About us

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.

Our Faith

​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?

We worship

the One, all-powerful God, the Creator of the universe, in three Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

We rely on

our faith in God's Word, which is the Bible (containing 66 books of the Old and New Testaments). Because of this, we treat the Scriptures with the highest possible respect, and as the only infallible guide from God containing His will for our lives.

We approach

Him only through the mediation of Jesus Christ. Our Lord is fully God and fully man. He came down from heaven, has lived a perfect life and willingly agreed to die as a ransom for sinners. He has risen from the dead and now rules forever. He will come back in glory to judge the living and those who died.

We see

our lives as a time of service, in which we deny ourselves and change our lives through the sanctifying power of the Spirit, according to the pattern given to us by the life of Jesus Christ. We see sanctification as the inevitable fruit of true, saving faith.

We confess

our own sinfulness and lack of power; our need of God's grace; the forgiveness of sins and the need for our lives to be changed. In seeking these things we rely on God's help alone.

We submit

to the Spirit, who joins us into the visible body of Christ. This body exists as local churches, which are to preach the Gospel faithfully; baptise converted sinners in the name of the Father, Son and Spirit; meet around the Lord's Table and guard the authenticity of the faith by disciplining its members.

We proclaim

the need to be born again by God, which begins a new life of obedience and faith in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour.

We warn

about eternal damnation in hell, which is God's just penalty for all who who do not accept the Gospel.

We are thankful

that we are justified by faith through his death and for the life changing gift of the presence of the Holy Spirit.

We expect

heaven – a new reality, in which God will be for ever our Father, and we will be for ever to Him His people. Lord, please, come!

Our Priorities

It is a mistake to treat the Bible as a collection of rules for right behaviour; it is also a mistake to treat the Bible as a compilation of hero stories whose example we are called to follow.  The Bible is not a guidebook to lead us through life.  In fact, the Bible is actually not even mainly about humanity.  First and foremost, God’s Word is a book in which God reveals Himself to mankind.  It is the story of what God has done in the person of Christ to save sinners.  All of the Old Testament is focused on the future coming of Christ and all of the New Testament is built on the foundation which is Christ. In this revelation, we find that He created us to live by His strength and for His glory. It is our passion that Jesus Christ be in the center of all that we do. We pray to the Father through Jesus Christ, we preach Jesus Christ, and we sing of Jesus Christ.

We are not preaching some new teaching that was unknown to previous generations of the people of God.  Our goal is to confirm and teach the truth given to the church through the apostles and prophets who wrote down  the Holy Spirit-inspired Scriptures.  We desire to stand shoulder to shoulder with those Christians who throughout all of church history defended and are defending the true gospel of Jesus Christ.  At the same time, we believe that each generation of Christians is responsible to communicate to the world the unchanging truth of the Word of God in a way that is understandable to contemporary culture.

God has promised to bless His church, which is manifested in local congregations. Although Christian associations, foundations and publishers can play an important role, they cannot replace local churches. God’s plan is that each Christian would mature through the teaching, discipline, and fellowship of a local church. This biblical model of discipleship cannot be replaced by even the best of Christian conferences, camps or web sites. We do not want to replace local churches, compete with them, or in any way undermine their authority. It is our desire to encourage Christian leaders as they serve in their local churches.

One of the widespread errors in the church before the Reformation and which unfortunately is still found in the contemporary church is over-emphasizing man’s role in salvation. This sort of teaching will find a following since man is eager to hear about himself and what he can achieve through effort and hard work. However, we find that both Protestant history as well as nearly every page of the Old and New Testaments emphasize the work of God as more decisive than the work of man. Therefore, instead of teaching how man can find God, we will teach about what God has done to seek and to save the lost. Instead of focusing on man’s decision to follow Jesus, we will accent God’s decision to be gracious toward undeserving sinners. We believe that focusing on God and emphasizing His sovereignty turns our attention away from ourselves and toward the One who loved us and gave Himself for us. This is the posture which will glorify God and is helpful and even necessary for our spiritual health.

Before the Reformation, the preaching of the Word of God was not the central element of the gathered church. One of its key reforms was returning the Word of God to its rightful place. The reformers' goal was not to exchange Roman Catholic teaching for Protestant teaching, but to emphasize the importance of  the  Word of God over the word of man. Our passion is to teach the Word of God  and to teach it in the correct way, expositionally, wherein  the source of the sermon is Scripture.  Specifically, that means that the Bible passage itself determines the subject, content and structure of the sermon.  Preaching at its worst is when the preacher himself determines the subject, content and structure of the sermon using Scripture simply as a crutch to support his own ideas and theories. The contemporary church needs preachers who exposit what God has spoken and not their own ideas.

In recent years, various trends have been pouring into the church turning our attention away from the Gospel and turning our focus toward methods, strategies, programs and therapies. Numerical growth and visible success has become a greater priority than faithfulness to the truth. We believe that the best reaction to this current problem in the church is an honest and uncompromised return to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our desire is to proclaim this gospel to lost people all around us, to our neighbors, colleagues at work, friends, and family. We pray that the Holy Spirit would begin a work through us for God’s glory that would draw many people to salvation in Jesus Christ.

Our Life-Values

​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.

Honorary Partners

Adam Broughton
Adam Broughton

​serving in pastoral ministry in the UK, active in equipping Church leaders and preachers in Poland since 2008

david-jackman
David Jackman

​former president of The Proclamation Trust in UK, founder of the Cornhill Training Course

Carson
Don A. Carson

retired Research Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School w Deerfield, USA, co-founder of The Gospel Coalition

lohmann_matthias
Matthias Lohmann

pastor of FEG Munich, founder and president of Evangelium21

Rick Denham
Rick Denham

international director of 9Marks

Savage-Tim
Tim Savage

pastor, author, conference speaker, and regional coordinator of The Gospel Coalition Europe

William Smylie
William Smylie

​former director of The Slavic Gospel Association in UK, for many years involved in supporting Polish Churches

Niek Tramper
Niek M. Tramper

pastor of International Reformed Evangelical Fellowship in Delf, NL

Paul Verkade
Paul Verkade

board member of Hulp Oost-Europa, active in supporting Churches and charity work in Poland

William Smylie
William Smylie

​former director of The Slavic Gospel Association in UK, for many years involved in supporting Polish Churches

Niek Tramper
Niek M. Tramper

pastor of International Reformed Evangelical Fellowship in Delf, NL

Paul Verkade
Paul Verkade

board member of Hulp Oost-Europa, active in supporting Churches and charity work in Poland

członek rady Hulp Oost-Europa, zaangażowany we współpracę z kościołami w Polsce