WHAT KIND OF CHURCH IS FIRST BAPTIST, LAKE ORION (FBCLO)?
We are an independent Baptist church. By independent, we simply mean that we are self-governing, not tied to a denominational organization or hierarchy.
We are also a biblically separatist Baptist church, which simply means that we hold the Bible to be our authority and source for our faith and practice. By extension, then, we will discerningly separate and not cooperate or fellowship with those churches, organizations, and individuals that we believe would compromise our scriptural integrity and biblical testimony.
We are, however, distinctly Baptist (by conviction, not by denomination), holding to the historical Baptist distinctives, as outlined in the following acrostic:
B Biblical Authority (the Bible is our sole authority for what we believe and what we do)
A Autonomy of the local church (local churches are self-governing)
P Priesthood of all believers (each believer can approach God directly because of their personal relationship with Christ, without the need of a human mediator/priest)
T Two ordinances (baptiam by immersion, the Lord's Supper)
I Individual soul liberty (individuals are personally accountable to God for their actions)
S Saved church membership (one must be a believer to be a member of a local church)
T Two offices (pastors and deacons)
S Separation of church and state (separate, God-established responsibilities for each)
WHAT ARE FBCLO's MINISTRIES & SERVICE TIMES?
Sunday Services: Children's Sunday School classes (nursery through teens) & Adult Bible Fellowship classes at 9:15 am, Morning Worship at 10:30 am, Evening Worship at 5:00 pm.
AWANA Youth Clubs: Wednesdays during the school year (6:30-8:15 pm) for ages 3 yrs. through 6th grade.
Teen Youth Group: Wednesdays at 7:00 pm
Ladies Bible Studies: Tuesday mornings and Wednesday evenings
MOMs Ministry: Bible studies, meetings, and activities geared to mothers of pre-schoolers
Men's Bible Study: Fridays at 7:00 am at the Lake Orion McDonald's
Men's Prayer Time: Saturdays at 8:00 am here at the church
Vacation Bible School: one week each summer for kids ages 4 yrs. through 6th grade
WHAT ARE THE DAILY CHURCH OFFICE HOURS?
School Year: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
Summer (June - August): 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
WHAT BIBLE TRANSLATION DOES FBCLO USE IN IT'S SERVICES?
We use the New American Standard Bible (NASB) in our preaching and teaching, but a variety of good translations are referred to and used by our church staff and members (KJV, NKJV, NIV, ESV, NLT are some examples).
WHAT KIND OF MUSIC IS USED IN THE CHURCH'S SERVICES?
We take a conservative approach to our use of worship music because of our serious view of God's holiness that does not cater to simply entertaining an audience. Thus, we make a distinction between that which is sacred (set apart, holy) and that which is common.
Consequently, we use a combination of traditional hymns, as well as some newer hymns and songs that we believe honor God's holiness and do not conform to the common genres of the world's entertainment music. You will find our music to be refreshing, encouraging, and worshipful.