AUGUST 2017“IBC exists to invite people into community with God and His people, equipping them to follow and serve Christ.”
Tragically, sex outside of marriage has become the “norm” in our culture. And it’s not just “lost people.” Many who profess faith in Jesus engage in premarital sex with little or no sense of shame. After all, times have changed. If everyone’s doing it, how can it be wrong? Right? But what does the Bible say? In the Bible, God condemns all sexual activity that takes place outside of a covenant, life-long marriage between one man and one woman. In 1 Corinthians 6:9, Paul declares that neither the sexually immoral…nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality…will inherit the kingdom of God.
There’s no “wiggle room” here. As believers, moral purity is not optional for us. Moral purity is an expression of our love for God and a natural outflow of our trust in Jesus! That’s why I beg you to carefully consider the cost of condoning or coddling sexual sin in your life. As believers, we must stand against sexual sin—both in our own lives and the lives of our brothers and sisters. There’s simply too much at stake!
First, we must know that when we sin sexually we sin against ourselves. In 1 Corinthians 6:13-18 Paul writes, …The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. …Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? …Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.
With these words, Paul reminds us that sex is never a frivolous or meaningless act. In a way we can’t fully understand, intercourse involves more than two bodies. It involves two souls. Paul says that’s true even in a physical relationship as cold and impersonal as a visit to a prostitute. Think about what that means. As a Christian you are spiritually bound to Jesus. You are indwelt by God’s Spirit. That’s why, whenever you engage in sinful sex, you damage yourself by defiling the spiritual bond you have with Christ. In the same way—because every sexual relationship is a “one-flesh” relationship—every act of immorality defiles your relationship with your present or future spouse. Apart from God’s grace, every sexual encounter you experience outside marriage pollutes the relationship God wants you to enjoy exclusively with your spouse in marriage. That’s why, when you sin sexually, you sin against yourself.
But that’s not all. When you sin sexually, you sin against others. In 1 Thessalonians 4:3-6 Paul says, For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter…
Very often, sex outside of marriage involves little more than using another person’s body to selfishly satisfy your own impulses and desires. Whenever we use another person—created in God’s image—as an instrument to satisfy our lust we sin against them. In addition, every time you have sex outside of marriage, you’re taking what doesn’t belong to you. In God’s economy, the sexual intimacy a partner may share with you rightly belongs only to their present/future husband or wife. In the same way, every time you give your body sexually to someone you’re not married to, you sin against your present/future spouse by giving to another what exclusively belongs to them.
Finally—and even more sobering—when we sin sexually, we sin against God! Again, in 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8 Paul says, For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God…because the Lord is the avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you. For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness. Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.
Never forget! In a world where sexual sin in considered to be no sin at all, we must repent of our immorality. As believers, purity must be our pursuit. Why? Because when we sin sexually, we sin against ourselves. When we sin sexually, we sin against others. And, most important, when we sin sexually we sin against God—the God to whom we must one day give account!
Will you come to Jesus with your sexual sin? Will you seek His forgiveness and His grace to leave it behind? Will you believe the promise of God’s word, If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
PLEASE BE CONSIDERATE:
For the sake of our seniors and babies, please stay home & get well when you or your children are sick.
FOOD AND DRINK
Please do not bring food or beverage (water is okay) into the worship service. This is an issue of showing respect for God as we gather together to honor Him. Refreshments are fine in the tiled areas of the church during the Sunday school hour. Thanks!
Join us each Sunday morning as Pastor Dean and Pastor Lucas preach through one of Paul's most personal letters, 2 Corinthians. In this letter, Paul address some who have rejected his ministry as their "father in the faith" and his authority as an apostle.
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS
Join us this month for our Sunday morning Bible Study through the Gospel of John. We'll discover who Jesus is, what Jesus did, and why it matters to us! The Gospel of John is a foundational study for our lives and our faith! No matter where you're at in your relationship with God, this study will help you! We meet every Sunday at 9:45 a.m. in the tiled area of the auditorium.
