What We Believe

At First Baptist Church of Lady Lake, the Holy Word of God - the Bible - is our guide for everything we do. We work to disciple Christians at all levels of knowledge and experience to prepare them to bring Glory to God through the testimony. If you have not been here recently, we urge you to plan a visit one Sunday and find a church where we are all part of God's family.
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Our Beliefs & Values

This church accepts the Word of God as revealed in Old and New Testaments as the all-sufficient rule of faith and practice, and adopts the following as Fundamental Truths.

The Bible

The sixty-six books of the Bible are the total of all inscripturated revelation God has given to man. They were verbally inspired and without error of any kind. God has miraculously preserved His word to this day though no original manuscripts exist. (Revelation 22:18-19, II Timothy 3:15-16)

There is one true God who has revealed Himself in the words of the Bible in the three personalities of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; this is three persons in one Godhead (Exodus 20:3).

One True God

Jesus Christ is God

He substituted Himself as the payment for our sins on the cross (Romans 5:8). He rose bodily from the grave (I Corinthians 15:12-20, John 20:26-29). He is exalted on the right hand of the Father (Acts 7:56). He will physically return for His people before the Tribulation Period (I Thessalonians 4:13-14). He will personally reign on the earth during the Millennium (Revelation 20:4-6).

Man was created by the direct act of God, in God’s image. Adam and Eve were historical people in a historical garden named Eden. Adam, by the free exercise of his will, sinned against God incurring both physical and spiritual death on himself, Eve, and all mankind. (Genesis 3:1-24; Romans 5:12)

God Created Mankind

Gifts of the Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit gives to all who are truly saved spiritual gifts. However, sign gifts such as tongues and faith healers, as well as Apostles and Prophets ended with the completion of the New Testament, and therefore are not for today. (I Corinthians 12 – 14)

All mankind is traveling toward one of two eternal destinations. All who have their sins cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ by trusting Him as their personal savior have only one possible destination, heaven with God. This is sealed at the moment of salvation. All who die without having trusted Jesus Christ as their personal savior have only one possible destination, hell, separated from God. This is eternal and irreversible. There is no hope. (Revelation 20:11-15, Revelation 21, and Revelation 22)

Heaven and Hell


Salvation is received when one repents toward God of the offenses he has committed against God, and, upon realization of his hopeless condition in and of himself, trusts Jesus Christ alone to save him from the personal payment for those sins, to satisfy the wrath of God upon those sins, and to make him fit for the kingdom of heaven.

Salvation is given and received as a free gift. One who has trusted Christ as personal savior is the only one who can unselfishly live for God simply because he loves Him, and not to receive or to keep something. Any concept of the possibility of the loss of salvation infinitely lowers man’s privilege in Christ. (John 10:28-30).

Evidence of Salvation

Permanence of Salvation

The Permanence of Salvation is taught in the symbols used of salvation, “born again, eternal life, never perish,” etc. and by the fact that the entire trinity is involved in keeping us saved. (Ephesians 1:13).

Sunday Fellowship

8:30 am

Small Group Bible Study

Sunday 9:00 am

Sunday Morning Worship

10:00 am

Word of Life

Our program for youth between 6 years old and 12 years meets every Wednesday evening.

Light Snack/Dinner Wednesday 5:30 pm

Activities Begin 6:00 pm

Children’s Church

Children’s Church runs at the same time our normal Sunday Morning Worship takes place.

10:00 am

Other Activities

Check out our calendar for more events and times.


Frequently Asked Questions

What do you believe about baptism?

The ordinance of Baptism in water is commanded in the Scriptures. All who repent and believe in Jesus Christ as personal savior are to be baptized; thus it is a step of obedience to identify the believer publicly with Christ. To be consistent with the symbol of the burial and resurrection of Christ, Baptism must be by immersion. (Matthew 3:16, 28:19-20; Acts 8:39)

Do you support missions?

Although we have each been called by our Lord Christ Jesus to spread the Gospel to “all the world,” we cannot personally go everywhere. That is why the church, together as a body of believers, committed and selected a particular set of missionaries to support financially.

What is an independent Baptist church?

We are an autonomous evangelical church and are not affiliated with any denomination. Major decisions regarding business matters are made by the church membership. As directed by the Bible, the church pastor makes and is held accountable by God for any doctrinal or pastoral decisions. Our pastor is Dr. Paul B. Harsh, II, D.Min.

Do you perform the Lord’s Supper?

The Lord’s Supper consists of two elements, bread and the fruit of the vine. It is to be observed until Jesus returns, is memorial of the sufferings and death of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross, and provides an occasion for personal assessment of one’s life and love toward Christ. (I Corinthians 11:23-30)

Do I have to be a member to participate?

Absolutely not! While there are a small number of ministries where we ask that you be a church member to participate, most activities and ministries of the church are open to everyone who attends.

I do not know if I am going to heaven or hell – can you help me?

We have many members, of all age, sex, race, who . We may even have some who are unsure like you are. That is why we work with everyone individually to help them understand what God has called them to do in order to accept the sacrifice Christ made on our behalf to bring us into fellowship with God so that we may have eternal life.