Pulpit Ministry - Dr. Paul Harsh, Senior Pastor
Of course, the foundation of every effective Bible believing church is the pulpit ministry, and this is the case here. The difference, though, is the Bible-based message is made relevant to the needs of individuals, the community, our nation, and our culture. The messages are not stuck in the first century, but spoken as though Christ and his disciples were here, today, speaking to us about our times and our culture.
Each Sunday morning and evening, and Wednesday night, Dr. Paul Harsh opens God's word, challenging our hearts and our minds so that the Lord may change us. God indeed is blessing with practical, current, relevant, accurate, and compassionate preaching that touches the heart.
One of the bedrock footings of any Bible believing church is its Bible teaching ministry. The Lord has blessed First Baptist Church of Lady Lake with one of the most effective and exciting Bible teaching teams in the area. Each Sunday morning almost a dozen different groups gather to study God's Word at the Church. You are sure to find a class that suits your needs from the following classes available:
Gopher Buddies (ages 4-6)
Challengers (Grades 1 - 2)
Conquerors (Grades 3 - 4)
Champions (Grades 5 - 6)
Student Ministries (Grades 7-12)
Success in Marriage Class
Our commitment here at First Baptist Church of Lady Lake is to keep the Word of God as our primary focus.
This commitment starts in the Nursery (0-3 years). Here they learn how to share, play with others, and many other basic principles of God's Word that can be taught and understood by a child this age.
The next level is the Gopher Buddies Class (4-6 years old). This is the first class a child comes to after they graduate out of the Nursery. Here they begin learning Bible stories and simple beginning concepts of God's Word that begins to give them the foundation of accepting Christ as their Savior. This class includes a craft time, a song time, and a Bible time.
The next level is the Challengers Class (grades 1-2). This Word of Life Program helps children to develop a healthy discipline of daily devotions, prayer, and scripture memory utilizing Coaches and the WOL Quiet Time Books.
The next level is the Conquerors Class (grades 3-4). This program digs deeper into the fundamental areas of discipleship including daily devotions, Bible reading, verse memorization, Christian service, and outreach.
The next step is the Champions Class (grades 5-6). Here the child continues with even more advanced curriculum to study God's Word and is challenged in all areas of the Christian Walk, from devotions, to Bible reading, to Christian service, to personal Holiness, to prayer, to verse memorization, and much more.
The foundation and basic structure that was laid in the previous levels continue to be built on in the teen Student Ministry class. Here we take the Bible lessons that were learned and go a step or two deeper. We will study a character in the Bible and not only focus on the facts of the story, but why the character did what he did. Was it good or bad according to God's Word? We will also look at different topics like music, creation vs. evolution, end time events, names of God, doctrines, Pilgrim's Progress, and a host of others. Each lesson, no matter what the topic, always has a three-fold purpose. The first is to give a clear Gospel presentation of salvation in Jesus Christ, secondly, encourage them to grow in their walk with God and reach others with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and thirdly, surrender their lives to whatever God has called them to do.
In an area with so many active seniors, one would expect to find exciting programs to meet their needs. First Baptist Super Seniors will welcome you as part of their team and will indeed meet your expectations. October through April, the "Supers" meet the first and third Thursday morning of every month from 10 AM to noon with a program that will make you laugh, cry, think, and more. There are also regular trips and other activities that "add spice to your life." This is a place where you can build relationships founded upon counter-cultural Christian principles that will give purpose and satisfaction to your life, and last forever.
Ministry through Music
We believe in music, both vocal and instrumental which aim to glorify our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. There are abundant opportunities for your talent on loan from God to be used for His service here, whether a brass or woodwind instrument, string instrument, keyboard, or voice.
Join our orchestra, our choir, share keyboard opportunities or perform special numbers to add the musical voice of the Holy Spirit to our ministries in our Traditional Service.
You can also bring your guitar, keyboard, or bass and join with our Early Service Praise Band in honoring the Lord through music. If you are interested in joining either the orchestra or band, come by during rehearsal time or contact David.
The "Physical Ministry" deals with the operations of the church. Opportunities abound in improving the appearance of the church grounds, assistance with a variety of technologies such as sound, lighting, computers, internet/web site management, finance and other practical physical necessities of the church.
Racers for Christ Ministry
Have you ever wanted to learn more about building and restoring cars for the purposes of racing them on a real drag strip? Join Senior Pastor Paul Harsh as the Racers for Christ Racing Team works on the newest Cuda project car. This is a great outreach into the community and is downright exciting in the drivers seat!