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First Baptist Church of Avon Park

Visiting First Baptist

Our worship services are considered "blended," though the music and style lean more on the traditional side. A typical service includes announcements, worship music (both old and new), and expository preaching. The Lord's Supper is celebrated quarterly and we celebrate Believer's Baptism in the main service when it is observed.

  • View one of our services to know what you should expect on a typical Sunday during our morning and evening worship services.
  • Visitors' parking spaces are available on the north end of the campus near the large parking overhang. We'd love to meet you soon!

What to Expect

Why do we worship God in the public services of First Baptist Church in the way that we do?

We read the Bible in our public worship
Paul told Timothy “give attention to the public reading of Scripture” (1 Tim. 4:13) and so, a worship service influenced by the teaching of Scripture will contain a substantial reading of Scripture (and not just from the sermon text!). The public reading of the Bible has been at the heart of the worship of God since Old Testament times. In the reading of God’s word, He speaks most directly to His people.

We preach the Bible in our public worship
Preaching is God’s prime appointed instrument to build up his church. As Paul said “faith comes by hearing” (Romans 10:14,17). Faithful biblical preaching is to explain and apply Scripture to the gathered company, believers and unbelievers alike. This means expository and evangelistic preaching, squarely based in the text of the word of God.

We pray the Bible in our public worship
The Father’s house “is a house of prayer” said Jesus (Matthew 21:13). Our prayers ought to be permeated with the language and thought of Scripture. The call here is not for written and read prayer, but studied free prayer. Our ministers spend time plundering the language of Scripture in preparation for leading in public worship.

We sing the Bible in our public worship
(Psalm 98:1Revelation 5:9Matthew 26:30Nehemiah 12:2746Acts 16:25Ephesians 5:19Colossians 3:16). This doesn’t mean that we can only sing Psalms or only sing the language of scripture, though this tremendous doxological resource of the church should not be overlooked. What we mean by “sing the Bible” is that our singing ought to be full of the theology of the Bible. It ought to reflect the themes and proportion of the Bible, as well as its substance and weightiness.

We “see” the Bible in our public worship
That is, we are to observe the appointed visible ordinances or sacraments in public worship. When we say that we are to “see” the Bible, we do so because God’s sacraments are “visible words” (so said Augustine). The sacraments (baptism and the Lord’s Supper) are the only two commanded dramas of Christian worship (Matthew 28:19Acts 2:38-39Colossians 2:11-12Luke 22:14-201 Corinthians 11:23-26).

​Discovery Class for New Members

Several times throughout the year we offer a class that will allow someone the opportunity to learn more about First Baptist Church. The class will last about an hour and a half and will meet as needed for new members. Materials and childcare are provided. The Discovery class is required for all new members. Sign up to hear about upcoming class dates.

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    First Baptist Church
    100 North Lake Avenue
    Avon Park, FL 33825
    (863) 453-6681
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