At First Baptist Church of Panama City, we are passionate about making disciples that make disciples. We want to teach the body of believers at FBCPC to think and act like Christ. We provide opportunities for people to engage with the Bible, learning more about who they are in Christ, leading them to service and a greater love for God and for others.
Our discipleship opportunities take place throughout the week on a variety of subjects to help you navigate through life. Classes are open to anyone who wishes to attend. Membership is not required, and workbook cost should never prevent someone from participating in a class. We strongly encourage you to find a class whether you are just beginning your discipleship journey or you need some encouragement and strengthen along your way.
We are excited to begin our new church evangelism strategy in August, called “Share”. Share will be a ministry that helps equip you to share your faith, share your testimony, share His story or even share about our church. Orientation: Monday, August 21st, complementary light supper served at 5:00PM; First Night of Visitation: Monday, August 28th. Childcare provided.
Cyndi Kadlec 9:00-12:00PM 100 D-Building
MOMS Together will strive to be a place of encouragement, education, and fun for mothers in our community. We believe that mothers of young children can benefit from the influence and testimony of moms that have gone before us. As we glean from their experiences, we gain strength to push forward and trust God. We will make friends, share thoughts, and create beautiful things. Meets during the school year on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month. For more information, please contact Cyndi Kadlec at Cyndi.email@example.com or 619.517.1340.
Men’s Bible Study
Dr. Larry Bruce 9:30AM Family Life Center
Literally a round-table discussion group of 25-30 attendees centered presently on the book of Matthew. Everyone is encouraged to participate and explore any theological or practical application of the Biblical text. Unmatched fellowship and spiritual stimulation make this one of the best Bible studies most participants have ever attended. Come join the study at any time.
Women’s Bible Study
Linda Sims 9:30-11:30AM C.C. Moore Chapel
The Gospel of Mark: The Jesus We’re Aching For (Begins Tuesday, August 22nd). God’s heart is moved by your cries for help, your shouts for joy, your unspoken worries. We know Him to be a God of unparalleled power and authority, but Mark’s account of Jesus paints Him as a deeply personal and intimate God too. Workbook: $10.
The Two-Edged Sword
Mary Freeman 9:30-11:00AM Room: 101D
Women’s study. A two-edged sword left in the attic or on a shelf does not help the owner very much. All of us need peace and power daily, but if we aren’t in the Word every day, where are we getting our strength? Join us as we encourage one another to read through the Bible, to journal as the Lord speaks to us through His Word, and to memorize a few nuggets more precious than gold.
The Fall Semester kicks-off on Wednesday, August 30th at 6:00PM.
The Mystery of the Stained Glass
The stained glass windows in the Fellowship Hall are beautiful, but what is their significance? Join us as we learn their Biblical meaning. Creation, atonement, resurrection, and many Biblical themes are presented in the glass. We will continue to study each glass and the Biblical truths they represent.
Room: 204 C-Building
Most people will tell you that separation and divorce are the most painful and stressful experiences theyʼve ever faced. This class provides a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of lifeʼs most difficult experiences. Donʼt go through separation or divorce alone. Workbook $10
Experiencing God at Home
Waylon & Donna Thompson
Room: 201 C
Amidst society’s rapid secularization and increasingly anti-Christian stance, there are plenty of parents who sincerely want to raise their children to love and serve God and to experience God’s blessing upon their lives. The Bible has shown us that the darker things get, the more determined God is to use Christian families as lights on a hill. Workbook: $15.
Financial Peace University
Mike and Tabitha Nelson
Room: 205 C-Building
What could the people of God do for the kingdom of God if they were debt free? We all need a plan for our money. Financial Peace University is that plan! Dave Ramsey presents biblical, practical steps to get from where you are to where you have dreamed you could be. For more information, please visit: http://www.daveramsey.com/fpu. Class fee now only $15.
Room: 101 D-Building
If you’ve lost a spouse, child, family member, or friend, you’ve probably found there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel. This can be a confusing time when you feel isolated and have many questions about things you’ve never faced before. Grief Share is a place to find support and healing during a time of loss.
Love & Respect Conference
James & Bobbie O’Shields and Jared & Jaclyn Lott
Room: 200 C
Dr. Emerson Eggerichs and his wife Sarah launched the Love & Respect Conferences based on scientific and biblical research. They will answer three major questions in this video-based Bible Study: Why do we negatively react to each other in marriage? How do I best motivate my spouse? What if my spouse does not respond to me? This series has given hope and new life to thousands of marriages. Workbook: $10.
