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Our Location


We are located at: 10531 Veterans Memorial Hwy, Lithia Springs, GA 30122 Where should I go when I get there? If you are attending a worship service, you can go directly to the building where the service is being held. If you want further information about our church or if you want to attend a Sunday Bible Study or know where to bring your children, park and ask one of our friendly greeters. They will be more than happy to help you and your family find your way around.




Our Schedule


Age graded Bible Study Sundays at 9:15 Connect with others who are experiencing similar life stages. Join together in discussion and discovery as we journey through life and the Word of God Worship Services Sundays at 10:30 This is our main weekly service emphasizing congregational, multi-generational worship with our Celebration Choir, Praise Band, and Praise Team. It uses a mix of musical styles and frequent dramatic arts and video presentations. Wednesday Evenings at 6:30 PM We have several ministry areas you can be a part of on Wednesday nights. Preschool/Children's Ministries Student Ministry Adult Discipleship Classes English as A Second Language (ESL) Ministry Music Ministry Opportunities




Our Staff


The ministry of FBCLS is only accomplished by many people working together in the strength the Lord gives to exercising the spiritual gifts each one has been given. We believe every member is a minister, though there are some who are on staff here at FBCLS. Pastoral Staff Our Pastorial staff includes those who the church has voted on to lead the church, or specific areas of ministry in the church. Support Staff (AKA Ministry Assistants) The support staff includes individuals who help with the everyday runnings of the church, as well as support and help the Pastorial staff and church leaders.




Our History


In January of 1946, Loy T. Chandler Sr. had a vision of a church in Lithia Springs. Calls were made and a meeting was set up for that very day. All those contacted came and prayer meetings were set. God continued to work rapidly with this group. Glenn Florence agreed to donate land in downtown Lithia Springs and the building construction began. On April 17, 1946, Rev. J. A. Patterson was called as the first pastor of First Baptist and he served until November, 1952. Rev. Marion H. Beaver was called as our second pastor on May 6, 1953 and he served for more than 25 years. Dr. Beaver returned to First Baptist in January, 1988 as the Associate Pastor of Senior Adults. In September, 1979, Rev. Robert L. Whitmire was called as pastor. He served for more than 25 years.





 

Our Values

We Value Evangelism


We will risk it all to save one more.

“Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 28:19




We Value Unity


We want to be KNOWN for what we are FOR.

“All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.” 1 Corinthians 12:27




We Value Community


We are here to multiply, not maintain.




We Value Missional Living


We are spiritual contributors not spiritual consumers.

“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others...” Mark 10:45




We Value Generosity


We believe it is more blessed to give than to receive.

“And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Acts 20:35





 

Our Beliefs

God


God is the designer, creator, and sustainer of the universe and all that exists. He is characterized by love, purity, and power. He is without origin, has always existed, and will remain in control of all things throughout eternity. He is revealed in three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, which have been described as the Trinity.




The Trinity


The Christian truths surrounding the trinity are a profound mystery. God is three persons: Father, Son, and Spirit. Each person is fully God. And yet there is only one God. An analogy that is helpful but inadequate states: Water (H2O) is found in three forms: liquid (water), vapor (steam), and solid (ice). Though there are three distinct forms, there is still only one substance (H2O). God is one substance revealed in three distinct persons simultaneously.

Genesis 1:1-2; Genesis 1:26; Genesis 3:22; Psalm 110:1; Isaiah 63:10; Hebrews 1:8; 1 Peter 1:2; Jude 1:20-21.




God the Father


God the Father is spirit in form without a body, though sometimes the Bible uses human characteristics to describe him. When the Bible speaks of God's face (Exodus 33:20), or Him wiping away tears (Isaiah 25:8), it does so to teach us about God's nature in ways that we can understand. God the Father is sovereign over all things and yet shares his authority with God the Son. Jesus modeled submission to the will of God the Father, directed his prayers to God the Father, and acknowledged God the Father as the source of His miracles.

John 4:24; Exodus 33:15; Exodus 33:20; Isaiah 25:8; John 14; John 16:15; Matthew 6:9-15.




Jesus


God the Son, who always existed with God, took bodily form in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus was born in Bethlehem to a young virgin named Mary. God the Father miraculously enabled her to conceive this divine child. Though Jesus was tempted in ways common to human beings, he lived a sinless life that was completely pleasing to God. He worked many miracles to alleviate suffering, proving his divine status and demonstrating the nature of his kingdom. He gave his life on the cross as a sacrificial substitute to pay the price for our sins and justify us before a holy God. God raised Jesus from the dead, and Jesus ascended to God the Father where they are awaiting the established time for Jesus' glorious return. In the mean time, Jesus is said to be our advocate with the Father and to pray to the Father on our behalf.

