Partnership in the Gospel

Published on Jun 6th, 2012 by City North Baptist Church
Partnership in the Gospel

What do we do as a church when we are presented with the possibility of sacrificing and sharing the blessing that God has given to us in order to partner with another church?

For some time at Eldership and Membership level we have been discussing the possibility of partnering with Rosalie Baptist Church.  The Rosalie Church is a smaller inner city church that for the last decade or so has struggled to have the numbers or direction to see the community around her reached with the gospel.  Late last year Rosalie approached the leadership of City North to see if we might be able to provide some assistance.

This led our leadership team to commit the possibility to prayer and to seek God to see if this new avenue for ministry was part of God’s desire for us as a church.  The result of this was a unified sense that a formal partnership with Rosalie was where God was leading.  The goal of the partnership is entirely focused on the desire both churches have to see the Rosalie church grow to become a powerful witness for the gospel in the Rosalie/Paddington community.  We desire to see the church reaching unsaved people and growing disciples with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

At the heart of what we are doing is this concept of “partnership in the gospel”.  Throughout his ministry Paul rejoiced when churches would partner with him in the gospel ministry he was doing.  To the church at Philippi he says, “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now”. (Phil 1:3-5)  In many cases this was through the provision of finances, but often it was the provision of worthy gospel workers who would partner with Paul on behalf of the church.  Paul rejoiced over the generosity of the church not just because he was happy to get the help, but because of what it said about their love for God and passion for the gospel.  Paul knew the gospel had taken root in their community because it was evident in their partnership in gospel ministry.

It is so easy for individual churches to become so consumed with the busyness of what God is doing in their own context that they forget about the other churches that are toiling in gospel ministry as well.  However, if we love the gospel then you would expect that we would share the gospel, give sacrificially to the gospel, send the gospel overseas and get excited about gospel opportunities regardless of where they arise.  We really do sense that God is calling us to look outwards… to see the need in a place like Rosalie and rise to meet the challenge.

  • Will it be smooth sailing? Probably not…
  • Will there be sacrifices to make? Most definitely…
  • Is there a risk involved? No doubt…
  • But is it the right thing to do? We believe so!

The Rosalie community is packed full of gospel potential.  Check out this map of the area!  The church building is only a couple of hundred metres from the Rosalie Village shopping precinct (with cinema, restaurants and gourmet markets), Milton State School, C&K Kindergarten and Gregory Park.  This area is visited by hundreds of people each day for business lunches, social outings, coffee breaks, school, shopping and recreation.  Therefore the church is strategically placed to impact this community in a significant way.

As we move towards making a final decision on this partnership there are a couple of things you need to look out for:

  1. Sunday 10th June – Partnership document made available to all
  2. Friday 15th June – Prayer evening at Pastor Murray’s house
  3. Sunday 17th June – Discussion forum after the morning service

Please commit the partnership to prayer and join us as we seek God for direction and guidance!