In a recent message I talked about what it means to be partners in the Gospel. We looked at different passages in Philippians starting with verses 3-5 in chapter 1 where Paul writes, “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.”
I used the following definition of what partnership in the Gospel is:
Partnership in the Gospel happens when you have a group of people that have been captured by the Gospel, bound together in the Spirit, focused on one purpose, that really love each other.
Every part of the definition is important. You have to have a group of people that are Gospel-centered. That means they have been saved by God’s grace and cherish the biblical Gospel. You have to have a group of people bound together in the Spirit. That means they are all in-dwelt, empowered, and directed by the Spirit of God. They have to be focused on one purpose, making disciples. Last but certainly not least they must love each other. Without love there is no real partnership. If we do not desire to see others achieve success we are not ready to be co-laborers.
I hope and pray that our church can live up to that definition. I also look forward to unprecedented days of partnership with other pastors, churches, networks, associations, state conventions, our denomination, and other evangelicals. Time is short, the needs are overwhelming, and it will take real partnership to rapidly advance the Gospel.