Cooperation – Study Guide

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Personal Reflection

  • What is your company/organisation trying to achieve?
  • Are you personally committed to that?
  • Are you committed to the people you work with?
  • What are your strengths?  How do you use those to achieve the company’s goals?
  • Do you appreciate the strengths of your coworkers?
  • Do your strengths work together?

If you’re a manager/team leader:

  • Do you communicate the company vision to your team?
  • Do you help the team understand how they’re part of achieving the vision?
  • Do you encourage and build up the people working for you?
  • Does your leadership style lead to them feeling personally committed to the company, to their coworkers, and to you?
  • Do you appreciate and develop their strengths?
  • Are there any collective weaknesses which need to be covered?

Bible Study

Slavery in Egypt

  • What was Pharaoh trying to achieve in Egypt at the beginning of the book of Exodus?
  • Why did he force the children of Israel to work for him?
  • How did he force them to work?
  • What effect did this have on their personal commitment to him and to what he was trying to achieve?
  • What was their response?
  • What was God’s response?

Joshua leads the Israelites into the Promised Land

  • What were the Israelites trying to achieve in Joshua 1-11?
  • How would you describe Joshua’s approach to leadership?
  • How did he relate to God?  How did he relate to the people he was leading?
  • How did they respond to him?
  • How did Joshua keep them focused on their mission?
  • What different roles did people play in achieving the mission?

Judges

  • How did the different Judges relate to the people of Israel?
  • How was this a contrast to the nations that were oppressing them at that point in time?
  • How did the people cooperate with the leadership of the Judge?

David

You can read about David’s life in 1&2 Samuel.

  • What was David’s job as king?
  • What did he try to achieve?
  • How did he share his purpose with the people he was leading?
  • Do we see them being personally committed to either David or his goals?
  • Do we ever see that commitment being lost?
  • How did David respond at those times?
  • What different skills did the people around David have?  How did David employ those skills?

Jesus

  • What was Jesus’ mission?
  • How did he share that with his disciples?  How did they respond?
  • How did their commitment to this purpose change over time?
  • How were the disciples different from each other?
  • Did Jesus appreciate the differences of His disciples?  How were their differences employed towards achieving the mission?

Paul

You can read about Paul in Acts 9 onwards.

  • How did Paul cooperate with Barnabas and Silas?
  • What was the common purpose that they shared?
  • How do we see them being personally committed to each other and to the mission?
  • What are their different strengths, and how do you see those in action in pursuit of the mission?
  • How did they help each other?

Two of Paul’s younger companions were Timothy and Titus, and we can read the letters that Paul wrote to them as the books of 1&2 Timothy and Titus.

  • How did Timothy and Titus learn to share Paul’s mission?
  • What evidence do we see of them being personally committed to the mission, and to Paul?
  • How were they different, how did Paul relate differently to them, and what difference did their strengths make to the mission?
  • How did Paul want them to continue the mission on beyond his work (and life)?