A unique Greek word, used 10 of its 12 New Testament occurrences in
the Book of Acts, helps us understand the uniqueness of the Christian
community. Homothumadon is a compound of two words meaning to
“rush along” and “in unison”. The image is almost musical; a number
of notes are sounded which, while different, harmonize in pitch and
tone. As the instruments of a great concert under the direction of a
concert master, so the Holy Spirit blends together the lives of members
of Christ’s church.

Acts 2:42–45 NKJV
And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and
fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43 Then fear came
upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the
apostles. 44 Now all who believed were together, and had all things in
common, 45 and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them
among all, as anyone had need.

Let’s see if we can see any ingredients for a thriving church.
– Apostles teaching
– Fellowship
– Breaking of bread
– Prayer

1. They Cared For Each Other

John 17:11 NKJV
Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come
to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have
given Me, that they may be one as We are.

Hebrews 10:24–25 NKJV
And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good
works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the
manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as
you see the Day approaching.

Hebrews 10:24 NLT
Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works

Acts 2:46–47 NKJV
46 So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking
bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and
simplicity of heart, 47 praising God and having favor with all the
people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being
saved.

2. They Touched The World

They got together daily.
They broke bread from house to house.
The Lord was adding to their numbers daily who were being saved.

This is what the church looks like:
– It is missional.
– It is engaged.
– It is serving.
– Reaching out.
– Faithful.
– It is bold.

We see a warm welcoming church engaged in the culture and with
each other. Supporting one another, and encouraging one another.
Living in such a way that their message is endorsed by how they live
and function in the culture.

“And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.”