Praying in One Accord

January 27, 2011


Our Bible passage for this week is Acts 1:12-26.  In this passage,  Jesus has just left his disciples and gone back to Heaven.  He has given them instructions:  go and make disciples of the whole earth.  But first, wait for the power you will need to accomplish this task. 

As the disciples gather in Jerusalem to wait for this power, we see them go through the process of replacing Judas as one of the twelve leaders in the new church.  After nominating 2 candidates, they choose Matthias to replace Judas by casting lots.

In this passage, we are introduced to a striking theme that occurs again and again in the book of Acts:  “they were devoting themselves with one accord to prayer”.

There are several questions we will be considering on Sunday night as we discuss this passage:

  • How important was it that the disciples were “devoting themselves with one accord to prayer” during this critical time?
  • Does it really matter if we pray in one accord?
  • What are some impediments to “praying in one accord” these days?
  • What did it cost Matthias to take on this role of becoming one of the 12?
  • How did the earliest Christians make critical life decisions, as depicted in the Book of Acts?

Come and join us on Sunday at 5 PM as we CONNECT in shared space at 5413 Blue Ridge Cutoff, as we share from the Book of Acts with a Sermon called “Matthias Chosen to Replace Judas”.