Introducing…E3 Parents

Written by Mandy Santos on Jan 21, 2014.

I’m so excited to finally share with you my latest endeavor.

Last July I began working with our Family Pastor on a new area of ministry we are focusing on at South Bay Church. It’s the parent piece of Family Ministry- the link between the family/home and the local church.

I’ve explained it like this- Kid’s Ministry, BayKids, is an advocate for kids, Student Ministry, Ignite, is an advocate for the student, & Parent Ministry, E3Parents, is an advocate for the parent.

I’ve spent the last several months analyzing, brainstorming, and strategizing with many of our parents and key volunteers as to how to do this effectively. After all, our desire is not to launch a ministry just to create more work for ourselves, but to be strategic (laser-focused) in the few things we do to accomplish the mission of South Bay Church. This is no exception.

What is E3?

E3 stands for three E’s: Engage, Equip, & Empower. These are the three things we want for the parents of South Bay.

  • We want to ENGAGE them wherever they are in their season of parenting and wherever they are in their spiritual journey.
  • We want to EQUIP them with helpful tools and resources for their specific season of parenting.
  • And, ultimately, we want to EMPOWER them to confidently lead their kids spiritually and begin reaching out to those around them to continue the cycle to Engage, Equip, & Empower.

E3 Parents Values

We strive to model to our kid(s) how to love God and others.

We prioritize the needs of our spouse knowing that the best gift we can give our kids is a healthy marriage..

We intentionally teach our kid(s) to know who God is and what He did for us. (Gospel)

We discipline our kid(s) for heart transformation not behavioral modification.

We are prepared & proactive in addressing common parenting challenges rather than waiting for situations to arise.

How do we intend accomplish this?

E3 Parents Strategy

E3 Parents partner with South Bay Church knowing that the maximum impact for spiritual growth in our kids lives will happen by combining two forces focused on the same mission. This is referred to as the Orange strategy: the combination of the home (red) and the local church (yellow).

We will begin to do this through:

Life Groups- Community-based groups for parents in their current season (to engage) & Parenting classes (to equip)

Events- Child Dedication Celebration Event to establish a partnership with new parents at South Bay Church and engage them into Family Ministry.

Cue’s- Have cue cards available from BayKids/Ignite to inform parents of weekly lessons to continue the conversation from Sunday/Tuesdays throughout the week. We will also begin sending monthly emails to families with helpful tips such as, “Helpful Devotionals for Your Early Reader” or “How to Teach Your Child to Pray” or “5 Fun Dates Nights w/ Your Spouse”

BayKids/Ignite Partners- Have an E3 representative in BayKids/Ignite classes with the goal of connecting with parents and directing them toward a life group and/or necessary next steps based on family need.

I’m thrilled to watch as this continues to take shape. We are still working through this launch and there will be twist and turns along the way. Each family is unique and faces different challenges. My goal is to build a framework so every family at South Bay can find their place to engage in community, be equipped for the journey, and be empowered to lead their family.

“And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are away on a journey, when you are lying down and when you are getting up again. Tie them to your hands as a reminder, and wear them on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:5-9

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Christmas Is Almost Here!!

Written by Andy Wood on Dec 19, 2013.

Hey South Bay Church,

Our kids keep asking Stacie and I how many more days to Christmas wanting to know if there is a way to make time pass more quickly.

By this time next week Christmas will pretty much be over. All the shopping will be finished, the presents will be opened, and most likely your house will be a mess.

Between now and then there is a lot of activity and many things that need to be accomplished. Take a deep breath.

As you put the final touches on your personal prep for Christmas and together we put the final touches on our 5 services at South Bay Church, we are preparing for as many as 2,000 people to walk through our doors this weekend.

We just wanted to remind you during this busy season to slow your heart in prayer.

Would you be willing to join us this next week and take 10 minutes each day to slow down and pray?

Here are some things you can pray for:
Pray for your family to experience the message of Jesus in a fresh way this Christmas.

Pray for your heart to be touched in a unique way with the story of Jesus’ birth.

Pray for God to use this Christmas to bring many people to follow Jesus.

Pray for strength all the staff and volunteers who are working their butts off getting ready for Christmas.

Pray that God would give you courage to invite friends and family to Christmas services at South Bay.

Pray for spiritual and physical protection over our staff families as we prep for Christmas.

Pray for wisdom and anointing for me (Andy) as I put the final touches on the message.

Pray for our creative team, production, first impressions and BayKids as the make final preparations.

Pray for our community to experience God’s love through our church.

Pray for God to provide all the resources for our 2nd campus through the Annual Impact Offering.

Secondly, would you take few minutes right now to invite some friends and family members to join you this Christmas at South Bay Church?

You can send them directly to the link: southbaychurch.org/Christmas

It’s amazing to me the power of one invitation!! There will be many people who come and be changed by Jesus this Christmas. Perhaps one of these life change stories will be someone you love!

We can’t wait to see what God is going to do through our Christmas services. We have a great service and message planned that will be perfect for you and friends.

Let’s approach this next week with anticipation of all that God can through our lives and our church!!

Merry Christmas
Andy & Stacie Wood

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Annual Impact 2013

Written by Andy Wood on Nov 26, 2013.

Hey South Bay,
I’m so excited to introduce to you the 2013 Annual Impact Offering. Each year during the holidays we challenge the people of South Bay to give above and beyond their regular giving to make an even great impact in the coming year. We put together a short video that describes this year’s Annual Impact Offering… Enjoy!

Also, download a PDF of the Annual Impact Offering booklet to find out how you can give and get answers to some of your FAQ’s.

I can’t wait to see what God will do through our generosity as we all give sacrificially!

Much love,
Pastor Andy Wood

P.S. Click here for more information on how to give.

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I Have a Friend Who Struggles with Insecurity and Worthlessness

Written by Archie Jackson on Nov 18, 2013.

Hey South Bay, it was such an honor to be able to speak to on this subject. I hope that it was an encouragement and that God uses it to speak truth and healing into your lives. Here are my notes from today:

I Have a Friend Who.. Struggles with Insecurity and Worthlessness Week 4

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful,I know that full well. Psalm 139:14

Insecurity is one of the greatest causes stopping us from living to our full potential, from living the dreams we have deep in our hearts, and keeps us stuck from moving forward in our lives.

Defining insecurity
Insecure-
1) subject to fears, doubts, etc.; not self-confident or assured:
2) not confident or certain; uneasy; anxious:
3) not secure; exposed or liable to risk, loss, or danger:
4) not firmly or reliably placed or fastened:

Robert McGee- Search for Significance Book- “Insecurity creates
a performance trap that turn people into approval addicts. Symptoms include perfectionism, avoidance of risks, anger, resentment, sexual dysfunction, chemical dependency, pride, depression, and hopelessness.”

3 Causes of Insecurity
The three main reasons that lead us to having a faulty foundation:

1) The Comparison Deception

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful,I know that full well. Psalm 139:14

2) The Validation Trap

“The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe.” Proverbs 29:25
Two Kinds of validation traps-
-try to please people – we don’t want to offend anyone
try to please people compliment hoping for same treatment back

How to know if you’re given to the validation trap:
-Are you over-committed?
-Is it hard for you to say no even when you know you should?
-Does your life revolve around what others think of you?
-Are UNWILLING to confess or be held accountable for things b/c you don’t want to feel SHAMED in people’s eyes?
-Are you always second-guessing decisions based on what others think?
-Do you get easily embarrassed?
-You crave compliments?
-You get hurt easily?
-Do you ever lie to make yourself look better in front of others?
-Take credit for ideas or work that was not yours?
-Wait to give your answer to a question to see what everyone else says first.
-Check facebook 1000 times to see if someone liked your witty comment or picture.
-The feeling of knowing where that person is in the room that you so need their approval.

When we allow ourselves to be driven by insecurity we are moving further and further away from the you God intended for you to be

We are not the projections of ourselves our failures or our successes
What would your life be like if you cared 50% less of what people thought of you?
God died for the self in the middle-not a future version of you

3) The Negativity Cycle

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2

Takes place in the mind- our thoughts and self talk will shape the way we see ourselves and others.

• Our thoughts become like a microphone
• There are 2 ways to get rid of audio feedback:
-Lessen the sensitivity of mic
-Quiet the offending frequencies
-Some of us need to quiet some offending frequencies that we allow in our mind
I’m fat, I’m stupid, You’ll never be able to do that, you always mess that up, the people around you will have more successful lives than you, God I hate the way you’ve made me.

Some of us have done this for so long that it is going to take some real work to undo this in our hearts.

-we are negative about everything
Stop complaining perpetuates a negative, entitlement mindset
Start reaffirming what God says about you I Declare book
-Not pyscobabble-I believe I can fly vs. building a foundation of truth

Moving from being Insecure to Secure
Need to do some real work to build a strong foundation

1)Admit to God that you can’t continue doing life the way you have-

2) Believe that He actually can heal you and ask Him to do so

if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.2 Chron.7:14

3) Write down your shame and release it

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.James5:16
Moment of impact may be something done to you- or something you did and you need to forgive yourself.

4) Create boundaries for the new you
Boundaries around seeking credit, approval, praise, and not getting pulled into people pleasing , playing the negative tape back

It’s not until we allow God to come in and heal us in the deep places and restore our worth that we can live with health and freedom.

When we accept Christ he immediately changes our Identity but it takes an everyday walking out of a relationship with Him to move us to Health.
Here’s what he says you are:

Child of God (1 John 3:1)
Temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 6:19)
Part of a Royal Priesthood (1 Peter 2:4,9)
His Workmanship (Eph 2:10)
Forgiven (Eph 1:7)
Loved (John 3:16)
Overcomer (1 John 4:4)
Able to the know the mysteries of His will (Eph 1:9)
Apple of His eye (Zech 2:8)
He has not given you a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind (2 Tim. 1:7)
He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it. (Phill 1:6)
In all things God works for the good of those who love Him (Rom 8:28)
Chosen (2 Thes.2:13-15)
Reedemed (Eph. 1:7)
Adopted into His Family (Eph 1:5)

We can allow God in to rebuild a firm foundation for us- so we can build our confidence on him.

Instead of asking: “how can I feel better about myself & not be controlled about what people think” instead ask: ”God will you come and heal me and help my mind to fixed on You and your ways and what you say about me and your power to release me into the person you created me to be.

So Long Insecurity- Beth Moore
The Me I Want to Be- John Ortberg
I Declare- Joel Osteen

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Worship Set 9.29.13

Written by Archie Jackson on Sep 26, 2013.

Hi Guys,

Did you enjoy the first message of “It’s Complicated”? We had a great series kick-off! Hope to see you again this Sunday as we continue the series. Here is what worship will sound like:

Awaken Me by Jesus Culture

You Never Fail by Jesus Culture

Cornerstone by Hillsong

Here’s My Heart by Passion featuring Crowder

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Worship Set 9.22.13

Written by Archie Jackson on Sep 22, 2013.

Hi Everyone,

Today we start our new series “It’s Complicated”, a series about improving relationships. Here are the songs we’ll be playing today. I hope you join us!

