Thursday, November 9th, 2017
“32 Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common. 33 And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all. .” Acts 4: 32-33
Is it any wonder we have conflict, confusion and deadness in many churches today? Nothing precedes purpose. The starting point for every church should be the question, “why do we exist?” Until we know what our church exist for, we will have no foundation, no motivation, no direction and no unity. At NCCkl, we exist to preach the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection for the salvation of sin, to receive the Holy Spirit and to become God’s glorious children.
The Early Church knew why they existed. They were unified in that one purpose.
According to the passage above, Jesus had enlisted these followers not to a life of leisure but to a life of service. While each had a different task they all had the same calling to fulfill the Great Commission in their generation. They had one leader – Jesus, one purpose – to communicate the Gospel Truth of Jesus’ baptism and death to all people. These early disciples did more for the spread of this beautiful Gospel than any generation of followers since. What was their secret?
- Unity Acts 4:32
They had unity in the Church of God. All the believers shared in this unity. Not just the apostles. All the believers were unified in love and one purpose. They were family in relationship, friends in fellowship and followers of Christ in partnership. They shared the spiritual Father – God Almighty, their lives, possessions and enterprise together. The believers were from various backgrounds with different interests and perspectives who has been called together for one purpose. That purpose is to cooperate in reaching out beyond their walls in order that others can know the love of Jesus Christ. We are in the life-saving business. That endeavor is accomplished best when we understand that we are a family of friends in partnership with each other.
- Power Acts 4:33
Purpose is the power in the engine of life. Purpose assures us that the steering wheel is connected to the engine. Without purpose there is a motion without emotion. There is activity without accomplishment. There is efficiency without effectiveness. The early disciples had a laser-like focus to their purpose and the corresponding result was power – the dynamite of the Gospel of God’s Righteousness. The power was evidenced by the quality of the believers, their ability to withstand satanic assault and their finding strength in diversity. The early believers quickly realized that their diversity could either be a source of division or a source of power. They chose the latter.
- Favor Acts 4:33
The early disciples were unified in purpose. Thus they were committed to the task of reaching the world with the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that comprises Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection. God smiled down on them with favor. Grace as we knew, means unmerited love or favor. They were generous, God was generous, they were disheartened over the same things that broke the heart of God and they held in high esteem the purposes of Jesus, God held them in high esteem. It seemed that there exists – both an individual and a church – a direct correlation between our faithfulness to God’s plan and God’s favor in our lives. If we want to experience God’s blessing we need to first be obedient to His purpose.
Nowhere we are told to build unity of one purpose. We are instructed simply to keep the unity of one purpose. Unity of one purpose does not need to be created, it simply needs to be protected.
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