In One Place and Of One Accord
Associate Conference Minister Shares Reflection
Originally published in the Coconut Wireless, April 20, 2022.
Now that we have celebrated The Resurrection of Christ, we journey on to Pentecost, where we acknowledge and examine the coming, the work, and the moving of the Holy Spirit into the life of the Church and Christ Followers.
In the Acts of the Apostles, Luke reminds us that the Good News of Jesus Christ does not stop with the earthly ministry of Jesus. Rather, he reminds us that after Christ has been resurrected from the dead, there is still work to be done and that the Good News will continue to be shared. What is important to note is that Luke wants to show us that there is continuity and connectivity between the ministry of Christ and the mission of the Church.
Luke also understands the critical nature of the Holy Spirit for the mission and ministry of Jesus Christ, the life of a believer, and the work of the Church. The Holy Spirit came to connect and commit us in covenant with a family of faith called the CHURCH. The term "one accord" means that we must exist in a space where there is commonality of thought and unity of vision, that there is relationship and like-mindedness.
It's about whether we are together in one place and in one accord. That is the reason the evil one continues to create division in the Body of Christ, because wherever we are divided, there can be no full manifestation of the Holy Spirit to empower us to do the work that we are called to do.
Valerie Ross, Associate Conference Minister