“IBC exists to invite people into community with God and His people,
equipping them to follow and serve Christ.”
equipping them to follow and serve Christ.”
Psalm 39:5 declares, Each man’s life is but a breath. James 4:14 says, What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. As we begin a new year, it’s good for us to remember life’s brevity. Life is short—and we only get one chance to make it count! But how can we make our lives count if we don’t know who we are, who God is, and how life in this world works? How can we make our lives count if we’re not anchored to reality?
And where do we discover reality? We must look to God. God is the essence of our reality because God is the Creator of our lives. Mercifully, God has revealed reality to us in His word—the Bible. So to the Bible we must turn. Bottom line? If you want your brief life on earth to count for eternity you must believe what God tells you in His word. There’s no other way.
If you want your life to count you must first believe what God says about Himself. The first thing God says about Himself is that He is Creator of all things. Including you. Psalm 100:4 declares it—Know that the Lord is God. It is He who made us, and we are His. More than that, Romans 1:18-20 tells us that God plainly reveals Himself in the things He has made. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen…so that men are without excuse. If you want your life to count, don’t deny the obvious. Design requires a designer. Life doesn’t happen by itself. If you want your life to count, believe what the Bible says, In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. In the beginning, God created you. And if God created you, doesn’t that mean He owns you? Doesn’t that mean He alone has the authority to define right and wrong? More than that, if God owns you, doesn’t that make you accountable to Him? Doesn’t that make Him your Judge? And, if God is your Judge, doesn’t that mean you will one day stand before Him—soon? Hebrews 9:27 declares it—man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment… In Revelation 20:11-15, the apostle John describes that day of judgement declaring, The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books…and each person was judged according to what he had done. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. If anyone’s name was not found in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
Which brings us to God’s most comforting revelation about the reality of Himself. In the Bible, God not only reveals Himself to be our Creator, Owner, and Judge. God reveals Himself to be our Savior. At least, God is our Savior if we let Him be our Savior through faith in Jesus. In Romans 6:23 God tells us, The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. John 3:16 says, For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. Romans 8:1 adds, …there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
But in order to possess forgiveness and salvation in Christ you must do more than know what God says about Himself. You must know what God says about you. If you want Jesus as Savior, you must first know that you need to be saved. You must know that you are a hopeless sinner worthy of God’s wrath and condemnation in hell. This is hard reality. But it is reality all the same. In a very personal way you must believe that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). You must believe that all of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags. Only then can you confess your sin. Only then will you repent and be transformed through faith in Christ.
Which brings us to the third reality we must discover from the Bible if we want our lives to count. We must know what God says about how life works. There are lots of opinions about how life works. Some say life works best when you pursue money and material things. Some say life works best when you pursue sexual “freedom.” Most everyone says life works best when you look out for yourself. That’s not what God says in His word. In Matthew 16:24-26 Jesus says, If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life? Or what shall a man give in return for his life? In other words, God says life works best when you lay it down for the sake of following Jesus. In Christ we find our purpose. In Christ we are transformed. In Christ we invest in eternal relationships and realities that never pass away.
Life is short. Make it count. Make it count by believing the reality of what God says about Himself. He is our Maker. He is our Owner and our Judge. He is our Savior through faith in Christ who died on a cross and rose from the grave to pay our sin penalty. Life is short. Make it count. Make it count by believing the reality of what God says about you. Left to yourself, you are a sinner who needs to repent and accept the love and forgiveness God offers you in Christ. Life is short. Make it count. Make it count by believing the reality of what God says about the way life works. Life works best when we die to self so we can live in Christ and for Christ. Let’s make our lives count in this coming year!
NEW YEAR’S PRAYER FELLOWSHIP
Join us on Saturday, January 7 from 5-8 p.m. as we—the Intermountain church family—thank God for His blessings during the past year and seek His direction for the year to come. We will share a meal together prior to our time of sharing and praying. Contact church for location of this event.
Both Christmas and New Year’s Day fall on a Sunday. We will not offer Sunday morning Bible Study either day. Join us for worship service at 11 a.m. on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day!
PREACHING SERIES! / PARABLES OF LUKE
Pastor Dean and Pastor Lucas are now preaching through the parables of The Gospel of Luke. These include the Parable of the Sower, the Good Samaritan, the Prodigal Son, and the Parable of the Rich Fool. Invite your friends and family!
