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Session 6

What stops you from pursuing unity?

Read: Psalm 133, Acts 2:41-47 , Acts 4:32 , Romans 14:17-18

Not many people are against the idea of unity. We vote for people who promise to bring unity. We sing songs about it and give awards to those who work toward it.

So if we can agree that unity is important, what keeps us from pursuing it in our own lives? 

The answer is embedded in the question. Unity doesn’t just happen, it takes ongoing active pursuit. Unity will require us to take risks, enter uncomfortable situations, and allow for the possibility of getting hurt. 

Acts 2:42 says the first Christians devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer. Sounds like a sweet gathering of friends and family, right? But at this point in church history, you were much more likely to be the only believer in your family or friend group than the latest in a long line of believers. 

The people in this early church weren’t all Jewish, and they probably weren’t from the same neighborhoods. Yet, they opened their homes to each other. They shared what they had, and they welcomed teaching and correction. They didn’t stumble upon unity on accident, they pursued it. 

And as they worked as a unit, God worked through them. “Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles … And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved” (Acts 2:43, Acts 2:47)

Fear, pride, and hopelessness will always talk us out of pursuing unity. We’ll second guess the decision to reach out or to have a hard conversation because we fear what the other person will think. Instead of taking a step in, we’ll tell ourselves, “I can do this on my own.”  Or, we’ll stop pursuing unity before we start, assuming, “It’ll never work. Why even bother?”

Unity doesn’t come easy. But if we’ll accept the challenge and push through the awkwardness, like the early church, we might see God move in miraculous ways. 


  • Unity comes through relationships. What, if anything, do you find scary about building relationships or getting to know new people?
  • Has there ever been a time when you talked yourself out of pursuing a friendship? What did God teach you through that experience?
  • How many friendships do you have with people who are different from you (older, younger, etc.)? One way to experience that kind of Acts 2 fellowship is to start a group or join one

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