The Practice of Partnership was made a Law for Israel

David and his men were in hot pursuit of the Amalekites who had taken their wives and children captive. As the chase went on, 200 of David’s men were too exhausted to continue. David assigned these men the task of staying and guarding the baggage and supplies as the rest of the army continued.

When David and his men returned from successfully recovering all that the enemy had stolen, along with the spoil they had taken from the Amalekites, some of David’s men did not want to share with the others they had left behind saying, “They didn’t go with us so they can’t have any of the plunder. Give them their wives and children and tell them to be gone. ”

But David said, “ ‘No, my brothers. Don’t be so selfish with what the Lord has given us. We share and share alike –as his part is who goes down to the battle, so shall his part be who guards the stuff.’ And so it was from that day forward, David made it a law for all Israel that is still followed.”(1 Sam. 30:22-25)

 

Jesus taught the Spiritual Law of Partnership

In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus taught His disciples about the spiritual law of partnership. “He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. And whoever in the name of a disciple gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water to drink, truly I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.”(Matt. 5:41-42)

 

The Prophet's Reward

The spiritual principle of the prophet’s reward is demonstrated in the lives of both Elijah and Elisha. From these two prophets, we learn that the reward that we receive for partnering with others engaged in God’s work is not only a heavenly reward, it is also an earthly reward.

Elijah's Partner

In a time of famine, Elijah went to the home of a poor widow and asked her for a cup of water. As she was going to get it, he asked for a piece of bread too. The widow told him that she had only a handful of flour left in the jar and a little cooking oil. She was just preparing to cook one last meal for herself and her son and then die.

But Elijah told her, “Don’t be afraid. Bake me a little loaf of bread first, and there will still be enough food for you and your son. For this is what the Lord the God of Israel says, ‘There will always be plenty of flour and oil left in your containers until the time when the Lord sends rain and the crops grow again!’ ” Later, this same woman received her son back to life through Elijah’s prayer.

Elisha's Partners

Something similar happened with Elisha. A certain God-fearing man who had served Elisha died. His wife came to Elisha and told him that a creditor had come and was threatening to make her two sons slaves. Elisha asked her what she had in her house. She said she had nothing but a little flask of olive oil. Elisha told the woman to borrow as many empty jars as she could.

Well you know the story; the woman began to pour olive oil from her flasks and filled all the jars until none were empty. She then sold the olive oil and paid her debts with enough money left over to support herself and her sons.

Later, a man and his wife built a room on their house for Elisha so he would have a place to rest when he came to town. Elisha asked the woman what she might want, because he wanted to bless her for her continual kindness and generosity. She asked for a son and God granted her request. (2 Kings 4)

According to Jesus, the same spiritual law of partnership in joining together to help one another in the gospel will bring the same blessings of life and prosperity today. But there is more. These blessings also include spiritual anointings.


Paul spoke of the Spiritual Law of Partnership

“Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. I always pray for you, and I make my requests with a heart full of joy because you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now.

"And I am sure that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on that day when Christ Jesus comes back again. It is right that I should feel as I do about all of you, for you have a very special place in my heart, because both in my bonds, and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers of my grace.” (Phil 1:3-7 NLT, NKJ)

Paul’s reference to"my grace" is a reference to the Spirit’s empowerment in Paul’s life. Paul speaking of himself says, “But whatever I am now, it is all because God poured out His special favor on me – and not without results. For I have worked harder than all the other apostles, yet it was not I but the grace of God which was with me.” (1 Cor. 15:10 NLT, NKJ) This was the same grace – the supernatural ability and anointing to do the will of God – that Paul explained had come upon his partners at Philipi.

To his partners at Philipi, Paul wrote, “As you know, you Philippians were the only ones who gave me financial help when I brought you the Good News and then traveled on from Macedonia. No other church did this.

Financial and Spiritual Blessings

"Even when I was in Thessalonica you sent help more than once. I don’t say this because I want a gift from you. What I want is for you to receive a well-earned reward because of your kindness. At the moment I have all I need – more than I need!

I am generously supplied with the gifts you sent me. They are a sweet-smelling sacrifice that is acceptable to God and pleases Him. 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.” (Phil. 4:15-19NLT)

Paul did not feel he was in the work of the gospel alone. He received strength and support from the prayers and gifts of his partners and in return they received gifts and blessings from God. Because of his partners’ help, Paul was able to go forward to establish Christianity in the world.


What is a Partner?