We Saved You a Seat
Kathy Coppola and Loretta Johnson Women Only
Room: 207 C
In today’s busy world, we’re wired to appear “fine,” warding off authenticity and shielding ourselves from judgment. We hide behind the hum of busyness to escape intimate friendships. Friendship can be hard. Come explore our relationship with Jesus as the ultimate model for authentic friendship. Nothing shapes us like the impact of a friend – it’s how Jesus radically and intimately connects with us. So instead of chasing perfection, overcome your fear of being known and find the courage to connect. Workbook: $10.
Onward: Engaging the Culture without Losing the Gospel
Room: 105 D
As the culture changes all around us, it is no longer possible for Christians to pretend that we are a moral majority. Nominal Christianity isn’t working anymore. What’s needed now, in shifting times, is neither a doubling-down on the status quo nor a retreat into isolation. We have the opportunity to embrace the distinctiveness of the Christian faith and to be marginalized for the sake of the Gospel. Workbook: $10.
Biblical and Geological History of the Earth
Ed Coppola and Susan Kimball
Room: 208 C
Creation discipleship this semester focuses on the recent creation of the earth, as clearly described in the Bible, versus geological evolution over long ages. Topics include the age of the earth, dating fossils and rocks, the global flood, Noah’s Ark, the fossil record, the Grand Canyon, the ice age, and global warming. New material this semester will include “Is Genesis History?” by Del Tackett, creator of the “Truth Project.” Learn how the world around us supports Biblical Creation.
It’s Not What You Think
Room: 103 D
Jefferson Bethke explores how Christianity is so much more than going to heaven when you die. Over the years, we’ve drifted further away from God’s original design and the story He tells in Scripture is lost in translation for most of us. The Christian life isn’t about escaping this world to get into the next; it’s about experiencing God’s kingdom coming and His will being done on earth as it is in heaven. Workbook: $10.
Life of Christ
Michael T. Freeman
Real security. Can I know I have it? Permanent peace. Reality or fiction? Am I willing to admit I cannot supply my own answers? Christ promises to supply me abundantly. The closer I get to Him, the more I will trust Him to be my source. His life is my door. Knock and see what happens. Course materials provided.
Room: 202 C
Unveil the vision of our reigning Christ and His character as we study the first 3 chapters of Revelation. We will see how worthy He is of our adoration. We, the church, will read Christ’s assessment of HIS church and discover what He sees as “good” and what He sees as “not so good.” A very enlightening study of how our Christ sees His church.
All Things New
Mary Freeman Women Only
Room: 208 FH
II Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things become new.” In this Bible Study of II Corinthians, Kelly Minster explores how this is true in so many areas. Workbook: $10.
Discerning the Voice of God
Cissy Grubbs Women Only
Room: 100 D
New and revised study by Priscilla Shirer. Discover the root to clear and daily communication with God: humble obedience. Learn how “surrender” unlocks His many blessings intended for us, centers us in His will, and helps us discern His voice in everyday life. Personal testimonies from Melody Nelson: “Hope and Healing in Loss”; Bobbie O’Shields: “Prayer God’s in Control”; Jessica Sabatino: “Security and Certainty in Singleness”; and Jennifer Sims: “Surrender.” Workbook: $10.
Sonya Mabery Women Only
Room: 203 C
Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby, Richard Blackaby & Claude King will show believers how to know God intimately while encouraging them to step out in faith and join Him in His work. Carefully listening to His voice will anchor you in His plan, and set you free to live it with boldness and freedom. “When you recognize where God is working, you can join Him in what He is doing. Then you will experience God doing through you what only He can do”. Workbook: $15.
Ginger Master Women Only
Room: 109 C
“The more you know God, the more you love God, the more you obey God.” This class is a 12 month long Bible reading plan that highlights foundational passages of Scripture every disciple should know. It is an intensive study that will help develop the disciple’s ability to better understand God’s Word through daily readings, weekly journaling, and scripture memorization. Designed for an intimate small group, this class will challenge you to grow in your knowledge of, love for, and obedience to Jesus. Limited seating available. Workbook: $15.
Billy & Beverly Findley
Room: 301 C
Consider. Confess. Connect. Millennial Life is designed to win and build questioning young adults for Christ through clear and relevant teaching, intentional discipleship, and close Christian community. Through Christian apologetics (faith defense), we strive to create an atmosphere that will foster discussion, questions, and curiosity among non-believers and believers alike. Target age group: 18-32.
