At First Baptist Church Rockville it is our mission to love God, love others, and make disciples. This purpose informs everything we do as a church and how we conduct ourselves as individuals.
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When the term "small groups" comes up, it might not be readily apparent to you what that means exactly. For different churches it can be different things. At First Baptist Church Rockville, our small groups offer an opportunity to spend time with one another in a less formal setting. Our small groups meet in homes, often share meals, and allow for time to dig in to spiritual issues and those of our daily lives in a way that just isn't possible on Sunday morning.
They are a way to build real friendships inside the church that reach beyond Sunday morning and extend throughout the week. Through these relationships we can help one another grow in our faith, learn together, share in our struggles and our successes, and navigate life together as believers in Christ.
Small groups typically meet weekly, although some meet every other week. Each group autonomously decides how often to meet and at what time, so that they can work to fit the needs of their members.
We try to connect people with groups in which they share common interests or are in similar seasons of life. If you have children, we have groups that are very kid-friendly, and if you'd prefer to be in a group without children, we can accommodate that too!
Typical small group meetings involve about an hour of study and discussion, as well as some sort of meal. They aren't formal, so if you need to leave early or arrive late, you can let your group know and do what you need to do.
Most importantly, these groups are a chance to interact with other believers in a way Sunday mornings often don't allow.
Absolutely! Having small groups is important, but we don't want them to remain that way. Our ultimate goal is for them to grow and spawn new groups. For that to happen, we have to invite others to take part in them.
If you know someone who might enjoy participating in a small group, you should absolutely invite them!
Lots of Christians talk about the gospel, but how many really understand it and know how to apply it to their lives? That is the essence of this study--learning how the gospel shapes every aspect of life. If you are looking for a way to better root your faith in the gospel, this is a great study for that!
What is an ideal church, and how can you tell? How does it look different from other churches? More importantly, how does it act differently, especially in society? Many of us aren't sure how to answer those questions, even though we probably have some preconceived idea.
This study seeks to help believers recognize the key characteristics of a healthy church.
It then calls us to develop those characteristics in our own churches. By following the example of New Testament authors and addressing church members from pastors to pew sitters, Dever challenges all believers to do their part in maintaining the local church.
Are you going non-stop? Feeling like your schedule can't possibly sustain one more thing? This is a powerful study about the impact of being crazy busy on our spiritual lives. Eliminate your pride and discover the restful cure of being with Jesus that you've been too busy to find!
In Matthew 22:37-38 Jesus says, "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.'This is the first and greatest commandment."
We take that commandment seriously and strive both as a group and as individuals to grow deeper in our love for God every day through prayer, study of God's Word, and time spent together in worship.
We acknowledge that as humans we are lost and doomed without the free gift of God's grace and that only through Jesus Christ, His son, are we able to be saved.
We also understand that Jesus did not stop there when clarifying the greatest commandments. He continued, "And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."
Jesus showed us what it means to love others throughout the gospel. He humbled himself to wash the feet of his disciples to teach us to be humble servants. This matters to us at First Baptist Church Rockville.
We desire to love and serve others and to be continually seeking new ways to bring glory to God through various ministries and outreaches both in the community and in the world.
This is our ultimate edict. Before ascending into heaven Jesus told the believers who had gathered with him: "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew 28: 19-20
This makes our job clear. We are to relentlessly pursue opportunities to share Jesus Christ with those who do not know Him so that they can become a part of the body of Christ. Additionally, we are to tirelessly serve, teach, mentor, and grow those inside the body so that they might be more like Christ.
We have classes every Sunday morning that start at 9:30am and we would love to see you there!
Got kids two and younger? We've got you covered with our nursery! At FBC Rockville we care about your kids and those who work in our nursery are happy to care for them so you can connect in a class of your own.
If your children are 3-12 have no fear! We have Sunday School classes for all ages! To find out what class your child belongs in you can click below or ask one of our greeters on Sunday morning!
If you've got teenagers you are in luck! FBC Rockville has a great group of teens that would love to have yours join them Sunday. They meet in the "Jesus Barn," and one of our greeters would be glad to direct you there!
Whether you are a young adult, wise older adult, or an older adult who acts like a young adult, we have a class for you! You can click below to see what classes best suit you, or as always, ask our greeters!
Our worship service begins at 10:30am every Sunday morning. We hope to see you there!
At First Baptist Church Rockville we want you to be comfortable coming to worship with us. Our services are a contemporary style that is a blend of worship songs and hymns often done in updated styles.
Our pastors, Garry Jones and Robert Barger teach directly from the Bible and back their messages up with authority derived from the truth within it.
The dress at First Baptist Church Rockville is come as you are. Whether you choose to dress up or to wear blue jeans and a t-shirt, you won't be alone.