Fellowship dinners will resume in January. Two couples/families will be paired up. You will meet once a month....inviting a third couple/single/family to join you. The pairings will be shuffled after 4 months. This is a GREAT way to get to know people at church and build relationships. Sign up sheets are in the kitchen. For information please contact Brad (801-833-4036) or Judy (801-971-6003) Evertsen. firstname.lastname@example.org
WOMEN’S MONDAY EVENING BIBLE STUDY
Monday evening Women’s Bible Study will resume January, 16th 2017 with Discerning the Voice of God by Priscilla Shirer. This 7-week study centers around learning to recognize God's character, language and tone of voice as you spend time in His Word and understand the role of the Holy Spirit. The study will run from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Childcare will be provided. There will be a sign-up sheet late December. Cost of books is $13.00. The study will be led by Judy Evertsen. If you have any questions, you can contact her at 801-971-6003 or email@example.com.
WOMEN’S PRECEPT BIBLE STUDY
The ladies Precept upon Precept Bible study will continue to meet on Mondays at 9:30 am during the month of January. We will be starting a new book on January 16, 2017. For more information please contact Cynthia Edwards (801) 918-6495 or Heather Stone (801 971-9361).
Men’s Group meets every Saturday from 7:00- 8:30 AM at the church. Come and fellowship with the men of the church as we grow in our relationships with one another while drawing closer to God. This month we will continue through are lesson from “Voice of the Martyrs.” Can’t make it every group? Come and join us for our monthly breakfast on the third Saturday of the month. Same time as regular meetings. Any questions please contact Pastor Lucas, 925-482-4239.
“LADIES Night In"
Friday, February 17th, 7-9 pm
Come for a fun evening "hanging out" at Judy Evertsen's.
Bring games (if you want) and your favorite snack,
and come in stretchy, comfy clothes.
Judy's address: 3271 S Eskesen Dr. (3190 S/4760W) WVC
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. Note: This month, our Praying for Prodigals meeting is on January 8.
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 meeting this month is on January 22.
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. Note: January 19 is Movie Night.
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. Note: There is no Club on January 12 (early dismissal day).
ADULT HOME FELLOWSHIP
The Adult Home Fellowship now meets on Wednesday’s at 6:30 p.m. – has a potluck the 1st Wednesday of each month - and meets in WVC. We are currently studying Proverbs. Because we're not doing a formal study with a curriculum, you are free to start coming at any time (and are encouraged to do so). For more information, please contact Brad (801-833-4036) or Judy (801-971-6003) Evertsen (or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org).
LADIES BREAKFAST BUNCH
2nd Saturdays of month, 9 a.m.
All over 16 are welcome to come fellowship with us. You don't have to spend much, just have a warm drink.
-January 14th: Midvale Mining Company, 390 W 7200 S
-February 11th: The Egg and I, South Jordan
-March 11th: Kneaders, Jordan Landing
-April 8th: Original Pancake House, Midvale
Please join us and let Sherrie know your favorite breakfast places.
PREGNANCY RESOURCE CENTER
Walk for Life: Sat. May 20th, 11 am-1:30 pm
Banquet for Life: Oct.13th @Little America, 7-9 pm
GENERATION SELFLESS YOUTH GROUP – Sunday Mornings
The Generation Selfless youth group also meets every Sunday morning at 9:45 a.m. for Bible study and fellowship. Again, this class is for all 7th-12th graders and meets in the youth room (located in the church office building). The group will continue their study on the Names and Attributes of God, starting with a review day on January 15th. Due to holiday, the group will not be meeting on Sunday, January 1st. And please note, January 8th is the Coffee with Mel fellowship hour. For more information contact Melanie Henderson or check out the “Generation Selfless Bulletin Board” in the Fellowship Hall.
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. If you have any questions, please contact Youth Director, Melanie Henderson, at (801) 455-6338 or email@example.com. Please pay special attention to the “Generation Selfless Bulletin Board” in the Fellowship Hall (adult Sunday school room) to see what our upcoming studies will be this month!
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. The group will be finishing out their in-depth study on Christian Apologetics this month; newcomers are certainly welcome to join! The Inklings will meet every Sunday in the month of January, save for the 1st! (Again, Mini-Inks will not meet Jan. 1st.) Questions? Please contact John firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEADLINE FOR JANUARY NEWSLETTER
Friday, January 20, is the deadline for receiving input for the IBC February 2017 Calendar and Newsletter. Please send material to Maurine Kidd (email@example.com) AND Don Stone (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Our next Church Board meeting is on Wednesday, January 11, at 6:30 p.m. Normally, the Board meets on the second Wednesday of every month… and at other times on an as-needed basis.
Note: The Church phone number remains 801-969-1593. Be aware, however, that the church number will show up on your caller ID as 385-275-7555.