If you were raised on a version of Christianity with the Bible as your foundation to faith, only to have it undermined by academia or the realities of life, maybe it’s time to change your mind about Jesus. South Bay Bible Church is starting a new three-part teaching series entitled Resurrecting Hope: Build on the Right Foundation on Saturday, June 22, at 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, June 23, at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m., 578 Montauk Highway, East Moriches.
“If you gave up your faith because of something in the Bible, maybe you gave up unnecessarily,” said Martin Hawley, senior pastor. “Maybe it’s time to seriously consider the version of Christianity that relies on a better foundation.”
In the first century, Jesus was irresistible. People from all different backgrounds were drawn to him, but then he died, and all was lost or so it seemed. A few days, however, the resurrection of Jesus launched a series of events and introduced the world to a new hope.
Unfortunately, as the early church was forming, there was a tendency to go back to their familiar old religious traditions rather than live by Jesus’ new covenant and teaching. The old ways never give way easily. They didn’t then, and they certainly don’t now. We often do the same; we cling to the old and give up all hope.
Be our guest at South Bay Bible Church and get fresh hope based on a solid, unshakable foundation in this three-part series, which includes the following:
1. The Foundation. (Acts 1:21–22; 2:6–8, 13–15, 22–24, 32, 37–38; 3:13–15; 4:1, 3, 7–10, 13, 20; 5:29, 30, 32–33, 40–42) – June 22-23: The reason for our faith in Jesus—and thus our hope—is the resurrection. We must reclaim this for the sake of the generation who left Christianity and the next generation as well.
2. In with the New. Out with the Old. (Acts 9:1–2, 13–15; 10:14–15, 27–28, 34–35, 39–40, 45; 11:1–3, 21, 25–26; 1 Corinthians 5:12; Deuteronomy 25:11–12) – June 29-30: The apologetic of the early church was built on the resurrection. The Jewish flavor of early Christianity created an unhealthy, blended-model tradition that almost derailed the entire enterprise. Things came to a head at the Jerusalem Counsel.
3. Removing Barriers. (Acts 15:1–2, 5, 7–8, 10–11, 19–21) – July 6-7: We should remove every unnecessary barrier to the person and message of Jesus. People must feel the message is for them. The gospel is an invitation for everyone. The message must be clear.
Two thousand years ago, a gathering of people in a middle eastern city began a movement that would circle the globe and leave its mark on individuals and cultures on every continent. This movement eventually became known as The Church.
South Bay Bible Church, 578 Montauk Highway, East Moriches, is pleased to announce the start of Enormous Church: How Church is Supposed to Be on Saturday, July 20, at 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, July 21, at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m., The church is a movement. And … it’s still moving.
Whether you consider yourself a church person or not, you’re invited to join us for this seven-part series, Enormous Church, as Pastor Hawley brings life to the story of the earliest gatherings of Christians.
1. Day One (Matthew 16:16-18; Acts 1:6-8; Acts 2) – July 20-21: The church was born as a movement. It’s still moving. What comes to mind when you hear the word "church"? In the first century, they didn't think building, rows, pews, robes, hymnals, bands, or liturgy because they had none of that. Church was simply a multiplying, multicultural gathering of people who came together around one belief: Jesus is the risen Christ, the Savior of the world, the son of the living God.
2. Enormous Prayers (Acts 4) – July 27-28: Small prayers are for small churches. How we pray is an indication of if we’ve strayed. If God answered all the prayers you prayed last year, would there be much of a difference in the lives of anyone other than you and your family? The first century church prayed big, bold, brave, and broad prayers that at times got them into some trouble.
3. Enormous & Bold (Acts 4-5) – August 3-4: Why can’t Christians just leave people alone? Good news, most Christians do just that. If Christians had been doing what we're supposed to, things would be much different. But, we got busy. We got distracted. We got safe. Don't be an undercover Christian. Don't be a secret Christian any longer.
4. Enormous Audience (Acts 5, 8, & 9) – August 10-11: The message of the church is a message for the world. The message for the world is Christ died for our sins. He was buried. He was raised, and He appeared. That's the message the first century church gave their lives for.
5. Enormous Drift (Acts 15) – August 17-18: We have to work hard not to be a church where grace and truth conflict but coexist. Let's be more concerned with who we are reaching rather than just who we are keeping. Let's always err on the side of grace. Let's remain openhanded. Let's follow what James, the brother of Jesus said and not make it difficult for those who are turning to God.
6. Enormous Answers (Galatians 5:16-23) – August 24-25: Does the church matter? Yes. We are stewards of the message of eternal life. And we are stewards of the message of a better life. What if suddenly all the teaching and ideas the church promotes and values vanished from society? What would the world look like? No value for human life. No grace. No forgiveness. No generosity. No sanctity of marriage. No sexual purity. No love! Think about the world without the church.
7. Enormous Opportunity (Acts 28) – August 31 & September 1: Enable us to speak your word with great boldness. Let's be bold with our invitations. Let's be bold with our volunteering. Let's be bold with our giving. Let's be bold with our prayers. Let's be bold with our love!
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We start off with singing. SBBC has a full band with a variety of musical styles. You will notice the band and worship team plays a mix of updated hymns along with current songs and choruses. A Volunteer Minister will welcome and greet the congregation with an inspirational thought and prayer. At that point, our Senior Pastor gives a 30-35 minute message designed to be relevant, inspirational, and useful to daily life. We end with a few announcements for the week, offering, and usually a special song.
Walk in the doors at SBBC, and you will see a wide variety of clothing choices, from shorts and flip-flops (in the summer of course) to dresses and ties. Be comfortable! The pastor does not even wear a coat and tie! What's most important is that you come to meet with God, lean in, and listen to what He has to teach you. We want the service to be our gift to you and for you to leave knowing God loves you, and it's not about what you wear.
We have a nursery for newborns to four years old that begins 15 minutes before the Sunday morning service. We also have Kid's Club for kindergarten through fifth grade that begins after the music during the Sunday morning service. After the music, we call all the children forward in the service, pray for them, and send them to the Kid's Club area with trained teachers for a lesson on their level. We take the safety and security of your child very seriously. All children's workers undergo a full criminal (national) background check.
We have five ways you can get involved in the church right away. First, let us WELCOME you to one of our regular services on Sunday at 8:00, 9:30, 11:00 a.m., 4:00 p.m., or online anytime. Second, CONNECT with us in the orientation class, which is offered one time every month. The time and place is on the church calendar and announced at our services. Third, GROW with us at a Community Connection group. These are groups of eight to twelve people who meet weekly to study the Bible and live life together. Fourth, SERVE with us by joining with a church ministry team. Fifth, INVITE someone to church or win someone to Jesus. Click on the Welcome, Connect, Grow, Serve, and Invite links for more information in each of these areas.