Heaven Fall Down by Phil Wickham

Scandal of Grace by Hillsong United

Oceans by Hillsong United

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“It’s Complicated” Kicks Off This Sunday!

Written by Andy Wood on Sep 20, 2013.

Hey South Bay Church,

We are super excited about our “It’s Complicated” relationship series kicking off this Sunday at South Bay Church.

As you know, relationships can make you or break you. At times untangling the confusion and complexity of relationships can feel like a daunting task. Marriages, dating, parenting, friendships and family relationships all have their challenges!

Each week, over the next four weeks, we will outline simple strategies for improving your most important relationships.

As we prepare for Sunday, I want to ask you to do 3 specific things:

1. Pray.
Pray that God would give you courage to invite your friends. Pray that God would use this Sunday’s service to change people’s lives. Pray that God would help many people respond the mailers and invitations. Also, join us for 24 Hours of Prayer

2. Invite a friend.
Text a friend, family member, co-worker, or neighbor and ask them to join you this Sunday for one of our services. It’s amazing how much one invitation can change a person’s life. There are countless stories at South Bay of people whose lives have been changed because a friend or family member invited them to church.

3. Shift out of 10:00am service.
This Sunday we will have new service times at 8:30am, 10:00am, 11:30am, 1:00pm & 5:30pm. If at all possible we’d like to ask you to shift to our 8:30am, 1:00pm or 5:30pm service in order to make more space for our guests. If a friend you invite can only attend a certain service, by all means attend that service!

I can’t wait to see what God will do through us over the next four weeks as we each do our part. Thanks for being a church that is willing to make a difference with God’s love in our community!

See you Sunday!
Andy Wood, Lead Pastor

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Worship Set 7.21.13

Written by Archie Jackson on Jul 18, 2013.

Hi South Bay!

I hope you’re having an awesome week and enjoying this beautiful weather. Join us this Sunday for the continuation of our series “God at the Movies”. Here is what worship will sound like this Sunday:

Awaken Me by Jesus Culture

Set A Fire by Jesus Culture

My Everything by Jesus Culture

Desert Song by Brooke Fraser

Hope to see you Sunday!

-Archie

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Man (or Woman) of Steel

Written by Andy Wood on Jul 11, 2013.

Each summer at South Bay Church we do an awesome series called God at the Movies. We look at some of the biggest blockbusters of the year and unpack helpful themes and principles for our lives.

I’m pumped to be back after a family vacation and a study break. You will want to be here this Sunday, July 14th as we kick off this brand new series with a question from the movie Man of Steel: “How do we get SUPER HUMAN strength for daily living?”

We often feel weak and overwhelmed. It might be a marriage that leaves you exhausted, a frustrating relationship with a co-worker, the recent loss of a job, or a bad medical report. Despite this, we know people who seem to rise above life’s challenges and live lives that are beyond ordinary. When we find ourselves beyond our capacity there is a place we can find “super human” strength for life’s darkest moments.

This Sunday, I will unpack the secret to living with limitless power and teach from two key passages in the Bible– Acts 19:8-16 and 2 Corinthians 12:7-10. The message will highlight a man from the Bible named Paul and the “behind the scenes” of his life that was defined by incredible strength through difficulty and challenges. One last challenge: bring a friend or family member to join you this Sunday! We are praying that God will use this series in a huge way and change many lives. Your personal invitation can make all the difference in a person’s life and eternity. Help us spread the word through twitter: @southbaychurch or facebook: facebook.com/gosouthbaychurch

Also, to make it easier to help you invite your friends, we are giving out FREE movie tickets to every first time guest throughout this series. Hope that helps you spread the word.
Let’s be in prayer as we expect God to do great things through South Bay Church this Sunday.

Andy
Twitter: @andywood

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Worship Set 6.30.13

Written by Archie Jackson on Jun 29, 2013.

Hi South Bay! Hope you’re all enjoying the summer weather. I’m really excited to hear Tim Castanga speak tomorrow as we continue our “Game Over” series. Here is what’s playing tomorrow:

Exalted One Elevation Worship, For the Honor

Your Love Never Fails – Jesus Culture, Your Love Never Fails

God’s Great Dance Floor – Chris Tomlin, Burning Lights Tour

With Everything – Hillsong United, Live in Miami

Hope you enjoy it! Have a great weekend!

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Beautiful Day 2013 - Vinci Park Elementary

Written by Filipe Santos on May 6, 2013.

Beautiful Day

Dear Beautiful Day Volunteers,

THANK YOU again for your tremendous job at our 3 Beautiful Day locations last week. It was amazing to see hundreds of moms, dads, seniors, children, singles, etc. all serving in so many capacities and with such incredible attitudes!

If you didn’t get a chance to see this yet, please take a minute to watch this video below of the Principal at Vinci Park Elementary thanking YOU. The staff at the school and City Team locations were thankful beyond words. Most of all, Jesus was honored and glorified because you “picked up the white towel” to serve your neighbors.

Also, I want to remind you that you can continue the mission of sharing God’s love by serving on a Sunday volunteer team. Just click here to let us know which of these areas interest you the most.

THANK YOU AGAIN,

Filipe Santos

“Let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” Jesus (Matthew 5:16, NLT)

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Celebrating Easter Weekend

Written by Andy Wood on Apr 3, 2013.

Dear South Bay Church,

You always blow me away with your willingness to do whatever it takes to reach people with the love of Jesus. This past weekend was another example of your faith, sacrifices, and commitment to the vision of seeing the Good News of Jesus change our community.

You shifted service times, prayed, invited your friends, and served in true South Bay fashion (many of you all weekend).

Because you made your self-available, over 2,292 people walked through the doors of our building on Sunday for one of six Easter services. God used you to help over 80 people make significant commitments – to follow Jesus for the first time, to recommit their lives to God, and to choose to explore the claims and teachings of Jesus.

I am so proud of you! You served in so many ways; from the Hunt volunteers who spread eggs on the fields, to the parking lot attendants who welcome every guest onto our campus, to production crews who spent dozens of hours preparing for moments in our worship experience, to BayKids leaders who taught the message of Jesus to over 400 kids this weekend.

What a great weekend!! The best is ahead. God is doing great things through your life and through this church. Let’s not take this for granted. Let’s praise God and celebrate what he has done.

Much love,
Pastor Andy

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21 Days of Prayer: March 29

Written by Teagan Picciano on Mar 29, 2013.

Prayer for Thanks (GOOD FRIDAY)

Jesus, today I pause to say thanks. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for dying for me. You are worthy of my life today Jesus! I surrender it all to you. I pray that this Sunday you would bring people to a crisis of decision where they must decide what they believe about you and the Cross. Please use every component from the worship music, BayKids, First Impressions, drama, and the message to help people see you as never
before. Open people’s eyes to their need for salvation and need for you!

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Big Easter Weekend and How You Can Help

Written by Andy Wood on Mar 27, 2013.

Easter is almost here!! I’m super excited! This will be the biggest weekend in South Bay Church history. I want to give you a few important details about the weekend and how you can be involved.

Here is what’s coming up this weekend:

Easter Services
When: Sunday, March 31st at 8:30am, 10:00am, 11:30am, 1:00pm, 5:00pm & 6:30pm
Where: South Bay Church North San Jose Campus see map

We will be hosting six Easter Services this Sunday where we will be kicking off a brand new teaching series Jesus Dilemma. Click here to RSVP, to invite a friend, or get more details.

The HUNT
When: Saturday, March 30th at 1:00pm
Where: Live Oak Park See Map / Orchard Elementary See Map

We are hosting two community-wide Easter Egg hunts this Saturday at 1:00pm in Live Oak Park and in Orchard Elementary. It’s going to be blast. Click here for all the details and to sign up to serve.

5 Ways That You Can Help:

1. Bring some friends to an Easter service
People are more open to attending church on Easter than any other time of the year. Who is that friend, family member, co-worker, or neighbor who you can invite? There is nothing more powerful than a personal invitation, so simply ask and watch God use you to influence another person’s life. You may want to shoot them a link to preview one of our services.

2. Contribute to the biggest day in our history
Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to make a difference in the lives of so many people through our Easter services. Attend one and serve at one (or two :D ). Click here to sign up and be a part of one our awesome volunteer teams this Sunday.

3. Serve at the HUNT
You can make a difference in the lives of literally thousands of people by serving for a couple of hours this Saturday at the HUNT! Click here for all the details.

4. Make room for our guests
Attend an earlier or later service, arrive early and sit in the front rows. The 10:00am & 11:30am services will be the services that most new people will attend, so if possible, join us for one of the 8:30am, 1:00pm, 5:00pm or 6:30pm services. If you are inviting friends who can only come at 10:00am or 11:30am, then by all means attend those services. Please let us know which one you plan to attend by clicking here.

5. Pray for Easter weekend @ South Bay Church
We believe prayer makes a difference. Would you willing to spend a few minutes praying for our church as we get ready for Easter weekend? Click here to check out our blog with specific ways you can pray for Easter at South Bay Church.

I can’t wait to see what God is going to do through us this weekend as we trust Him to move. Whatever you do, don’t miss Sunday. You’ll regret it!! I am praying for you this week that God would give you boldness to spread the word to your friends and family and help us make a huge impact on our community.

Expecting God to move!
Andy

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21 Days of Prayer: March 28

Written by Teagan Picciano on Mar 27, 2013.

Prayer of a Servant

Thank you Jesus for the example you set before me. Thank you for modeling servanthood and showing me how to love and serve others. Help me to love others the way you have loved me. (John 13:34) Give me compassion for the broken and love for the lost. Give me a heart to see others the way you do.

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21 Days of Prayer: March 27

Written by Teagan Picciano on Mar 27, 2013.

Prayer for Conviction

Lord, I pray that South Bay Church would be a welcoming place for all those that are lost. I pray for the families who walk through our doors; that every generation would be convicted with a longing for wisdom. I pray for
this upcoming Easter Sunday. Speak to each individual directly and let the message strike their hearts with a desire to learn about you more.

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21 Days of Prayer: March 26

Written by Teagan Picciano on Mar 25, 2013.

Prayer for Our Senior Pastor

Lord, I pray that you would speak to Pastor Andy as He prepares the Easter message. Please anoint Him with your words, lead his thoughts and give him your insights. Help him speak this Sunday not with wise and
persuasive words but a demonstration of the Spirit’s power. Strengthen his body and he preaches. Please place your hand upon Stacie, Caedmon and Sammy, bless and protect his family throughout this important week.

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21 Days of Prayer: March 25

Written by Teagan Picciano on Mar 25, 2013.

Prayer for those Lost and in Doubt

Lord, I pray for those who lost their way and doubt you. I pray they find their purpose in life…. the life you created them to have. Lord speak your wisdom into their heart, let them feel and understand your Love.

You are who you are for a reason.
You’re part of an intricate plan.
You’re a precious and perfect unique design,
Called God’s special woman and man.
You look like you look for a reason.
Our God made no mistake.
He knit you together within the womb,
You’re just what he wanted to make.

