Ecclesiastes 4

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Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

PARTNERSHIP

 

When someone goes his own way and does his own thing he is often called a "Lone Ranger".

He is named after The Lone Ranger, a fictitious hero of radio, television and comic books.

The interesting thing about the "Lone" Ranger is that he did not stand alone.

He had his "faithful Indian companion, Tonto" as his partner.

Even the Lone Ranger had a partner!

This passage in Ecclesiastes reminds us that "two are better than one".

Christians need to have other Christians as their partners. We are not to stand alone.

Two are better than one because of the:

 

HOPE OF REWARD - Vs. 9

When two work together, there is more production.  This past Sunday in our church the pulpit needed to be moved so folks could see the junior choir.  I tried to move it myself. As soon as another man came up and helped me however, the job was done a lot quicker.

 

HELP IN TROUBLE - Vs. 10

When we have difficulty while working with a partner the partner can help us.

When we have difficulty while working alone, there's nobody to help.

 

HEAT OF FELLOWSHIP - Vs. 11

Without someone with whom to share there is a coldness of spirit.

When we have a partner with whom to share the things of God there is warmth or heat.

 

HARDNESS OF UNITY - Vs. 12

When an individual is attacked, he is more likely to be defeated.

When two people are attacked, it is more likely that they will not be defeated.

If three people are attacked, it's like trying to rip apart three cords closely bound together.

It is hard to do.

When three Christians stand together in the Lord, Satan will have a hard time defeating them.

 

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Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

TEAMWORK

 

There have been some great teams in sports including the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Cowboys, Montreal Canadians, and a host of other teams.  There have been some great teams in comedy including Abbott and Costello, Laurel and Hardy, The Keystone Cops, and The Three Stooges.  There were some great teams in the Bible including Abraham and Sarah, Jonathan and David, Paul and Barnabas, Paul and Silas, and Aquila and Priscilla. The greatest churches are not those with one gifted leader, but those in which many are involved working together as a team.  Every church should be a team of loving Christians who work together in the name of Christ for the glory of God.  (You might want to share some of the "one another" verses mentioned in Scripture such as "love one another".)

 

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 reminds us of the importance of teamwork.

 

TEAMWORK IS PROFITABLE - Vs. 9

"Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour."

 

TEAMWORK IS PROTECTIVE - Vs. 10

"For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up."

 

TEAMWORK IS PRODUCTIVE - Vs. 11

"Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone?

 

TEAMWORK IS PROMINENT OR POWERFUL - Vs. 12

"And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken."

 

 

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