Children’s Church is offered in classroom 1, for children ages 4 through 4th grade during the sermon time each Sunday. It is a time of prayer and learning God’s Word in a way they can understand. There is still a need for additional teachers and teacher’s assistants to help with this class. Lesson plans will be provided. Some preparation time for teachers is involved. Please see Monica Jewett for more info.
NO-HOMEWORK BIBLE STUDY
This Group meets on Tuesday’s at 6:30 p.m. Please contact Maurine Kidd for more information.
The Men’s Group will begin meeting again on Saturday August Fifth. We will continue to meet every Saturday morning from 7-8:30 here at the Church. Come and join us as we press into God and His Word. Breakfast will be held every third Saturday of the month, same time and location. Come and fellowship with the men of IBC. Please give Pastor Lucas a call with any questions or concerns 925-482-4239.
WOMEN’S MORNING PRECEPT BIBLE STUDY
The ladies Precept upon Precept Bible study meets on Monday at 9:30-11:30 am at the church; and will begin Part 7 of the Kings and Prophets study on August 28. We will be studying the books of II Kings and II Chronicles, Revival or Captivity? This dynamic four-week course from our Kings and Prophets Series will have a major impact on your walk with the Lord. We'll watch God raise up a Gentile threat (Assyria) to Israel as its kings continue the spiritual descent begun by Jeroboam - compromising with idols and refusing to repent at the warnings of prophets Elijah and Elisha. Please join us! For more information contact Cynthia Edwards or Heather Stone.
WOMEN’S MONDAY EVENING BIBLE STUDY
The Monday evening Women’s Bible Study that meets at the church from 6:30-8:00pm is taking a break for the summer and will resume meeting in the fall. Free childcare is provided. If you have any questions, please contact Judy or Heather.
CHILDREN’S BIBLE CLUB
IBC’s Children’s Bible Club meets every Thursday from 6:30—8:00 p.m. This consists of games, crafts & most importantly a lesson from God’s Word, and is for children who are in the first through sixth grade. Volunteers are still needed to help with the Club itself or to pick up & take home children. Child-care will be provided for younger children. Come and invite your friends! For info call Valori Henderson.
Note: Children’s Bible Club ended on May 25th – and will resume in the fall.
GOOD NEWS CLUB
Intermountain leads a free Child Evangelism Fellowship Good News Club (GNC) every Thursday afternoon at Vista Elementary School (4925 S 2200 W), from 3:30-4:30 pm through May (except for “no school” and “early dismissal” days). GNC time includes Bible lessons, songs, games, and memory verses. If you know children who attend Vista, please encourage them to attend! Also, please pray that many children and their families will come to Christ. Please contact Cynthia Edwards or Joan Manning if you would like more information or would like to be involved in this ministry! Note: Good News Club ended on May 18th – and will resume in the fall.
MISSIONARY PRAYER MEETING AND MEAL
Join us for our monthly missionary prayer meeting following our worship service – usually on the 4th Sunday of the month. A light meal follows our time of prayer. Our August meeting is on the 27th.
PRAYING OUR PRODIGALS HOME (Luke 15:11-24)
Does your heart break for a prodigal son or daughter? Join us as we pray for our loved ones who have left the faith. This informal prayer meeting will usually be on the second Sunday of every month following the worship service. “For where two or three are gathered in My Name, there am I among them.” Matthew 18:20. Our August meeting is on the 13th.
Intermountain has a prayer team that wants to pray for you. Please use the Registration Book to write down your requests. Members of our prayer team will receive them no later than the following Monday. If you would like to be part of that prayer group, please call the church phone and leave your name and email address.
YOUTH GROUP CONVOCATION DINNER
Mark your calendars now for the Youth Group Convocation Dinner on August 24. The dinner is for all current youth groupers (2017 grads included) and those coming into youth group (7th graders). Youth group parents are invited as well, and are encouraged to attend. The Mini-Inks leader will also be joining us. As in the past, we’ll meet in the youth room for eats, 6:30-8 p.m. There’s much more information to follow… So, be watching for details!