The parents you had were the ones he chose,
and no matter how you may feel,
They were custom-designed with God’s plan in mind,
and they bear the Master seal.

Know, that trauma you faced was not easy.
And God wept that it hurt you so;
But it was allowed to shape your heart
so that into his likeness you’d grow.

You are who you are for a reason,
You’ve been formed by the Master’s rod.

You are who you are, beloved,
Because there is a God!

Poem By Russell Kelfer

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21 Days of Prayer: March 24

Written by Teagan Picciano on Mar 24, 2013.

Prayer for Friends and Family

God we pray for those who are close to us who do not know you yet. We ask that you would present opportunities for us to love them and share the hope we have in you. Let our hearts be aligned with yours in how act and speak to our friends and family. Would we be sensitive to you Holy Spirit, in how you prompt us and ask us to step forward in boldness. We pray for opportunities towards those close to us and for them to respond to an invitation to an Easter service. We pray for more opportunities for them to understand grace and receive it.

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21 Days of Prayer: March 23

Written by Teagan Picciano on Mar 23, 2013.

Prayer for all our Volunteers

Lord, we pray for the leadership that you have Blessed our Church with, especially those that dedicate time to do whatever it takes to reach those far from God. We pray that you would help them find in their hearts to
connect with all of our guests that come through our doors searching for a relationship with you. We ask that you help encourage people that are not already serving you, to join us in serving and join us in being urgent about our mission in reaching those far from you.

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21 Days of Prayer: March 20

Written by Teagan Picciano on Mar 20, 2013.

Hey South Bay! Here’s today’s prayer from the 21 Days of Prayer Booklet.

Prayer for Our Staff Pastors

Lord, I ask that you would bless our staff pastors- Filipe, Renan, Archie and David. I ask that you would work in their homes to give unity and healthy relationships to their families. Give your favor and provision over each
of their lives. I ask that you would help them each to grow in their faith and leadership. Please strengthen them leading up to Easter and give their families extra grace during these full weeks.

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21 Days of Prayer: March 19

Written by Teagan Picciano on Mar 19, 2013.

Hey South Bay! Here’s today’s prayer leading up to Easter.

Prayer God to Open Future Doors for Expansion

Lord, we are amazed at all that you have done through South Bay! We know are the Great Provider. Your word says in Philippians 4:19, “My God will supply my every need according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” We pray that you would miraculously provide and open doors for South Bay’s future expansion, whether it be the purchase of the North San Jose Campus or additional campuses, we boldly pray that you would provide and open doors.

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21 Days of Prayer: March 18

Written by Teagan Picciano on Mar 18, 2013.

Hey South Bay! We are counting down to Easter. Here’s a prayer that can help us reach others.

Prayer for God to reach Silicon Valley

Lord, help us to reach our coworkers within our sphere of influence. Give us boldness and faith to live out the calling that you have given us. Provide divine opportunities for us to share our faith and invite our friends to South Bay. Tonight is also the “Ask a VC” night at South Bay Church. We pray that God will bring people into the doors of South Bay that would not ordinarily come to church, and that your spirit would touch them powerfully.

To download a PDF version of the prayer guide, please click here.

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21 Day Prayer Guide

Written by Teagan Picciano on Mar 12, 2013.

Prayer Booklet

Hey South Bay!

Amongst the commercialization of Easter, let’s take time to slow down and reflect. We have created a 21 day prayer booklet leading up to Easter to help guide you.

To download a PDF version of the prayer guide, please click here.

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Worship Set 3.3.2013

Written by Archie Jackson on Mar 3, 2013.

Hey South Bay!

This Overwhelmed series has been a great one for me. I definitely get overwhelmed, myself – more often than I’d like to think! Hope it’s been as helpful to you.

Here’s what we’re playing this week:

Furious by Jeremy Riddle

Forevermore by Jesus Culture

Father of Lights by Jesus Culture

Waiting Here for You by Jesus Culture, Feat. Martin Smith

Have a great week, you guys!

~Archie

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Worship Set 2.10.2013

Written by Archie Jackson on Feb 10, 2013.

Hey South Bay!

What a great Sunday! The spoken word piece by Hosanna Wong, the rap piece in the middle of Limitless – and then there’s Andy’s message. Woah! I can’t wait for next week. I’m amazed by how God shows up on a daily basis here at South Bay. And I love it!

Here’s what we played this week:

Limitless by Planetshakers

With Us by Hillsong

I Want to Know You by Jesus Culture feat. Chris Quilala

I Surrender by Jesus Culture

Speak Now Jesus by Starfield

Have a great week!

~Archie

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Worship Set 1.27.2013

Written by Archie Jackson on Jan 27, 2013.

Hey South Bay!

We finished up the Uncommon Sense series today with a message by one of my favorite pastors, Craig Groeschel. And man, he brought it! I know I’ll be praying for wisdom from here on out. And not just because I’m a new dad! Ok, well, that may have a lot to do with it, but I need wisdom in other areas of my life too.

Weren’t our singers today fantastic? Having Jay and Serene around is such a blessing. Here’s what we played today:

Your Love Never Fails feat. Chris Quilala by Jesus Culture

Forever Reign by Hillsong United

Hosanna by Christy Nockles

Have a great week!

- Archie

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Worship Set 1.20.2013

Written by Archie Jackson on Jan 20, 2013.

Hey South Bay!

Now that I’m a Dad, everything seems to be moving much faster than it used to. Weeks just fly by! Luke is growing so fast, and changing every day. There are moments when I just want to pause the world and spend a little more time with him. I totally have a better understanding now of our Heavenly Father’s love for us!

Here’s what we’re playing this week:

With Us by Hillsong

One Thing Remains by Bethel Music

With Everything by Hillsong United

Nothing but the Blood by Jesus Culture

And here’s the set list from last week:

Exalted One by Elevated Worship

Your Love Never Fails by Jesus Culture

The Stand by Hillsong United

This Is Your Life by Switchfoot

Hope you all make this week count!

- Archie

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Worship Set 1.6.2013

Written by Archie Jackson on Jan 6, 2013.

Hey South Bay!

Just in case you missed the big news….. I’m now the proud, proud father of an amazing little man! His name is Luke and he arrived just after Christmas. The best late Christmas gift ever! Luke means “light giving” and both Rebekah and I can’t wait to see what God has planned for him. So when you see me around, don’t be surprised if I’m both bouncing off the walls and falling asleep midway through our conversation. Oh the joys of being a new parent!

Here’s what we played today:

Awaken Me by Jesus Culture

Father of Lights by Jesus Culture

I Want to Know You by Jesus Culture

Hope you guys have a great start to 2013!

- Archie

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End of year note from Pastor Andy

Written by Andy Wood on Dec 31, 2012.

Dear Friends and Family of South Bay Church,

As I reflect on the last year I’m so grateful for all the great things God has done!

We experienced by far the most fruitful year in the history of South Bay Church. In 2012, we moved into our new building at 1180 Murphy, over 150 people indicated first time decisions to follow Jesus, we began reaching 400 more people each week, Bay Kids is reaching 70 more kids per week over this time last year and we watched 101 people go public with their faith in Jesus through baptism. Wow!!

Most importantly are the individual stories of lives being changed. I love the way God has brought so many people out of hopelessness, restored marriages, forgiven shame and brought healing to hurting people. This kind of stuff never gets old for me!

Thank you for making this a great year. Thanks for praying, thanks for giving, thanks for serving, and thanks for believing in the vision of our church.

As we go into 2013 our staff and leadership team is so excited about what God is going do in the coming year! I want to invite you to help us start the year off in the right direction by making an end of the year investment in our ministry.

Monday, December 31 is your final opportunity to give in 2012. If you haven’t made your year-end gift, now is the time.

If you’ve been blessed by the ministry of South Bay Church, we’d be grateful and honored to have you participate with us in the mission God has given us to lead people to say yes to Jesus in the Silicon Valley and change the world.

God has provided a tremendous opportunity. We want to make the most of it, and we want to invite others to be a part of it. Here are three ways in particular you can help out:

1. Set up an account at southbaygiving.org
2. Make a year-end gift online.
3. Automate your giving for 2013.

Any and all of these actions would be tremendously helpful to our church as we plan and prepare for 2013.

I encourage you to prayerfully consider what God might be leading you to do. After getting married in 2003, Stacie and I began praying that God would allow us to give more each year than the year before. He has been faithful to answer that prayer and we’ve watched God grow our hearts as a result.
For all who have given faithfully in 2012, thank you! By God’s grace it has been the best year in the history of South Bay. I can’t wait to see what Jesus will do through us next year as we work together to share His love with the SF Bay Area!

Happy New Year!

Andy

PS, Make sure to mark your calendars for our new series Uncommon Sense kicking off Sunday, January 6 as we will resume normal service times. (9:00a/10:20a/11:40a/1:00p)

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Ideas for a Meaningful Christmas

Written by Filipe Santos on Dec 16, 2012.

Today in our services we talked about making space for God this Christmas. If you missed it, you can listen to the message in our media page (up after 12/17), but here’s the main idea: When I make room in my life for God, Christmas moves from empty rituals to meaningful experiences.

Here are some ideas to help you make your Holiday Season more meaningful:

1. Make it about giving, not getting. Find creative ways to include your family in the joy of making and buying gifts, so that they look forward to giving more than receiving.

2. Read the story with fresh eyes – use a different translation that focuses on the meaning of the text. The Story or the Message translations are great for this. Read Luke 2 together on Christmas Eve or morning.

3. Spend the last 10 minutes each day leading up to Christmas talking about one aspect of the Christmas story at a time. Maybe each day highlight one person in the story (Mary, Zechariah, Simeon…)

4. Sponsor a child through Compassion International and pray for them as a family this Christmas. Use it as an opportunity also to teach your family about other countries… Click here to find out more.

5. Invite someone to share Christmas dinner with your family.

6. Invite your friends to attend church on Christmas Eve with you. Let God use you to impact someone’s life. You can invite people through our Facebook event or just hand them an invite or email link to our website.

7. Have a birthday cake for Jesus or go all out and make it a birthday party!

8. Help your little ones focus on others this season by making use of those Christmas cards received in the mail. Place the cards in a basket on the dinner table; taking turns each night drawing one out. Then pray together for that person or family.

9. Decorate cookies and build gingerbread houses together as a family. Give it to a neighbor…

10. Many families choose to celebrate Advent – the days leading up to Christmas Day. There are fun Advent calendars on the market, some with doors that open and play songs, others that hide chocolate candies or other treats. The Santos family is using a book called, “The Family Book of Advent” by Carol Garborg. It’s great! Another great book to read is the “Advent Conspiracy” – check their website: http://www.adventconspiracy.org/

11. Consider making each Sunday leading up to Christmas special by lighting a candle, reading passages from scripture, and serving a dessert. Spend time talking abou the symbols of Christmas and what they mean.

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Worship Set 12.16.2012

Written by Archie Jackson on Dec 16, 2012.

Hey South Bay,

Christmas is nearly here! And I, like most of you I bet, are nowhere near ready. There always seems to be so much to do around this time of year. I’m especially busy planning and preparing for the White Christmas services we’ll be having. It’s going to be epic – you won’t even recognize the lobby! Get ready to get rocked.

