The people were of one accord when the Church was born on the Day of Pentecost, is written throughout the Book of Acts. The Book of Acts is not merely a biography. It is a blueprint. It is a paradigm of what our encounters are to be like today. Yet, we increasingly reserve to building the church with our specs and our own drawings. We abandon the blueprint. We package and market God, polluting his power and reducing his glory to make him more accessible. We need to make God known. For that, we must move in one accord. Casting away our offense and bitterness, with forgiveness and love, we must come together as a crescendo in a symphony made of many different instruments strung together to create one glorious sound.
Kevin Wallace: How many love him? When the day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. Suddenly, there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. There appeared unto them cloven tongues, or divided tongues as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with tongues as the spirit gave them utterance. I find it interesting, when God brought Israel out of Egypt, He brought them out with a pillar of fire. When God is getting ready to bring his people in to a new covenant, He brings them in with pillars of fire. Everybody gets their own flame. I want to tell you something. Just keep playing, Brian, I want to tell you something about the book of Acts. It is a biography. Say a biography.
Kevin Wallace: A biography. You know what a biography is? It is the story of a living person and the details of that person's life. Well, the book of Acts is the biography of the early church. It tells the players the plot, the drama, the development, the warfare, the victory. It's what the book of Acts is. It's a biography of the story of the people of God. One of the most beautiful things about the biography of the church found in the book of Acts, I think one of the most powerful things given to us is the portion of the birth of the church. How many know the church is a living thing? I said, how many know the church is a living thing? Church is not a dead thing. The church is not a dead entity. The church is a living thing.
Kevin Wallace: Peter said in 1 Peter 2:1 that we are lively stones. We are not dead rocks, we are lively stones that are being built together to build up the house of the Lord. Now, some of you right now can't receive this because right now you're saying, "Why is he having to preach?" I'm not preaching. I'm giving you the word of the Lord, and some of you need to hear what the word of the Lord is to this house today. We are not a dead house, we are living house made up of lively stones. Anything alive had a birthday. Anything living had a birthday, because the church is living, the church had a birth. The birthday of the church is found in Acts 2:1. Now you understand, sisters, I'm going to need some help from you on this. You understand that when you have a day something was born, it didn't just happen the day it was born. There's a process of birth.
Kevin Wallace: Come on in here sisters and say something. You didn't just show up to the hospital unknowingly ready for birth. Birth had several milestones with it. It came with the day you found out you were pregnant. It came with some moments where you felt the baby move on the inside. In fact, there came a point in everything that you've ever been, sisters, every child you've had in your womb, there came a point when you began to show. Things move, things show. You found out you were pregnant, but then there comes a day where you can't hold the child within your back anymore. It actually has to come forth. That's why the Bible said in Acts 2:1, and when the day of Pentecost had fully come. In other words, the plan of God throughout the ages had consummated, and into the moment that what God had hidden and and kept back for that moment was about to be revealed.
Kevin Wallace: God said the day of Pentecost is the birthday of the church. I want the church to come screaming through the womb of the spirit in the power of the Holy Ghost. I want the church to be born on the day of Pentecost. Now, we knew the church was coming, but the church had not yet arrived. Jesus told us the church was coming in Matthew 16:16 when he said upon this rock, I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it. We knew the church was coming because when Jesus was hanging on the cross, before he could complete the Father's purpose and finish the work, the Roman soldier had to grab a spear and stick him in his side. When he stuck him in his side, the Bible said water and blood poured out, because before you can ever have something and give birth to something, how many know the water must be broken? You got, come on in here, somebody. We knew the church was coming. We knew the church was on the way.
