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Partnership in a common enterprise. God’s people are called to work together especially in the task of mission, to recognise one another’s gifts and to give support to one another’s ministries.

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Never Waste a Good Church Conflict

Acts 15:36–41 NASB95
After some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us return and visit the brethren in every city in which we proclaimed the word of the Lord, and see how they are.” Barnabas wanted to take John, called Mark, along with them also. But Paul kept insisting that they should not take him along who had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not gone with them to the work. And there occurred such a sharp disagreement that they separated from one another, and Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus. But Paul chose Silas and left, being committed by the brethren to the grace of the Lord. And he was traveling through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.

Strife is Common in Scripture

Genesis 13:8 NASB95
So Abram said to Lot, “Please let there be no strife between you and me, nor between my herdsmen and your herdsmen, for we are brothers.
Genesis 45:24 NASB95
So he sent his brothers away, and as they departed, he said to them, “Do not quarrel on the journey.”
Acts 15:36-41
Acts 15:37–40 NASB95
Barnabas wanted to take John, called Mark, along with them also. But Paul kept insisting that they should not take him along who had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not gone with them to the work. And there occurred such a sharp disagreement that they separated from one another, and Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus. But Paul chose Silas and left, being committed by the brethren to the grace of the Lord.
Acts 15:

STRIFE. Gen. 13:8; Gen. 45:24; Deut. 1:12; Psa. 31:20; Psa. 55:9; Psa. 80:6; Prov. 3:30; Prov. 6:12–14, 16–19; Prov. 10:12; Prov. 13:10; Prov. 15:18; Prov. 16:28; Prov. 17:1, 14, 19; Prov. 18:6, 19; Prov. 19:13; Prov. 20:3; Prov. 21:19; Prov. 22:10; Prov. 23:29, 30; Prov. 25:8, 24; Prov. 26:17, 20, 21; Prov. 27:15; Prov. 28:25; Prov. 29:22; Prov. 30:33; Isa. 41:11, 12; Isa. 58:4; Hab. 1:3; Matt. 5:25, 39–41; Matt. 10:34–36; Matt. 12:25; Matt. 18:15–17; Mark 3:24 [Luke 11:17.] Mark 3:25; Luke 12:51–53, 58, 59; Rom. 2:8; Rom. 12:18; Rom. 13:13; Rom. 14:1, 19, 21; Rom. 16:17, 18; 1 Cor. 1:10–13; 1 Cor. 3:1, 3, 4; 1 Cor. 4:6, 7; 1 Cor. 6:1–7; 1 Cor. 11:16–19; 2 Cor. 12:20; Gal. 5:10, 15, 19–21; Phil. 1:15, 16; Phil. 2:3, 14, 15; 1 Tim. 1:5–7; 1 Tim. 2:8; 1 Tim. 3:2, 3; 1 Tim. 6:3–5, 20, 21; 2 Tim. 2:14, 23–25; Tit. 3:1–3, 9; Jas. 3:14–16; Jas. 4:1, 2 See ANGER; DISSENSION; ENVY; JEALOUSY; MALICE.

Instances of: Between Abraham and Lot’s herdsmen, Gen. 13:6, 7; Abimelech’s, Gen. 21:25; Isaac’s and those of Gerar, Gen. 26:20–22. Laban and Jacob, Gen. 31:36. Israelites, Deut. 1:12. Jephthah and his brethren, Judg. 11:2; and Ephraimites, Judg. 12:1–6. Israel and Judah, about David, 2 Sam. 19:41–43. Disciples, over who might be greatest, Mark 9:34; Luke 22:24. Jews, concerning Jesus, John 10:19. Christians at Antioch, about circumcision, Acts 15:2. Paul and Barnabas, about Mark, Acts 15:38, 39. Pharisees and Sadducees, concerning the resurrection, Acts 23:7–10. Corinthians, 1 Cor. 1:11, 12; 6:6.

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Partnership in mission

Question: What are the tasks all believers share?

Partnership in preaching the gospel

Galatians 2:9 NASB95
and recognizing the grace that had been given to me, James and Cephas and John, who were reputed to be pillars, gave to me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, so that we might go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised.
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Partnership in supporting the work of others

; The Philippians share in Paul’s work through their giving.
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Partnership in standing together in adversity

Hebrews 10:32–34 NASB95
But remember the former days, when, after being enlightened, you endured a great conflict of sufferings, partly by being made a public spectacle through reproaches and tribulations, and partly by becoming sharers with those who were so treated. For you showed sympathy to the prisoners and accepted joyfully the seizure of your property, knowing that you have for yourselves a better possession and a lasting one.
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Partnership between Paul and his co-workers

Philippians 4:3 NASB95
Indeed, true companion, I ask you also to help these women who have shared my struggle in the cause of the gospel, together with Clement also and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.

Barnabas:

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Priscilla and Aquila; Urbanus; Timothy; Titus; Epaphroditus; Philemon; Mark, Aristarchus, Demas and Luke

Partnership combines different gifts for effective service

Question: How does God get His work of building the Church done?
1 Corinthians 12:12 NASB95
For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ.
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Spiritual gifts are given to all to share

1 Corinthians 12:7 NASB95
But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
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Spiritual gifts in others must be recognized

1 Corinthians 12:21–26 NASB95
And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; or again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary; and those members of the body which we deem less honorable, on these we bestow more abundant honor, and our less presentable members become much more presentable, whereas our more presentable members have no need of it. But God has so composed the body, giving more abundant honor to that member which lacked, so that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.

Spiritual gifts in others must be accepted

Galatians 2:7–8 NASB95
But on the contrary, seeing that I had been entrusted with the gospel to the uncircumcised, just as Peter had been to the circumcised (for He who effectually worked for Peter in his apostleship to the circumcised effectually worked for me also to the Gentiles),
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Spiritual gifts lead to diverse roles

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Partnership examples

Ecclesiastes 4:9–12 NASB95
Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up. Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone? And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.
See also the Reubenites and the Gadites join with the rest of Israel to conquer Canaan; all Israel unites against Gibeah; Those returning from exile work together to rebuild the temple; The Israelites work together to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem; Peter and Andrew, James and John are business partners.
Romans 12:18 NASB95
If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.
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