GENERATION SELFLESS YOUTH GROUP – Thursday Nights
The youth group of Intermountain Baptist (more commonly known as GENERATION: SELFLESS), meets Thursday nights from 6:30 to 8 p.m. This small group is geared toward middle school and high school students (grades 7th-12th) and focuses on Jesus, the Word of God and learning what it means to daily live for His Kingdom call. Please come and join us as we learn what it means to be a committed follower of Jesus Christ. During the month of July, we will be finishing out our study on "purity" and "authentic love." For more information on our studies, please see the "Generation Selfless Bulletin Board," in the church Fellowship Hall. If you have any questions, please contact Youth Director, Melanie Henderson, at (801) 455-6338 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Note the following: Group finishes Purity study, Aug; 3. No Group, fall break, Aug. 10 & 17; Convocation Dinner, Aug. 24; Regular group meets, new study to start, Aug. 31.
GENERATION SELFLESS YOUTH GROUP – Sunday Mornings (The Mark!)
The Generation Selfless youth group also meets every Sunday morning at 9:45 a.m. for Bible study and fellowship. This class (known by the youth as The Mark!) is for all 7th-12th graders and meets in the youth room (located in the church office building). The group is continuing an depth study on the book of John and will continue to dive into this gospel book for the remainder of the year. For more information contact Melanie Henderson or check out the “Generation Selfless Bulletin Board,” in the Fellowship Hall.
PSALM OF THE MONTH
All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, O LORD; they will bring glory to your name.
Dinner Fellowships will resume after the first of the year. In the interim.... we STRONGLY encourage everyone to invite someone you do not know well to join you for a meal or just to hang out. The possibilities are endless: Meet at your home for a simple meal or BBQ; or go out for a picnic or to a restaurant; and (depending upon your schedules) it could be any day of the week (for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or just dessert or coffee some evening). This is a GREAT way to get to know people at church and build relationships. We have many people in our body who would love to become more connected (and perhaps you are one of them). So, why not try it? We promise you that you will not regret it. For information please contact Brad (801-833-4036) or Judy.
SUNDAY SERMONS AND LOTS OF INFORMATION
Have you visited our website lately? Sunday Sermons PLUS our latest Newsletter and Sunday Bulletin – and photos and other information about our church - are available at www.intermountainbaptist.org. Visit often to see what’s new, and encourage your friends who may be looking for a church home to check us out on our website!
ADULT HOME FELLOWSHIP
The “Adult Home Fellowship” Small Group normally meets on Wednesday’s at 6:30 p.m., has a potluck the 1st Wednesday of each month, and meets at the Evertsen’s home. Our last summer BBQ/Pot Luck is at 6:30 p.m. on August 9 - and EVERYONE who wants to come and hang out is encouraged to attend. For more information, please contact Brad or Judy Evertsen. We will resume meeting on a weekly basis on September 13, and continue our study of Proverbs.
SCRIPTURE TO PONDER
But if any of you need wisdom, you should ask God for it. He is generous and enjoys giving to all people, so he will give you wisdom.
For the protection of our children, all volunteers (15+ years old) involved in ministry to children and youth need to complete a background check. Go to www.intermountainbaptist.org, and fill out the form you’ll find under the “Involvement at IBC” tab. You’ll need your Driver’s License and Social Security numbers. It only takes about five minutes! You will not be allowed to participate in ministry involving minors (younger than 18) until you have completed a background check. Thanks for your cooperation
Every Sunday we offer a Nursery during the worship service for children from birth-3 years old. This is an incredibly important ministry which we take very seriously. An efficient, fully staffed nursery is vital to help draw young families into the life of the church. For the safety of our children, all volunteers (leaders and helpers) 15+ years old involved in ministry to children and youth (i.e., under the age of 18) must complete a background check. If you would like to serve in this ministry, please let Jill Martinez know. PS: Thanks to all who have stepped up to volunteers.
Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) is an international ministry. Last year more than 20.4 million children around the world heard a clear Gospel presentation usually from a missionary from their own country. When an individual in certain countries desires to become a CEF missionary, in many cases they are met with hostility. Often the families of our national missionaries turn them away. Please pray for all of the CEF workers and the children to whom they share God's Word. Our local Good News Club will begin at Vista Elementary soon. Please be praying for the children to come, listen, learn and give their lives to the Lord. Also pray for the workers to honor and glorify God in this wonderful opportunity to serve.