Here’s what we played today:

Awaken Me by Jesus Culture

Father of Lights by Jesus Culture

I Want to Know You by Jesus Culture

Have a great week!

- Archie

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Worship Set 12.9.12

Written by Archie Jackson on Dec 9, 2012.

Hey South Bay!

It’s great to be back with you guys this week. Last week, my wife and I spent our last weekend away pre-baby, and we had a great time. We’re so ready to receive this awesome gift of a child, but after Andy’s message today I’m feeling like I need to spend a lot more time preparing! What a great message. I know I face discouragement at times, and it’s awesome to know that God has a plan for us – it’s all in His timing. Good to remember, especially in the crazy rush of getting ready for Christmas!

Here’s what we played today:

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing by Lincoln Brewster

Exalted One by Elevation Worship

Give Me Faith by Elevation Worship

Beautiful Jesus by Kristian Stanfill

See you next week!

- Archie

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Annual Impact Offering

Written by Andy Wood on Nov 26, 2012.

Hey South Bay,
I’m so excited to introduce to you the 2012 Annual Impact Offering. Each year during the holidays we challenge the people of South Bay to give above and beyond their regular giving to make an even great impact in the coming year. We put together a short video that describes this year’s Annual Impact Offering… Enjoy!

Also, download a PDF of the Annual Impact Offering booklet to find out how you can give and get answers to some of your FAQ’s.

I can’t wait to see what God will do through our generosity as we all give sacrificially!

Much love,
Pastor Andy Wood

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Worship Set 11.25.2012

Written by Archie Jackson on Nov 25, 2012.

Hey South Bay!

Happy belated Thanksgiving! It was a great Thanksgiving in the Jackson household. What a great opportunity to have a whole day built around giving thanks to God for all that He’s provided us with. My wife and I are so blessed, and we’re expecting a new blessing very soon! We’re at 37 weeks (that’s less than 3 weeks away for those who are counting – not that I am or anything….) I’m also thankful for Jeremiah Shaw, who’s leading worship today. Hearing him, his wife, and one of our stellar singers, Michaela (who’s in HIGH SCHOOL by the way. Amazing.) gives me the opportunity to worship God through their song.

Here’s what the band played today:

Furious by Jeremy Riddle

Mighty to Save by Hillsong

Forever Reign by Kristian Stanfill

The Stand by Hillsong United

Hope that replaying these songs will give you the opportunity to spend a little time in worship this week!

- Archie

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Worship Set 11.18.2012

Written by Archie Jackson on Nov 17, 2012.

Hey South Bay,

Hope you enjoyed all the rain we’ve gotten. It’s always sunny around here – and that’s totally ok with me – but when we do get rain, I find myself very thankful for it. It gives everything that fresh clean glow. Pastor Filipe will be bringing the message tomorrow, and I’m excited to hear what he’s got to say.

Here’s what we’ll be playing tomorrow:

Father of Lights by Jesus Culture

Exalted One by Elevation Worship

Beautiful Jesus by Kristian Stanfill

Your Love Never Fails by Jesus Culture

I Need Words by The David Crowder Band

See you all tomorrow! Be sure to bring an umbrella!

- Archie

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Worship Set 11.11.2012

Written by Archie Jackson on Nov 11, 2012.

Hey South Bay!

Wasn’t the message today great? The idea of “RTDs” – aka Religiously Transmitted Diseases – is one that totally clicks. I’m also fairly certain that Log-In-Eye disease is one that we all battle daily. Between self-deception, comparison, and arrogance, well, lets just say I typically manage to catch one of the three pretty frequently. It’s great to have the verses in Galatians to remind me and bring me back to what’s really important – relationship with Christ!

Here’s what we played today:

With Us by Hillsong Live

Exalted One by Elevated Worship

Your Love Never Fails by Jesus Culture

Worthy is the Lamb by Hillsong United

Hope you all have a great week!

- Archie

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Worship Set 11.4.2012

Written by Archie Jackson on Nov 3, 2012.

Hey South Bay!

This weekend has been awesome so far. A bunch of us were all up at the building today, Saturday, working on painting, cleaning, and other odds and ends. I love the way that service has such a big hold in South Bay Church culture. You guys were able to accomplish so much, and everyone had a great attitude all day. Whether you were putting furniture together or cleaning up rubbish over on the side lot. I’m super thankful and grateful for all your help! It’s because of your servant hearts that we are able to reach so many with the message of Jesus.

Here’s what we’re playing tomorrow:

Father of Lights by Jesus Culture

Search My Heart by Hillsong United

I Want to Know You by Jesus Culture

Have a great week!

- Archie

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Worship Set 10.28.2012

Written by Archie Jackson on Oct 28, 2012.

Hey South Bay,

It’s been a great weekend so far. Did anyone else see the sunset last night? It was amazing! God’s art inspires me every day. We’re going to be singing a new song this week, so click the link and add it to your playlist.

This Sunday we’re playing:

Exalted One by Elevated Worship

One Thing Remains by Bethel Music

With Everything by Hillsong United

Marvelous Light by Charlie Hall

Hope these songs can help you in your worship moments throughout the week!

- Archie

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Worship Set 10.21.2012

Written by Archie Jackson on Oct 20, 2012.

Hey South Bay!

It’s been a busy week around here. The Bay Area Rescue Conference was Saturday, and Francis Chan (among other amazing speakers) was in town for the event. And I’m definitely excited to hear Andy’s message this week about setting boundaries. One of the hardest things for most of us to do, but something that is very healthy if done right!

Here’s what we’re playing tomorrow:

Go by Hillsong United

Your Love Never Fails by Jesus Culture

Desert Song by Hillsong United

Awakening by Passion: The Awakening

See you all tomorrow!

- Archie

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Worship Set 10.14.2012

Written by Archie Jackson on Oct 14, 2012.

Hey South Bay!

Hope you’ve been enjoying this Relationship Rehab series – I know I have! We’re getting closer and closer to having a new member of our family, and I’ve found that I’m listening just a little closer to all those comments made about parenting. Need to suck up all the info I can now. Gonna have to use it soon!

Here’s what we’re playing today:

Rain Down by Jesus Culture Feat. Melissa How

With Us by Hillsong Live

I Want to Know You by Jesus Culture

Have a great Sunday!

-Archie

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Worship Set 10.7.2012

Written by Archie Jackson on Oct 7, 2012.

Hey South Bay!

This Relationship Rehab message series is one of my favorites. I love that I can apply what I’m learning to all my relationships, there are actual steps to take, and I know that by working at this – I can really do things right! And next week is gonna be awesome. Having fun is something that I’m already pretty good at, so I can’t wait to get even better.

Here’s what we played this week:

With Us by Hillsong Live

Desert Song by Hillsong United

Your Love Never Fails by Jesus Culture

Enough by Chris Tomlin

Hope these songs help inspire your worship time this week!

- Archie

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Worship Set 9.30.2012

Written by Archie Jackson on Oct 1, 2012.

Hey South Bay!

Sorry for being so late with the post, but it was such an amazing weekend that I wanted to fully experience it all. We had a crazy-good volunteer celebration on Saturday night. Great food (I love wings!), great worship, and a really great message by Pastor Andy. I’m so glad that I’m on staff at South Bay, otherwise I’d definitely be volunteering to get in on all the awesome stuff that God is doing here at South Bay! And Sunday’s message? What an inspiring way to start a week.

Here’s what we played on Sunday:

Where the Spirit of the Lord Is by Chris Tomlin

Search My Heart by Hillsong United

You Are Here by Hillsong

The Stand by Hillsong United

Can’t wait to hear about “Rebuilding Trust” this coming Sunday.

- Archie

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Tired? Worn out? Burned out?

Written by Filipe Santos on Oct 1, 2012.

Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28-30 (The Message)

Sometimes when I’m really tired, I go back to the words of Jesus in Matthew 11. It’s an invitation that I often hear Him whisper in my ears, “if you are tired, come to me…” The truth is that coming to Jesus when we are tired, worn out, or even burned out is not always the natural leaning of our hearts. Very often, men and women turn to other things in their attempt to “find rest”. Pornography, TV, food, friends, drinks, affairs… but they get trapped in even deeper “restlessness”.

Though being in full time ministry (church work) is very fulfilling and rewarding, it can also be very exhausting. The emotions of hearing people’s broken stories, the hours of planning, investing in new leaders, the many pressures that come with a fast-growth church culture, and even the excitement of watching God transform lives… it can suck the energy out of you.

Jesus didn’t guarantee a painless life. He didn’t say serving Him would be easy. He didn’t promise a life with no struggles. Sometimes we need to remember that. What He did promise though is that
He would always be there. He would walk with us in the journey. He would fill our hearts with joy (un-circumstantial inner happiness) and peace beyond our understanding.

So He says, “if you are tired, come to me” – don’t go to other things that will leave you empty. I have learned to love this part of my relationship with God. The incredible feeling of resting in Him. The joy of sensing Him lift my burdens. The peace that He floods into my heart when I just come. It’s beyond explanation. I often come to Him speechless, worn out, and literally at the end of myself. But EVERY-TIME a miracle happens. He shows up. In my weakness, He is made strong. He renews my strength. He gives me rest.

Try coming to Jesus next time you’re at the end of yourself and watch Him meet with you and fill your heart.

“Come close to God, and God will come close to you” James 4:8 NLT

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Worship Set 9.23.2012

Written by Archie Jackson on Sep 23, 2012.

Goooooooood Morning South Bay!

It’s finally here – the day we’ve been preparing for for so many weeks – THE BIG DAY! As we kick off our Relationship Rehab series, we’ve invited a few friends to join us. Doorhangers, mailed fliers, many of you personally invited a bunch of your friends. It’s gonna be awesome to see everyone at service today! I can’t wait to hear how people meet the Lord in their lives, and how He works through them.

Here’s what you’ll here from the band:

With Us by Hillsong Live

Awaken Me by Jesus Culture

Give Me Faith by Elevation Worship

Hope you make it out to one of the 4 services today – can’t wait to see how God moves today!

- Archie

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Thank You South Bay Church!

Written by Andy Wood on Sep 20, 2012.

I am sitting on an airplane 30,000 feet above ground level, both literally and figuratively. In the past 2 days I have had the opportunity to spend time with 12 young pastors. These pastors were hand picked from the West to East coast for the purpose of being a part of a young pastors learning community. The men I just spent time with are, in my opinion, some of the most gifted and high capacity people I’ve encountered in my 31 years of life. We had the opportunity to dream into the future and ask God for a fresh sense of vision for the churches we are blessed to lead.

I’ve spent the last hour reflecting on my notes, praying, and asking God to increase my faith, my obedience, and ultimately my passion for His heart. As I’ve been reflecting on how far we’ve come together in the last 3 ½ years, since launching South Bay Church in February 2009, I am filled with such an overwhelming sense of gratitude.

I could not think of a group of people in the world that I’d rather be called to lead than you.

