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Our Shared Holy Passion As Believers – From The Book Of Acts

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One word more than any other defines the lifestyle of 1st Century Christians: homothumadon. In the NKJV of the Bible that Greek word is translated One Accord. A unique Greek word, used in 10 of its 11 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 “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 orchestra blend under the direction of a concertmaster, so the Holy Spirit blends together the lives of members of Christ’s church.
The first use of homothumadon is found in Acts 1:14. There, in the Upper Room, the 11 disciples and a few women were united in prayer. Earlier strife and jealousies that marred their relationships were gone; the disciples were one, waiting for the Spirit’s promised coming. Then in Acts 2:1 we see 120 believers gathered, focusing together on the Lord as they sensed the Spirit’s first dynamic touch. The next occurrence is in verse 46, as the community (then some 3,000), “continuing daily with one accord [homo–thumadon] in the temple and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart” (KJV). Again in 4:24, we see the whole company, moved by Peter and John’s report, as they “lifted up their voice to God with one accord” (KJV). As those who are Jesus’ own make Him the common focus of their lives and seek to help each other find the Holy Spirit’s freedom in their lives, homothumadon becomes the mark of the Christian community.
ONE ACCORDS IN ACTS They had ‘one holy passion’ for:
It marked their Prayers: They were tALKING WITH GOD-Acts 1:14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers. (NKJV)
It marked their Worship: They were UNITING THEIR FOCUS Acts 2:1 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. (NKJV)
It marked their Celebration of the Lord’s Supper: They were PROCLAIMING WHAT CHRIST DID FOR THEM Acts 2:46 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, (NKJV)
It marked their Shared Needs: They were LOOKING TO THE LORD FOR HELP Acts 4:24 So when they heard that, they raised their voice to God with one accord and said: “Lord, You [are] God, who made heaven and earth and the sea, and all that is in them, (NKJV)
It marked their Common Identity: They were LOYALLY SUPPORTING EACH OTHER Acts 5:12 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. (NKJV)
It marked their Eagerness to Obey: They were RESPONDING TO THE WORD Acts 8:6 And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. (NKJV)
It marked their Gladly Following of their Leaders: They were WILLINGLY SUBMITTING Acts 15:25 it seemed good to us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, (NKJV)
Sometimes we look back on these early chapters of Acts as though they picture a church that has been lost—as though unity and love and the experience of Jesus’ presence are things that cannot really be ours today. Let’s not make this mistake. God’s Spirit is still a present reality. homothumadon is still possible in today’s shattered and impersonal world. If we look for a reason for emptiness in our own experience, let’s look first to our hesitancy to share ourselves with our brothers and sisters. Or look to our failure to let others pick up the burdens of our lives, and bring them in confident prayer to God.
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