We Gather for WorshipSunday at 10:30 amWednesday at 6:30 pm Youth Church Friday 6:30 pm
We are answering the call.....Stand at the crossroads and look, ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it. —Jeremiah 6:16
Who is Jesus- An invitation to rediscover who Jesus as He really is. Join us Sunday mornings at 10:30.
Coming back soon to meet Jill - it's worth the trip.
Giving Options As you tithe and contribute to First Love Church, consider the convenient options available. •Weekly Services: Simply place cash or checks in offering boxes during any of our services. Be sure to include name and address on check or envelope in order to receive credit for tax purposes.•By Mail: Mail your donation to church mailing address 3145 NW 60th St Ocala, Fl 34475. Be sure to include name and address on check or envelope so that donation credit may be provided for tax purposes.• Click here to give online. Online giving allows for you to partner with us through using the secure Paypal link
It was Chicago 1990, what started as friendship was deepening into so much more..... there was an elopement and a move across country to Oklahoma to attend Bible College, that was only the beginning of their adventure. There were blessed with children and a few other cross country moves until Novemeber of 2000 when First Love Church was ........... the rest is coming soon!
These are busy years, full of changes and transitions. We want every student that comes to have a place to feel completely accepted and yet challenged, to experience fellowship and community, to develop a personal relationship with Jesus, and to be empowered to use their unique gifts.
"It is in the process of being worshipped that God communicates His presence to men." -C.S. Lewis Worshipping God is our passion at First Love Church- we believe that our offering of worship is an authentic expression of our response to his passionate love for us. One way our church joins together in worship is through the participation in live music and song. Because we worship a Creative God, our worship is inspired and is unique to each service. The music portion of our worship service is a blend of a contemporary rendering of the hymns, as well as current songs of praise. Why a song? Songs have the power to transcend language, culture, and generations. They can provide the soundtrack to a love story or heal a broken heart. And in their most divine expression, songs can draw us into the very presence of God.
This love story began fifty years ago, on a share croppers farm in rural Illinois, he was 16 she was 14. Four years in the Airforce was the beginning of their married life, and exotic lands, like Singapore, are the backdrops to many of their memories of life when their son David was young. Today finds their lives full as they continue to inspire and encourage two grandsons and our community of faith.
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Together, We are striving to become the kind of church described in the Bible -a church with relevant sound teaching, heart-felt worship, honest friendships, constant prayer and compassionate care for those in need. In short we would like to have the kind of authentic Christianity that can influence the entire community, one life at a time.So whether you are just starting to ask questions about God, or a committed follower who wants to sink the roots of your faith even deeper, you can find a home here at First Love Church.
Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:1Prayer and FastingWhen you think of fasting, what image comes to mind? A self-righteous Pharisee? An ascetic monk? For many of us, these are cultural stereotypes of a person who abstains from food and prays. Often we are confused about the purpose of fasting. Fortunately, Scripture provides many examples both in the Old and New Testaments of how fasting can make a difference in our lives and ministries. God considers fasting important, and His Word contains 92 passages mentioning it Many of our heroes of the faith, including Moses, Elijah, Esther, Nehemiah, Daniel and Paul, fasted at crucial points.Jesus both taught and modeled fasting. After being anointed by the Holy Spirit, He was led into the wilderness to fast and pray for 40 days (Matthew 4:2). During the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gave specific instructions on how to fast (Matthew 6:16-18). Jesus knew the followers He addressed would fast. But what is the purpose of fasting in the life of the believer today? Today at First Love Church we are fasting and praying on behalf of our families, we are praying so that the will of God will be advanced in our lives. That our marriages would be bold, bright lights of the continual love of Jesus. Join us as we pray.
A Place for Women to Connect"That longing in the heart of a woman to share life together as a great adventure-that comes straight from the heart of God, who also longs for this. He does not want to be an option in our lives. He does not want to be an appendage, a tagalong. Neither does any woman. God is essential. He wants us to need him-desperately. Eve is essential. She has an irreplaceable role to play. And so you'll see that women are endowed with fierce devotion, an ability to suffer great hardships, a vision to make the world a better place" — Stasi Eldredge Captivating Join us as we venture to build friendship and pursue God's incredible heart for women. Saturday Morning 10:30 am Check CalendarFirst Love ChurchWhen- March 26th Where- First Love Church Time 8:00 am
Children are very special in God's kingdom. We believe the mosst essential aspect of a child's life is a relationship with Jesus. By making weekly worship a family priority, you impart to children the vital importance of building their lives around Jesus. Worship is not just another "thing to do" it is the most important thing you can do with your family.First Love Church has a vision to equip God’s little ones to not only hear the Word of God, but to live it out among the Body of Christ as a community. God Based Learners, also known as GBL, is designed to allow the children to work with one another while walking out the “Fruits of the Spirit:” love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Our GBL class is set up to function in a manner that will draw out the gifts and talents of each child while at the same time planting seeds of God’s Word into their spirit. The children will have freedom, with respect, to move around the room choosing materials that will feed their spirit and enable them to walk in strength as a whole person, knowing that they are capable to do all things with Christ. AREAS OF GOD BASED LEARNERSThe Areas in God Based Learners are all Hands-On materials that will allow the child to experience their learning. Each child will either choose to work at a table or on a mat. This depends on the type of work that the child is doing, but if there is not room in a particular area, the child must find another area to work while waiting patiently for a seat at the table to open.Class Room Area Name and Purpose:Tools and Traditions – This area contains materials, which provide tasks the child sees in his everyday life. Their familiarity draws the child to work. All the tools are child-sized to aid the child in performing the tasks successfully. Tools and Traditions area is designed to help the child gain independence, self-confidence, coordination, and a sense of order. God is a God of order, as order is an important foundation of our lives.Creation Station - The children will have the opportunity in this area to explore their individual creativity through hands on art. Hands are a very important part of our body, as we use them for everything from hugging someone to working. The Creation Station is a place where the child can express themselves while learning about different types of art and artists, along with how Our Creator must have felt when creating us. Music Fusion - Rhythm, singing, and instruments will be experienced in the Music Fusion area. Music is a precious part of our worship to the Lord and the children will learn to express their love for the Lord through song. A sound booth will be a part of this area. The sound booth will offer the child a chance to see what a recording artist would do, and experience their gifts and talents.Character and Culture - This area is based on the history of the bible. Character and Culture will offer hands-on materials for the children to experience the bible step by step in order of the lives shared within the Word. The children will also have the opportunity to step into the shoes of a biblical character by dressing in a costume and acting out their life. They will be able to recognize how trusting and having faith in the Lord has worked in the lives before us.A Book Area for Reading, A Prayer Spot for time with the Lord, along with a Meet and Eat Snack Table will be a part of the classroom for the children to enjoy.