You constantly exceed my expectations. When it’s time to pray boldly and take on a mountain for God you get on your knees and pick up the white towel to serve with great vigor. You go above and beyond when you are called to sacrifice time and resources. In those moments when God is saying reach out, you do it. You go after people who are disconnected from God with love unlike any church I’ve seen.

You love people when they are hurting, you are hospitable to those far from God, and you care about your community. You respect and honor my family and you also follow the leadership of both our staff and myself.

When God put this vision in my heart over 10 years ago I had hopes and a dream. God is meeting and exceeding that dream and vision, and we are just getting started! I just wanted to let you know that I love you South Bay Church. I am incredibly humbled and honored to be your pastor! I believe in you. I believe you are some of the most gifted, talented yet uniquely humble people I’ve seen.

I’m so glad we get to keep on taking challenge after challenge for God. Thank you for believing and trusting me to hear from God to lead you. I’m in this heart and soul until Jesus takes me home.

Let’s stay faithful, obedient, humble, and willing to do whatever God asks to accomplish His plan. There is no limit!

With love,
Andy

P.S. I can’t wait until Sunday to see what God is going to do! Let’s keep praying and inviting more people. Please ask God to help me preach His message of love powerfully.

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Worship Set 9.16.2012

Written by Archie Jackson on Sep 15, 2012.

Hey South Bay!

I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s message – the last in the BOLD series. Andy’s really going to bring it! If he doesn’t end up getting eaten alive during the birthday camping trip he’s currently on with Caedmon. What a great father-son bonding trip! Can’t wait to hear more about it tomorrow. And hope everyone who’s volunteering at the Art & Wine Festival this weekend has a great time serving. God has definitely blessed us with amazing weather!

Here’s what going on on stage tomorrow:

With Us by Hillsong United

One Thing Remains by Passion, White Flag Album

Nothing but the Blood by Jesus Culture

With Everything by Hillsong Live

See you tomorrow!

- Archie

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Worship Set 9.9.2012

Written by Archie Jackson on Sep 9, 2012.

Hey South Bay!

My wife and I had a great time over on the east coast – we visited family and really enjoyed our time with them. Now we’re back, recharged and ready to rock! Andy’s message today on generosity totally spoke to my heart, so if you’re out of town (like I was last week) or didn’t make it – be sure to head over to the media page and check it out as soon as it gets posted (probably Monday). Being generous and living life generously mean so much more than just handing a quarter to a guy on the side of the road. It’s a complete life-change. The 90 Day Generosity Challenge is something I’m looking forward to!

Here’s what we played today:

Furious by Jeremy Riddle

Search My Heart by Hillsong United

I Want to Know You by Jesus Culture

Forever Reign by Kristian Stanfill

See you next week!

-Archie

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Worship Set 9.2.2012

Written by Archie Jackson on Sep 1, 2012.

Hey South Bay,

Last Sunday’s sermon was inspiring. Craig Groeschel definitely gave me a lot to think about. And made me want to take up tennis. Hah!

This week, the amazing Jeremiah Shaw will be leading worship. He’s such a great guy – totally in tune with Christ’s calling on his life. And he’s not a bad guitar player either!

Here’s what they’ll be playing:

Awaken Me by Jesus Culture

Rain Down by Jesus Culture Feat. Melissa How

Everlasting God by Fellowship Church

Give Me Faith by Elevation Worship

Have a great three-day weekend!

- Archie

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Integrity Manifesto

Written by Andy Wood on Aug 27, 2012.

On August 19 I gave a message titled Heroic Integrity from the life of Daniel in the Old Testament in the bible. You can listen to it on our media page.

At the end of the message I challenged everyone to write their own Integrity Manifesto declaring a stand to live with courage in the difficult decisions of life. I wanted to share with you my Integrity Manifesto to guide you and give you a framework as you write out your own commitments.

1. I will seek God’s pleasure and favor above all things. I will fulfill His unique calling upon my life.

2. I will prioritize my marriage above all human relationships and love Stacie with my words and actions.

3. I will prioritize my relationship with children- sacrificing for and investing in them above all others. They will stand on my shoulders.

4. I will protect myself sexually by guarding my eyes and having no inappropriate relationships in my life.

5. I will honor God with my finances living generously and in a trustworthy manner.

6. I will be a man of my word. I will under-promise and over deliver. I will seek to keep relationships clear.

7. I will honor authority over me. I will leverage authority and influence given to bless and serve others.

8. I will discipline myself physically with eating and exercise. I will not compromise my body.

9. I will seek to keep a soft heart before God that is humble and teachable. I will forgive as I have been forgiven.

10. When I realize there is a gap between who I am and who God wants me to be I will repent to those I’ve harmed, seek forgiveness and get back on the path of life.

11. By God’s grace and with His help I will finish this race running through the finish line!!

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Worship Set 8.19.12

Written by Archie Jackson on Aug 18, 2012.

Hey South Bay,

This Heroes series has been inspiring! Stacie Wood brought it last week. The story of Esther is one that always makes me think. “You were born for such a time as this.” Such an amazing thing to think about. God placed you here for now! I can’t wait for this week. Andy’s back and Jeremiah & Jenny Shaw will be leading the worship band.

Here’s what they’ll be playing this week:

Where the Spirit of the Lord Is by Chris Tomlin

Desert Song by Hillsong United

Enough by Chris Tomlin

Take My Life by Chris Tomlin

Hope you have a great weekend!

- Archie

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Worship Set 8.12.12

Written by Archie Jackson on Aug 11, 2012.

Hey South Bay!

Who else was inspired by Pastor David’s message last Sunday? I’ve spent a lot of time this past week thinking about how I can do a better job of stepping into the gap in my life and the lives of my friends and family. And I can’t wait to hear what Stacie Wood is going to bring this week! Perhaps this one is for the ladies? We’ll have to wait and see!

Here’s what we’re playing tomorrow:

Awaken Me by Jesus Culture

Search My Heart by Hillsong United

Forever Reign by Kristian Stanfill

I Surrender by Jesus Culture

Well, see you in a few hours!

- Archie

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Worship Set 8.5.12

Written by Archie Jackson on Aug 4, 2012.

Hey South Bay!

Get ready for an amazing Sunday. Pastor David is going to be bringing the message, and I can’t wait to hear what God’s put on his heart. We’ll also have different members from our recently returned Ethiopia mission team on hand to tell stories and show photos. Be prepared to be moved!

Here’s what we’ll be playing:

Where the Spirit of the Lord Is by Chris Tomlin

One Thing Remains by Jesus Culture

With Everything by Hillsong United

The Stand by Hillsong United

Can’t wait to see you Sunday!

- Archie

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Interning at South Bay Church

Written by Filipe Santos on Aug 2, 2012.

Summer is winding down, which means we’re going to be losing our amazing summer interns. They have done such a great job in the short time they were here, and we look forward to seeing how God continues to work in their lives even after they’ve stopped working for us!

But Fall coming also means a new batch of Fall interns! Applications are open, so if you are interested in spending more time around the SB office – fill it out now.

To entice you further, our Chief Intern Tim Castagna has written a nice little piece on Life as an Intern:

When I first came in at South Bay Church as an intern in January, it felt like jumping on to a moving train! So much was happening so quickly. I started serving in several areas of ministry all at the same time and was being taught ministry leadership through a fire hose. I couldn’t believe the amount I was learning in so little time. Even the small tasks and duties given became a pleasure because of the context in which I was serving.

When I explained to people who don’t attend church that I interned for a church, the first reaction was always: “Why does a church need interns? Do you make coffee for pastors or something?” Well I’ve actually never made coffee here in the last 8 months. Mostly because I don’t drink it. But even if one of my responsibilities at South Bay Church was to make coffee every morning, I would be more than glad to do so. Because my identity is not in my role as an intern, it is in the purpose that God has given me. (Pastors and Staff, please do not take this as an invitation to ask me to make coffee, but as an illustration to a point! ) God has placed me in this role to serve a purpose, to grow me, and to be a blessing to others. Whether that is through sharing my testimony with a group of students or taking out the trash. It’s all for the purpose of His mission and extending His love to those who don’t yet know Him.

Here’s why you should intern. The program here at South Bay Church not only gives you direct ministry experience in one of the fastest growing churches in the Bay Area, but it will push you to pursue your relationship with God to the next level. You will get to work and learn from some amazing leaders, be a part of a close knit community of interns, and have opportunities to develop new skills you never knew you had in you! Interning could be your next step to find out how God has gifted and wired and to take your relationship with Him to another level. What’s stopping you?!

For more info go to: southbaychurch.org/nextsteps/internship

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Worship Set 7.29.12

Written by Archie Jackson on Jul 28, 2012.

Hey South Bay,

Wasn’t Andy’s message great last week? Forgiveness is definitely something we all deal with, whether we’re on the giving end or the receiving end. Or both! This week there’s going to be even more God-At-The-Movies greatness. I can’t wait!

Here’s what we’ll be playing:

One Thing Remains by Passion

Mighty to Save by Hillsong

You Are Here by Hillsong

The Stand by Kristin Stanfill

See you all tomorrow!

- Archie

Filed under Worship.

C3 Church

Written by Teagan Picciano on Jul 25, 2012.

C3 Church Welcome

Thank you so much for your commitment to pray for our church. As we are only weeks away from our launch we are so appreciative of prayer covering especially from a team that has pioneered the way before us. Both Keira and I along with our 3 girls arrived in the US only 19 weeks ago with nothing more than 11 suitcases and the call of God to reach a city. It has been over these past few months that we have been recipients of the provision, blessing and faithfulness of God. We can testify to a number of miracles that have positioned us in a place where we are ready to launch this brand new church in Palo Alto California. We are constantly inspired by South Bay church and the way God has used you to reach this region. We are so grateful for the relationship between our churches and know that together we will see this region impacted by the gospel and see people won to Jesus.

As it stands right now we are 5 weeks away from launching. Our launch date is the 26th of August and will be held in our new church location the JCC Palo Alto (3921 Fabian Way Palo Alto, CA 94303). For the last few months we have been holding preview services at the Crown Plaza Palo Alto which has allowed us to draw people interested in being a part of a church plant team. We currently have 63 adults & children that we are planting with and are excited about reaching out to the community of Palo Alto. Our worship pastor Carly O’Rourke has arrived last week from Australia and is currently staying on a tourist visa whilst we await her visa process. This has been an incredible boost to our team and the worship services as Carly is a dynamic and anointed leader. Worship is a huge part of the culture of our church and we know with Carly here we can now grow and develop this area.

We have also been able to launch 7 community groups over the past few months reaching different areas of the Peninsula, South Bay and Stanford. One of our values is community and so desire to see our church members reach their market places and communities through these community groups. We have had great testimonies of people being brought into a relationship with Jesus, healing and financial breakthrough as a result of these community groups.

We believe in the power of prayer and are convinced that nothing happens without prayer. In fact we first started with a prayer meeting 19 weeks ago and have grown from that point. We know that the vision that God has put on the inside of us is big and will require large resources and loads of people to achieve it. But one scripture that God gave us in the sending process that we hold onto is Ephesians 3:14-21 (NLT)

“When I think of the wisdom and scope of God’s plan, I fall to my knees and pray to the father, the creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will give you mighty inner strength through his Holy Spirit. And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in him. May your roots will go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love really is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.”

