OCTOBER 2017“IBC exists to invite people into community with God and His people, equipping them to follow and serve Christ.”
Remembering the Reformation
October 31, 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s posting of his 95 theses on the church door in Wittenberg, Germany. Luther had no intention of breaking away from, or dividing, the Catholic Church of his day. Rather, his intention was to invite discussion about what he considered to be abuses related to the selling of indulgences by the Church. In Luther’s day, the Church promoted purchasing indulgences as a means of freeing loved ones from the agonies of purgatory. Luther’s 95 theses included the following: Thesis 32: “Those who believe that they can be certain of their salvation because they have indulgence letters will be eternally damned together with their teachers.” Thesis 52: It is vain to trust in salvation by indulgence letters, even though the indulgence commissary, or even the pope, were to offer his soul as security. For such statements, Luther was tried by the Church and condemned as a heretic. Nonetheless, Luther’s 95 theses touched a nerve. The suppressed discontent of many within the Church of his day rose to the surface and the Protestant Reformation was born.
So, what was the Reformation about? In light of the Reformation what does it mean to be Protestant? The fundamental beliefs that gave birth to the Reformation are often stated as “Five Solas.” These five “solas” are Latin phrases that define basic reformation doctrine. These are beliefs countless believers have been willing to die for:
Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone). The Bible is our ultimate authority for what we believe and how we live as Christians. All other sources of authority (personal experience, teachers, preachers, popes, self-professed prophets, and more) must be measured against the Bible. It was this understanding of Scripture that strengthened Luther during his trial in Worms. After a sleepless, prayerful night, Luther held fast to his convictions declaring—I am bound by the Scriptures I have quoted and my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not retract anything, since it is neither safe nor right to go against conscience. I cannot do otherwise, here I stand. May God help me, Amen.
Sola Gratia (Grace Alone). Every religion, except biblical Christianity, is rooted in the idea that forgiveness and salvation is, at least in part, dependent upon our own good works or our obedience to God’s law. The reformers rightly insisted that, ultimately, we contribute nothing to our salvation. Because we are hopelessly depraved all our works are stained by sin. Any self-powered effort to earn God’s favor is unacceptable to Him (Isaiah 64:6; Romans 3:10-18, 23, etc.)! Our only hope for salvation is salvation by God’s grace alone! Speaking of this salvation Paul writes, But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace. Salvation by grace means it is God who works for us. It is God who keeps us in the faith. It is God who guarantees our perseverance to the end. Romans 8:29-30 says, For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son…And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified (Romans 8:29-30). And so, because of God’s grace, Paul can confidently declare, And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring to completion at the day of Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:6).
Sola Fide (Faith Alone). Along with their recovery of the doctrine of salvation by grace alone, the reformers rediscovered the necessity of faith. The grace that saves from sin is God’s grace embraced by means of faith in Christ. Rather than believing in ourselves, salvation requires believing in Jesus. It requires complete trust in what Jesus did for us when He died on the cross to pay our sin penalty and rose from the grave to conquer death on our behalf. Ephesians 2:8 declares it, For by grace you have been saved through faith… In Romans 3:28 Paul writes, For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law. Jesus himself declares that it’s faith—not works—that saves us when he instructs, This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.
Sola Christo (Christ Alone). The truth of 1 Timothy 2:5-6 is a truth the reformers embraced! For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all… Only Jesus is God become man. Only Jesus paid our sin penalty when He died on the cross. Only Jesus conquered death when He rose from the grave. That’s why only Jesus can save us from sin. Jesus declares, I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me (John 14:6). And so it’s true—Jesus is our only Mediator. Jesus is our only hope. Turning to—or trusting in—any other person, institution, or church to save us from sin brings miserable consequences that never end!
Soli Deo Gloria (Glory to God Alone). It is God who reveals Himself to us in His Word. It is God who initiates and completes our salvation in Christ. It is God who gives us His gifts of repentance and faith. It is God who gave His Son to be our Mediator and Savior from sin. That means it is God alone who is worthy of our praise! No wonder the Westminster Shorter Catechism declares, Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever. Is God’s glory the goal of your life? Is it the goal of mine?
As we approach this month’s 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, thank God for men like Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Knox—and many more. In spite of their imperfections, God used such men—and their commitment to God’s word—to restore biblical Christianity to Europe, and ultimately to us. Tragically, these saving truths restored to us through the Reformation are again being lost or denied among professing Christians. Perhaps we need another reformation. Will we cling to God’s truth? Will we proclaim it boldly yet with love? Will we be faithful in our day like the reformers were faithful in theirs?
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.
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.
SCRIPTURE TO PONDER
Wait and trust the LORD. Don’t be upset when others get rich or when someone else’s plans succeed. Don’t be upset; it only leads to trouble. Psalm 37:7-8
CHRISTMAS SHOEBOX PACKING FELLOWSHIP
We will be packing Samaritan Purse Christmas Shoe Boxes on Halloween, Tuesday, October 31, at the church starting at 5:30 p.m. A list of needed shoebox supplies is updated weekly and available in the kitchen. The shoeboxes are for children 2-15. No liquids, breakable items, war toys, toothpaste or candy may be sent. Please let Tasha Demorest know how many items you purchase so we can keep an accurate count. This year’s goal is 250 boxes. If you would like to contribute to the $7 per box cost of shipping our boxes overseas please write "shoebox" on the memo line of your check and drop it in the offering plate (our goal is to raise $1,750). Thanks!
