Hindering the Work of God

Acts 2:1-2

(Acts 2:1-2) And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

Let me begin by saying that Pentecost is not a denomination, but an event. There is a denomination that is named after this event, but the origin of the Day of Pentecost was not the beginning of some religious group.

(Luke 24:49) And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.

What took place in the upper room of Acts chapter two was simply a fulfillment of the Lord's statement to His disciples in Luke. Now the passage in Acts speaks to an important point that is often overlooked. Verse one tells us that they were all in 'one accord in one place'. They were all doing exactly what the Lord had told them to do…waiting for the promise of the Father. There is a pattern revealed here that I think deserves a closer look.

After they were endued with power…after the Holy Spirit came upon them in a mighty way; this small group of believers went out and turned the world upside down for Christ. (Acts 17:6)

Would it be safe to say that they had a profound impact on their city, country, and eventually the entire world? What about us? I believe that this church has made a difference in lives in our city, around our state, and across the world. But I don't think anyone has ever said that we were 'turning the world upside down'. So, there is room for growth…room for improvement…and reason to consider this passage tonight.

If we were to survey the members of Grace Baptist Temple on any given day, I do not believe that we would find one member who wanted to hinder the work of God through this church. Do you? Now I know that there are those who are following after the enemy who would love to see us fail as a church, but I am not interested in them right now. I want us to think about our own membership.

Understand this evening, that a person does not have to openly oppose the work, in order to hinder it. Jesus said, "He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad." What kind of picture does that verse conjure up for us? To me I see the Lord busy in the work, and there are two groups of folks in view. One group is actively involved in the 'gathering' and another group is involved in the 'scattering'. Like picking up toys with my grandkids. As fast as I put them away they are taking them out! Why? Our focus and purpose are different! We are working against one another.

That happens within the local church. There are those who are working together and those who are not. You see, the believers on the day of Pentecost were 'all with one accord in one place". Then they were empowered to do a mighty work for God. I want us to see three things about this verse.

I. They were ALL with one accord in one place.

II. They were all with ONE ACCORD in one place.

III. They were all with one accord in ONE PLACE.

What about us tonight? Are we all going to be in one accord and in one place? I wish it were so.

I don't want anything or anyone to hinder the power and the work of God through this church. Obviously the decision is a personal one. Will you commit yourselves to this principle? The Lord wants this church to grow - I know He does - but it won't grow until we are ALL IN ONE ACCORD IN ONE PLACE.