Kevin Wallace: In fact, Romans said the earth was groaning for a manifestation of the sons of God. We knew the earth needed the Epilepsia, but she had not been born yet, but on the day of Pentecost, when the day of Pentecost had fully come, God said it's time for my bride to come forth. It's time for my child, my children to be released into the earth. So when the day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all in one place. Here's what God said to me today, I notice it's going to sound crazy, but there is something significant for this house in that word. One accord. When the day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all in one accord. How many know he's not talking about a Honda? We're not talking about a Honda. When the Bible said that when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all in one accord. That word accord, you need to write this down. I know this sounds crazy. It's a big word. It's a Greek word, but it's the word God gave me for this house today.
Kevin Wallace: homothymadón, sound like a dinosaur. Homothymadón, it comes from two Greek words, homo and thymadon. Homo meaning the same. Thymadon meaning passion, zeal, fiery pursuit. This is not what I was going to preach today. I can show you what I was going to preach today. It was not this, but when I was in my prayer time early this morning, God said to me not only was the book of Acts the biography of the church, it was the blueprint for every person who would ever be, and known it and called to lead it in the future. See, when you read the book of Acts, it is dangerous to come to the book of Acts and simply extract the history from it. If you read the book of Acts is nothing more than a historical antidote of biography and bibliographical information. Then what you do is say what you're saying is God started the church one way, but is willing to come back for something less than what he started.
Kevin Wallace: I want to tell you today that the Kingdom of God was birthed in fire, birthed in the wind of the spirit, birthed in the power. Super natural power. For us to simply come to the [inaudible 00:08:08] some people in here today, you read the book of Acts and you think, "That was our beginning." That was not just a biography of our beginning. That was a blueprint of existence. If it took the fire, and the wind, and the supernatural power of God to birth of the church, then what error gets for us to assume that we can somehow through our own knowledge and wisdom, get so puffed up that we know how to do this, and we know how to accomplish this without the same Holy Spirit that birthed the church. I need to confess to you today that we don't just read Acts as a historical fact. We read it as a blueprint, as the model, as a paradigm of who we should be, and how we should be operating in the earth.
Kevin Wallace: I don't ever read in the book of Acts where Acts was all about making people feel good, and making sure everybody understood what was going on. God can explained himself. God can introduce himself to you, and He don't need my wisdom or my knowledge to market him in some way that makes him more accessible. Sometimes the greatest thing we can do is get out of the way and let God be God, and show himself as God. Hallelujah. I wish I had the voice to preach like I feel on my insides today. Oh my God, at 8:00 this morning at my office, the wind of the spirit blew through, I felt the power of God touch me. I trumped by this house today to tell somebody we're not just here to celebrate Pentecost as history. It's a blueprint. We've got a bunch of historical Pentecostals on today, on today. Got a bunch of historical Pentecostals. We get real emotional and we get very sentimental. It's Pentecost Sunday. It's the only time of the year some preachers will even speak of the Holy Ghost. Turn my microphone up or give me another one, I don't really care.
Kevin Wallace: I came to tell you today that if the only day we talk about the Holy Spirit is Pentecost Sunday, then we have failed in our objective. We are miserable people. There is nothing within us that can help this lost, dying, decaying, dead society. I don't know if you believe this, but I believe it takes the Holy Spirit to be who God has called us to be. Acts is not just a biography, it's a blueprint. You ever want to know how we ought to be looking and acting and behaving, go read the book of Acts. Preachers, well I want to read the latest church. There's some serious problems with our most current church building trends. I'm not going to get any amens on this, but I'm going to preach it anyway. Let me find out and read it like I wrote it. Let me just go back up here, because this is pretty good. When you get in the Holy Ghost, you can write as good as you can preach.
Kevin Wallace: Many preachers and theologians see the book of Acts and we appreciate it as a book of history, that records the beginning of the church. The recording of the beginning of the church is clear, the church was born in fire. That is a historical, scriptural, undeniable fact. Most theologians and even pragmatic reformed preachers do not contest the fact that the church was born in the fire of God's Holy presence. Many church goers and nominal believers are willing to acquiesce that the Church of Jesus Christ was born in the fire as a matter of history, but the book of Acts was not only a biography of the life of the early church. As I said once and say again, it is a blueprint for every subsequent generation to follow in building the Lord's Church. The book of Acts is more than just a collection of stones. It isn't a book just telling us how the church came to life. The book of Acts is a blueprint on how to stay alive. Look at your neighbor. Say, ha, ha, ha, ha, staying alive.
