Partnership

Partnership in the bible, particularly in the New Testament is a powerful concept. By implication, and definitely by definition, it involves the working together of two or more persons for the accomplishment of a common task. Simply put, it is the realization that what you are engaged in cannot be done alone. It has been noted that in writing to the church at Philippi, Paul’s correspondence to these believers was a sort of partner letter. In his opening remarks in chapter one he states,

Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy, for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now. And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. So it is right that I should feel as I do about all of you, for you have a special place in my heart. You share with me the special favor of God, both in my imprisonment and in defending and confirming the truth of the Good News.

Significant observations contained in these verses are these:

The Philippians are:

  1. His partners in spreading the Good News (verse 5)
  2. Beneficiaries of God’s working within them until the Coming of the Lord (verse 6)
  3. Sharers and partners of the favor or grace of God that is upon Paul’s life and ministry (verses 5 and 7)

Paul is:

  1. Thinking of them (verse 3)
  2. Giving thanks for them (verse 3)
  3. Praying for them (verse 4)
  4. Affectionately reserving a special place in his heart for them (verse 7)

In chapter four, Paul reveals that the Philippians his partners, were consistent and faithful financial contributors to his ministry. In this way, Paul was able to go about accomplishing the Lord’s will for his ministry. Though the Philippians maybe could not or did not go themselves, they were able to send Paul. It is to these his partners/givers that he would say in chapter four, “And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” He is saying in short, “because you have put God first and helped me, God is going to prioritize you, and help you according to His unlimited resources.”

I would ask you to inquire of the Lord about partnering with FFIC. You can greatly help us by praying for us, becoming involved in this international ministry, and by financially supporting us. In return, as leadership we will hold you in our hearts, and pray for God to meet your needs in every way. As our partner, you will share in the grace and favor of God that is upon this ministry, as well as be a recipient of the anointing through the preaching/teaching and various outreaches that we are involved in.

Partnering with you,

Pastor Chris Cochran