God is more than able to bring provision for the vision so we continue to place our hope and trust in him. Thank you again for your relationship and commitment to pray for us.

Some prayer points to help you pray strategically for us:

Our Launch Service on the 26th August at the JCC Palo Alto. Attendance/New People be added etc. Finances / Church partnerships so we can effectively market into the Palo Alto community. Visa process for Carly our worship pastor Kids ministry leaders

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Adam, Keira, Madiha, Zali & Zara Smallcombe & the C3 Church plant team.

Filed under Church Planting.

Worship Set 7.22.12

Written by Archie Jackson on Jul 21, 2012.

Hey South Bay,

Our grand opening last week was amazing. I’m still trying to get my head around all that God’s done is such a short time. Glad I’m the guy with the guitar and not the one that has to put together a coherent message every week!

Here’s what we’ll be playing tomorrow:

Go by Hillsong United

Magnify by Fellowship Church

Everlasting God by Fellowship Church

You are Here by Hillsong United

Once Again by Matt Redman

See you Sunday!

- Archie

Filed under Worship.

Trip to Ethiopia

Written by Filipe Santos on Jul 18, 2012.

Last year, I had the privilege of traveling to Ethiopia to meet the staff and workers of our partner church in a community called Nazret. The people of this church and community greatly impacted my life, which is why I’m super excited to be going back this year along with 16 other people from South Bay Church. Our partner church, Nazret Emmanuel United Church, is one of the fastest growing churches in Ethiopia. They basically started a church-planting movement in their country, having planted over 150 church in about 10 years.

On top of that, they host of the most amazing Compassion International programs I’ve ever seen. There are hundreds of mothers, babies, and children who have literally been rescued from disease, poverty, and death because of this ministry. I’ll never forget holding these kids and seeing the smile on their faces when they received a letter or gift from their sponsors around the world.

Next week, as our team arrives in Ethiopia, we will serve alongside the staff and volunteers of our local partner church. We’re not going to be superheroes, we’re going to serve, learn, grow, and partner with what God is already doing in their city. We’ll love on the kids, pray for the parents, visit their homes, hear their stories, encourage their leaders, etc. Sometimes in our side of the world, people think that WE are the ones who need to teach and save the people of countries in poverty. Though in some ways we have a lot to offer, I really believe that we often have more to learn from them, then they have to learn from us. Our materialism tricks us into thinking we are better or superior, but my experience has been that those people often have the upper hand in terms of faith, character, and even knowledge.

My prayer for our team and trip is that our eyes would be opened and that God would use this trip to bless our partners in Ethiopia and also mold the hearts of our team. We’re in this for the longrun. We’re hoping to build a long-term, mutually beneficial relationship with Nazret Emmanuel United Church, so that we can someday see extreme transformation happen both in their church and city and ours.

Please pray for us during our trip: July 21-30th.

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Worship Set 7.15.12

Written by Archie Jackson on Jul 15, 2012.

Hey South Bay,

It’s Grand Opening Day! We’ve been gearing up for this day since we moved to the new building. Chairs are out, the lights are ready, and I’m pretty sure I spotted several new sea creatures in the BayKids hallway. I keep asking when they want me to dress up as a shark and pop out of a corner to surprised the kids. They keep turning me down! I guess I’ll just stick with playing in the band.

Here’s what we’ll be playing today:

Furious by Jeremy Riddle

Come Away by Jesus Culture

Forever Reign by Kristian Stanfill

Fix You by Cold Play

Bring a friend, neighbor, the dude you met at the coffee shop…Bring ‘em all!

See you today!

-Archie

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How to Make the Best Investment

Written by Renan Santos on Jul 12, 2012.

The real estate market is a major concern for people living in the beautiful Silicon Valley. Every time we talk to people that have just moved here, this subject is always raised. Should we buy or rent? How can we spend less with housing to be able to diversify our investments? How can we build some equity while living here?

A certain billionaire said that two major thoughts come to the mind of every businessperson: How much could I make if I close this deal? And how much could I lose if I don’t do it?

With our life, it is no different. We have to wisely decide where and how we are going to invest the best years of our existence. Certainly you know men and women that had everything they could ever imagine—money, fame, beauty and intelligence, but in spite of all these things, they still had a very sad life in the end. What did they miss in life? Did they invest their lifetime wisely?

The Bible tells us the very encouraging story of the apostle Paul. He lived a life filled with joy and peace, irrespective of many bad circumstances. Christianity is not like an umbrella that protects us from all life struggles. However, when we decide to follow Jesus—like the apostle Paul did—then Jesus gives us power to face life’s struggles and also a reason to live with constant joy—eternal life.

In Philippians 4:12 Paul said: “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want”. Paul also said in Philippians 1:21: “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain”.

Like Paul, you can also invite Jesus Christ to be your Savior. This is the best investment you can ever make with your life. If you want to better understand how you can do it, click on our Next Steps tab on top of this webpage. God Bless You!

Filed under South Bay Pastors.

Worship Set 7.8.12

Written by Archie Jackson on Jul 9, 2012.

Hey South Bay!

Sorry for getting off schedule! Things have been pretty busy, and it honestly slipped my mind. Man, Andy’s message yesterday was powerful, wasn’t it? Focusing on the things of His heart over my own. Such a great way to start off a week!

Here’s what we played:

Go by Hillsong United

Awaken Me by Jesus Culture

You Are Here by Hillsong United

Awakening by Chris Tomlin

The Church by Elevation Worship

Can’t wait to start the new message series “God at the Movies” next week. There’s gonna be some great stuff in store for us. Have a great week!

- Archie

Filed under Worship.

Worship Set 7.1.2012

Written by Archie Jackson on Jun 30, 2012.

Hey South Bay!

Last week was such a unique and powerful service. Pastor Andy may have been up on the big screen, but the Spirit was definitely all around us. I’m looking forward to another great service this week when Pastor David shares what’s on his heart. It’s going to be great.

Here’s what we’ll be playing:

Furious by Jeremy Riddle

Search My Heart by Hillsong United

Nothing But The Blood by Jesus Culture

With Everything by Hillsong United

I Surrender by Jesus Culture

See you on Sunday!

- Archie

Filed under Worship.

Stories of South Bay: Life is Better Together

Written by Megan Stevens on Jun 27, 2012.

Hi! I’m Megan. I volunteer quite a bit around South Bay, and I’ll be posting encouraging stories from South Bay folks here on the blog.

If you’ve got one you’d like to share—email me at mstevens @ southbaychurch[dot]org

I guess we’ll start off with mine…..

Many people who live around here are locals. They have family in the area, or have had family move to the area since they’ve gotten here. If that’s you—you’re one super lucky person.

There are also many of us here who moved from far, far away. Some even crossed oceans to get to this little valley! While I did come from one of the contiguous 48 states, the plane ride back to see my relatives takes nearly an entire day.

Some of you may think that means I’m without family here—but that’s where you’re wrong.

One of South Bay’s core values is:

We don’t go to church, we are the Church.

And I would paraphrase that to: We don’t go to some building and sit for an hour, we live life together!

As soon as my husband and I joined South Bay last September, we joined a Life Group. We wanted to make friends, and boy, did we! We now hang out with various members of that first group after work, on weekends, or whenever. Last semester, my husband even joined the half-marathon group, and made a bunch of nice—albeit sweaty—new friends.

We also joined a (few) volunteer teams. I met my new best friend while sorting Connection Cards on Monday Mornings. Greeting on Sundays has been a great way to get to know pretty much everybody. And signing up for the Ethiopia mission trip provided us, nigh instantaneously, with 15 new family members.

South Bay Church may be a random collection of people, from all walks of life, with myriad different backgrounds. But you know what? That sounds an awful lot like family.

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Worship Set 6.24.2012

Written by Archie Jackson on Jun 23, 2012.

Hey South Bay!

This week we’ll be playing three songs during the opening worship time. After the message, we’ll be playing a different song that really speaks to what Andy will be talking about. I’m super excited to be worshiping with you all this Sunday. Hope you’ll have a perspective-changing experience!

Where the Spirit of the Lord Is by Chris Tomlin

Awaken Me by Jesus Culture

Awakening by Chris Tomlin

Speak Now Jesus by Starfield

Have a great weekend!

-Archie

Filed under Worship.

Intern Reflections: Everyone Stacks the Chairs

Written by Filipe Santos on Jun 7, 2012.

I’d like to take a minute to introduce you to one of our out-going interns, Casey. She was a cornerstone of many events (like HUNT!) and helped tremendously with our communications (she’s an English major). Since her time as an intern is coming to a close, I’ve asked her to write about her experience here. Check out her insights and story:

Hello! My name is Casey, and I’m one of the interns here at South Bay Church. Well, for one more week, anyway!

Next week is my last week as an intern. I’ve had the incredible privilege of serving alongside the staff of an awesome church for the past five months. So I wanted to give you a little peek into what it’s like to be an intern here.

Here’s one of the coolest things I learned about the staff at South Bay Church:

Everyone stacks the chairs.

Let me explain what I mean: Last week, we needed to make some room in the main auditorium so that we could do some cleaning and organizing. When our staff meeting finished up, everyone went over to the auditorium to stack chairs.

Everyone.

It was so cool to see the pastors working alongside the interns, the BayKids directors, the finance team, the Life Groups team, etc. Everyone was working together on the exact same job—just a simple, menial task of stacking chairs.

In many organizations, something like this would be the intern’s responsibility. The interns are the ones who make coffee runs, vacuum, clean up, send e-mails, and file papers. Everyone else does the more important things.

But there is no task too small or insignificant in God’s kingdom. One of South Bay’s core values states this truth well:

We lead with white towels in hand.

We want to do whatever it takes and give everything we have to reach people who are far from God. Everyone—staff member, leader, and volunteer alike—serves at any level, doing any task, whatever it takes to show God’s love to the Bay Area and to the world .

In Luke 22, Jesus commanded his disciples to do the same: “Those who are the greatest among you should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant.” (Or in South Bay staff terms, the pastor shall be like the intern.)

South Bay interns get to be a part of South Bay’s mission to “urgently lead people to say ‘Yes’ to Jesus and live passionately for him.” Interns don’t just do grunt work; they serve in big ways to share the good news of Jesus.

At South Bay Church, everyone stacks the chairs.

If you’re interested in learning more about internships at South Bay Church, check the website and apply: http://southbaychurch.org/nextsteps/internship/

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Worship Set 6.3.2012

Written by Archie Jackson on Jun 5, 2012.

Hey Guys!

This past Sunday we played:

Marvelous Light by Charlie Hall

Awaken Me by Jesus Culture

You Are Here by Hillsong United

Give Me Faith by Elevation Worship

We’re probably going to start posting these on Saturday, before the Sunday Experience. Maybe this way you can learn all the words before you come!

See you Sunday,

- Archie

Filed under Worship.