Kevin Wallace: There is great danger in approaching the book of Acts, to simply observe and extract its historical content. The book of Acts is a paradigm. It is a paradigm of what our encounters should look like. When you read the book of Acts, you must ask yourself the question, is there experience like the one we're having? Is our passion like the one they had? To believe that they in the early church experienced something greater than what we will experience in our day, is to believe that Jesus left the church in greater power than the one he's coming back for. I still believe Jesus is returning to this earth. I still believe in the return of Jesus Christ. I do not believe we're going to sit around here and fold our thumbs, and take communion and never see the return of the Lord. I believe the Lord is coming back to Earth again. Anybody else believe Jesus is returning? This is why there's no holiness in the church anymore.
Kevin Wallace: There's no holiness in the church anymore, because we believe we're going to stay here and live as little gods forever. I believe that if you have the hope of the return of Christ, you will walk in purity before him. You'll live every day circumspectly saying, "God, would you help me make sure my heart is right today? I want to see you in all your glory." So let me just keep going. We were born in the fire. The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, do you hear me please, was born in the fire of God's Holy presence. We were born in the blowing of the wind of the spirit. We have no problem believing the church was born in the fire, but there is a lot of stuff being said about staying in the fire. I'm not mad, I'm not jealous. I'm not a contrarian, I do not want to seem arrogant or proud. I openly confess to you, there are people in the Kingdom of God, much wiser and much more successful, much greater, better leader than I am, but I'm going to tell you this today. We don't know what we're doing.
Kevin Wallace: I know that sounds very confrontational, but I'm afraid we don't know what we're doing. Jeff, we don't know what we're doing. The problem is, we're convinced we know what we're doing. Knowledge puffs up. When you start defining success by how many people come through your church, which is a very dangerous thing to do, then the more people you have, the more convinced you are you're successful. My question is not how many are here today, my question is of those who are here today, how many are truly born again following Jesus? I don't know the answer to that. I don't know the answer to that, I will only tell you that I am no longer able to be satisfied or infatuated with the size of our crowd. I don't want you to come to church, but not go to heaven. I don't want you to sit in our church on Sunday and go to hell, because you heard the gospel and you heard about Jesus, and you've seen the power but you never met the Lord and you're never heard his voice, and you never felt his goodness permeate your soul.
Kevin Wallace: My question is not are you a member, my question is are you born again? Jesus, help me preach today. Are you saved? Do you love the Lord? Do you follow his word? Do you keep his commands? Do you love people? Do your walk in harmony? Do you have a right spirit? I got so tore up this morning. God started showing me, convicting me, speaking to me. I felt the well spring of goodness start bubbling up on the inside of me. Had to get up from my place of study, had to walk around my office. It wasn't big enough, so I walked out in the hallway. Had to walk around and praise God for his goodness. Had to thank him that I was born again. Hear me today church, we can't just read this book called the Bible. We can't just read the book of Acts as if it were something that happened 2,000 years ago for a unique special group of people.
Kevin Wallace: I'm telling you right now, the earth is still crying out and groaning for a manifestation of redeemed people who are full of the spirit of God, who are not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It's not just a biography, it's a blueprint. I'm afraid we have resorted to building the church with our own specs and our own drawings. Keep going here. I have a concern that what we're doing and the way we're doing it needs an adjustment for the sake of our future in the church. I'm not talking about just our local church, I'm talking about the kingdom. We don't know what we're doing. I need to confess to you that the liberty that we need to make decisions that advance the kingdom, and the church in the world in our generation, the freedom necessary to make decisions that will advance the church and the kingdom, it takes freedom to make the right decision. You can't be bound up by the fear of man. So I'm going to say it one more time so you catch it real good.
