Our summer regional gathering is just a few weeks away (June 22) with a specific focus on PRAYER.  As we prepare our hearts, let us also prepare our minds. Consider this brief sketch on meeting together with one accord. Invite your friends and your churches; all are welcome. I can't wait to see you there!

— Tim Doering (Vision and Networking)

The phrase translated one accord or one mind comes from the Greek word homothymadon. It is a compound word comprised of homou ("together" or "same") and thymos ("fierceness" or "passion"). One commentator notes...

"The image is almost musical; a number of notes are sounded which, while different, harmonize in pitch and tone. As the instruments of a great concert under the direction of a concert master, so the Holy Spirit blends together the lives of members of Christ's church."

"One accord" shows up roughly a dozen times in the New Testament writings, with all uses but one being in the Book of Acts. The apostles and early disciples joined together, waiting on the promise of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:14, 2:1) and praying (Acts 4:24). They continued being of one mind in worship and fellowship (Acts 2:46), performing signs and wonders (Acts 5:12), discerning the context, mission, and movement of the church and her leaders (Acts 15:25). The song of the early church in unison displayed the mighty power and the healing fruit of the Holy Spirit.

Being of one accord, however, is not an automatic success plan for the advancement of God's kingdom. In fact, we see others in the scriptures who were of one mind to do the very opposite of Gospel progression. The Sanhedrin did not like what Stephen said or saw so they all rushed at him to kill him (Acts 7:57). The religious leaders in Corinth made a united attack on Paul (Acts 18:12), taking him to court for persuading people to worship God contrary to their own tradition.

We ourselves should take heed that our corporate motivation is put in its right place, free from self-interest and self-preservation. The origin and target of our rushing together must be tethered to truth, beauty, and goodness; namely, to Jesus Christ Himself.

May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Jesus Christ, so that with one heart (homothymadon) and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 15:5-6)

[written by Justin Ryan Boyer on behalf of Netzer]

This month PRAY from 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 for unity among diversity in the Church. Now you [plural] are the Body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. Also PRAY that the Church would walk in the joy of the Lord and find strength in His presence even among trying circumstances (John 15:11, Nehemiah 8:10).