Europartners Introduction and starting points

Helping national business ministries to equip, and (young) professionals, entrepreneurs and business leaders to be a Marketplace Ambassador for Christ is our prime focus and goal.
We focus on evangelism and discipleship in a new era (the 21th century) and in a business culture.

We believe in building relationships and coming alongside by our friends, peers and colleges with respect and love. The coaching skills and attitude of respect (people make their own journey), listening, and asking open questions, we see as essential in helping our friends to find Christ. We will try to make the coaching attitude to a characteristic of all Europartners’ friends and a default attitude of all our Christian business leaders and professionals.

At the same base we offer the BridgeMeetings as a place where (Christian and non-Christian) can meet and explore life, business and themselves. Next to this we offer Operation Timothy as a one-to one tool, and the Alpha Business course as a tool for small groups.

We have training and trainers available to support the nations, the ministries and our friends in developing their skills to become a marketplace ambassador for Christ.

As Christian businesspeople and professionals we are marketplace ambassadors of Christ. God is making His appeal through us; to beg the world on behalf of Christ, to be reconciled to God. (Reference to: 2 Corinthians 5:20)

The kingdom of God
Today many ministries and Christians focus on the Kingdom of God, but there is no Kingdom or building of the Kingdom without Christ and a submission to his Lordship. All people need to be born again first, before they can enter the Kingdom. As Jesus is saying:
Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God. …………and Jesus answered ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. (John 3:3-5)
Jesus speaks in the same line about the Kingdom in Mark 1:15 about repentance, as a condition. He points to Himself as the King and the realisation of the Kingdom.
In Luke 17:21 Jesus says, the Kingdom is not visible and tangible (so it is not in institutions or companies). In John 18:36, Jesus is saying, that the Kingdom is not of this earth. (it is not how we would view or build it). The Kingdom is Jesus and his Authority. The Holy Spirit executes His power in and throughout us. For our era the Kingdom is not outside, it is within. The only building and expansion of the Kingdom is by people who repent, accept Christ as Saviour and Lord, and turn away from their natural behaviour by being their own lord. Therefore we focus on people and their relationship to Christ first and above all.
The eminence of Christ and our relationship to Him is the key of everything, also of the Kingdom.

Discipleship and leadership
Discipleship is being a student. We listen, practise and learn. We dedicate our whole life to God, including our finances, business and leadership. Like Paul is saying:
I implore you by God’s mercy, to offer your very selves to Him: a living sacrifice, dedicated and fit for his acceptance, the worship offered by mind and heart. (Romans 12:1-2)
Being a student, is practising and executing what we have heard and developing our talents, gifts and skills we have received. It is also being a king and a leader, because if we serve other people we help them discover Christ and to flourish and grow to the image and likeness of Christ. This is true leadership; serving others with perspective and vision.
Business and finances are a part of discipleship. The way we view our calling towards God, men and society make all the difference in the way we behave and conduct our business.
The key to all this is the heart and mind of men.
Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. (Proverbs 4:23)
Conform no longer to the pattern of this present world, but be transformed by the renewal of your minds. (Romans 12:2)
Who reigns the heart and minds of men, is the King of the earth. The Holy Spirit is the game-changer in all this. To receive Him we need Christ before. Evangelism is the start, and discipleship the followup.

We as humans and Christians are not the gamechangers of this world, only Christ is. We as a Church (the body of Christ) are not the hope of the world, only Christ Himself is. It is Christ who will set this world free from sin. We as humans cannot do this. We can only witness of Christ and share the good news of who He is and what He did and will do.

• Jesus already set us free from the penalty of sin, that is the past.
• Jesus set us free from the power of sin, by his dead, resurrection, his Holy Spirit and grace, and by allowing us to be part of his Glory. That is now. It happened and is happing.
• Jesus will set us free from the presence of sin, that is the future. When He takes away all evil and Satan out of this world.

Sin is the killer of human life, therefore that is our biggest enemy. Sin takes the good life as meant by God, the joy and pleasure of a Godly life that is full of righteousness, love and goodness. Therefore it is in the best interest of people to accept Christ as their Saviour and Lord.

Today many Christians focus on improving life, business, economies and cities to some kind of heavenly standard. It is done by giving inspiration, a new and better perspective, the Christian values or virtues and individual growth. But our problem is not that we lack dreams, ambitions or perspectives. Our problem is sin, everything that is not from God, out of God or ruled by God. Sin is inside us and not outside us. It is not in the structures, institutions, or our companies, it is us. Us looking for our own ways, us being our own gods and lords. At the end we are our own problem.
Transformation goes by the way of dying to ourselves and not by improving ourselves.
All our focus on transforming nations, cities, culture, economy and society is in vain, if we not deal with the human part of it, which is contaminated with sin. A nation, city or society is a gathering of men. A culture is only a reflection of the heart of men in general. Economy is the household of a society, and the reflection of economical choices men make. All these things are only reflections of who we are. Therefore Europartners will always focus on individual people, on their hearts and minds in their relationship with Christ.