Webster’s dictionary defines a partner as “One that shares; one associated with another especially in action.” Partnership occurs when two or more people come together in order to accomplish something that neither of them could do alone. The literal meaning indicates that each one has a specific part.

When partnership of vision takes place, something powerful happens. When people or groups of people partner together, it gives them the capability and the strength to do something that did not or could not exist before.

Just think how much all of Christendom owes to both Paul and his partners. God wanted to bless Paul’s partners for their generosity and to meet all their needs from His glorious riches.

The spiritual principles of partnership are still the same. When we follow the leadership of the Holy Spirit and come together in partnership as He directs, both those who give and those who receive will be fully supplied through God’s great riches in Christ Jesus, and God’s work will get done. This is pleasing to God.


Jesus looked for Partners

When Jesus came to earth He was looking for partners. He could have sent angels to preach the gospel, but instead He asked for men and women to do it.

Jesus was God manifest in the flesh with “all the fullness of the Godhead bodily dwelling in Him,” yet the first thing He did after He was baptized was to look for men and women to help Him with His work.

He chose 12 partners to help Him get started. They were soon joined by others.

And, yes Jesus needed their prayers. When Jesus was struggling in prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane against the self-will of the human race and the crucifixtion that was looming before Him, He asked His partners to watch and pray with Him.

Before Jesus ascended into heaven He commissioned His disciples saying, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” (Mark 16:14-15 NASB)

One thing is certain from Jesus’ command. He was not looking for spectators. He wants all of His followers to participate.

Jesus said, "Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or farms, for My sake and for the gospel's sake,but that he will receive a hundred times as much now in the present age, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms, along with persecutions; and in the age to come, eternal life."(Mark 10:29-31)


The Power of Unity

At the beginning of history, God looked at the situation of the human race as they were building the tower of Babel. Knowing the power that unity can bring, He said, “Look! If they can accomplish this when they have just begun to take advantage of their common language and political unity, just think of what they will do later.

"Nothing will be impossible to them! Whatever they imagine they will be able to do!” So God confused their language and scattered them because they were united in their disobedience to God’s command to spread out and fill the earth. (Gen 11: 6-7 NLT, NK)

Just think what can happen when we unite together to obey Jesus’ command:“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:17-20 NASB)

Paul testified, “I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, but kept declaring to all that … they must turn from their sins and turn to God – and prove they have changed by the good things they do.”(Acts 26: 19-20 NASB and NLT)

And remember, it was Paul’s partners at Philip who helped make his ministry possible and who also shared in Paul’s reward. According to Jesus' teaching in Matthew 10: 41-42, they received the same reward that Paul did.

God has called us all to participate in making disciples.

We believe that the principles of partnership are God’s plan to enable his ministers to have maximum effectiveness in bringing in the great harvest of the nations. Jesus told us about the power of agreement. Jesus said, “I tell you this: where two of you agree on earth concerning anything you ask, My Father in heaven will do it for you!”(Matt. 18:19)


Will you partner with us in this “heavenly vision” to bring the gospel and make disciples of all nations?


We believe that you, as our partner, will explode with power, resources and anointing as you partake of the grace, anointing, and full supply that are your reward for partnering together with us for the gospel.

If you feel that God is leading you to join our team through biblical partnership, we invite your participation in any or all of the following areas:

1. Prayer- Pray for laborers to be released for the harvest and for the salvation of the youth of america and the world.

2. Financial Support- Ask God how much He would have you give to support the work of this ministry and the laborers that God will raise up for the Harvest.

3. Evangelism- Win your friends and family to Jesus Christ.

4. Reaching International Students- Reach international students on your campus or internationals in your community.

5. Start a church or cell group on your university campus or in your community.

6. Participate in Training and Leadership Conferences-
Attend training and leadership conferences and partner meetings.

7. Give one year to preach the gospel on the campus-After high school or college graduation give one year of your life to preach the gospel on the university campus.

8.Become a Host Family- Host young people who are giving a year to preach on the campus by giving them room and board and spiritual oversight.

We are extremely grateful for all that you have done so far and all that you are going to do anf pray for God's richests blessings on your life.

Yours for the Harvest,
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Bob and Rose Weiner

louenglef.jpgBob and Rose Weiner have for the last 30 years been at the forefront of breakthrough ministries for college students around the world. Their gift of faith for mobilization has effected Christianity worldwide. I love their fire and once again, a breaker anointing is moving with them for a fresh wave of campus awakening. It would be a fearful thing if they weren’t on our side.”

--Lou Engle - President of The Call



 
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