He Saw It Was Good Bible Study – Session Six

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In the first video, MAF staff presenters Sheonagh and Matt will introduce the topic of Partnership and how MAF works closely with The HALO Trust in Angola to make Angola a safer place for it’s population.


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Read the following passage of Scripture. We will be returning to this later in the study.

Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (NLT)


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In this next video, our presenters will walk you through the Sustainable Development goal of helping ‘Partnership’ — our final ‘P’.

As you watch the video, you may wish to make notes. Jot down any facts and statistics that you will find helpful to ponder and pray over in the future.


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Written by Victoria Fagg

In 1966, Peter Scholtes, a young priest from Chicago’s South Side, penned a song that would later become known as the anthem of the Jesus Movement.

Based on John 13:35, the song ‘They Will Know We are Christians by Our Love’ was charged with connecting young people who were disillusioned with the culture around them with their responsibility to participate in God’s Kingdom work together.

Partnership is powerful.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a partner as ‘someone who participates in an activity or game with another person.’ Partnership therefore occurs when two or more people come together in order to achieve something that they cannot achieve alone.

Farmers know that teaming horses results in an ability to pull more weight than the same number of animals can pull individually.

Ecclesiastes 4.9-12 tells us that two are better than one and, in Luke 10, we see Jesus send His disciples out in groups of two. In Exodus 17:8-13, Aaron and Hur held up Moses’ hands as he prayed, which in turn enabled Joshua and the Israelites to overcome their enemies.

As believers, we are called to partner with Christ (1 Corinthians 1:9) and one another (1 John 1:3) to see His Kingdom come. Everyone brings their own individual skills and gifts to the mix.

The apostle Paul illustrates this in Romans 12:4-5, ‘A body is made up of many parts, and each of them has its own use. That’s how it is with us. There are many of us, but we each are part of the body of Christ, as well as part of one another’ (CEV).

If we are thinking about the body, perhaps a more connective word for partnership is ‘collaboration’. When we collaborate, we are purposely co-operating with others.

MAF’s integrated ministry is a collaboration with some 2,000 partner organisations to help bring help, hope and healing to remote and isolated communities across the world.

It is through these collaborations that those who are in need can experience what’s known as the ‘Five Marks of Mission’ — marks which were first developed by the Anglican Consultative Council in 1984.

I’ve paraphrased them below:


Based on the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20), these five marks of mission reveal God’s love and missionary heart for all of His creation. The Scripture passage shows that partnership goes beyond ‘us and Him’, or indeed ‘you and me’.

According to Christian author Vinoth Ramachandra, the verses also highlight the ‘being’ and ‘doing’, the ‘spiritual’ and the ‘physical’, the ‘individual’ and the ‘social’, ‘justice’ and ‘mercy’, ‘preaching truth’ and ‘practising the truth’.

Jesus made a way for us to be reconciled to Him (John 3:16), and He invites us to partner with Him — and others — to share that redemption through our evangelism and social involvement.

This invitation extends beyond organisations such as MAF — it is for you, too.

As you embrace the call to ‘love your neighbour’ in a time where polarisation seems at an all-time high, be mindful of the marks of mission mentioned above and do all you can to collaborate with other believers.

Play your part while celebrating what others can contribute. Remember, we are better together.

And let’s pray that, through the grace of the Holy Spirit, we will be as one, as Jesus and the Father are one. By doing so, we’ll bring glory to the Father and be a witness to others.

They will know we are Christians by our love!


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 Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 illustrates the strength and benefit of partnering with others.


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This next video, introduced by your presenters Matt and Sheonagh, will introduce you to the work of de-mining organisation The HALO Trust in Angola.

As you watch the video, you may wish to make notes. Jot down any facts and statistics that you will find helpful to ponder and pray over in the future.


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Unity within the body is often contested and isn’t easy. Too often, there seems to be a ‘scarcity mindset’, with people and organisations afraid that, in partnering with others, they might lose out.


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‘…you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for He called you out of the darkness into His wonderful light.’ 1 Peter 2:9 (NLT)

Meditate on this verse, recognising that God refers to His people in the plural. Ask God to show you His bigger picture at work within your local setting and neighbourhood.

Consider writing a letter of apology to Jesus for any way you might have avoided partnering with other believers because of cultural or theological differences, or the fear of losing out. Keep the letter as a reminder to think more collaboratively.

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Pray that the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic won’t slow down the ability and desire for countries to work together to advance the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Agenda. Pray for the leaders of governments to continue to prioritise this goal as they draft policy.

Pray that the inequalities around the world between the rich and poor won’t increase further. Pray too that the work of organisations like MAF and other non-governmental organisations, aid agencies and Christian missions will help close this gap.

Pray for The HALO Trust as its de-mining personnel continue making areas of land safe for people to enjoy, live and work on once more. Pray for continued safety in the vital work they do, aided by MAF aircraft.

Pray that the Holy Spirit will open doors for each of us to partner with others in our networks, churches or communities so we can share the Gospel where we are.

As we come to the end of this Bible study, pray that the topics covered and the insights gained will help us to reflect on the future of the planet, the needs of those living in its remotest areas, and the need for Christians to feed into and influence the Sustainable Development Agenda.

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