Does your faith seem irrelevant to your daily life? Has surface-level Christianity left you bored and hungry for more? Do you long for real healing, real peace, and real transformation in your relationship with Jesus? Joy and freedom are found when we engage God through the spiritual disciplines.
South Bay Bible Church, 578 Montauk Highway, East Moriches, is pleased to announce the start of A Breath of Fresh Air: Renewal Through the Spiritual Disciplines on Sunday, February 14, at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. True Christianity is more than a set of beliefs. It is a way of life to be discovered and enjoyed.
Whether you consider yourself a church person or not, you’re invited to join us for this seven-part series, A Breath of Fresh Air, as Pastor Matt gives practical, biblical practices for inviting an extraordinary God into our normal, ordinary lives.
1. The Call to Renewal (Romans 12:1-2; 1 Timothy 4:8; 2 Peter 1:3-11) – February 14: How do people change? Are transformation and “new life in Christ” just abstract ideas? Can I really be healed? Can I truly be holy? The scriptures describe the path to joy, freedom, and renewal in discipleship to Jesus, through intentional spiritual practices.
2. Practicing Biblical Meditation (Joshua 1:8; Psalm 1:1-3; Philippians 4:8-9) – February 21: Meditation has become such a scary word to many in the Christian church, but meditation was a common practice of God’s people before and after Christ. What does it look like for us to practice biblical meditation? And how does God use it to change us? God uses meditation, not to empty us, but to fill us.
3. Practicing Fasting and Simplicity (Matthew 4:1-4; Matthew 6:25-33; 1 John 2:15-17) – February 28: Fasting and simplicity are not exclusively Christian practices. Both practices have now become popular in the secular world – so how do we know the difference? Most people don’t need clarity on what it is, but what it is not. Fasting and simplicity draw us to God by uncluttering our life of distractions for short or long periods of time.
4. Practicing Solitude and Prayer (Luke 5:12-16; Mark 6:31; Matthew 14:23) – March 7: Renewal happens when we quiet the noise around us and within us, for this is where we meet with God. Whether it be in the wilderness, on the mountainside, or on a boat out in the water, Jesus practiced solitude and prayer with His Father and expected no less of his disciples.
5. Practicing Sabbath (Genesis 1; Exodus 20; Mark 2:23-28) – March 14: The rhythm that God set within creation is not only biblical but biological. It’s the one command we all ignore. More than a command, it’s an invitation – “Come away with me!” Sabbath is our opportunity to stop, rest, delight, and worship. In this rhythmic practice, we renounce our autonomy and find our peace in the goodness and provision of God.
6. Practicing Service (Matthew 5:16; Philippians 2:1-11; 1 Peter 4:8-11) – March 21: Everyone likes to be served, but few people enjoy serving. It is through this discipline that God shapes our character. Serving others helps us to see people how God sees them and produces the attitude of Christ in us. New perspective and purpose are found in serving those around us.
7. Practicing Community (Acts 2:42-47; Romans 15:1-7; James 5:13-16) – March 28: One of the primary ways God renews us is through community. Through authentic gospel-centered community, God builds us up, welcomes us in, lavishes his love on us, gives us his wisdom – all through the form of another person. What does this kind of community look like? How does discipleship in community take place? Gospel-centered community is constructed of two key parts: confession and celebration.
We wonder if we’re going to be all right. Is my family going to be okay? Does God know what I’m going through? Does he care? Does God hear my prayers? Starting Easter Sunday, April 4, at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m., South Bay Bible Church, 578 Montauk Highway, East Moriches, will begin a new teaching series: God Is Closer Than You Think: Easter’s Hope for a Lost and Broken World. Join us in person or online at southbaychurchli.org/livestream, Facebook Live, or YouTube.
Easter’s message is more relevant to the modern world than ever before because, at some point, we've all felt far from God. The events of Easter are relevant because they address our greatest fears, which are front and center. But if Jesus was correct, God is closer than you think even in the scariest times of your life.
“When faith collides with your fear, insecurity, and prejudice, you have a decision to make. Do you walk away? Do you save your reputation? Or do you turn and face God Almighty, who is closer than you think?” said Martin Hawley, senior pastor.
In this eight-part series, Pastor Hawley will discuss Easter’s hope for a lost and broken world with the following messages:
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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.