The faith has been given once for all to the saints (Jude 3). It does not change from generation to generation. Yet, each of those generations must discover faith for itself. What is it that makes us truly glorify God? What is it that changes our lives by bringing into them God’s glory and holiness?
Here are our answers:
Origins of Together for the Gospel
Together For The Gospel is the fruit of a desire which has been developing in the hearts of some Christian leaders in Poland for a long time.
In 2008, during a meeting for church leaders in Torun, it became apparent that some of them had noticed similar problems and recognised the need to create a movement to address those challenges. They started to meet and a vision and plan of action was formed. A name was agreed and logo was designed. A common Statement of Faith was created and Basic Values were determined.
At the beginning of 2009 a few meetings took place with people interested in this newly created movement. As a result, more people joined and became involved. In the Spring of 2009 the official inauguration of Together for the Gospel took place and an internet site was created that drew hundreds of faithful readers from various parts of the country.
In the first half of 2009, under the name of RDE (Polish initials for Together For The Gospel), two regional conferences took place. At the same time, the RDE Board started to prepare for the first country-wide conference. Half way through the year, work on the first RDE publication took place, along with determining the position of the movement in the light of new trends observed in the community and the church.
We are praying that this humble movement will bring glory to God and prosper the development of healthy, Biblical Christianity in Poland.
But be doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. (James 1:22 NKJ)
We are convinced that true Christianity is a way of life. We are also convinced, that the acceptance and practice of basic biblical rules (or life-values) - mentioned below - are a natural consequence of confessing the true faith.
Here are the rules, which are the basis of our lives and our service:
I. God is Creator, the highest King and the Lord of all the universe.
True Christianity means submitting ourselves to God and accepting His rule over every part of our lives. That is why submission to civil authorities is always secondary. A Christian’s obedience to God is of primary importance. But human authorities are ordained by God, and therefore should be acknowledged by Christians. God requires from human rulers that they act justly, protecting those citizens who follow God’s laws and punishing those who break them. Christians should respect and be obedient to earthly rulers.
II. Human life from its beginning is protected by God.
Human life commences at conception. All means of contraception that destroy fertilized human cells or makes use of them in a way that hinder its growth into fully developed human being are sin. Abortion, euthanasia and suicide are also contrary to God’s will.
III. God created human beings as men and women.
Men and women have equal dignity and value because both are created in God's image and likeness. However they do differ in distinctive gifts and functions. The function of maternity is an example of the unique calling of women. An example of the unique calling of man is leadership in his family and in the church.
IV. Marriage is a union between a man and woman based upon a given promise of faithfulness.
Sexual relationships are to be confined to marriage and marital fidelity is to be expected from Christians. Sex outside of marriage is a sin. Divorce and remarriage are not God's way of dealing with marital problems. A marriage is a relationship between man and woman alone. The practice of homosexual relationships is a sin.
V. The Church is submitted to God's rule.
The Church submits to the rule of God and is called to preach the Gospel and to live according to the teachings of Christ, no matter what the current trends and laws of society might be. In preaching God's Word and in organizing its life the Church is not dependent in any way on civil authorities and responds to God alone.