Increasing the Gospel’s Workforce

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Philippians 1:27 “Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;”

One of the things that I have learned over the years of ministry is that it is always better to serve the LORD with others than to be a lone maverick who always has to do things by themselves. Sadly, there are some in the work of the LORD who don't want to work with anyone else, not because there is no one else to work with, but because they feel that they can do things better alone. I am not at all advocating that you partner with people, even if you must compromise the truth. I am also not talking about partnering with people of other ministries, but I am talking about partnering with people in your own church.

Paul said about the church of Philippi that his desire was that he would come and see the church “with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.” Paul understood that a church works far better when it works together. A church will never become what it could be when every person in the church is a maverick doing their own thing. A church works best when each member strives together with another member for the faith of the Gospel. The phrase “striving together” means to partner together. Let me point out several benefits of partnering together in the ministry.

First, partnering together is becoming to the Gospel of Christ. In other words, the Gospel is more appealing to the lost when believers work together. A church that strives together gives more power to the Gospel than a church that is at strife with each other. God didn't command the local church to be at strife against each other, but He commands the church to strive together. The lost will desire to be saved far more when they see a church striving with each other and not at strife with each other.

Second, partnering together trains others. You can’t train others how to serve the LORD when you are serving alone. “Never go alone” ought to be your motto in the ministry. You will do more to train fellow believers to be disciples of Christ by working together in the harvest than you ever will by sitting at a table teaching. The best teacher for the ministry is always in the field harvesting the lost.

Third, partnering together encourages you. There are going to be days when you won’t feel like serving the LORD, but being accountable to others who are depending on you forces you to be there when you don't feel like it. You are going to have days when you are down, and those you partner with will be the encouragement you need to keep going.

Fourth, partnering together gets more done. Many people working together will always get more done than one person doing it alone. It is common sense that two working will always get more accomplished than one doing all the work, and this applies to the ministry as well.

Fifth, partnering together increases the Gospel’s workforce. The more you train by partnering together gives you more trainers to train others; thus, you increase the workforce for the faith of the Gospel. Let me encourage you to stop trying to do it alone. Be willing to be inconvenienced to partner together with other believers for the sake of increasing the Gospel’s workforce.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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