“One Accord” – Acts 2:41-47
NPR released a study called “Our Epidemic Of Loneliness And Isolation.” late last year that shared that prior to COVID, about ½ of adults were experiencing loneliness.
Cedar-Sinai reported in 2020 that “79% of Gen Zers and 71% of Millennials considered themselves lonely.”
Proverbs 18:24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly:
I. Friends When Everyone Else Walks Out.
Acts 2:42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
Acts 2:44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common;
Acts 2:46 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,
Proverbs 17:17 A friend loveth at all times, And a brother is born for adversity.
Acts 9:13b-14 Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem: And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name.
Psalm 142:4 I looked on my right hand, and beheld, But there was no man that would know me: Refuge failed me; No man cared for my soul.
II. Friends Give A When Life Comes Crashing Down.
Acts 2:44-45 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.
James 2:15-16 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
III. Friends Know How To .
Acts 2:45 As every man had need.
Proverbs 1:5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; And a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:
Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: Be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; Yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
IV. Friends Encourage Others To .
Acts 2:46-47 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 favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
John 15:15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.