No Perfect People Please

Written by Mandy Santos on May 31, 2012.

One of our core values at South Bay Church is,

We do whatever it takes to reach those far from God.

So much of what we do at South Bay is with this in mind. On Sunday mornings, everyone from parking lot attendants to guest service volunteers focus on how to show God’s love to anyone who walks through our doors.

We want the thirty-year-old who comes to church for the first time to feel like he can find God.
We want the girl who was raised in a Buddhist family to get her questions answered.
We want the father desperate to know his kids again to experience the love of the Father.

The Church isn’t a place for perfect people.

It’s a place where those who are sick find healing.
It’s a place where those who are broken find restoration.
It’s a place where those who are depressed find hope.

We don’t ever want people to think they have to have it all together before they can come to South Bay. All of us have stuff to work out. We are all a work in progress.

Jesus said in Luke 5:31-2, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor — sick people do. I have come to call sinners to turn from their sins, not to spend my time with those who think they are already good enough.”

We do whatever it takes to reach those far from God because we know that when people experience the love of God, their lives will never be the same. It is power of the Holy Spirit that is at work in each heart and in each life that brings life transformation. We’ve seen hundreds of lives changed in just a few years; I can’t wait to see how he changes more.

If you don’t have it all together, then South Bay is a place for you.

Read more from Mandy on her blog at www.mandysantos.com

Filed under South Bay Pastors.

Worship Set 5.27.2012

Written by Archie Jackson on May 29, 2012.

Hey South Bay,

This past week’s worship songs were:

Furious by Jeremy Riddle

Hosanna by Christy Nockles

The Stand by Hillsong United

I hope that these songs help inspire your own worship this week!

- Archie

Filed under Worship.

Look Behind You!

Written by David Hibiske on May 24, 2012.

When was the last time you stopped and looked behind you? Not to find something you dropped, but to see who is following you. And I’m not talking about a crazy stalker or some weirdo. I’m talking about a group of people you may not even realize are following you – I’m talking about the generation behind you.

You may think, “No one in the next generation is following me,” but the reality is, if you’re older than a single person on the planet, you’re being followed. You may not be followed physically, like kindergartners follow their teacher, rather, the model you set by your life is being followed.

The way you live your life, the actions you take, words you say, the way you worship, your obedience to God, and your love for others are all watched and imitated. The next generation, the children behind you as a teenager, the teenagers behind you as a college student, and the college students behind you as an adult are all looking for someone to show them how to do this thing we call “Life”. They’re watching you to see if this “God thing” is as real in your life as you say it is with your words. Everything you do is being watched and imitated!

This is why Jesus speaks so strongly in Matthew 18:1-14 about how we (adults, parents, even teenagers) are living in front of the children who are following behind us. Jesus calls us to watch how we live our life because we are either pointing those behind us to God or further from Him, and God’s heartbeat is that no child should be lost and apart from Him (Matthew 18:14).

This past Sunday, we as a church got to witness two of our elementary children in BayKids take the step to go public with their faith in Jesus through baptism. These kids were impacted by the adults God has placed around them who model what it means to know and follow Jesus. You, yes you, can make a difference in the life of a child or teenager for Jesus!

Don’t forget to stop and look behind you to see who is watching and following your every step!

Filed under Family Ministry.

Worship Set 5.21.2012

Written by Archie Jackson on May 21, 2012.

Hey South Bay!

Many of you ask me on Sunday for the names of the songs we play and where you can find them. I’ll be listing them here on the blog on the Monday after service. Be sure to stop by!

This Sunday we played:

Furious by Jeremy Riddle

Search My Heart by Hillsong United

Forever Reign by Hillsong United

All links are to iTunes.

Filed under Worship.

Move-In Day!

Written by Stacie Wood on May 10, 2012.

I am currently laying in bed with a 102 fever, so please forgive me if this post is incoherent. And I would also really appreciate your prayers for a speedy recovery. Andy & I are supposed to go out of town Thursday/Friday to celebrate our 9 year anniversary. AND we are supposed to team-teach this Sunday at South Bay Church for Mother’s Day. It’s never a convenient time to get sick…

With all that said, I couldn’t keep myself from sharing with you about our amazing day at church last Sunday. After meeting at a local public school for the past 3.5 years, yesterday we moved in to our first long term facility. Exciting doesn’t come close to describing the energy in the air.

There are so many inspiring stories of volunteers (hundreds of volunteers) who invested countless hours and expertise into building a sound booth, painting every wall, assembling furniture, hanging lights and sound equipment, and on and on… If you would have seen the building 2 weeks ago (or even 1 week ago) you would have thought that there is no way it’s all going to come together. But it did. And it was beautiful.

I went by the building on Friday night around 10 to see who was still up there. About 40 volunteers, that’s who. Archie, our worship pastor, stayed at the building until 3 AM a couple nights. But not by himself…with 9 volunteers on his team.

To see the sacrifice and work that our people banded together to do was a beautiful thing. We work with some of the most generous, servant-hearted, Kingdom-minded people in the world. And we are so thankful for them.

Head over to my blog, Marriage, Motherhood & Ministry to see photos from Sunday!

Filed under South Bay Pastors.

Closing One Chapter… Starting Another

Written by Stacie Wood on May 1, 2012.

Yesterday was a bittersweet day for me as we had our last Sunday services at Don Callejon School (DCS) before moving into our newly renovated facility. South Bay Church has been meeting at DCS for the past 3.5 years and there are so many wonderful memories and “God-stories” in that place.

Here are a few of my most memorable moments from our first 3.5 years as a church:

  • November 16, 2008 – Our first ever public service. So much work. So much prayer. So much publicity. So much nervous energy. We weren’t sure if anyone would show up or if it would just be our staff holding hands in a circle singing Kum-Ba-Yah. But 125 people from our community showed up that day and a church was born.
  • May 3, 2009 – Our first baptism service. 18 people, most of whose stories I personally knew, decided to get baptized that day. I watched with tears streaming down my face as those people came out of the water pumping their fists in the air as if to say, “I feel so ALIVE in Jesus!” I thought to myself, “You are the reason we moved to California. You are the reason we started South Bay Church. And you are so worth it!”
  • We met outside under a tent on the school’s blacktop during our first two summers because we weren’t allowed to use the gym. Much to our surprise, we grew a lot each summer.
  • 3 years of Easter egg hunts.
  • Loving our city by helping with all of the Santa Clara city events: 4th of July Festival, City Street Dance, Art & Wine Festival.
  • 4 years of Christmas Eve services.
  • Passing out thousands of door hangers.
  • Receiving hateful phone calls from the thousands of door hangers… grin
  • Giving a young widow with 4 children a minivan.
  • August 29, 2010 – Sammy’s first day at South Bay.
  • Establishing our first international partnership with Ethiopia via Compassion International.
  • 2 years of Kids’ Games.
  • Staff parties – oh, how I adore our staff.
  • Seeing our growing base of volunteers serve their hearts out: set up, tear down, first impressions team, BayKids leaders, production crew, life group leaders, office volunteers, special events, and on and on and on. It is a humbling and beautiful thing to see so many people give so many hours in efforts to show God’s love to their community.
  • Having my kids tell me about what they’re learning in BayKids and hear them quote their memory verse.
  • Watching the culture of South Bay take root… our people serve sacrificially, give generously, invite their friends and family intentionally, and love without walls.
  • Hearing stories of lives that have been changed. Every single one is significant and just blows my mind at the goodness of God.
  • Praying and fasting with Andy and/or our staff on behalf of our church and our city.
  • Celebrating 286 people who have made first time decisions to follow Christ and 152 people who have decided to be baptized since the beginning of South Bay Church.

South Bay has grown from 3 families who didn’t know anyone in the Silicon Valley to a 40 person Launch Team, to having 919 people in attendance yesterday. So many lives have been changed through a local public school that was transformed into holy ground every Sunday. I realize that the “Church” is the people of God, not a building. But that particular building will forever be special to me.

God did this. He gets all the credit and glory and honor for it. What a privilege and indescribably JOY to get to be a small part of this big thing that HE is doing.

As we close this chapter and begin writing the next, we believe with every fiber in our beings that the best is yet to come! We will see you next Sunday at 1180 Murphy Avenue, San Jose, CA 95131.

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How the guys at Google, Apple… are helping the Church

Written by Filipe Santos on Apr 30, 2012.

I would say that one of my favorite things in life is seeing people start using their time, talents, and treasures for a HIGHER purpose, not just their own.

There are very few organizations and churches that have the quantity & quality of volunteers that we have at South Bay Church. When we serve at city events, there are hundreds of volunteers who step up to serve even in the dirtiest jobs. Every Sunday there have been dozens of volunteers who show up at 6:45am to set up our kids spaces and auditorium for church services, not to mention the hundreds who serve during 1 of our 4 services. I could go on and on…

After 3 years of ‘portable’ church, yesterday we had our last Sunday gathering at Don Callejon School. As I was locking the school gym one last time after tear down, I was reflecting on the amount of work that passionate volunteers put into creating engaging experiences for those far from God to encounter Him. I was so amazed as name after name came to mind – people from all different cultures, backgrounds, talents, ages… serving their hearts out because of their love for God and people.

Though I know I don’t have enough space to mention everyone who sacrificially serves @ South Bay, I thought I’d start by acknowledging the ones in the tech world, which is one of the benefits of church-planting in Silicon Valley. These are some of the people who caught the vision that God has given them specific technological gifts and positioned them in influential places, not just so that they can create awesome tech products, but so that they can impact the world with His Love and advance the Kingdom of God with what’s in their hands.

  • Google – Mark Louie is a project manager at Google and our Technology Director at South Bay Church. He meets monthly with 10+ developers and other tech guys at the Google campus in order to advance the use of the technology at our church. Many other SB googlers like Jonathan Tan and Cade Fassett are working hard in his team to help us create websites, mobile apps, maximize social media, and many other technology initiatives.
  • Apple – Fred Torres has been one of our best connections at Apple, not to mention the fact that he and his wife have brought over 40 people to church with them, many of whom received Christ and were baptized last year (watch their story). Fred helped us get iPads for our Connection Center, so that people can sign up for Life Groups and Volunteer Teams easier.
  • Cisco Systems – Andrew Timco from Cisco spend 14 hours just this last Saturday setting up our wireless infrastructure at our new North San Jose Campus. He and other volunteers designed and installed in our building just about the most kicking wireless set up available out there.
  • Intuit – Dante is a programmer and serves on Sunday mornings in the Production team and has been helping us maximize the use of some of our internal database systems, like Planning Center and Fellowship One.
  • LinkedIn – Andrew Pottenger is a web programmer and designer at LinkedIn and spent many hours helping us finish our new church website. He is also creating the mobile version of our site and working on several other design projects for the church.
  • TiVo – Matthew Beck is helping us use the latest technology to livestream our Sunday services, as well as helping us with the launch of the SB iPhone app.
  • Social Media / Marketing experts – Mike Louie (VMware) and Tony Yang (start ups) are helping us stay current and ahead with our Social Media initiates and communication.

