We are honored to have the senior pastor John Hunn, talk at the GPS Life Journey Global Leadership Summit. He talks about the importance of GPS Life Journey and the impact that it has on his church, First Baptist Church of Lenoir City, Tennessee. Below are some highlights from the video with scripture.
GPS Life Journey is all about equipping and mobilizing. 2023 is the year of mobilizing at First Baptist Church of Lenoir City, Tennessee. Every quarter we have GPS Life Journey classes.
How GPS Life Journey helps with discipling people and doesn't mean spending more money! Spending more time with people and helping them discover God's purpose for their next season of life matters.
His approach is to do what the bible says and he appreciates how biblical GPS Life Journey. God's work for the church to equip the saints for the ministry.
Ephesians 4:11-12 New International Version
11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up
Theological - God's logic - do it His way, stick with the word and GPS Life Journey process is based on this.
It's very personal to John and GPS Life Journey is helping him to build a new testament church.
Matthew 16:18 New International Version
18 And I tell you that you are Peter,[a] and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades[b] will not overcome it.
He enjoyed GPS Life Journey so much, he took his staff through it and they did a two days retreat.
Identities that GPS speaks life into: Son of God, Servant of God, Slave of God, Soldier, Shepherd.
GPS Life Journey helps you understand why you work for God,
Galatians 2:20 New International Version
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
GPS Life Journey helps you win the war and do the hard work.
Purpose. Passion. Priority. All identified by GPS Life Journey and helps churches fill their ministry with people who have discovered their gifts.
Foundation - takes a long time to build this, hear the word of God and acts on it.
John 1:14 New International Version14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Ultimate goal to be Christ like and act like Jesus. Serve and love one another.
Ephesians 4:11-16 New International Version11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
Have higher goals
1 Timothy 4:7 New International Version7 Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly.
Satan hates this but he can't stop us!
We need discipline - train - exercise to reach these higher goals.
It's important to take care of our spiritual gifts because we are all aging.
2 Corinthians 4:16 New International Version
16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
It's not a coincidence that discipline sounds like discipleship.
God is saying to leaders to tell your people to get to the gym and work out on their spiritual muscles. GPS Life Journey is the starting point. People know where to serve and it removes the frustration of wanting to serve but not knowing where you belong!
Once you do GPS Life Journey no longer is it ignorance but apathy if someone is not serving.
Pastor John has embraced GPS Life Journey because after years of frustration and the need is so great, this solves the problem. It does it the right way and allows God to do his business.
He believes in it because it helps to expand God's kingdom. Nolen Rollins has been a blessing by coming back to First Baptist Church in Lenoir City, TN. If you have any questions about GPS Life Journey then please get in touch via our Contact page.
GPS Life Journey Graduate Story by Mary Smith
My husband Chuck and I were seeking a mission-oriented family of believers as we had
moved. To a new city. Immediately following our first visit to a new church Nolen Rollins
noticed and approached us. He invited us to breakfast where we could get better
I remember one pointed question that Nolen asked, “Where are you called to serve?”
We replied almost simultaneously, “Everywhere, wherever God has us at the moment.”
We shared with him that we were running a church planting ministry in India. We
listened to him share how God put it on his heart to plan a new church sponsored by the
church we were attending. This new plant was to be a mission focused church, which
would help mobilize believers to reach the world. My husband and I agreed that if God
wanted us to plant churches in India why wouldn’t he also have us do that at home? We
committed to being on the founding team of Legacy Church in Estero, Florida.
Nolen arranged for all of the leadership team to be part of a home group, GPS Life
Journey. We each took turns hosting a session as Nolen facilitated our lessons. It was a
great time of bonding and learning how to respect and admire each other, each with
different callings and giftedness. What an adventure it was to see how God was at work
in all our lives!
Since completing GPS Life Journey and becoming a GPS Life Journey Facilitator, I’ve
helped to facilitate online classes, couples’ classes, family classes and blitzes in
communities and churches. I’ve been blessed to conduct classes in the USA and in
India. Although not every attendee has been a believer at the beginning of GPS,
several saw God at work and surrendered to Him before they completed the GPS Life
Journey. The Holy Spirit is at work in GPS!
There are many aspects I love about GPS. GPS is about relationships. GPS is not
something you can do alone by reading a book, watching some videos and answering
some questions. It’s interactive. We need each other and that is very clear throughout
the GPS process.
Relationships are key to successful GPS, both in the group settings and following up in
people’s lives. During my preparation for this essay today I received a message from a
former GPS student. I could tell from his message he needed more than just a quick
text reply. A 48 minute phone call later, after reading scripture, praying with him and
reminding him of his GPS mission statement, I believe he was encouraged to stay
strong in the faith and arrange his life in order to fulfill God‘s purpose for his life.
When I first went through GPS it helped me to focus and continues to help me refocus
my activities on His purpose.
I encourage you to clearly understand and engage in God’s purpose for your life
through GPS Life Journey!
May Jesus bless you!
Mary Smith, GPS Facilitator & Servant of Jesus
Nolen Rollin's, the founder and president of GPS Life Journey brings you this video message. He's relaxing from home after our three day GPS Life Journey Global Leadership Summit.
We had a wonderful time together with 15 movement leaders, facilitators from around the country and some foreign countries. They joined for a peer learning experience.
The highlight of our sessions was a presentation by the pastor of his church, First Baptist Church of Lenoir City, Tennessee - pastor John Hunn. In a couple of weeks, we are going to post another video this month, so that you can hear the encouraging message from pastor John Hunn. He talked about the importance of GPS Life Journey and the impact that it has on his church.
We hope you'll take time to listen to that message. It will be a little bit longer, maybe twenty minutes or so, but we promise you it will be well worth your time. You can subscribe to our YouTube channel to get notified when it is released. Or you can sign up for our newsletter below and wait for the email to be sent directly to your inbox. God bless.
Nolen Rollins, Founder & President of GPS Life Journey