Moving Forward in Partnership

Exodus 17:8-14

What partnership does for the church?

Partners work together for a common goal
Partners face challenges together
Partners cooperate to accomplish shared vision
Partners coordinate to seize opportunities

The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim. Moses said to Joshua, “Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.” So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up–one on one side, one on the other–so that his hands remained steady till sunset. So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword. Then the LORD said to Moses, “Write this on a scroll as something to be remembered and make sure that Joshua hears it, because I will completely blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven.”

Exodus 17:8-14

Israel faces the current crisis together

Moses partners with Joshua

Real partners never bow out because of trouble

The crisis rises quickly
The crisis demands a response
The crisis requires action

Israel Fights the Crisis Together

Joshua partners with the soldiers

Joshua recognized the need
Joshua recruits an army
Joshua forms a resistance

Moses Approaches the Crisis with Faith

Moses partnered with God

Moses witnessed the power of God
Moses witnessed the presence of God
Moses witnessed the protection of God

Aaron and Hur Focus on Solving the Crisis

Partners offer support
Partners stop disunity before it starts
Partners unite in strength
Partners discover success

How should we respond?

We need to decide to be partners
We need to dedicate to the ultimate partner
We need to demonstrate partnership
We need to display a partnership attitude