Kevin Wallace: The freedom necessary to make decisions that will leave the church, and advance the church in this generation, that freedom is found when you confess before God that in my flesh, I don't know what I'm doing. I don't want to be a preacher. God helped me here. I don't want to be a preacher that appoints himself as your all ways marketing director. As if I have to package him so delicately, and so relevantly that I make him accessible for the unchurched. How insulting to God that you and I think we have to reduce him in his glory, so that unchurched people who are unregenerated and don't know God, can find him out in a real cerebral way, that they can put their brain around him and we have packaged God and marketed God in a accessible way. He'll blow your mind. If he doesn't blow your feeble mind, I didn't preach him big enough. We leave churches with an idol of God in our mind. The kind of God we like, the kind of God we can snuggle up to. God, Jesus. The kind of God that makes him easily approachable.
Kevin Wallace: I want to tell you I should do nothing to make you approaching him more difficult, but the worst thing I can do for you as your pastor is reduce him into some men made image that makes you feel like He and I are real close to being on the same level. We are not. He is infinitely higher, infinitely greater, infinitely wiser, infinitely more powerful. His ways are not my ways. His thoughts are not my thoughts. I bow my knee and surrender to his Lordship. It is not my house, it is not my church, it is not my way. Thy will be done, O God. Thy kingdom come, O Father. We have polluted his power by reducing the image of God, and we call it making God accessible. I tell you, when Saul fell before him on the throne on the road to Damascus, Jesus was not interested in Paul being feeling warm and cozy. Jesus said, "I am the Lord who you persecute." Why don't you kick against the bricks and they're laying, I feel the holy ghost on me right now.
Kevin Wallace: They're laying in the dusty soil on the Damascus road. Nobody had to promise Paul a steak dinner to get him to follow Jesus. Paul said, "Who are you, Lord, and what do you want me to do with the rest of my life?" My God we need to see Jesus. Make him accessible. Nope, I want to make him known. Make him known and people won't stay away from him. Make him known, and they will run to him. Most reasons people reject God is because those who represent him, have reduced him to just another one among many. I tell you that was is one higher, there is no one greater. There was no one with more mercy. No one with more love than our Jesus. This is not even what I thought I was going to preach. Listen to me. When you go home today and begin to read the book of Acts, it's not just the biography of the early church. It's a blueprint. They turned the world upside down, let's go do it. You know what? I think I'm going to start getting all my ideas from the book of Acts.
Kevin Wallace: Look at your neighbor say neighbor, let's get some ideas from the book of Acts. You want to turn the city upside down? Have a prayer meeting. You want to see the lame walk on the side of the road? Come out of a red hot prayer meeting with Jesus boiling over on the inside, and when the lame men look at you and I, they say could I have a little bit of gold and be like Peter. Silver and gold have I none, but what I do have, what do you have Peter? I got it from a prayer meeting I just walked out of. It's called the autonomous power of the Holy Ghost. If you ever get it on you, it will resurrect every dead thing in your life. The power of God is real. I said the power of God is real. I worship you Lord. We cannot domesticate this fire. We cannot tame this wind. God is God all by Himself. He doesn't need me and my knowledge, and my marketing strategy to make it appealing or accessible.
Kevin Wallace: I come to say that thy kingdom come, thy will be done. Let God arise, let God be known, let God be worshiped. Let God be adored. Let God be praised. Let God be lifted up. This isn't about us anymore. This is about Him and His kingdom. This is about Him and His Glory. If we're going to follow Acts as a blueprint, I got stuck on that word, accord. I didn't plan on that one. When the day of Pentecost, when birth time had come and when the church's moment to be born had arrived, when the day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all in one homothymadón. Say homothymadón. Not a dinosaur. It's one passion. It's actually used to describe the crescendo and movement of a symphony. Everyone, real slow. Come on. Now, homothymadón is everybody reading off the same page, watching the director, growing in intensity together. The sound of many, the sound of many coming together to create one. They were all in one accord. They were all reading off the same page, watching the maestro, growing in intensity crescendoing together.
