Life is all about coming and going. Jesus said to “go and be reconciled to your brother/sister” if he or she has something against you (Matt. 5:24); “go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father” (Matt. 6:6); ”go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice’” (Matt. 9:13); “If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you” (Matt. 18:15).
The clear impression is that our lives are to be characterised by going. Indeed Jesus’ life was characterised by going: from the beginning He knew “where [He] came from and where [He is] going” (John 8:14). He must “go . . . to the nearby villages” to preach for “that is why I have come” (Mark 1:38). He had to “go to Jerusalem and suffer many things . . . and . . . be killed and on the third day be raised to life” (Matt. 16:21). He warned and encouraged his disciples that He would be “going” back to his Father (John 8:21; 14:12, 28; 16:5, 7, 10, 17, 28). Thus he had to “keep going today and tomorrow and the next day — for surely no prophet can die outside Jerusalem!” (Luke 13:33). But as the time drew nearer, ”Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him” (Matt. 14:35). After his resurrection he was “going ahead of [his disciples] into Galilee” (Matt. 28:7) to tell them, “I am going to send you what my Father has promised” (Luke 24:49). Now his people wait for He “is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done” (Matt. 16:27).
It is no surprise then to hear Jesus say to those who want to follow him that they to must “go For God has chosen and “appointed you to go and bear fruit — fruit that will last” (John 15:16). We are to “Go” and show mercy to those in need (Luke 10:37). We are to “goafter the lost sheep” until we find them (Luke 15:4). We are to “Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find” and “into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame” (Matt. 22:9; Luke 14:21).
We are to “go and make disciples of all nations” (Matt. 28:19). “Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves” (Luke 10:3). We are to “Let no one on the roof of his house godown to take anything out of the house. Let no one in the field go back to get his cloak” (Matt. 24:17-18) for otherwise “they will go away to eternal punishment” (Matt. 25:46).
We are to “go on to maturity” (Heb. 6:1). In short: we are to follow Christ, which means that we are ultimately to “go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore” (Heb. 13:13). Clearly going will not be a walk in the park for every believer “must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God” (Acts 14:22). But we are looking forward to the day when we “may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city” (Rev. 22:14).
Our going is grounded in what we believe about God and his plan for the world. Therefore, our beliefs are very important for they will not only govern our going but determine what our going looks like. Here is what we believe at goEast:
We believe that there is one God who is greater than all gods (e.g., the god of career, money, family, leisure, success, reputation, etc.). Hence He is magnificent, beautiful, glorious, excellent, incomparable; in short, worthy of leaving one’s comfort for and ultimately worthy of losing one’s life for (Gen. 1-2; Rev. 21-22).
We believe that God created all people to rule over His creation and to worship His magnificent and glorious Self. But we lost that ability to worship Him and now we have no choice but to worship created things. Thus apart from God’s gracious intervention, every single one of us may think that we are free but the reality is that we are enslaved to the gods of this world (Gen. 1-3; Rom. 1:18-3:20; 6).
About the Bible
We believe that every page of the Bible brims with pointers to Jesus Christ and the triumph that He has won at the cross over the idols of this world and the deliverance that He has brought for every person who will embrace Him (John 5:39; Col. 2:13-15).
About Jesus Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ is the magnificent, beautiful, glorious, excellent, and incomparable God and that through his death, resurrection and ascension, He has set us free from having to worship created things and restored us to what we were created for—to worship God (Rom. 5; Rev. 5).
We believe that the essence of salvation is to be delivered and set free from our sin—the sin of idolatry—to love and worship God. This comes through complete and utter faith alone in nothing or no one else except Jesus Christ alone and it is all by God’s gracious and free initiative—alone! (Gal. 5:1-15).
About the Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit is the power behind the life that believers in Jesus Christ are now called to. We simply cannot live free of sin and idolatry apart from the Spirit’s presence (John 14-16).
About the Church
We believe the church is made of imperfect and yet saved worshippers of God and His Son Jesus Christ who love one another as we already love ourselves. No one single individual has reached any sort of perfection—in fact the more we recognise who God is and what the essence of salvation is, we realise how imperfect we are. But we have all been graciously given a new direction (the book of Ephesians).
About the end times
We believe that in the end Jesus Christ will return to the earth and reconcile all things, including heaven and earth, to himself. Followers of Jesus Christ will finally live on a new heavens and new earth and do the very thing they were created to do—rule over the earth and worship God forever (Rom. 8:18-25; Rev. 21-22).