Victoria Fellowship Church (VFC)
International and Interdenominational
House Fellowship for week commencing 6th July 2015
Topic: The Power of Unity
Texts: Acts 2: 41-47, Psalm 133:1-3
Unity means “the state of being united or joined as a whole”. This definition is reinforced by the common phrase, “United we stand and Divided we fall”. This phrase has been used in mottos, from nations, states, and songs. This means that unless the people are united as one, then it is easy to destroy them. This is in direct contrast to the phrase, Divide and Conquer, which is a combination of military, political, and economic strategy of gaining and maintaining power by breaking up larger concentrations of power into smaller concentrations of power that is less powerful than the one trying to conquer.
The idea of being a “united people and standing” or being a “divided people and falling” has its root in the Bible as can be seen from the text in Psalm 133:1-3. Here David has told us how precious it is for brethren to dwell together in unity. He compared the brotherly unity, to the holy anointing oil that was poured upon the first priest Aaron, and which anointed the tabernacle. That anointing is a sign of authority and power. The mention of Aaron, the high priest here also has a significance, as he bore on his breastplate the names of the twelve tribes; so when the anointing oil was poured on his head, it ran down over all the tribes of Israel, stressing their oneness and unity.
One scripture that shows the power of unity is the story of the tower of Babel in Genesis 11:6-7 “The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.” There is such great power in unity that the Lord said nothing will be impossible for those who unite. Think about what could be accomplished to a united Church today. On the flip side, if people unite without God’s purposes in mind, but rather with the goal of making a name for themselves, which was the case at the Tower of Babel, the results are often equally destructive to humanity. So, at this point in history God, in His great wisdom, brought disunity to humanity by confusing their languages.
In Acts 2:41-47, we find the focus of the early church that brought about togetherness. The result is growth and display of God’s power. Unity was an absolute necessity of the Apostles and their work for the Lord. No emphasis was placed on where the believers come from or if they are Jews or gentiles or their status in the society, they share the common mission.
QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION
- Discuss the four activities the church devoted themselves to in Acts 2: 41. Why should this be the focus of today’s church?
- In Genesis 11: 6-7, unity of purpose led to the display of power to reach heights never reached before. What lessons can we draw from there with regards to our church and family?
- Discuss the requirement for unity from Genesis 11:1-8.
- Considering the potency of unity, what practical ways can we actively promote Unity in our families and VFC?
- What are the hindrances to the unity of the Church and why is the devil so interested in promoting division in the church.
- Explain why the scripture is so particular about unity of believers in the light of Jesus’ prayer for the church in John 17: 20-23
- Can you say that the world understand the power of unity more than Believers? Discuss