I. What is a partnership?
A. A partnership is an arrangement where parties, known as partners, agree to cooperate to advance their mutual interest.
B. They contribute money, skills, and other resources, and share profit and loss, rewards and risk, in accordance with terms of the partnership agreement.
II. Are we really partners with God?
If we look at scripture that describe our relationship with God, we are partners with him. We are the junior partner. He is the senior. He is the pilot and we are the co-pilot.
A. We are God’s fellow workers.
1 Corinthians 3:9 states “For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.” 2 Corinthians 6:1 states “As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain.” This means that we must use the gifts that God has given us to advance his kingdom and not just for our own benefit.
B. We are called to have fellowship with one another.
We use the word “fellowship” a lot. Fellowship is more than just socializing. It’s much deeper. A Greek theological dictionary translates “fellowship” as “common” and indicates there is a partnership. The socializing should flow from the fact that we are partners with God. Those who are closest are those who work and serve together.
C. Biblical Metaphors, Similes, and Parables indicate that we are partners.
The Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25:14-30 is one of a partnership. The master wants his servants to work with him. This should motivate us to understand that we must use our talents to advance God’s kingdom.
III. Three Partnerships
A. The Creation Partnership. In Genesis, God created us to put us to work to care for the world to advance His purposes. We need to put to work our skills. Psalm 8 states that we were made to be rulers of our lives. Are we going to be a good ruler and partner with God or a not-so-good ruler?
B. The Gospel Partnership.
It started with Jesus. See Luke 2:10-12 and Mark 1:14-15.
The kingdom is where the will of a king will be done.
Jesus came to forgive and restore us back to partnership with God.
In Philippians 1:3-6, Paul reassures us of our partnership.
We are partners in the biggest rescue mission in the entire world to save people.
C. The Church Partnership. We need to help each other grow. We share a heavenly calling, as mentioned in Hebrews 3:1. We win when we help others grow. 1 Peter 2:9 states that we are “a people” and “a nation” and we need each other.
Conclusion: Are you living the life that God intended you to live? Or are you just getting by? We have a big life as a partner of God. There is much to experience and enjoy. Don’t live a little life. Go big. Everyone is important. What a privilege we have to be God’s partner. Take this seriously. At the end of your life, we want you to hear “well done, good and faithful servant.”