The Power of Unity
Acts 1:14 (NLT)
They all met together and were constantly united in prayer, along with Mary the mother of Jesus, several other women, and the brothers of Jesus.
Acts 2:1 (NLT)
On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place.
Acts 4:24 (NLT)
When they heard the report, all the believers lifted their voices together in prayer to God:
-Homothumadon means same fire, same passion
-Homothumadon is a compound of two words meaning to “rush along” and “in unison”
God accelerates his Glory through unity in Jesus.
Unity is a prerequisite for the work of the Holy Spirit AND the Holy Spirit produces great unity in the body of Christ.
Romans 15:5-6 (NLT)
May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus. 6 so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Purpose + trials + sacrifice = deeper affection
John 17:22-23 (NLT)
“I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. 23 I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.
God’s glory makes oneness possible & unity produces glory for God in unbelievers.
Acts 2:42 (NLT)
All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.
Keys to living in “homothunadon”…
Get the word in you
Get in community
Get into prayer
Acts 2:43 (NLT)
A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders.
Acts 2:44-45 (NLT)
And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. 45 They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need.
Acts 2:46-47 (NLT)
They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity- 47 all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.
Outcomes of “homothunadon”…
Awe of God
Signs & wonders
Acts 4:32-35 (NLT)
All the believers were united in heart and mind. And they felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had. 33 The apostles testified powerfully to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and God’s great blessing was upon them all. 34 There were no needy people among them, because those who owned land or houses would sell them 35 and bring the money to the apostles to give to those in need.
Acts 4:36 (NLT)
For instance, there was Joseph, the one the apostles nicknamed Barnabas (which means “Son of Encouragement”). He was from the tribe of Levi and came from the island of Cyprus. 37 He sold a field he owned and brought the money to the apostles.
Matthew 20:20-28 (NLT)
Then the mother of James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Jesus with her sons. She knelt respectfully to ask a favor. 21 “What is your request?” he asked. She replied, “In your Kingdom, please let my two sons sit in places of honor next to you, one on your right and the other on your left.” 22 But Jesus answered by saying to them, “You don’t know what you are asking! Are you able to drink from the bitter cup of suffering I am about to drink?” “Oh yes,” they replied, “we are able!” 23 Jesus told them, “You will indeed drink from my bitter cup. But I have no right to say who will sit on my right or my left. My Father has prepared those places for the ones he has chosen.” 24 When the ten other disciples heard what James and John had asked, they were indignant. 25 But Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them.26 But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. 28 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”