BECOME A PARTNER
Plan your own service project. No money necessary. Pick a neighbor, an organization that you have a relationship with, or just find the closest need and rally your employees, customers, students, or group to do what it takes to meet that need. Call it Go Beyond, and do it during the week of May 5-12, 2018. We'll give you the artwork, wristbands, and access to partner T-shirts at or near cost to help you get your people excited about serving. Have a really big project and need more help? Give us a call, maybe we'll list your project and help find people to serve.
Go Beyond is an initiative uniting people to serve.
Go Beyond Partners are like-minded churches and organizations who promote and organize service opportunities under the banner of Go Beyond. For the integrity of Go Beyond and it’s purpose, this document seeks to clarify our common faith and core convictions.
Go Beyond Partners are unified by a common faith in the saving gospel of Jesus Christ. We agree that this gospel has been revealed in the divinely inspired, inerrant and infallible Holy Scriptures. We hold the Bible to be trustworthy, sufficient and the final authority for truth and life because it reveals the inspired words of the one true God who exists in three divine persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We affirm that the core truths of the saving Gospel are:
- Jesus is the prophesied Messiah who came to save and restore.
Jesus is the Messiah spoken and written of by the Jewish prophets of the Old Testament. As Messiah, He is the fulfillment of God’s promise to bless the nations through a New Covenant which brings forgiveness of sins and the placing of God’s Spirit within men.
- Jesus is the divine Son of God who came to earth as a sinless man.
Jesus was born of a virgin, through the power of the Holy Spirit, as fully God and fully man. He lived in intimate fellowship with and complete obedience to the Father. While being sinless in His divinity, Jesus humbly bound Himself to the limitations of humanity, enabling Him to sympathize with our weaknesses.
- Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and rose from the grave on the third day.
The Bible teaches that every person sins and that the consequence for doing so is separation from God and eternal punishment in Hell. But God, being rich in mercy, sent His Son to pay the penalty for our sin so that we could have a relationship with Him. Because Jesus died on the cross in our place, was buried, and then rose from the grave three days later, sin and death have been defeated; and our faith is secure.
- Jesus ascended into heaven and now sits at the right hand of the Father as Lord of all.
Jesus has authority over all things. He is worthy of our worship, and our desire is to live a spirit-empowered life in full obedience to Him.
- Jesus will come again to judge the earth, establish His kingdom, and reign forever.
One day, the spiritual battle of this world will come to an end. Satan’s defeat will be final; mankind will be judged; and those who have been redeemed through the work of Christ will reign with Him in a new eternal kingdom.
- Those who embrace this message and repent will receive forgiveness of sin, the Holy Spirit, and the assurance of eternal life.
The Scriptures teach that salvation comes though faith alone in Christ alone. Those who believe in their hearts and confess with their mouths that Jesus is Lord are saved. A person who confesses Jesus as Lord is declaring from a repentant heart that Jesus is now the King of their life. We then enter into a relationship with God. The Holy Spirit indwells and empowers us to live for Him and for His glory, and we gain intimate access to Him through prayer.
(Galatians 1:1-5; Acts 10:34-43; 1 Corinthians 15:1-6; Romans 1:1-7, 16-17; 3:23; 4:24-25; 6:23; 10:9-10; Ephesians 1:1-3:21 (esp. 1:7-13; 2:8-10; 3:7-13); Colossians 1:9-14; 1 Timothy 3:16; 1 Peter 1:1-5)
Go Beyond Partners are motivated and guided by common convictions. We agree that Jesus has commissioned His Church to make disciples. Our call is to proclaim the Gospel and live in the way that Jesus instructed. When we live and serve by the following convictions we believe that the goodness of God is displayed to the world.
- We desire to live for Christ and be characterized by divine virtues.
The Scriptures instruct us to lay aside our old way of life and renew our mind through the study of God’s Word so that we can live in accordance to His will as an act of spiritual worship to Christ. Those who belong to Christ are to be filled with qualities such as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, compassion, hope, meekness, and humility, which are only possible through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 12:1-2; 13:11-14; Colossians 3:1-17; Ephesians 4:22-24; Galatians 5:22-33; 1 Peter 1:1-11)
- We desire to strengthen and protect marriages and families.
God established the institution of marriage to be a lifelong union between a man and a woman. The roles within this union are distinct yet complementary. Together, parents are to train up and nurture their children to carry on a legacy for Christ. In so doing, children have a responsibility to honor their parents. (Genesis 2:18-25; Ephesians 5:22-23; 6:1; Colossians 3:13-21; 1 Peter 3:1-7; 1 Timothy 5:1-16)
- We love and appreciate the role of the church.
Under the authority of Christ, the church’s role is central and preeminent in God’s plan for fulfilling His mission of proclaiming the gospel and making disciples. As God’s household, it stands as the pillar and support of the truth; and we long to see it established and ordered according to the sound doctrine received from Christ and His Apostles. This means that the local church, being a family, is to be lead by biblically-qualified leaders who lovingly shepherd, establish, and equip the flock. In addition, older and more mature believers are to teach and train up the younger, who humbly seek to grow in their faith. We are devoted to meeting together regularly in public gatherings as well as in homes for instruction, mutual ministry, prayer, the Lord’s Supper, and worship of Christ. (1 Timothy 3:14-16; Titus 1:5; Colossians 1:24- 29; Ephesians 3:8-10)
- We desire to pursue unity and peace within the church.
Our relationships within the church are to be characterized by love, brotherhood, mutual acceptance, and respect. Christcentered unity must be continually and diligently pursued in a spirit of humility, forgiveness, and peace. The church is to work together to fulfill Christ’s Mission. (Romans 12:9-10; Colossians 3:13-16; Philippians 2:1-4; Ephesians 4:1-6)
- We desire to participate in the work of ministry.
Every believer is to be equipped to do the work of ministry. This includes understanding our giftedness, unique design, and specific skill sets in order to maximize our effectiveness in “one-another” ministry, build up the church, do good works, serve those in need and carry out the mission of Christ. (1 Peter 4:10; Romans 12:3-16; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6; Ephesians 4:11-16)
- We desire to exhibit a fruitful witness in the community.
Our relationships in the world are to be marked by a respect for authority and a loving concern toward our neighbors and those in need. We must protect life, live peaceably, work hard at honest vocations, and be a positive contributor to society. Our desire is to shine the light of Christ among men that they may see our good works and ultimately embrace the gospel and join us in glorifying our Father in heaven. (Romans 13:1-7; 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12; Titus 2:14; 3:1; 14)
- We desire to be responsible, disciplined, and accountable.
We must live wisely, making the most of our time because the days are evil and our time is short. We need to prayerfully keep on the alert and remain in constant fellowship with Christ and His church in order to remain faithful. When people fall into conflict and/or sin, those who are spiritual are to graciously confront, exhort, and encourage them toward a spirit of humility and repentance that they may be restored for the glory of Christ. (1 Peter 5:6-11; Ephesians 5:1-21; 6:10-18; 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15)
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