Unity With Other Believers

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Acts 2:42-47 “And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.”

Unity with other believers is possible and only possible if we observe one another as God’s property. A believer is a child of God, not a common individual, but God’s treasure and God’s possession.

I Cor 3:9 “For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.”

After the conversion is made, you are no longer ordinary, you are a child of God.

Acts 10:9-14 “On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour: And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance, And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending upon him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth: Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.”

How can he say, ‘No’ to someone you call Lord?

Acts 10:15 “And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.”

This was done three times. God used this to get Peter to let go of his prejudice.

The Spirit of God spoke again to him.

Acts 10:19-20 “While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee. Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them.”

Peter didn’t understand. He had been given the keys and on the other side of the door was a worthy family that God wanted to save. These were people just like us. If Peter hadn’t opened the door and obeyed God, we wouldn’t know the gospel today.

Reverence what God has cleansed.

Moses was told to take off his shoes because the ground was holy (burning bush). Why was the ground holy? Because God was there and He said so.

A mountain was also made holy because God had made it so. This was where God set up and gave the commandments to His people.

Anything God has made holy you must reverence and respect.

If God uses something, it’s made holy. Why can’t we see God do the same thing with people?

The proper response to something being changed by God is: rejoice.

Psalm 21:1 “The king shall joy in thy strength, O Lord; and in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!”

‘Greatly’ (Hebrew: meh-ode) vehemently, with much force or might.

‘Rejoice’ (Hebrew: gheel, gool) to spin around under the influence of a violent emotion.

The spinning around thing is in the Bible several times.

Psalm 51:12 “Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation.”

‘Restore’ (Hebrew: shoob) to turn back

Maintain this attitude. Have an attitude of celebration. Originally God created a desire in us to celebrate. We have lost the ability to celebrate because of sin. We gotta fight for our right to celebrate! It is your right to rejoice!

Celebration of salvation will bring unity to the church!

Revival brings unity. Turn back the joy in me to rejoice in thy salvation.

Isaiah 12:3 “Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.”

‘Salvation’ (Hebrew: yesh-oo-ah) deliverance, liberty or rescue from a battle.

Habakkuk 3:18 “Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.”

Psalm 9:14 “That I may whew forth all thy praise in the gates of the daughter of Zion: I will rejoice in thy salvation.”

‘Praise’ (Tehillaw) Sing a hymn in praise or a song of praise.

Psalm 31:7 “I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy.”

Don’t just enjoy the music in worship service. That’s only 20 minutes of your week! You need to have the attitude of rejoicing that, at any moment, I’m going to take a praise break! There is so much trash and junk in this world, it’s refreshing to see a smile. You can feel something in a smile. People respond to smiles.

Psalm 32:11 “Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy,”

‘Shout for joy’ (Hebrew: raw-nan) shout for joy.

Psalm 118:24 “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”

‘Rejoice’ (Hebrew: gheel, gool) to spin around under the influence of a violent emotion.

If you have this attitude, revival will break out. It’s one thing to have a violent emotion moving you, but it’s another to have God command you to be under this violent emotion!

Jesus saw that there was a need for His disciples to have an understanding of their emotions. Jesus sent his disciples out two by two, giving them power to heal the sick and deliver from demons. They had a praise break when they came back together.

Jesus said, ‘Hold the emotion and understand what’s going on. Don’t rejoice that you have power over demons. Celebrate because your name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. You’re saved!’

Isaiah 65:18 “But be ye glad and rejoice for ever”

Inside your spirit, there should always be a violent emotion of praise. Spin around violently for ever! It should never stop! Look in the mirror and say, ‘You’re a child of God! You are one of God’s children! You’ve been touched by God!’

God has touched you and cleansed you and made you holy. Rejoice in that just because it’s great to know. Look at other people in the church that way too!

Mat 5:12 “Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven:”

Luke 10:21 “In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit.”

‘Rejoiced’ (Greek: agalliao) Jump for joy.

Sin or weeping or depression don’t bring people together. These things may get people together, but rejoicing keeps people together! Don’t celebrate because the devil is subject to you, rejoice because you have been saved!

Hanging your head and being depressed is not number one. God brought you out. Rejoice. It’s good to pray for one another when problems happen, but don’t lose that rejoicing attitude.

Rejoicing is the proper response to what we call salvation.

Excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio.

For the full audio of this sermon (and other great sermons!) click here.

If you are in the Chicagoland area, come to The Life Church located at 3030 Central Road in Glenview, IL. Services are Sundays at 1pm and Wednesdays at 7pm.

www.thelifechurchofdesplaines.com

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