There are SO many more people I could mention here. It is so beautiful to see people after people shifting to a SELFLESS and SACRIFICIAL type of living. These are people who realize that there is more to life than creating products, making profit, and building our own kingdoms. These people have been changed by God and now use their talents, time, and treasures for a higher purpose. What a great example to follow!

Hope you also ask God how He can use your life for His purposes and Kingdom, not just your own. That’s the way of true life and fulfillment.

“If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.” Jesus (Matthew 16:24, NLT)

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10 Days and Counting

Written by Andy Wood on Apr 26, 2012.

We are just 10 days away from the launch into our new facility on Sunday May 6th!!!

It’s amazing how much work has been accomplished in the last week. We’ve been passing inspections with the city, portions of the auditorium have been painted, doors are going in, and walls are being primed for MOVE IN DAY. We have had close to 75 people serving as volunteers over the last week helping make a difference. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!

Please pray diligently this week that God would continue to help the final stages of construction to go smoothly, that He would move mightily on MOVE IN DAY and many lives would be impacted.

Click here to see some pics of progress over the last week.

There is a ton of work still to be done!!!

Here are a few ways you can get involved:

· April 26-April 29 – Light construction, flooring, cleaning and some painting. For more info and to sign up click here.

· April 30-May 5 – Painting, painting, and more painting! For more info and to sign up click here.

And be sure to join us on Sunday, April 29th, at 6:30 pm in the new building. We’ll spend the evening doing a walk through of the new facility and committing it to God!

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Move In Day!!! Sunday, May 6

Written by Andy Wood on Apr 16, 2012.

I’m super excited to announce we have a LAUNCH DAY for the new South Bay building…

Sunday, May 6 with 4 services – 9:00a/10:20a/11:40a/1p!!! That’s just 20 days from today.

Last week we were able to make a ton of progress on the building. We added the walls in the auditorium, cut doors for the nursery, and started construction on the sound booth. In addition, close to 30 volunteers showed up on Saturday to continue beautifying the outside of the building. We had several city inspections (which went well) and we continue to make progress every day.

In the next 10 days we hope to begin the painting in our auditorium, installing equipment, painting in the BayKids’ area and continue work on the outside of the building. Please be in prayer that God would be gracious to us this week during continued city inspections and for His favor on the speed of our work.

If you’d like to view some of the pics from this past Saturday and the progress on the building, click here.

Here are a few ways you can get involved:

· Weekdays, April 16-20 – Light construction, flooring, cleaning and some painting. For more info and to sign up click here.

· Weekdays, April 23-27 – Painting, painting, and more painting! For more info and to sign up click here.

And be sure to join us on Sunday, April 29th, at 6:30 pm in the new building. We’ll spend the evening doing a walk through of the new facility and committing it to God!!!

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Finishing Touches

Written by Andy Wood on Apr 12, 2012.

We’re in the final stages of the building remodel of our new facility at 1180 Murphy in North San Jose (click here for map)!! The air is thick with sheetrock dust and there are plenty of wires still dangling from the ceiling. Even though it’s a tad bit chaotic, God is at work. I’m so excited to be announcing the move-in date during our services at South Bay Church this Sunday, April 15th!!

The construction has gone well and all the permits have cleared with the city! Praise God and thanks for your prayers!

So, South Bay, mark your calendars. Before we officially move in (on the date that will be announced on Sunday), there are a few finishing touches left to do. Walls need to be painted, floors replaced, flowers planted, and everything could use a thorough cleaning.

Here are a few ways you can get involved:

· Saturday, April 14 – Yard Day! Sign up here for a shift to come beautify the campus.

· Weekdays, April 16-20 – Light construction, flooring, cleaning and some painting. For more info and to sign up click here.

· Weekdays, April 23-27 – Painting, painting, and more painting! For more info and to sign up click here.

And be sure to join us on Sunday, April 29th, at 6:30 pm in the new building. We’ll spend the evening doing a walk through of the new facility and committing it to God!!!

I can’t wait for us to move into the new campus. God is doing big things at South Bay, and we’ve only just begun to see what He’s planned for us.

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Easter Weekend Recap

Written by Andy Wood on Apr 11, 2012.

If you’ve been around South Bay Church at any time during the past several weeks, you’ve heard me say this: Easter Sunday is like Super Bowl Sunday for the church. It’s the day that we anticipate and pray like crazy for every year. It’s the day we celebrate an empty tomb and the message that our faith hinges on. South Bay Church spent countless hours preparing and planning, spending time and money, all to celebrate the event that changed history. And let me tell you, it was worth it!

This past Saturday we had over 4,000 people from the community join us at Live Oak Park for Hunt! and around 2,000 people at the Santa Clara City Egg Hunt at Central Park. We gave away toys, prizes, and 32,000 candy-filled eggs. In order to pull that off, South Bay had to show up. And you did. Praise God! I want to send a huge thank you to all of you who stepped up and served. Seeing the smiles on kids’ faces, who are perhaps experiencing the love of Jesus for the first time, made it all worth it.

The next day, we had hundreds of volunteers serving across 5 services to welcome over 1,500 people! There was rapping, dancing, painting, and worshiping. There was laughter, a bounce castle, and plenty of coffee. Jesus moved hearts and over 12 people made first time decisions to follow Christ!!! Thank you to all of you who invited your friends and family to join us and to those who served. Your personal invitations, hard work, and prayers made all the difference.

Without Easter, there would be no hope!! Easter is a celebration of the risen Christ, His triumph over death, and His presence in our lives today. On Easter Sunday at South Bay, Jesus won the Super Bowl. And His love wins it again every day.

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What really shapes a child’s life.

Written by Filipe Santos on Mar 31, 2012.

I was reminded this morning of the fact that parents are by far the biggest influence in the lives of their children. We teach that concept, but it’s different when you see your children doing the exact things you do. This can be really good or really bad, depending on what example we’re setting for them. What I’m saying is that, in some ways, you can’t really get too upset about how your kids turn out—because most of the time, they are just imitating us.

THE GOOD: This morning my 4-year old daughter came downstairs with a journal in her hand and said, “I need to read my Bible before I eat my breakfast” and then sat on the couch and “pretended” to read the Bible (she can’t really read yet). I was pretty encouraged that she understood the value of letting God speak through the Bible, by watching us do it everyday. My 5-year old also began wanting to do her “devotions” on her own now that she knows how to read.

THE BAD: Later, the kids went up to their room and the girls began “role-playing” mommy and daddy with with my son Efraim. I noticed their tone of voice was not very pleasant with him, but when I went to talk to them about it, I realized that they were just imitating the tone of voice that my wife and I sometimes use! How convicting. The way we talk, our tone, our words… are all penetrating their little minds and then coming out of their mouths the same way.

We shape our kids more than anyone else, in good ways and bad ways. So today God reminded me that if I want my kids to love him, I MUST LOVE HIM. If I want my kids to speak to be encouragers, I MUST BE ENCOURAGING. If I want my kids to value wisdom and humility, I MUST MODEL IT.

So simple, but so profound. So simple, but so easy to forget. God help us lead the way and model godliness to the next generation.

“You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up…” Deuteronomy 6:5-7 (NLT)

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Renovation in progress…

Written by Filipe Santos on Mar 30, 2012.

Our new building renovation is at full speed! The city has given us almost all the permits we need at this point and we are now shooting to be in the building beginning of May, 2012. Please continue to pray for all the final permits to go through, so that we can move forward without hindrances.

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What if God had not been on our side?

Written by Filipe Santos on Mar 27, 2012.

“What if the Lord had not been on our side?” Let all Israel repeat. What if the Lord had not been on our side…” Psalm 124

That is a question we should all ask at times. What would have happened if God hadn’t stepped in? Who would we be if God hadn’t intervened in our lives? In this Psalm, David takes the time to think about what would would have happened to the Israelites if God hadn’t given them favor. Here’s a summary of what David said would have happened:

“Our enemies would have conquered us”
“The pressure would have overwhelmed us”

That reality actually happened to the Israelites. God told them to go into the promised land and conquer the land, but the people sinned by not having faith to believe God would give them the strength to conquer these “giant” people. So God told them they would no longer be able to occupy that land and that He would give it to their children instead.

In Numbers 14:39-45, after the people heard that news, they felt “sorry” for what they had done and decided to try to go into the land anyways. But Moses said, “Why are you now disobeying the Lord’s orders…. It won’t work. Do not go up into the land now. You will only be crushed by your enemies because the Lord is not with you.” Long story short: they went anyways and got crushed.

What if the Lord in not on our side?

Who would we be if God hadn’t intervened in our lives?
I would have never gotten out of a life of drugs and unfulfilling addictions.
I would have probably not married a godly women and would be divorced by now.
I would be living a selfish life in pursuit of worldly wealth, a life with no impact.
As I think of the process of starting a church, if God hadn’t been on our side…
Our fund-raising attempt would have failed
Our attempts to build a launch team would have failed
Our attempts to partner with our city would have failed
Our marketing and church growth strategies would have failed
Our efforts in reaching people far from God would have been empty
Wow, how we need God’s favor. If God is not on our side, all this is meaningless. If the good things we do are not initiated and guided by His Hands, they will be empty deeds. This principle is why our core value #11 as a church is this:

“We depend on the favor of God – We believe God-sized movements happen when we act in audacious faith in the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Without God on our side, we will fail.

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Because of the Cloud

Written by Andy Wood on Dec 26, 2011.

2 Chronicles 5:13-14

“The trumpeters and singers joined in unison, as with one voice to give praise and thanks to the LORD. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, they raised their voices in praise to the LORD and sang: ‘He is good: his love endures forever’. Then the temple of the LORD was filled with a cloud, and the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled the temple of God.”

The people of God had long awaited this moment. David wished he could see it, the people sacrificed for it, Solomon was the mastermind commissioned to build it. However, something happened that no man could contrive or conspire on his own accord. The glory of the LORD filled the temple of God. Everything was in place, the temple furnishing were brought in, glorious colors and precious gems decorated this moment. The Ark had been brought to its place. Everything was ready and prepared. Then IT happened. God showed up, the manifest presence of God Almighty in a cloud!

The scripture uses this powerful phrase, “Because of the Cloud…” Because of the Cloud. Because of the presence of God. Because His presence was so thick the bible says that not even the priests could perform their duty. Everything stopped. Their world stopped spinning, their praises became a whisper and everything became still before the LORD Almighty.

This Cloud, His presence changed everything. He was now with them. He would be amongst them, He would lead them, He would guide them and instruct them. He would protect them and provide for them. His love would become real to them. His presence changed everything.

Because of the Cloud… today His presence still changes everything. His presence heals marriages, restores brokenness, brings the prodigal home, convicts the sinner, brings the power to change, and infuses jubilation beyond description.

Are we seeking His presence? Is there evidence of The Cloud? Could people look at your life today or your church today and say, “Because of the Cloud”?

I want to lead a life, a family, a church, and a movement that can only be described by saying, “Because of The Cloud, Because of the manifest presence of God.” Let’s seek Him like we never have before. Let’s trust Him and beg Him to show up!

Because of the Cloud.

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