Kevin Wallace: God said, "Kevin, you go tell them Acts is a blueprint, and you tell them if they're going to experience my fire and my wind and my presence, some of them are going to have to transform or transition." Can't handle this one. You either and I either and we have to get on the same page that God has given this house, and transform for the sake of keeping the spirit of unity and the bond of peace. You need to get the spirit and the bond of peace. I don't even know who I'm talking to. This was so like bam to me. That word came to me this morning. Tell them they're going to transform or transition, because the dead weight of you and I singing off different song sheets is slowing down the move of God for this house. I know not everybody in here can understand what I'm talking about. We got visitors and you're feeling like what's going on? As the pastor of this house, I just want to set it in order this morning. The song sheet we're singing off of is the vision God gave us for this house.
Kevin Wallace: This is a house of revival, it's a house of glory. It's a house pursuing the presence, it's a house that will let God have his way, and everything else has got to line up with what God has articulated for this house. You can't have your way and God's way simultaneously. I can't have my way and God's way simultaneously. One of the great assignments of the enemy in this house, is to divide local churches. Say pastor, I never heard you preach like this before. It's because the measure of warfare has never risen to the moment that I'm standing at right now. There is an assignment for the enemy to slow us down. He will not destroy the church, because Jesus said upon this rock I'll build it and the gates of hell shall not prevail. The church will never be destroyed, but I found out something far worse than a destroyed church, is a church that is moving slower than the pace God has originally created them to be moving to.
Kevin Wallace: The book of Acts only happened because the people of God had one mind, one heart, one passion, one zeal. They were crescendoing and moving together. You cannot move together if you don't like people, and you're always full of offense. By the way, I'm preaching this today and next Sunday I'm going to begin a series on offense, because there's some people, precious people of God sitting in our church right now who love God and speaking in tongues, but your heart gets so full of ought that God cannot receive the sacrifices that you're bringing him. God said I love this house too much to let it keep moving forward at a pace less than the one that I called it to move to. You're going to have to get rind of your own preferences and transform, or you're going to have to transition. I want to tell you that in love today, but it's time for us to pick up the pace. You say, "Well, my attitude don't matter. Nobody knows I'm mad." Your attitude contaminates the atmosphere.
Kevin Wallace: There are people sitting near you that might have praiseD God today, but they felt effervescent vibes coming off of you and they thought, "What's her problem? What's his problem?" The problem is we need to get our hearts right. We need to repent, and we need to say I'm sorry. Listen, we might need to do that to not only God but to each other. Say amen church. As I can't believe you're going down this road today. No, a true shepherd understands that the sheep need instruction sometimes. I'm much more interested in our progress than I am you liking me. You can't be sitting in the house of the Lord resenting leaders and resenting the direction the church is growing in, and always mad that we're not doing that or saying that or going there, or doing that. I have one agenda, to waste and spend my entire life advancing the Kingdom of God, and preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I'm not going to spend my whole life trying to help born again spiritual Christians to get along.
Kevin Wallace: It's time to move forward, and you can't have a move of God, the kind God wants you to have until you get in homothymadón. The bigger we grow, the more ideas come. We don't want to shut people down, but I cannot spend my whole life trying to make this house the one that everybody in here, all their preferences get met, and everybody gets their kind of church. I can't do that. You have to make up your mind. You have the vision God gave us, and the one that we've articulated that we believe came from God. There's one that you can align you and your family with, and if it is, I'm asking you to get on the same song sheet, and get in the same mode in mind, and get your heart ready to run and not grow weary, and stop slowing down. Every time you have a difference of opinion, you get on Facebook or on the hell off, I mean the telephone. That's not homothymadón, it's divisive.
