It has been awhile since I have written a blog post about my church, the Global Vision Bible Church in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee. I routinely post sermon notes here, but rarely do I write about the church itself.
We are a relatively small church. Our building seats approximately 165 worshippers. It is not uncommon for us to welcome in excess of 1,000 worshippers in a week. I know, the math doesn’t quite work out.
We have three weekend services plus a Wednesday evening service. We also stream our services online. We will sometimes have more people watching online that are physically in the building. And the building is often full. We sometimes have guests from out of state come and worship with us. Our Pastor, Greg Locke, has assembled a Facebook following of more than three-quarters of a million people.
God has been good to us. We give Him all the glory and all the credit. Otherwise, what we do at GVBC is humanly impossible.
Why do so many believers (and non-believers) flock to GVBC? I haven’t personally interviewed the people who come through our doors, but my perception is that people are starved for truth, and they will go wherever they can to find it.
We aren’t perfect at GVBC. But we do proclaim the Scriptural truth. That’s the one thing we have going for us. We live in an age when we are lied to and deceived constantly. We are lied to and deceived by the media, by the government, by the people we elect to office, by liberal preachers, by television, and by each other. The truth is like a well in the desert. People flock to it and drink from it and congregate there. GVBC is that well. Granted, we aren’t the only well. There are other like-minded churches out there, even in the same area. I’ve been to several of them over the years and am thankful for every one of them.
You might think the Bible is too old and antiquated to be relevant in 2016. You would be wrong. Human nature hasn’t changed at all. We have better technology now, but the rest is the same. Mankind is just as depraved now as always. It is as Peter asked way back when: “Lord, who will we go to? You have the words of eternal life.”
We are left with the same dilemma today. If not for Christ, who we will go to? President Obama? Governor Haslem? The government? Our neighbor? Who else has the words of eternal life? No one but the Lord.
He has taken what we have at GVBC and multiplied it for this very reason: People find the truth here.