• Bishop Keith Butler

Steadfast Unity

And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and breaking of bread, and in prayers. (Acts 2:42)


The early church spent a lot of time together, and it kept them unified. That unity was powerful and resulted in revival, manifestations of the Spirit, and the increase of the church.

Every move of God began with unified prayer, and every move of God has ended in strife. Every single one.


When you look back in the history of significant movements and revivals, we can see glimpses of marvelous, glorious outpourings and great times in the Spirit. After some time, someone got offended. They rebelled against the leader or did something else that disrupted the unity, and you can see that the moment division entered the scene, the power of God waned. Eventually, everyone split to do their own ministry, and the rest is history.


In the book of Acts, we see revival happening in the church because of their unity. Luke recorded that the church continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship. This means they didn't miss their Bible studies, and they worked hard to ensure they spent quality time with each other. Luke even recorded two of the ways they spent quality time with each other - breaking of bread and prayers. That meant they ate together, and they were unified in prayer with one another regularly.


Later in Acts, there was a fall-out between Greeks and Hebrews, and the church became scattered all because someone (or a group of people) took the opportunity to get into strife. Don’t allow it to happen in your church.


Practical Application – Have you made it a priority to spend time with other church members at functions and services? Take a look at your church calendar and your personal schedule and make it a point to be at functions together to establish fellowship and maintain unity.


Acts 6:1; Romans 16:5

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