What if we were the first church? What if we truly engaged in the biblical community displayed in Acts (See Chapter 2:42-47)? What if we believed and embraced God’s power in our lives? Our world would be forever changed! That’s what we are talking about here: What if! What if God could do, just as he promised he that He would do, with His church. Our duty, as the Church of Jesus Christ, is to move beyond the walls of our building and into our world – a world that desperately needs to know the message, the truth and the hope that is found only in the gospel of Jesus Christ. It begins in our homes. It begins -together. It begins with YOU!
What is it?
Still confused about ‘What if’?
Click on the tabs to the right for a more detailed explanation. When you are ready to join in, follow the simple instructions listed below.
You! Your family, your friends, your neighbors or co-workers. We have asked you to pray for those around you. Who has God laid upon your heart? There are thousands of those within our church who are not connected in community with others. There are also 110,000 people in Central Virginia who are not connected to any church!
“What If” is a six week home group study along side of a Sunday morning sermon series. It’s a study about the first church in Acts and God’s design for our church, today. We are asking YOU to open your home, gather your circle of friends and participate in the 6 week discussion-together. We will provide everyone a free study guide booklet in addition to providing your group with a DVD. The DVD consists of a weekly, 5-8 min. video to watch proceeding each discussion.
In your home, in your workplace or in the community. Where is the most natural connecting point for you to meet with those whom God has placed in your path? The choice is up to you. We have found that your home, while not the only option, is often the best place to begin.
Select the day and time that works best for your group to meet -it’s up to you! The sermon series will kick off September 21st. Group materials will be available on main street beginning on that date. In addition, all materials are available online through your free Right Now Media account, accessible by clicking on the “Resources” button above.
God has called each one of us to make Christ followers (Mt.28). Jesus sent His followers out into neighborhoods and towns (Lk.10). To change our world we must go into our world – where we live, work, attend school and play! Meeting in someone’s home helps people get to know each other. In addition, it’s often more inviting for unchurched people to connect in the community, rather than in the church. We want to bring the church to the community. Remember, there are over 110,00 unchurched people in the lynchburg and surrounding areas!
How Can I Get Involved?
- Step 1: Register to host or find a group. Simply click on your choice above
- Step 2: Attend a 15 min orientation. Immediately following a Sunday service
- Step 3: Pick up your materials. See the resource button above
- Step 4: Open your home. Invite your friends, family or neighbors
- Step 5: Watch God move in your life -and the lives of those around you!
Words from Our Leaders
“What if Thomas Road Baptist Church became like the first church? The first church that lived and ministered like the first church in the book of Acts, and the first church since Pentecost that truly understood and believed and embraced God’s power in our lives?”
“We want to be the church that brings the people of God into our community -to be the hands and feet of Christ to a world in desperate need of a Savior.”
“Life Groups is our greatest catalyst, for taking you outside the walls of our church, into our community and into the world!”
“I love being in my life group, because it gives me the opportunity to consistently connect with my friends and rejoice with what God is doing in their lives.”
“My husband and I have made our very best friends in life groups. We want for every couple in our church to have those kind of close friends.”
“Just think, what if God used you to reach your neighborhood for Christ. And what if God used that neighborhood to spark a revival in this city? It could happen. It starts with us!”
“I truly believe that God wants us to be in community, practicing the “one another’s”, loving one another -getting on the team and then going out into our Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria with the Gospel.”