Walking with God
Roy Morris Men Only
Room: 209 C
Our deepest need is to live in conversation with God; to hear his voice; to follow him intimately. This is the single most life-changing habit that a human being can adopt because it brings us back to the source of life. John Eldredge opens his personal journals to tell a year’s worth of stories about walking and talking with the Lord. Book and workbook: $20.
Wednesdays at 6:00PM on the 3rd Floor of the C-Building.
English as a Second Language
This course teaches practical and conversational English language skills to all members of the international community. Classes are immersive and are taught entirely in English by native speakers providing instruction to beginner, intermediate and advanced English speakers.
Spanish for Mission Workers
This course will help prepare members of FBC for service in missions programs in Latin America. Introductory classes will cover basic pronunciation and grammar with the goal of communicating basic needs in Spanish. Intermediate classes will emphasize conversational Spanish and advanced classes will focus on advanced conversation, reading comprehension, and teaching bible study classes while abroad.
Preparation for the US Naturalization Process
This class will help members of the international community navigate the US Naturalization process. The class focuses on preparing students for the USCIS English Test and the US Civics Test. The course will also assist students with the preparation of the, Application for Naturalization.
Tutoring for Students of Spanish-Speaking Parents
This service is offered to FBC’s Spanish-speaking members to help their children succeed in Bay County primary and secondary schools. The program offers one-on-one and small group tutoring lead by qualified teachers and professionals from within the First Baptist family. Tutors and students will develop a schedule that best meets the needs of the individuals.
ADDITIONAL WEDNESDAY OPPORTUNITIES
Most Excellent Way (MEW)
6:00PM in Grace Building
MEW provides meetings for men and women who are struggling, have struggled, with addiction. All meetings are based on God’s Word and are teaching environments. We also welcome and encourage anyone who is affected by addictive behavior to attend our meetings. You will find the love and support you need in order to effectively move beyond simply dealing with someone, to help them as well.
Adult Music Ministry
6:00 Adult Choir Session #1
6:45 Orchestra Rehearsal
All sessions meet in the Choir Room.
5:45-6:30 Mission Friends
6:30-7:15 Preschool Choir (3rd Floor B)
Mission Friends learn about our world and the missionaries who share God’s love to all groups of people.
5:45-6:30 Children’s Choir/Bible Drill (4th Floor B)
6:30-7:15 GA’s (Girls in Action) and RA’s (Royal Ambassadors)
Bible Drill exists to raise up a generation of Christ followers through encouraging them to hide God’s Word in their heart.
Middle and High School @ 6:00PM Student Building
College Students @ 7:30PM Truth Building
Thrive Student Ministry exists to help students know God more, and through that experience the abundant life He has prepared for them in relationship to Him, other Christians, and in serving a lost world. So on Wednesday nights we engage with God’s Word and in our relationships with one another in fresh and exciting ways! We are serious about helping you to know God more. We just have a lot of fun doing it! Come and see for yourself!
Bible Study Fellowship (BSF)
Begins: Thursday, September 14th
Mary Marshall (class administrator) 9:30-11:30AM C.C. Moore Chapel
BSF is an in-depth, interdenominational Bible study that helps women know God and equips them to effectively serve the Church throughout the world. BSF will be studying the Gospel of John with a fourfold approach to Bible Study so each participant receives maximum benefit. Please contact Mary Marshall at firstname.lastname@example.org or Linda Geiger at email@example.com. Also, visit www.bsfinternational.org for more information.
Women in the Word
Sarah Ann Gay 10:00-11:00AM 203 Fellowship Hall
Begins Tuesday, August 10th) We will begin our study in the Gospel of John. There are no homework assignments except to read the Scriptures week by week. Join us for a precious time in God’s Word.
Friday Men’s Bible Study
Mark Broersma 6:30AM Family Life Center
Pastor’s Prayer Partners
The Pastor’s Prayer Partners are divided into “Twelve Tribes” (of Israel). Each tribe will dedicate a specific month toward prayer. The monthly tribe meetings typically meet in the Family Life Center. A key role for the partners are to take approved prayer request of the Pastor, disseminate them quickly, and allow the men to pray specifically. If you would like to join a tribe, please contact Ray Mcleod (firstname.lastname@example.org).
August 12th at 8AM Simeon Tribe
September 9th at 8 AM Dan Tribe
October 14th at 8 AM Issachar Tribe
November 11th at 8 AM Naphatali Tribe
December 9th at 8 AM Zebulun Tribe