Giving the world a "new" approach to life
Over 500 dads met at the beginning of 2007 to learn how they could love Jesus with all their hearts. The "one accord" power that resulted was a “never to be forgotten” experience.
The men became transparent about the secret failures in their lives, confessed their sin to the Lord, and then called home to openly confess to their wives. To their amazement, they later discovered that their secret failures were also being experienced by their sons and daughters.
They had fervency in prayer, and those who cried out to God for a son or daughter that was sick, saw God bring healing to the child.
Later, as the men united in song, they began to sense the power of "one accord." Many of the men called their wives on cell phones and held the phones in the air, hoping their wives could hear this momet as well. After one hymn, the men burst out with cheering and clapping because of the joy they had experienced!
The nation of Israel was in a blood covenant. When Achan sinned, it affected the entire nation. Thus God said to Joshua, “Israel hath sinned, and they have also transgressed my covenant . . .”
Believers are also in a blood covenant,
". . . whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it . . ." (I Corinthians 12:26). When one sins, all are affected. Thus Paul wrote, “Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid”
(I Corinthians 6:15).
Historians agree that John Wesley had a significant part in the rise of England and America to the position of world powers.
From the beginning of his ministry, Wesley realized the need for believers to be transparent with one another, and to encourage each other's growth in the Lord.
A Godly mentor once said to John, “Christianity knows nothing of a solitary religion. You must either find Godly companions or make them.”
God promised, “. . . where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them”
Being in "one accord" does not mean that every person in a group will “agree” in every opinion or idea. It does mean that every one is committed to loving God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength.
The Greek word for ”One Accord“ comes from two words: "homo" meaning "the same" and "thumos" which means "passion." When every person in a group has the same passion, loving Jesus, they are in "one accord."
Being in ”one accord” is achieving the unity and maturity that Jesus prayed for just before His crucifixion: “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me” (John 17:21).
The power of “one accord” involves the supernatural works that God demonstrates through believers who are united. This is done that the world may be convinced that there is a living, loving God who wants to give eternal life to all who believe on Him. Thus Jesus said, “The glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me” (John 17:22-23).
Powerful, supernatural works of God come to pass when two or more believers who are in "one accord" cry out to God in fervent prayer. Thus Jesus promised, “If two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 18:19).
God established His church on “one accord” power. He told His disciples to go to Jerusalem until they were endued with power. “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place” (Acts. 2:1). It was then that the Holy Spirit came upon each one of them with power that caused 3,000 people to repent and be added to them that very day! (See Acts 2.)
Later, they gathered and, “. . . lifted up their voice to God with one accord . . .” (Acts 4:24). They prayed that God would stretch, ". . . forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness. And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul . . .” (Acts 4:31-32).
It only takes one person to destroy the "one accord" power of an entire assembly! We see this illustrated in the disasterous defeat of Israel at Ai. Israel had just miraculously won a battle in Jericho, because they were in "one accord." Then one man, Achan, secretly stole certain items from Jericho. The power of God left Israel until that one man and his family were removed from the congregation. (See Joshua 7.)
Similarily, one man and his wife secretly agreed to lie to the Apostles in regards to the price of a land sale. In doing this, they failed to realize they were not lying to the Apostles but to the Holy Spirit. God also removed them from the congregation by sudden death. Following this, great fear came upon all the church, “And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon’s porch. And of the rest durst no man join himself to them: but the people magnified them. And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women)” (Acts 5:12-14).
Based on this vital truth, it is clear that the church was not designed as a place to bring the unsaved. By doing so, the potential of "one accord" power is automatically broken!
If an unbeliever happens to visit, we are not to push them away. We are told in I Corinthians what will happen to them. Because of the "one accord" power in the congregation, the secret sins of the heart will be exposed. The unbeliever will then confess his sins, fall on his face, worship God, and acknowledge that the power of God is in that place. (See I Corinthinas 14:24.)
There is no need to “market” a church that has “one accord” power. As believers are brought to spiritual maturity, and supernatural healings take place in the community, multitudes will be attracted to God’s love and power.
Imagine the impact that would be made if a corporation would see a significant increase in the health of their employees and a dramatic decrease in health-care costs. This is now a possibility, as the presidents of several corporations have asked that we work with their employees, helping them to resolve stress by living the principles of Christ's commands. We would like to assign the names of employees and their families to "one accord" prayer teams. We would ask the teams to pray for the following goals:
We will track the results of these employees, immediately sharing any "signficant" reports with our "one accord" prayer teams.