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:
Grades 1 - 3
Grades 4 - 6
Current Events from a Christian Perspective
Through the Bible
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 (0-2 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 Toddlers (3 years old) Class. 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 Pre-Primary (4-5 years old) Class. This class continues to build on the foundation of what was learned in the Toddlers Class. It brings the child to the next level of understanding about God and what He is like.
The next level is the Primary (grades 1-3) Class. During the primary years they are taught through the Bible three times using three different themes. Each of these themes is a 52 week series. The first year they learn the "Books of the Bible". The second year they learn the "Heroes of the Bible". The third year they learn the "Events of the Bible". There is some overlap between the three series so that some stories are taught every year, while others only once or twice. Each lesson includes a review of the previous week's lesson and memory verse, that week's new lesson and memory verse; and review questions of the lesson to see how the students were listening. Each of these series provides the student with the beginning understanding of the Bible. There is also present day application for them to relate the story to themselves. The main focus of each of these series is to show the child his or her need of a Savior and the love that sent Him to the cross to die for them.
The Commitment continues through into the next level of the Secondary (grades 4-6) Class. Each of those series is taught again, but at a higher level. The lessons and verses are more advanced for their age and there is another level of growth in their understanding of the Bible. Again, the lessons have application for them today and the lessons show their need to accept Christ as their Savior and show His love for them.
Super Seniors - Harold and Jenny Miller, Directors
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.
Guardian Grandmothers &Granddaughters -
Kathy Taylor, Director
This ministry is based on the Titus 2 picture of mature women teaching the younger - for Guardian Grands, it is girls kindergarten through sixth grade. As mature ladies, we minister Christ to the girls, teaching as women demonstrating by example: "The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things. That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed" Titus 2:3-5. Guardian Grands meet one Saturday each month during the school year. Each lady "adopts" a "granddaughter," developing a relationship with her, praying with her and for her, and they all participate in various activities. We've had a ladies' tea every year, we've gone to Uncle Donald's Farm, had scavenger hunts, made home made mints & cookies, and we go caroling in one of the nursing homes. We do many "fun things," but always with an eye toward teaching Christian character.
Ministry through Music - David Collette, Music Minister
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.
The foundation and basic structure that was laid in the previous levels continue to be built on in the teen 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 necessarily 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.
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.