A church can be a large collection of programs and activities. It may appear that there is no unifying theme or purpose (and perhaps sometimes there isn’t).  At Williams Road, our leaders went through an extensive process to identify what was important to Jesus and what, therefore, should be important to us. The result of that process is reflected in our purpose statement: Williams Road Church exists to move people to: come to Christ, become like Christ, and be Christ to the community. 

Come to Christ

   We have a problem. None of is perfect. We don’t even get close. So we have guilt for the things we’ve done wrong – or for the good things we’ve left undone.

 

   Jesus said, in one of the best known Scriptures in John 3:16 that, “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

 

   Less well-known is what he said in the next breath, “whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son” (verse 17).

 

   Jesus believed - so we do, too – that believing in him is a life or death matter. The only way for us to be forgiven, for us to be good again, is by faith in Jesus.

 

   It’s worth noting that the words quoted above are found in a conversation where Jesus also said, “no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit” (verse 5). At the end of that conversation, he went out and baptized people (verse 22).

 

   When we put our trust in Jesus and put him on in baptism, he gives a new life. We can live guilt-free. We can live fear-free. We believe that is good news that is worth sharing with the world as we invite people to come to Christ.

 

Being Christ to the community:

   Jesus said that he “did not come to be served, but to serve.” He calls us to love our neighbors and to serve “the least of these.”  While we try to be the presence of Jesus individually in many ways, we also do that collectively as a church community.

 

   Locally, we provide assistance to families. Sometimes this is monetary as we help pay for food or utilities. But, we also assist our schools with an annual School Supply Drive to assist kindergarten teachers at the Sumter County Early Learning Center. We provide tissue, paper, pencils, etc.  that students may need that teachers sometimes have to purchase. Then there is our annual Clothing Giveaway that provides free, new clothes to local families who need a helping hand. A chapter of NA meets in our facilities to provide support for those battling drug addictions.

 

   Beyond our local community, we also provide support to important ministries like Georgia Agape, Raintree Village, and Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort. 

Become like Christ   

  Jesus spoke of being born again. The apostle Paul wrote of being a new creation. We are called to be “transformed” (according to Romans 12:2).

How are we transformed? How can we become more like Jesus?

 

 At Williams Road, we take a multifaceted approach. Members are encouraged to individually practice the spiritual disciplines of Bible reading and prayer. Collectively, our adult education program offers classes for all ages on Sundays and Wednesdays. Sunday classes are topical, following a 4 year curriculum focused on traits identified as being part of the life of Jesus. Wednesday classes study a book of the Bible each quarter, allowing God to set the agenda through his word and insuring that we, during a 5 year plan, cover every part of the Bible.

 

   Faith Road provides exciting fun ways for children to grow. Each 4 weeks, every age rotates through the Game Room, the Theater, Lord’s Way Café, and the Museum.  Visit Faith Road on Facebook for more.

Teens in grades 7 through 12 are part of an active Youth Group that provides a variety of activities, camp, service projects and fun.

 

   For GSW students, check out what’s happening on the corner at our Christian Student Center  by the soccer field at the corner of Felder and Wheatley. You’ll find a place to belong, fun social activities, devotionals, and Bible study. 

 

   Of course, the Sunday messages are also part of our community conversation that moves us to become more like Jesus. Keith usually organizes those messages around a common theme in series that last from four to eight weeks.  Some samples from the past are available online.

 

   So, come along and join us on this journey to become more like Jesus. The closer we get, the better the world will be.

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