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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...




"With One Accord"

By James K. Bridges
June 8, 2014

When Luke, the physician, wrote The Acts of the Apostles, he used the adverb homothumadon, which is translated “with one accord,” 11 times. The word is used only one other time in the New Testament. It is Luke’s special word meaning more than just getting together in one place; it involves unity of mind, spirit and purpose.

J. Roswell Flower, former general secretary of the Assemblies of God, pointed out that homothumadon had special significance to Luke: “He used it to mean more than agreement of ideas. ‘One-accordness’ is a flowing together of the spirits of men to one purpose until it becomes a passion.”

As we observe how Luke used the word, we understand the power of such a passion.

Prayer Accord

From the beginning, Christ’s followers “continued with one accord in prayer and supplication” (Acts 1:14, NKJV), maintaining close communion with the risen Lord. They understood that strength to overcome persecution and to boldly proclaim the gospel of Christ would come through prayer. So after being released from arrest by the religious authorities, “they raised their voice to God with one accord” (4:24), and “when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness” (4:31).

The church today must experience the prayer accord that characterized the Early Church.


Pentecost Accord

As the disciples prepared for the coming of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost, “they were all with one accord in one place” (2:1). This attitude of heart and mind is essential to receiving the baptism in the Holy Spirit. It is also essential for the Church to live in this unity in order for the work of God to be accomplished.

When Luke reported signs and wonders along with believers being added to the Lord, he connected it to this statement: “They were all with one accord in Solomon’s porch” (5:12).

Pentecost accord is essential for a Pentecostal church to retain its Pentecostal heritage.


Power Accord

Luke described the Pentecostal believers as “continuing daily with one accord” (2:46). Through the power of the Spirit, the disciples “continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers” (2:42). They found staying power that supported them in their mission to declare what God had done in Christ. They found that, when they “assembled with one accord” (15:25) to conduct their business, they gained wisdom and resolution “which seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to [them]” (15:28). As they continued in the sound teaching of the apostles, the unity of the Spirit led them into the unity of the faith. The Early Church found keeping power that prevented believers from being swept away with every wind of doctrine.

Without power accord, the Pentecostal believer will never fulfill a Pentecostal ministry.

Luke gave us a picture of unity among the idol worshippers at Ephesus when he noted that they “rushed into the theater with one accord” (19:29) and “all with one voice cried out for about two hours, ‘Great is Diana of the Ephesians!’” (19:34). He gave another example when the Jews attacked Stephen “with one accord” (7:57) and “gnashed at him with their teeth” (7:54), stoning him to death. But this is destructive unity.

By contrast, when the people of Samaria “with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip” (8:6), a great revival occurred and the city was full of joy. The result of such unity was that many were converted and received the Holy Spirit baptism (8:14,15).

Through the Holy Spirit, Luke has given us a special word that is the key to Pentecostal experience and Pentecostal ministry. Let us seek to be “with one accord.”


JAMES K. BRIDGES served as general treasurer of the Assemblies of God from 1993-2008.

Reprinted from Questions and Answers About the Holy Spirit, compiled and edited by Hal Dondaldson, Ken Horn and Ann Floyd (Springfield, Mo.: Pentecostal Evangel Books, 2001).

 

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