Whatever We Do We Do Together Acts 2 41-47 CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO
The church in Acts was with one accord and they were together. They ate together, they fellowshipped together, they studied the Bible together… We should follow their example. Whatever we do we do together. It’s always easier to do things when you have people who are together to help you do them. The teens helped us clean our garage and get ready for a garage sale. They’ll be able to use the proceeds to help with their camp fees.
Look these other things they did together:
They prayed together – Acts 1:14, 2:42 – “They all continued with one accord in prayer.” People get the idea that prayer meeting is just for those who want to come on Wednesday night. In reality it is our church’s prayer meeting. We should all be here together. We have daily staff prayer meetings at 9:30am and regular Sunday morning prayer at 7:00am. El Buen Pastor had regular men’s prayer at 7:00am on Saturdays and in Pensacola we had a group of men who prayed together before the services.
They sang together – Acts 2:47 – “They continued daily with one accord… Praising God.” Congregational singing is still the best. I enjoy specials and I enjoy singing in specials. But there is nothing that compares to a church full of people singing at the top of their voices in praise to the Lord. How about that night of the missions conference when we all sang Ivory Palaces and all the missionaries joined me up here during the song? Was that not one of the most beautiful things you’ve heard? I remember the blast I got at the first graduation I attended in Pensacola when I entered the sanctuary. It was Spirit-filled and moving.
They gave together – Acts 2:44-45 – It appears that the whole congregation gave together. The scripture says that “all that believed were together, and had all things common.” That’s why Ananias and Sapphira’s scheme to keep back part of the proceeds of the sale of their possession while pretending to have given the whole amount was a capital crime. Imagine the joy that the whole congregation in Macedonia experienced in 2 Cor 8:1-2. Giving isn’t just for those who have an abundance of money. It is for everyone that everyone together might be blessed together.
They witnessed together – Acts 8:3-4; Acts 2:47 – “And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.” When Paul went looking for those who went everywhere preaching the word, he went into every house and he haled the men and the women. Everyone was witnessing; not just a select few. Visitation at church usually starts out as a good turnout and then dwindles to very few faithful people. We want to see it go a different way. Start with some faithful people and watch it grow into something that we all do together.
Conclusion: The Lord designed the church to function as his body – every member working together and each member doing his part. Together we can get done what no one of us individually could ever do.