John 1:1-3; Luke 2:1-20; Luke 2:52; John 14:9-10; John 19-20; John 20:30-31; Philippians 3:20; Hebrews 7:25; 1 John 2:1




The Holy Spirit


The Holy Spirit is referred to in Scripture as the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Christ, and the Comforter. The Holy Spirit is in the world to draw persons to Christ and to make them aware of their need for a personal relationship with God. From the time a person has turned over the control of his or her life to Jesus Christ as their Savior, the Holy Spirit takes residence in their heart and life. He gives the believer supernatural power to have victory over the dominating presence of sin, to do great things for God, and to boldly share the good news of Jesus Christ with others.

Genesis 1:2; John 16:7-13; 1 Corinthians 2:12 & 3:16; Romans 8:9; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 1:13;& 5:18




The Bible


The Bible is God's Word to all human beings. It was written by human authors under the supernatural inspiration of God. It is absolutely true and perfect without any mixture of error. It is also effective in bringing about spiritual transformation in the lives of individuals who obey its teachings.

2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:9-11; Proverbs 30:5




Human Beings


Human beings were made in the image of God with the ability to reason, the need to relate with God, and the capacity to live eternally. Humans are the supreme creation of God's created order. The creation story relays the act of disobedience toward God by the first human beings. All of humankind has inherited a nature flawed by sin, and even the best efforts of human beings bear the marks of our imperfection. Only through God's grace and forgiveness extended through Jesus Christ can human beings experience liberty from sin and reconciliation to God.

Genesis 1:27 & 3:1-8; Psalm 8:3-6; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1-7; Romans 6:23; 2 Corinthians 5:17




Salvation


Salvation refers to the forgiveness of sins and the transformation of one's life resulting in eternal life. It is a free gift from God to human beings. It cannot be earned by moral restraint, religious duties, or good works. God's standard of moral and spiritual perfection is so high as to prevent anyone from ascending to it by their own efforts. Jesus Christ shed His royal blood on the cross to rescue us from the penalty of our sins and to present us faultless before a holy God. It is a mystery how the Holy Spirit brings about a spiritual rebirth within the human heart. Salvation is initiated by the Holy Spirit who regenerates, convicts of sin, and convinces us of the truth of Jesus Christ. It is the responsibility of everyone who hears the good news of Christ to repent and believe.

Romans 6:23; Hebrews 9:2; Romans 2:4; Psalm 51:17; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 3: 7-8; Mark 1:15




Eternal Security


Believing that salvation is a result of the new birth initiated by the Holy Spirit, the follower of Christ is held secure in that salvation for eternity. What God truly initiates, He truly maintains. Having been born of the Spirit, the follower of Christ is a child of God for eternity. God's sovereignty over all things, including the salvation of His people, ensures their place in the family of God. Though believers are fallible and still struggle with sin and obedience to God, He loves and disciplines those that are His. It is the responsibility of the believer to pursue God and serve Him faithfully in this lifetime which will result in present blessings and rewards in the life to come.

John 10:27-29; Philippians 1:6; Ephesians 1:4-6, 11-14; 2 Timothy 1:12; I Peter 1:1-5; Hebrews 12:5-10




Eternity


The Bible teaches that while we were created for eternity, our physical bodies wear out and are limited to the lifespan afforded us by the timing and will of God. At death, the believer's soul goes to heaven in the presence of Christ. In contrast, the souls of the disobedient and unbelieving are separated from God in hell. At a time appointed by God, there will be a final judgment of the dead where the unbelieving will be dismissed into the lake of fire. A new heaven and new earth of incomprehensible magnitude, beauty, and pleasure will become the eternal residence of God's redeemed people.

John 3:16; Luke 16:19-31; Matthew 25:31-46; 1 John 5:11-13; Revelation 20:15 & 21:1-8





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Service Times:
Sundays:
  • 9:15 AM - Age graded Bible Study
  • 10:30 AM - Worship Service
Wednesdays:
  • 6:30 PM - Activities for Pre-K, Children, and 6th-12th Grades
  • 6:30 PM - English Second Language
  • 6:20 PM - Prayer Service & Discipleship Classes

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