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Pastor
Debbie Hodges
 Pastor’s Wife
Albert Hodges, our pastor since August of 1993, has a vision for the success of Lawrence Church and a desire to see every member fulfill their God ordained potential. Pastor Hodges completed courses in theological studies from Brewton Parker College and Andersonville Theological Seminary. His doctrinal preaching is designed to teach the historic Biblical truths of the Baptist faith and encourage the application of the doctrine in the life of the believer so they may become winners in this life and the life to come.
 
We exist to declare and demonstrate the liberating power of the Gospel. We carry out our mission by reaching up, reaching in, and reaching out. According to the Bible, our ministry must be anchored in and fueled by the gospel. The gospel is the good news that, in the person of Jesus Christ, God reached down to a sinful world and our threefold response to the gospel is a life lived reaching up, reaching in, and reaching out.
 
 
 
 
  •  Up-reach:  When we gather together for worship, we ought to come reaching up, starved for God, ready to feast together on the good news of the gospel. Feasting on God’s gospel together, through prayer and preaching, and singing, gives us the strength and nourishment we need to glorify Him throughout the week. Since God has equipped us with heads, hearts, and hands, our worship services are geared to inform the mind intelectually, engage the heart emotionally, and bend the will volitionally )Isaiah 6:1-8).
 
  •  In-reach:  Through the various ministries of the church, it is our privilege and responsibility to be reaching in. That is, we must continually seek to minister the gospel to one another inside our fellowship by mutually supporting one another, teaching one another, encouraging one another, challenging one another, and edifying one another; trusting that God will see fit to “form Christ in us” as a result (Galatians 4:19).
 
  •  Out-reach:  Prior to Jesus’ ascension in Acts 1:8, He told His disciples that they would be His witnesses “in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Therefore, it is our privilege and responsibility to minister God’s gospel to those outside our fellowship by reaching out – in both spiritual (word) and physical (deed) ways – locally (Jerusalem), nationally (Judea and Samaria), and internationally (the ends of the earth), serving as salt and light to a fallen world in desperate need of the transforming power of the gospel (Matthew 5:13-16).