Kevin Wallace: We got to move forward at a pace God's calling us to. If you're offended, I'm going to preach on it for the next two or three weeks, so I don't want anyone to think the staff will tell you. I had a whole other series prepared, and I'm going to preach that one in July, but the spirit of God moved in one of our staff meetings. Pastors will tell you this happened. God said to me very clearly in prayer in that meeting you need to teach about offense to this house, because the enemy, the only way he will win and hinder us from being who God called us to be, and hinder us from doing what God called us to do, is for us to forget that we have a responsibility to move forward in unity, and we just go around setting traps of offense for everybody, and we've got all kinds of ... Before you know it, we're not going to, but before you know it, if you don't expose that spirit, you've got people sitting in the church offended and they came in to worship God.
Kevin Wallace: Homothymadón, one accord. It was the prerequisite of the move of God. I cannot even articulate it and tell you all the prophetic words that God has given this house. I don't even have a way to record it all, the words that God has spoken over our future. We're not just a local church. We're a regional church touching the world. It's not just our little thing here. When we started 19 years ago with 34 people, I had no clue this was going to happen. If you think that we've seen our best and I'm willing to just have decent church services on ruffle no feathers till the Lord comes, you are out of your flipping mind. A spirit of offense, a spirit of harboring oath and bitterness will not be accepted and tolerated in the house of the Lord. We've got to love one another and we've got to jump in this accord.
Kevin Wallace: This homothymadón, where we are all moving together in passion, in glory, in the power of God, where we are all excited that when we get to this place, not only do we get blessed, but our families get blessed, our children get saved. Our sons and daughters come home. My God, church, we must come together. If you're sitting in here wondering what I'm talking about, good. If your heart is pure and free, praise God. I dare say there are more people in that place today than there are the other place that I'm preaching about, but isn't it amazing how just one little seed. You say pastor, this is Pentecost Sunday, everyone's supposed to get baptized in the Holy Ghost. You can't get baptized in the Holy Ghost if you got jacked up mess in your heart. God said, "Tell them I'm changing attitude. I'm adjusting attitudes and I'm changing agendas." There's some people in this room, I'm closing with this. You think you're going to do your own thing, influence your own thing and do it your own way.
Kevin Wallace: I'm going to tell you right now, God will not honor rebellion. He will not honor people who have a attitude of I'll do whatever I want, say whatever ... He doesn't honor that. I want us to all be blessed. I want us to all prosper. I want us all to live in the commanded blessing of Psalm 133. I want our children to inherit the good things of God. There's some surrender and some submission, there's even some tough work to be done to get in homothymadón. The more we grow, I love it. The more we diversify, I love it, but what that means is we have to be more willing to die to those things, so that we all can gather around this common goal. This common assignment of loving one another and advancing the kingdom of Jesus. The outpouring of the Holy Ghost was not just a coincidence. The blue print of the book of Acts shows us that before the spirit of God was poured out, hearts were connected in love with one another.
Kevin Wallace: If you are, I'm glad and celebrate, and I bless your life. If while I'm preaching that little thing in your heart, helping you to identify that area where you have opened up your heart for division or fits, we've got to get it under the blood. Say pastor, is it really that big a deal? It is a major deal. You walk into the upper room of Acts 2, they're not doing this. Then shockingly and unexpectedly, tongues of fire sat on where all the mad people. They were all in homothymadón, one accord. Singing off of one page, crescendoing together into the things of God, and their unity could not leave the word and beseech the body. Let us run together, love one another. Forgive freely, hold no grudges. I probably should not have told you that next week I'm starting a series on offense, because now you will conveniently go on an extra early vacation so as not to subject yourself, but I want us to walk in freedom together.
Kevin Wallace: I want you to be able to come to the house of the Lord, and not feel something in your heart preventing you from getting closer to God. It really is possible for us to keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace, and to love one another. When we come together in one accord and get in one place, I was going to talk about the place, but I can't because there's something about when we all get together in the same place. I watch online. That's great when you're on vacation or at work, or when you're sick, but if you're sitting there clothed and in your right mind, and you're having tea and crumpets, and you're three miles down the road, I pray the flees of 1,000 camels crawl up your legs till you come to church. There's something powerful about when we get together in the same place. Look at your neighbor, say we need church. Well, the Lord is bigger than the church. Yeah, he is, but you're not the Lord.
