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In any endeavor that requires teamwork, the right partners are critical. If the pieces don’t fit together and everyone doesn’t carry their weight, it’s a disaster! One person can’t make it all right. This is especially true in the local church. In Paul's case, his partners in Rome supported the mission, took risks and suffered for the mission, worked hard for the mission, helped sustain the mission, and trusted in the Savior. We have people who serve the Lord in a similar fashion today in the local church. In light of that, embrace your partners in the Lord's work. Give thanks for them. Afford them honor. Promote unity. Show affection. We accomplish these things as we remember and recognize the service and sacrifice of our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Although we may sometimes feel alone in the Christian life, or we may, at times, try to go it alone, that is not God's design. He intends for His people to partner together to accomplish the mission to which He has called us. One critical way in which He has called us to partner with one another in ministry is through prayer. This is reflected through Paul's ministry in Romans 15:30-33. Paul needed support for his ministry to Jerusalem. He was concerned about his personal safety and the success of his ministry there. So, he enlisted his partners in Rome to join with him in his struggle by praying to God for him. Paul's attitude towards prayer in those circumstances sets a great example for us today. So, partner up in prayer. Identify with the suffering and service of your fellow Christians. Then, join with them in their suffering or service by praying for them. Finally, as you pray, be sure to pray strategically, remembering God's ultimate purpose and mission.
Small creatures go great thing with their God-given abilities and teamwork. Ants wisely work hard together in times of plenty. Rock badgers work together for security and livelihood. Locusts work together to compensate for their lack. Lizards use their abilities to attain a lofty home. Similarly, God's people in the local church can do great things with God's gracious gifts and teamwork. For, God gifts us together with the abilities we need, so that as He works through inadequate people like us, we might boast in Him. So, work together with the gifts God has given us and do great things for Him!
A test drive of a church's unity occurs whenever they attempt ministry together. Can KenoCC pull together for a month of outreach to visitors God might bring our way?
We can't work together if we are not loyal to God and our fellow believers.
The Life we live matters. Today when people want to define what an Evangelical is we often forget that the Lordship of Christ extends to everyone area of our lives. We tend to focus on here and now when as Christians we should focus on our heavenly citizenship. We are heirs of the King, but far too often we seek the benefits of this world rather than the heavenly kingdom of which we claim we want to spend eternity. Why would anyone want to have a heavenly citizenship without holiness is just a reflection of how anemic and weak American Christianity is today. In this passage Paul gives us 3 avenues that will help redirect our loyalties toward the heavenly kingdom. They include: 1) The Call to live as worthy Citizens (27a), 2) The Distinctives of Worthy Citizens (27b-28), and 3) The Grace of Worthy Citizenship. For Paul the Gospel of Christ is first. The gospel must be the center pole of all that we do and any philosophy of ministry we have. The call to be a heavenly citizen is a call to salvation and be a disciple of Christ. Paul also shows how allegiance, spiritual steadfastness, teamwork, and fearlessness are character changes that will speak volumes to an outside world and to the Christian community about the supremacy of the Heavenly Kingdom. Finally Paul shows us that believing and suffering are given to us in our heavenly citizenship. The Philippians were all recipients of grace as they hade been given the gifts of salvation (believing) and suffering. If we only see grace to be only pleasant benefits and blessings then suffering will be seen to be anything but grace. This must be combated because it leads people away from the true God and the true Gospel.