What is true human flourishing? Long before Oprah and Gandhi came along, Jesus of Nazareth offered an entirely different way to be human. South Bay Bible Church, 578 Montauk Highway, East Moriches, is pleased to announce the start of Summer on the Mount: A Beginner’s Guide to Experiencing Heaven on Earth on Sunday, July 3, at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Join us in person or online at southbaychurchli.org/livestream, Facebook Live, or YouTube.
“Teachers and philosophers down through the ages have offered countless theories for prosperity,” said Matt Horne, lead pastor. “What if real prosperity is the complete reversal of what we think it is?”
Whether you consider yourself a church person or not, you’re invited to join us for this ten-part series, Summer on the Mount, as Pastor Matt guides us through Jesus’ manifesto on the good life.
1. The Pursuit of Happiness (Matthew 5:1-12) – July 3: Most people believe that the journey toward happiness is found in fortune, status, and a willingness to push people out of the way. But happiness is actually found when we flip all of that upside down and inside out. We find an unlikely community to enjoy along the way.
2. Guiding Light (Matthew 5:13-16) – July 10: Discontent with the world around you? Perhaps you could go out and change it. Jesus says, “You are the salt and light of the earth.” Understanding what Jesus meant could change the way that you see yourself and how you help your society flourish.
3. It’s Worse Than We Thought (Matthew 5:17-30) – July 17: Each of us strives to find a way to fix all of our problems, but our greatest problem isn’t an outside issue. It’s an internal dilemma, and it’s bigger than you might think. Thankfully, Jesus has made a way for resolution.
4. I’d Like to (Not) Buy a Vow (Matthew 5:31-37) – July 24: In a society that values and publicly promotes authenticity and being true to ourselves, so many of us do not come through on our promises, but, instead, present a false or emphatic version of ourselves. Jesus tells us that there’s a much easier path to genuine satisfaction – honesty and integrity.
5. A Different Kind of Kindness (Matthew 5:38-48) – July 31: Jesus’ most well-known and frequented subject in his teachings was love. But the love he calls us to is not like love as most of us know. This is a love that doesn’t make sense, one that extends beyond our family and friends. Yet, it is only this kind of love that changes us and the rest of the world.
6. The Wrong Righteousness (Matthew 6:1-18) – August 7: It’s always wrong to do the right thing when you’re doing the right thing for the wrong reason. That means that it isn’t strictly about what you do, but why you do what you do. There’s really only one sufficient reason to practice anything as it relates to God and the world – the love of God.
7. An Endless Chase (Matthew 6:19-34) – August 14: There’s a longtime epidemic sweeping humanity: insane amounts of anxiety. Jesus says that our insane anxiety is directly connected to our insane ambitions. Chasing after money and influence is not the way to gain peace. As far as we can tell, rest and contentment are possible…but it will require a different posture.
8. How to Remove Splinters (Matthew 7:1-12) – August 21: It could possibly be the most quoted scripture in the entire Bible, and it’s not John 3:16. Unfortunately, even as much as we quote it, it could also be the most misunderstood scripture in the Bible. If we long for prosperity in this life, it will demand a better way of living in relation to other people.
9. The Road Less Traveled (Matthew 7:13-23) – August 28: No one likes inconvenience. In fact, we want, more than anything, not to be inconvenienced. Still, Jesus says that difficulty and discipline are the way to life. Some people will try and tell you otherwise, but Jesus insists that embracing heaven will demand a long obedience in the same direction.
10. Oprah, Dr. Phil, and Jesus Christ of Nazareth (Matthew 7:24-29) – September 4: Who was this Jewish teacher of ancient wisdom? And what was so different about him? The promise of all that he said rests on if he is who he says he is. If he is truly who he claimed to be, then everything changes.
Wouldn’t life be so much easier if you didn’t have to deal with that boss, that mother-in-law, and that younger sibling? South Bay Bible Church, 578 Montauk Highway, East Moriches, is pleased to announce the start of Relationship Playbook: Navigating a Difficult World with Difficult People on Sunday, June 12, at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Join us in person or online at southbaychurchli.org/livestream, Facebook Live, or YouTube.
“Some relationships test our patience,” said Matt Horne, lead pastor. “What if we could find some wisdom from the one who created all the messy people around us?”
Whether you consider yourself a church person or not, you’re invited to join us for this three-part series, Relationship Playbook, as Pastor Matt helps us discover peace for relationships in any context.
1. Knowing the Goal (1 Corinthians 13:4-7; 1 Peter 4:8; 1 John 4:7-19) – June 12: All we need is love. At least, that’s what John Lennon told us in 1967. It’s true; love is the ultimate goal that we were all created to pursue. But that wasn’t Lennon’s idea. How do we learn to love? Perhaps we could use a demonstration.
2. Running the Play (Ephesians 4:25-5:2; Philippians 2:3-7) – June 19: All of us are working toward healthy, loving relationships with the people surrounding us from day to day. What’s the most effective strategy for moving toward the goal? Scripture prescribes many methods for establishing honesty and encouragement in all of your relationships.
3. When the Game Takes a Bad Turn (Proverbs 10:12; Romans 12:14-21; James 1:19-20) – June 26: There’s bad news and there’s good news. The bad news? Complex people cause complex situations, which then causes some level of conflict. The good news? The Creator of complex people has given us wisdom and insight into how to navigate conflict and come out unscathed. When it comes to loving others, the reward is always greater than the risk.
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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.