Share the storied history of your body of believers as Christ directs you in this introductory statement and below.
I am not one to look back often because one loses momentum in the race if one keeps looking behind. Paul said it like this: Phil. 3: 13-14 “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal...” However, occasionally looking back can give abundant reasons to glorify God and celebrate what He has done. With this in mind, let us take a quick look into our personal “rearview mirror.”
Our church came into existence because a small group of people who loved God and desired for this community to know and understand the gospel of Jesus Christ. Prior to 1887, these visionaries started meeting at the old Cross Roads Schoolhouse for Sunday school. Due to interest shown by others in the community, they planned a revival. The planners built a brush arbor near the school. They cleared bushes to accommodate hitching posts for their mules, wagons, and buggies. The revival was so successful that those who attended decided to form a church. On May 6, 1887 a meeting was held at the Cross Roads School and Mountain View Baptist Church (View Church) was chartered. Pastors and deacons from local churches assisted in the birth of this new church. The assisting churches were Boiling Springs, Buck Creek, New Pisgah, New Prospect and Piedmont. (Isn’t that awesome! Churches working together to birth a new location for gospel preaching and reaching people for Christ. I love it). This new creation, whose foundation is none other than Jesus Christ, received forty-one charter members. Thirty came from Boiling Springs, eight from Buck Creek, two from New Prospect, and one from Arrowood. One hundred and thirty- one years later, the church has well over a thousand members; close to six hundred are active. To God be the glory! Psalms 115:1, “Not to us, Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory...” (NIV)
Many Pastors have been faithful to preach the Word of God in this place since 1887, and I consider myself blessed to be in their company. I stand weekly on the stage and have the privilege to preach His Word! Nevertheless, honestly I am standing on the shoulders of those who came before me. We thank God for those original members, and the many that came after them, who left their places of comfort to start a new work for the Kingdom of God! May the seeds they planted
continue to bring forth fruit!