LADIES AUTUMN EVENT
Saturday, October 7, 10am-1pm, at Robin Manning’s home (for all women, middle-school age and up). Join us for a time of good fellowship and good food. Heather Stone will share truths on Biblical Hospitality. Free childcare will be available. Please RSVP in the church kitchen!
IBC's semi-annual business meeting was held on Sunday, Sept. 10. At this meeting our treasurer, Mary Manning reported that, while our offerings have not met budget, they have covered actual expenses. We thank God for that. The only adjustment made to this year's budget at the meeting was a $100/month increase to Pastor Dean's salary package to help cover the cost of health insurance for Nancy. This action was taken because Nancy has retired from her job. Pastor Dean's medical expenses will be covered by the VA.
The Men’s Group meets every Saturday from 7-8:30 A.M. here at the church. We do breakfast on the third Saturday of the month. This is a great time to come and invite a friend. We are currently doing a study on the “Letter of James.” Please come and join us as we draw closer to God and build solid relationships with each other. Please contact Pastor Lucas with any questions, 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. We will begin Part 8 of the Kings and Prophets series on October 2 and will be studying the book of Hosea – A Love That Will Not Let Me Go. "Hosea was the last prophet to the Northern Kingdom of Israel before they were taken captive to Assyria. He cried out to a nation caught up in harlotry, a nation which chose to abandon God and go after pagan idols. In Hosea you can learn how God deals with those who turn away from Him and about a love that will not let you go."
LADIES EVENING BIBLE STUDY
“Reading the Bible for all it’s Worth” (For those new to Bible study & those who want a “refresher,” or for those who just want to study the Book of Titus) – led by Heather Stone. Join us as we study the Book of Titus. Begins Monday October 2 from 6:30-8:30 pm. Cost of book, $7.00. Free childcare is available. A Sign-up Sheet is in the kitchen.
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. We will not meet in October, but plan to meet at Finns in November.
CHILDREN’S BIBLE CLUB
IBC’s Children’s Bible Club meets every Thursday during the school year 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!
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.
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 October meeting is on the 22nd.
PREGNANCY RESOURCE CENTER OF SLC (PRC).
PRC’s Banquet for Life Fundraising Gala 2017. Is scheduled for Friday, October 13, 2017. 6:30-9:00 p.m. at the Grand America Hotel, downtown SLC. The Guest speaker is Roland Warren, President and CEO of Care Net. Roland is passionate about helping Care Net accomplish its vision, which is to create a culture where women and men faced with pregnancy decisions are transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ and empowered to choose life for their unborn children and abundant life for their families. His Message, “Being Pro-Abundant Life,” will stress that, “Saving lives is just the beginning of what it means to be pro-life!”
Please see Pastor Dean if God is leading you to profess your faith in Christ through baptism.
PSALM OF THE MONTH
The Lord will keep you from all harm- he will watch over your life… Psalm 121:7
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 (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. Note: Details for this year’s club are still being worked out. More information will be coming as soon as plans are finalized.
MINI-INKS (COLLEGE/SINGLES GROUP)
IBC’s college students and singles fellowship (Mini-Inks, ages 18-25) meets every Sunday in the office building classroom following our worship service. Questions? Contact John Freymuth at 801-696-4615 or email@example.com. Please note the new
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. For more information on our studies, please see the "Generation Selfless Bulletin Board" located in the church Fellowship Hall. If you have any questions, please contact Youth Director, Melanie Henderson, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 in-depth study on the Gospel of John and will continue to dive into this book for the remainder of the year. For more information contact Melanie Henderson or check out the GS Bulletin Board, in the Fellowship Hall.
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 Oct. Praying for Prodigals meeting is on the 8th.
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.
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.
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. We are currently studying Proverbs.
Humbles in Indonesia
We are in our last month in Southeast Sulawesi before we return to the U.S. for a short Home Assignment. Life is moving at a quick pace and we are holding onto the Lord in the midst of all that is happening. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers for a faraway land and people!
Our daughter, Breeana, is here for a few days, so we are enjoying some time with her. We plan to leave with our team in a few hours out to the islands where we will be doing some follow-up, as well as conducting an Open Water scuba diving course for five students. Kevin has not been feeling well the last 24 hours, so please pray for strength for rigorous activity.
Our long-awaited Cross-cultural Workers’ Retreat is coming up in a few weeks. We would appreciate prayer that this time would be effective in providing inspiration and care for about 100 cross-cultural workers and their families.
Remember if you would like to visit us in 2018, bring a short-term team, or send a missions intern, now is the time to start planning this!
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. PS: Thanks to all who have stepped up to volunteers.
NO-HOMEWORK BIBLE STUDY
This Group meets on Tuesday’s at 6:30 p.m. Please contact Maurine Kidd for more information.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Please send all announcements for the church bulletin to Pastor Dean at firstname.lastname@example.org Announcements are due by Tuesday evening.
DEADLINE FOR NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER INPUT
Friday, October 20, is the deadline for receiving input for the November 2017 IBC Calendar and Newsletter.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
-Oct. 2: New Ladies Evening Bible Study begins
-Oct. 6: Youth “Study Right Friday Night”
-Oct. 7: Ladies Autumn Event
-Oct. 13: PRC Banquet for Life
-Oct. 31: Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Packing Party