When you think of membership, what ideas come to mind?
When you think about partnership, what ideas come to mind?
What does it mean to you that God has invited you to be His partner?
Read the following passage and as you do highlight or underline to words and phrases that stand out to you.
1 Paul, Silas and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace and peace to you. 2 We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers. 3 We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 4 For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, 5 because our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction… 7 and so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. 8 The Lord's message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia--your faith in God has become known everywhere.
1 Thessalonians 1:1-5, 7-8 (NIV)
Think about the things you marked. Why did these stand out to you?
Take some time now and re-read the passage and use it as a prayer. Ask God to help you and New Hope to be partners that honor Him and make a difference, like the church in Thessalonica did.