Why Give Online?Giving reflects a grateful heart and individuals and families give generously and joyfully every week to continue the ministry at First Love Church. Where we spend our money, our hearts follow. And, as a church family, we consider it a privilege to give our money to such a worthy cause. Every week children and teenagers are being taught that God loves them and that their identity is found in Christ! Every week men and women are learning they matter to God and finding purpose in their lives. Every week people are being saved from addictions and finding help to move forward. Every week marriages and families are being restored. Every week hope and help is being brought to the needy, both locally and globally. The Privilege of Partnering The offer that God is extending to all of us is the great privilege of partnering with Him in what He wants to do in the world. First Love Church is committed to reaching those who are far from God with a message of hope. We believe that as we demonstrate practical compassion into our broken world, it transforms us into increasingly devoted followers of Christ. We do this with a full commitment to bring the message transformation and love that comes through knowing Jesus Christ as personal savior. There is a promise of so much more! As we look ahead, and as we see the need, we are moved with compassion and encouraged by the account in Scripture of the loaves and fishes. God’s way of doing things. We are in this great work together. We see the stage set for the Kingdom of God to be advanced, and we anticipate being able to proclaim the message further and with greater influence.
An Easter Celebration It is love that motivates us to celebrate this joyous occasion- and a building cannot contain all the aspects of our Worship! Celebrated against the background of the shadows and darkness of the rememberence of Good Friday, this season of Easter truly becomes a living expression of the hope that God has brought into the world through the death and resurrection of Jesus. Since this hope of renewal and new life, both present and future, is at the heart of the Good News that the church is commissioned to proclaim and live in the world. That is why on this special Sunday we take our Easter celebration outdoors to Toms Park on Magnolia Ave. Among the Oak trees, with an unhindered view of the heavens above we worship in song, we engage in a message of the hope of the resurrection, we partake in communion, and then we have lunch with our families and friends. This is a proclamation, there is a reason for our joy, the various aspects of our worship during this season can become vehicles for God’s grace and transforming work in the world, and among his people. Join us as we celebrate the promise of hope for a new life.
We believe that every follower of Jesus has a unique role to play in what God is doing all around us, right where we live and work. Mission is more than simply writing a check or signing up for another church activity; mission is about becoming the person you were destined to be, a believer meaningfully engaged in the community as a follower of Jesus. We have many oppportunities for you to be involved in local and global missions as part of our community. Monthly we sort and pack groceries to deliever to the under resourced in our local community. Check our calendar to find out when we are meeting and lend your hands to God's heart. We also support by going and giving to world missions. New York City, India, Haiti and Israel are some of the places where our relationships have provided us with a chance to serve our world, with the message of the gospel of Jesus. If you are interested in joining us on a trip or giving financially to the work of missions let us know how we can assist you in making the connection.
Wednesdays in the Month of July are really special- guest ministers to share the word of truth with us. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity
Together, We are striving to become the kind of church described in the Bible -a church with relevant sound teaching, heart-felt worship, honest friendships, constant prayer and compassionate care for those in need. In short we would like to have the kind of authentic Christianity that can influence the entire community, one life at a time.So whether you are just starting to ask questions about God, or a committed follower who wants to sink the roots of your faith even deeper, you can find a home here at First Love Church.I
We believe in all the basic doctrines of historic Christianity. We believe the inerrancy of Scripture, that the Bible is the inspired and infallible Word of God.We believe that God is the personal and sovereign Creator of all things.We believe that Jesus Christ is fully God and fully human, that he was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, provided atonement for our sins by His substitutionary death on the cross, was bodily raised from the dead, ascended back to the right hand of the Father, and ever lives to make intercession for us.We believe that all people are, by nature, seperated from God and responsible for their own sin, but that salvation, redemption, and forgiveness are freely offered to all by the grace of Jesus. When a person confesses, and repents of sin and accepts Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, trusting Him to save, that person is immediately born again and sealed by the Holy Spirit, and that person becomes a child of God.We believe that the gifts of the Holy Spirit as mentioned in Scripture, are valid for today if they are exercised within scriptural guidelines. We as believers are to excercise them in love that the whole body of Christ might be edified. We believe that love is more important then the most spectacular gifts, and wilthout love the exercise of spiritual gifts is worthless.We believe that after Jesus ascended to heaven He poured out His Holy Spirit on the believers in Jerusalem, enabling them to fulfill his command to preach the gospel to the entire world, an obligation shared by all believers today.
2529 N. Magnolia Ave.Ocala, Florida 34475352-427-7369