The charge: To see the Christian body at Virginia Tech unite in worship and prayer, to repent before the Lord, and to beg God to change our hearts and the hearts of students on our campus for the advancement of the kingdom of God.
Building a campus-wide community of Christians is not a goal intended to lessen the work of each individual group. Rather, it is intended to encourage each of the Christians at our school and to make the kingdom of God more visible at Virginia Tech.
To focus this broad statement into a clearer vision, we’ve chosen four themes that represent exactly what vtONE is all about: repentance, prayer, worship, and unity. These four themes represent a process. Before we can pray with power, we must repent and be right with God. Before we can worship, we must surrender to God through prayer and repentance. Before we have unity, we must declare that God alone is our king through worship, prayer, and repentance.
These four themes make vtONE. vtONE isn’t just a night of worship. It isn’t just a time for us to come together and pray. vtONE is a group of people who are sold out to being the kingdom of God through repentance, prayer, worship, and unity in all aspects of our lives.
One of the biggest to a barriers to a massive move of God is the lack of repentance in the body of Christ. All across this nation and across our campus, there are many of us who have abandoned the Lord, in one way or another, for the things of this world. Yes, God blesses and uses our campus ministry groups, and He blesses and uses the individuals who seek Him. Yet, we live on a campus with thousands and thousands of people who don’t know the Lord. We believe that just simply saying we’re Christians and going to church isn’t enough. The lost people at Virginia Tech need to see God’s people live passionate, holy, and vibrant lives – regenerated lives that are continually being restored to God’s intended way of life. We are genuinely new creations. We show this by living a changed life. That is why we believe repentance needs to happen so that the Lord can begin to move in an awesome way. Before we can pray with power and ask God to expand his kingdom, we have to repent and be right with God. Only then can we fully open ourselves up to His leading and His guidance – for the sake of the advancement of His Kingdom and for the sake of sharing His unfailing and perfect love.
Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God
Hebrews 12:1 – 2
“Yet even now,” declares the Lord, “Return to Me with all your heart, and with fasting, weeping, and mourning: and rend your heart and not your garments.” Now return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindess and relenting of evil. Who knows whether He will not turn and relent and leave a blessing behind Him, even a grain offering and a drink offering for the Lord your God? Blow a trumpet in Zion, consecrate a fast, proclaim a solemn assembly
Joel 2:12 – 15
We often hear people say that they want God to move in their lives and on their campus in an awesome way. Yet, have we ever taken the time to simply ask God to do so? Have we gathered as His people and, with one accord, asked God to consume our lives and our hearts with His Spirit in such a way that He will reach the lost at Virginia Tech through us? We hope to see the body of Christ at Virginia Tech coming together to do just that. To bring more of the kingdom of God to Virginia Tech, prayer must become the foundation of everything that we do. Prayerlessness shows self-reliance and a lack of God-reliance.
For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need
Hebrews 4:15 – 16
You do not have because you do not ask
It is important for us, as Christians, to understand that we were created for the glory of God and for no other reason. That is why, if we gather as one in the name of the Lord, our sole purpose in gathering should be to bring glory to God. We want everything that happens at a vtONE event to be worship unto God and bring glory to His Name alone. Our worship must be more than singing songs – our worship is using our entire lives to declare that God is our king.
But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth
John 4:23 – 24
As followers of Christ, we claim to know a love and a grace that knows no conditions or requirements, and we claim a gift of salvation from a perfect God made free to an imperfect people. Yet, many times we stand aside and bicker and fight. Without humbling ourselves and allowing the Lord to unite us by His grace and love, how could we ever see a different response from the world than unbelief? How great would it be to stand as one, joined not by believing all of the same things or the same rules or practicing the same styles of worship, but joined by a love that is greater than anything we or the rest of this world has ever known? That’s what unity looks like when it is made in the bond of Christ.
The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ.
1 Corinthians 12:12
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit–just as you were called to to the one hope that belongs to your call–one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.