Kevin Wallace: The fact that he called us to be one and come together, even when he knows we have such different ways of thinking means he loves us too much for us to remain comfortable. Iron sharpens iron. How many have ever heard that scripture before? Iron sharpens iron. Do you know that iron sharpening iron doesn't happen without friction? Sparks fly. Sometimes you just preach my for me, Albert. I have a thought, he says it before I think it and then I say it and he thinks he told me it. [inaudible 00:44:38]. Sparks fly, friction happens. We grow together, we love one another. Although we have differences, none of our differences are big enough to keep us from the same common goal we have. Can I confess? When ... No, I don't want to say that. Make up your mind. The most important thing we do is get in homothymadón together, one accord.
Kevin Wallace: When we come into one place in one accord, suddenlys, suddenlys. How many want some suddenlys to happen in their life? I'm going to give a blueprint and a map over the next several weeks of several things. Number one, how to recover from being offended. I'm being serious. How to recover from being offended, how to become less offendable. I really believe God is giving me some strategy, not only for me personally, but for the house on how to live less offendable. You better learn how to live less offendable, because Jesus said in Matthew 18 it is impossible to live a life where offenses don't come. I really think in the midst of revival and God blessing us, and wonderful things being spoken over our church, God is saying to us not only am I calling you up, I'm growing you up. Blessed are the peace makers, they shall be called the sons of God.
Kevin Wallace: It does not say blessed are the peace keepers. Some people think that because they don't say anything at all, they're making peace. You're not making peace, you're getting mad or not showing it. God wants us to be a house that knows how to work through something to get to the destination God called us to. Stand with me, I'm through. Listen, this is a very different day than I thought. As I planned all week long, I had a Pentecost sermon Sunday, Pentecost Sunday sermon. I just think God is far more interested in our going somewhere in progress, than he is us preaching something that is true, but has no inspiration for the moment. Some of us, the greatest demonstration of spirit filled lives we could experience is to make up our mind we're not going to be contrarians, and disagreeable for the rest of our life. This doesn't mean that I'm not interested in seeing people work through things.
Kevin Wallace: I hope my heart is not articulating this in some way that makes you feel like it's this way or the highway, but transformation is necessary. If you can't transform, then transition is okay. I don't like that. I don't like saying that, but I'm more interested in you keeping your heart right, than you sitting in this house if we constantly embrace leadings of God and ways of doing things that in our ways disagreeable with you. If we can't sing off the same page together, that don't mean that you don't love God. It means we might be so different that this is not the place. People are in right now freaking out that a pastor would say that, but do you know how many churches go nowhere because everybody in the church has their own song sheet to sing off of? God is going to bless our church. He's going to bless every family connected to it.
Kevin Wallace: Our sons and daughters are coming home. Our finances are going to be blessed. Our jobs are going to be blessed. Our children, we're going to be whole and strong and healthy. We're going to be leaders in our generation. I believe God is raising up kingdom leaders in this house that are going to shake our generation, but none of those things can happen if we're not in homothymadón. One accord. How many receive this today? Lift both hands. Please, them both hands. Father, we lift our hands together as an outward sign that we desire to walk in this accord together. Please help us, God, to grow in our maturity, to grow in our faith and in our godliness, so that our hearts are not susceptible to the offenses and the traps, Satan, which set for our lives. I thank you for revelation that is coming to this house in the next several weeks, that is going to take us from one glory to another glory, from one level to another level.