USING OUR BUILDING
Kingdom Glory Church meets at Intermountain from 6:30-8:30 pm on Fridays, 6:30-8:30 pm on Saturdays, and 3:00-5:00 pm on Sunday
MINI-INKS (COLLEGE/CAREER GROUP)
The Mini-Inks college and singles (18-25) group meets on Sunday nights from 6 to 8 p.m. in the “Green Room” (located in the church office building). This small group is all about fellowship, accountability, gaining a better understanding of God’s Word and how to apply His Truth to daily living – and most recently we have been studying Christian Apologetics. Newcomers are certainly welcome to join! Questions? Please contact John Freymuth
Note: Mini-Inks is currently on a “summer holiday!”
Please see Pastor Dean if God is leading you to profess your faith in Christ through baptism.
LADIES BREAKFAST BUNCH
2nd Saturdays of month, normally at 10 a.m. All over 16 are welcome to come fellowship with us. You don't have to spend much, just have a warm drink. If someone needs a ride or wants to carpool, please contact Sherrie B.
-August 12: Ruth's Diner, (heavenly biscuits with raspberry preserves), casual, mid-range prices. Emigration canyon
-September 9: Oasis (cheese blitzes, buttermilk syrup), Casual but mid-range prices, 151 East 500 South
If you have a prayer request for the prayer chain or would like to sign up to be on the prayer chain contact Tina Terry for information at (801) 250-5810 or E-Mail at email@example.com any time 24 hours a day 7 days per week.
Please send all announcements for the church bulletin to Pastor Dean at firstname.lastname@example.org Announcements are due by Tuesday evening.
DEADLINE FOR SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER INPUT
Friday, August 18, is the deadline for receiving input for the September 2017 IBC Calendar and Newsletter. Please send material to Maurine Kidd AND Don Stone.
We are using a new internet resource for personal Bible study, home groups, or teaching lessons. There are a ton of video lessons for adults, teens, and kids. This resource is free to all, just sign up through the IBC account for instant access. If you are interested in using this service please let Pastor Lucas know and he will send you the link. You can check it out by logging on to rightnowmedia.org.
Please do not use the Intermountain Directory for the purpose of solicitation or give out phone numbers to those outside of the church without permission.
SHOE BOX MINISTRY
We encourage you to purchase specific items each month as we prepare to pack our Samaritan Purse Christmas Shoe Boxes in October. This year’s goal is to pack 250 gift boxes. The items we are asking for in August are school supplies (pens, pencils, colored pencils, crayons, erasers and small notebooks). Just a reminder that we will no longer be doing toothpaste or candy. Please see Monica Jewett or Tasha Demorest if you have any questions, and let them know how many items you purchase so we can keep track. Thanks.
A special Benevolent Fund offering is taken on the first Sunday of every month. Following the example of the early church (see Acts 2:44-45; 4:32-35) our benevolent fund is used to minister to the material needs of members of our church family and, on occasion, the needs of those outside the church. At present, several church families are struggling financially. We need your help. Please consider giving to the benevolent fund each month. Please give above and beyond your regular monthly offering to the church. Thank you.
Normally, the Board meets on the second Wednesday of every month at 6:30pm… and at other times on an as-needed basis. This month the Board meets on
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
-August 5: Men’s Group resumes
-Aug. 24: Youth Convocation Dinner
-Aug. 28: Women’s Precept Morning Bible Study begins
-Sept. 4: Labor Day
CHURCH LEADERSHIP TEAM STAFF
Dean Shriver, Pastor*
Lucas Manning, Associate Pastor*
Melanie Henderson, Youth Director
ELDERS & DEACONS/DEACONESSES:
ELDERS: Tony Manning*, Terry Henderson*,
Lucas Manning*, Dean Shriver*
DEACONS: Patrick Hanagarne*, B.A. Wyman*
DEACONESSES: Valori Henderson*, Joan Manning*,
*Denotes Board member