The knockoff is rarely as good as the real thing. When it comes to how you perceive God, that statement becomes even more true. South Bay Bible Church, 578 Montauk Highway, East Moriches, is pleased to announce the start of Fake News: Exposing God For Who He Isn’t on Sunday, January 22, at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Join us in person or online at southbaychurchli.org/livestream, Facebook Live, or YouTube.
“Real joy, real hope, and real peace require the real God,” said Matt Horne, lead pastor. “In order to discover who God really is, we first have to clear our minds of the false versions we’ve created.”
Whether you consider yourself a church person or not, you’re invited to join us for this four-part series, Fake News, as Pastor Matt explains why the counterfeits can’t help us.
1. I Dream of Genie (1 Samuel 4:1-11) – January 22: The Office’s, Michael Scott, famously said, “I’m not superstitious, but I'm a little-stitious." Some Christians are a “little-stitious” as well, treating God like a good luck charm or a genie. But the real God doesn’t reside in a bottle…He sits on a throne.
2. The Inferior Superior (Exodus 3-4) – January 29: Have you ever experienced a crisis that you felt was beyond repair? Some situations have the ability to leave us completely hopeless, so that nothing and no one is able to help. There’s one principle that desperate Christians fail to recognize in that moment: Perhaps the greatest problem isn’t weak faith, but a weak “God.”
3. Upright or Uptight? (Numbers 14:18; Romans 2:4; Hebrews 12:1-17) – February 5: Many people inside and outside of the Christian faith envision God as some kind of cosmic killjoy, always ready to point out our failures. Contentment comes when we realize that Christianity isn’t primarily about what God wants from us, but what He wants for us.
4. The Man on the Moon (Psalm 22; Isaiah 40:27-31) – February 12: The most troubling image of God isn’t the one who is weak, nor the one who is evil, but the one who is indifferent. What are the consequences of believing in a “God” who created us and then said, “Good luck?” It may be more destructive than you think.
Many people have their own opinions as to who Jesus was and what was most important to him. Despite all our debate, there is one person who has already answered those questions – Jesus! South Bay Bible Church, 578 Montauk Highway, East Moriches, is pleased to announce the start of I AM: Identifying the Man and His Mission on Sunday, February 19, at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Join us in person or online at southbaychurchli.org/livestream, Facebook Live, or YouTube.
“In his life and teachings, Jesus was constantly disclosing his true identity and purpose,” said Matt Horne, lead pastor. “When we embrace who Jesus says he is, it also greatly affects who we are.”
Whether you consider yourself a church person or not, you’re invited to join us for this seven-part series, I AM, as Pastor Matt explains why the true Jesus is good news for all of us.
1. The Bread of Life (John 6:22-59) – February 19: In a consumeristic culture, we can be tempted to look to faith only for what we can get out of it. Although, Jesus made it clear that the greatest reward of faith is not his gifts, but the giver himself. Jesus is the sustenance we need for experiencing the fullness of life.
2. The Light of the World (John 8:12-14) – February 26: There are two types of people: Those who get what they want by telling lies and those who get what they never wanted because they believe lies. Lies and deception ruin a society, but Jesus is the Light who exposes the truth about us, the truth about the world around us, and the truth about God.
3. The Door (John 10:7-10) – March 5: How do we find peace and rest in a world plagued by anxiety and fear? Jesus says there are green pastures for us to discover, but there’s only one access point that you can enter through. This is the good news of inclusive exclusivity.
4. The Good Shepherd (John 10:11-18) – March 12: True love is most often measured by someone’s knowledge, care, and protection for the other. Embodying all of these qualities, Jesus compares his love to that which a shepherd has for the sheep. Good shepherds look out for the sheep. Jesus looks out for his people.
5. The Resurrection and the Life (John 11:1-27) – March 19: What happens after we die? This is one of humanity’s common questions. In the story of Lazarus, we find a dead, stinky, decaying body. That is, until Jesus moves in and interrupts the funeral procession. Like Lazarus, Jesus invites us: Come out of your tomb of death and find life.
6. The Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:1-7) – March 26: When the disciples were confused and concerned about how they could attain “eternal life,” they asked Jesus to give them some direction. However, Jesus gave them more than direction. He gave them the perfect example of a way to live and truths to live under.
7. The True Vine (John 15:1-11) – April 2: Many of us have tried to find life in various careers, other people, and personal pleasures. None of these ever suffice. In revealing himself as “The True Vine,” Jesus is telling us that the only guarantee for lasting joy and peace is rooting our lives in him alone.
We want your first experience at South Bay Bible Church to be uplifting and positive, so we have compiled a few commonly asked questions.
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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.