• Matt Beaney

#137 – PARTNERSHIP IS SHARING THE GOSPEL TOGETHER (30/6/20)

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‘I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy  because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now,  being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.’ (Philippians 1:3-6)

Biblical ‘partnership', often translated as ‘Fellowship’ means to be united and working together toward a common goal. In Philippians, Paul teaches that partnership is also about sharing the gospel message - seeking to make Jesus known outside of the church community. Paul writes,

‘The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice.’ (Philippians 1:18)

When we see an individual or church community that is loving and sharing the gospel, we are seeing the fingerprints of God. It is truly a supernatural community that loves and shares the message of the cross. Paul writes,

‘For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.’ (1 Corinthians 1:18)


RESPONSE

Is your love for the gospel being overflowing to others as you seek to bring them to Jesus?


Thank God for the way that your local church is sharing the gospel and then pray for greater partnership in this greatest of all goals.



COMMUNITY GROUP STUDY – PARTNERSHIP IS THE FINGERPRINT OF GOD


Notices

It might be good to begin with notices. Please share from this week’s Church News.


Quiz Night



We are planning to hold an online quiz night on Tuesday 7th July starting at 8pm.

This therefore means that Community Groups won't be meeting for that week.

More details to follow!





Suggested opener/Ice-breaker

Who was your first 'best friend'? Why were you friends with them and are you still in contact?


Introduction - please share in your group

‘I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy  because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now,  being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.’ (Philippians 1:3-6)

Sunday's message was entitled 'Partnership is the fingerprint of God'. Partnership is a key theme of Philippians.


How do you think most people would define fellowship?


Partnership comes from the Greek word ‘koinónia’ and is often translated as ‘fellowship’. It means to be united and working together toward a shared goal. In Philippians we see three aspects of fellowship:


1. Partnership is loving the gospel together

This is believing in and loving the gospel together. Many clubs and churches can focus on unity around various things. However, the church is to be united in and celebrate the gospel together.


2. Partnership is sharing the gospel together

Paul teaches that partnership is also about sharing the gospel message - seeking to make Jesus known outside of the church community. Paul writes,

‘The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice.’ (Philippians 1:18)

When we see an individual or church community that is loving and sharing the gospel, we are seeing the fingerprints of God.


3. Partnership is giving to the gospel together

Partnership is loving and sharing the gospel together, but it is also giving, financially’ to gospel work. This letter is, partly, a thankful response to a recent gift to the Paul in prison. Paul writes,

‘Yet it was good of you to share (‘partner) in my troubles.  Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared (‘partnered’) with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only;  for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid more than once when I was in need.’ (Philippians 4:14-16)

Which aspect of partnership do you find most challenging and why?


Discuss/share/pray in smaller groups:

1. What is the Holy Spirit speaking to you about (maybe from Sunday's message or your bible reading this week)?

2. What will you do in response?

3. How can we pray for you?

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