What is The Way?

The Performance

The Way is a walk-through drama outreach of Heritage Baptist Church in Lynchburg, VA. Each year, thousands of people attend this unique performance to watch a realistic drama unfold through several sets in different rooms.

In the past, we have utilized material and concepts from Judgment House. In 2014, we launched our own ministry with an original script and many updates - including relevant media integration. 

This year, our drama will still highlight the gospel, but not portray scenes of the afterlife. While portraying the afterlife is one way to share the gospel, it is not the only way. We are excited to offer a new story line while emphasizing the life changing impact of a relationship with Christ - both here on earth and in eternity. 

The entire performance lasts about an hour and a half minutes. This year's theme - bullying and an absent father - reaches both teenagers and adults. Children under 10 years old are welcome to attend or use our complimentary child care during the tour.

 

The Gospel

Jesus said "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. A "way" is a path. The bold claim of Jesus, was that He was the only path, the only way, to have a right relationship with God.

The truth about Jesus and the way to have a right relationship with God is called the gospel.

The gospel literally means “the good news.” When we talk about the gospel, we mean the good news that the God of the universe cares about people enough to save them. This naturally leads to two questions: Save them from what? and How does he save them?

Let’s start at the beginning. God created the universe, this world, and everything inside including you and me. The first verse of the Bible makes this claim:

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
Genesis 1:1

In creation, God left the evidence of his existence and majesty.

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Psalm 19:1

For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.
Romans 1:19-20

After creating the earth, God created plants, animals, and humans. 

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
Genesis 1:27

God designed man to reproduce and fill the earth. 

And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Genesis 1:28

However, he also gave them the freedom to choose to reject him.

And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
Genesis 2:16-17

When the first two humans chose to rebel against God, and eat the fruit of the tree he restricted, they condemned themselves and their future children.

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. 
Genesis 3:6

Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned.
Romans 5:12

Since the original sin of Adam, every person born is naturally sinful. 

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Romans 3:23

Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.
Ecclesiastes 7:20 

Regardless of the type of sin or the amount of sin, every person is guilty of rejecting God and his commands.

For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it.
James 2:10

Here’s the really bad news: Sin always has consequences. Some of these consequences happen right away and some come later. Either way, all sin leads to death.

For the wages of sin is death.
Romans 6:23

Death is sometimes thought of as the end of something. A more accurate view of death is a separation of two things. When a person dies physically, their life or soul is separated from their body. If a person is dead spiritually, they are separated from God. The consequence of death for sin is both physical and spiritual separation.

Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned.
Romans 5:12

They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.
Ephesians 4:18

The final death will take place after every person is judged by God. Those who are spiritually dead, whose names are not found in the book of life, will be thrown into the lake of fire.

And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne... And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done... Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
Romans 20:12-15

It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire.
Mark 9:43

In flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction,away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might.
2 Thessalonians 1:8-9

Some people think that if they do enough good it will outweigh their bad and spare them an eternity of punishment. But the Bible says that no amount of good works can save us.

He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness.
Titus 3:5

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Ephesians 2:8-9

So far, none of this sounds like good news! But there is very good news in the Bible! God inspired people to write this book so that it would explain not only the good news, but the reason we need good news.

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6:23

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16

Even though every person deserves physical and spiritual death, God offers eternal life as a free gift through Jesus Christ! God sent Jesus, who is Himself fully God, to pay the penalty for our sin by dying in our place on a cross.

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.
1 Peter 2:24

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit.
1 Peter 3:18

But that leaves us with one question: How can we be free from sin and have eternal life through Jesus?

  1. Repent
    Turn from your sins and turn to God.

    Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, 20 that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus.
    Acts 3:19-20

  2. Believe
    Believe in Jesus Christ, that He is Lord, and that He paid the penalty for your sin.

    Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.
    Acts 16:31

  3. Call on the Lord
    Confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and call on Him.

    If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” … For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
    Romans 10:9-11 and 13

 You can pray right now to talk to God about your decision to repent, believe, and call on Him. 

Groups

We welcome groups and offer a 20% discount for 15 or more tickets purchased at one time. Tickets must be purchased by phone through a representative to receive the discount; we are not able to retroactively provide the group discount. Call (434) 515-0667 to speak with a representative.

Groups should arrive at least 30 minutes before their check in time to ensure all group members complete this process prior to tour departure.

Accessibility

This event involves about an hour and a half of walking and standing. If you cannot walk and stand for that length of time without sitting, we recommend that you bring a wheelchair or power scooter.

In order to provide a comfortable and timely experience for those requiring a wheelchair, we ask that those needing such accommodation select a wheelchair ticket when purchasing. The pricing is exactly the same, but these tours are specifically designed to accommodate wheelchairs while moving the performance through the scenes in a timely manner.

What is The Way?

The Way is a walk-through drama outreach of Heritage Baptist Church in Lynchburg, VA. Each year, thousands of people attend this unique performance to watch a realistic drama unfold through several sets in different rooms.

The entire performance lasts about an hour and a half. Older elementary age children, teens, and adults are invited to attend. Complimentary childcare is provided for infants and up to age 10.

The Way - Trapped - At Heritage Baptist Church

Why "The Way?"

Jesus said "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. A "way" is a path. The bold claim of Jesus was that He was the only path, the only way, to have a right relationship with God.

As you walk through this drama, you'll follow characters through their life paths. You'll learn about God's path, "the way," and how it can impact your life.