Kevin Wallace: I ask now in Jesus' name that every person in this room, who in their heart feels that they needed this today, God, I know I needed this, Lord. Would you please let them experience your love and mercy. There is no condemnation. You're not burying us in hopelessness. You really do want your people to move forward together, and I pray for a spirit that will comply. I want my spirit, my heart God, to be one of compliance with your word and your spirit. So bend out of me all the imperfections, and help me to be aligned with your word and your people so that we're all singing off the same page, moving at the same pace. Heal, thank you Holy Ghost. Heal wounded relationships in this church. I feel the Lord is in this right now. Heal wounded relationships in this church. I pray for people to be able to speak truthfully with compassion, and long suffering and tenderheartedness so that resolution can come.
Kevin Wallace: I pray in Jesus' name that people would be able to hear each other, and not just respond to what they're feeling. Let us have ears to hear, God. I asked for the Holy Spirit, who is the glue that holds the people of God together, to go to work at this moment and from this moment forward, healing and restoring brokenness, relationships that have been broken, families that have been divided, people that are at odds with each other who sit in the same sanctuary every Sunday. Oh God, would you heal our hearts. I feel like God is saying when I heal their hearts, I'm sending a fresh wave of revival. I receive it for this house, God. I receive it for this house. I thank you that every person in this room, Father, no one in this room is beyond the scope of your love and mercy and grace, and I praise you for that Lord in Jesus name.
Kevin Wallace: Now I want you to not to clap, not to move, stay right there. I want you to get your tithe and offering ready. Let me tell you why I waited till the end to do this because Jesus said, if you have ought in your heart, lay your tithe on the alter, go fix it with your brother then come back and give it. I believe today this message is the beginning of the healing, and the beginning of a fixing. If that's not how you feel, and you feel like I have said something today that would cause you to believe that is the sign for me, that I'm to go to another church. I want to say this in love. I bless you. I love you. I want you to grow in God and in his kingdom. I would never want to be a part of you missing out on what God has for you. I mean that purely. I don't say that with any kind of arrogance or pompousness in my heart. I want you to be in the will of God.
Kevin Wallace: If today there is something so irreconcilable in your heart with another brother or sister in this room, that you don't feel like you can ever get it healed under the blood, then I want you to know that I'm going to continue to pray for you. Maybe God is saying to someone today that transition is necessary. I just want you to know you're blessed, and I want us to be able to give our tithes and offering to God today with a pure heart, and nothing hidden in our closet called our soul. How many want to have a pure heart before Jesus? So we lift up our tithe and offering today, some give in the offering plate, some give online, some give by text. However they give today, I pray you'll bless their seed. I thank you that tithers are going to experience the open heavens of God. The devour who devours the seed will be rebuked. I thank you, you will bless our people coming in and going out in the city and in the field. In Jesus name.
Kevin Wallace: Say I am blessed. Say from the top of my head, to the bottom of my feet. Me and my house, my children, my family, everything I have, I give to God, and that is all blessed. In Jesus name. Before you move, I want to honor one person who's here. I was going to do this early, but wasn't the moment. Stay right there. It is an honor of ours this morning to have the principal and director of the Chattanooga Boys Prep School here. Brad, would you lift your hand. Brad Scott, can we tell he and his precious wife God bless you, thank you for coming. You need to know how much that school and CGLA mean to us, and it's an honor for him to come today, and his precious wife and their two year old child. We're just honored they're here. How many will continue to pray for them, and for the work that they're doing in the schools, Charter schools? Come on, let's thank God for their ministry. It really is a ministry.
Kevin Wallace: Don't forget tomorrow morning, 7:00 AM, noon and then tomorrow night at 7:00. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, all three days, 7:00 AM, noon to 1:00. Then 7:00 till 8:00 at night, we have prayer in the sanctuary. It's our time of fasting and praying, and will culminate with Saul on this coming Wednesday night. How many will join Devin and I and our team in prayer? Amen. So I want you to be part of that. Let's come and give our offering today. You can check out more information on your connect card or online, our calendar's there. I love you. Love your family. I want you to go in the peace of God today. The Lord be with you. Go in peace.