Responding to Gay Marriage
In America today, more and more people are crusading for gay marriage having proclaimed it to be the civil rights issue of our day. They sincerely believe their cause is righteous. For the first time, more than half of Americans approve of gay marriage. More disturbing, 1 in 5 professing evangelical Christians support gay marriage too.
In light of this, what’s God calling us to do? In the face of the misinformation and propaganda we’re daily exposed to, the first thing God calls us to do is clear. God calls us to know the truth! But in the midst of differing opinions, where do we find truth? Truth comes from God. Do you understand that if there’s no God, there’s no ultimate truth? And if there's no ultimate truth, gay marriage makes perfect sense. If there’s no God why shouldn’t men marry men? Why shouldn’t women marry women? Without a foundation of absolute truth anything goes! Everything’s right!
But there is truth because God is. More than that, every man, woman, and child intuitively knows that God exists. Ecclesiastes 3:11 reminds us that God has put eternity in our hearts. Acts 14:17 says that God testifies to His own existence when he "satisfies our hearts with food and gladness." Romans 1:20 declares that God’s eternal power and divine nature are clearly seen in the things He has made! In short, the fingerprints of God are all over this world. His reality, His presence and His power are obvious when we look at the night sky, see a brilliant sunset, study a rose petal, observe the rhythms of nature, or consider the impossible complexity of our bodies.
But not only does God exist—He speaks truth to us in the Bible. And one of the truths God speaks is the truth about marriage and morality. That’s important! It’s important because our courts are now declaring that it's just as valid for a man to marry a man as it is for a man to marry a woman. Are these human judges right? Will God modify His definition of marriage to satisfy the 10th District Court of Appeals? Does the Bible teach that the nature of marriage constantly evolves?
In the Creation account, we discover God’s original (and only) design for marriage and sex. After Adam's creation, Genesis 2:18 reports, The Lord God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him. Continuing in Genesis 2:22-24 we read, Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, "This now is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man." For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.
Verse 24 is critical! When God created the first woman for the first man, the Bible specifically defines marriage—For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh. In other words, God’s design for marriage is for one man and one woman to be joined together in a life-long, intimate, covenant relationship—intimate spiritually, intimate emotionally, and intimate physically.
This then is the truth we must know! On the sixth day of Creation week, the first institution God established on earth was a covenant relationship between one man and one woman called marriage. It’s God who created marriage. Do you know what that means? No matter how our courts define marriage, God's definition doesn't change! And ultimately, His definition will prove to be the only definition that counts.
As Christians, we cannot compromise at this point. We can't just "go with the flow"! We must have compassion for those who struggle with same-sex attraction. At the same time we must hold fast to God's Word. Marriage is the only legitimate context for the sexual intimacy. That means every sexual relationship that takes place outside of a God-ordained marriage between one man and one woman is sin—and that includes homosexual practice.
By the way, it also includes sleeping with your boyfriend or your girlfriend. It includes casual sex and hooking-up. It includes living together before you get married! You can’t follow Jesus and give yourself over to sexual sin at the same time. You can’t have it both ways! You have to choose. If you want to follow Jesus, you must submit to Him. If you're involved in immorality, you must repent.
In Genesis 2:24 God Himself defines marriage. Because God defines marriage as a life-long, intimate, covenant relationship between one man and one woman, we can be certain that "gay marriage" is, in fact, no marriage at all. That's why both the Old and New Testaments condemn homosexual practice as a form of sexual immorality.
Are we willing to stand for God's truth against popular opinion? Are we willing to minister to the lost by speaking that truth in love?
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!
Special Note: PLEASE do not bring your sick children into the nursery.
NEW CHURCH PHONE NUMBER
The Church phone number remains 801-969-1593. Be aware, however, that the number will show up on your caller ID as 385-275-7555.
SCRIPTURE TO PONDER
He who has delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son; and he is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
Colossians 1:13, 18
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES
HOW TO STUDY THE BIBLE
Pastor Dean is leading an important adult Bible Study called How to Study the Bible. 2 Peter 3:16 reminds us that there are many who "twist" the Scriptures to "their own destruction." How do we protect ourselves from such false teachers? We must know how to accurately understand the Bible for ourselves. What’s the difference between a Proverb and a Gospel? How can we understand prophecy? We’ll answer these questions and much more! Join us at 9:45 a.m. every Sunday!
YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS
This class meets every Sunday at 9:45 a.m. in the youth room (located in the office building).
WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY
The women’s Precept Bible Study in Romans is on summer break…and will resume on Sept. 8. During the summer another inductive study (Jonah) is being offered for those women who are interested. Meetings are scheduled for June 23, July 21, and August 25. Contact Heather or Cynthia.
PSALM OF THE MONTH
You care for the land and water it; You enrich it abundantly. Psalm 65:9
ON THE RADIO
Sermons from past Intermountain services can be heard on KUTR, AM 820 every Sunday at 8:30 a.m. Invite your friends to listen!
MEN’S SUMMER CAMPOUT
At Riverside Campground, Rockport State Park. Men of IBC - Please join in on a weekend of fellowship and fun on the weekend of August 15th, 16th, and 17th. It’s time once again for the men’s summer camp trip in God’s beautiful creation. Cost for the adventure is $50.00 per man (food included). There are sponsorships available to those in need so there's no excuse not to attend. Please put your name and those attending with you on the sign-up sheet in the kitchen. All visitors, friends, and family men are welcome.
See BJ Evertsen (Brad) or call him for details.
MEN’S BIBLE STUDY
The Men’s group will be finishing the book Crazy Love at the end of August. There will be no men’s meeting on Saturday the 16th. I am encouraging all the men to join us for the campout. We will have a service project on the 23rd of August and then we will take a late summer break for a few weeks in September. We will reconvene on Saturday September 27th with a breakfast and introduction to our next lesson. If you have questions please contact Lucas or email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
BEHOLD YOUR GOD BIBLE STUDY
A new Bible study called Behold Your God meets on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the youth room (located in the office building). Everything about the Christian life begins with a proper understanding of who God is! Come explore the majesty of God with us! For information about this study see Richard or Tammy. Note: We are looking for someone willing to provide childcare for this study. If you can serve in this way please let Tammy Hart know.
Our next baptism service is scheduled for Sunday,
August 10. See Pastor Dean if the Lord is leading you to profess your faith through baptism.
GOOD NEWS CLUB
Intermountain leads a free Child Evangelism Fellowship Good News Club (GNC) every Thursday afternoons at Vista Elementary School (4925 S 2200 W), from 3:30-4:30 pm. 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. Contact Joan or Cynthia for information! Note: We will resume meeting in the fall.
The Children’s Bible Club, the Good News Club and the "Not So Young" Adult Small Group will be taking the summer off beginning June 1st. They will resume in the fall.
The Rescue Mission is in need of men’s clothing. We minister at the Rescue mission every second Monday of the month. If you would like to come with us please meet at the church at 5:45 pm.
SUNDAY SERMONS AND LOTS OF INFORMATION
Have you visited our website lately? Sunday Sermons PLUS our latest Newsletter and Sunday Bulletin - along with 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!
MONTHLY FELLOWSHIP MEAL
We normally share a Fellowship Meal following our morning worship service on the first Sunday each month, but we are taking a break for the summer. Our next scheduled fellowship meal will be Sunday, September 7.
INTERMOUNTAIN BAPTIST FACEBOOK GROUP
Facebook provides another means by which we can deepen our fellowship with each other and communicate church news/events to members, attendees, and the general public. Check us out!
SUNDAY MORNING PRAYER MEETING
Please join us on Sunday mornings at 8:30 in the church office building as we humble ourselves before God in prayer. Let’s seek God’s guidance and favor. That He will work in our hearts and prepare the hearts of unbelievers He calls us to reach and minister to.
PREGNANCY RESOURCE CENTER (PRC)
The PRC needs our donations of new & gently used infant clothing & supplies from birth to 12 months; and there is an urgent need for baby wipes and hand-made booties. Bring your donations to church.
MISSIONARY MEAL AND PRAYER MEETING
Please join us for our August Monthly Meal and Prayer Meeting for our missionaries. Our missionaries are serving diligently in difficult areas and greatly desire our dedicated prayer. We will meet after church on August 24th for an hour of prayer followed by a time of fellowship and food.
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.
If you have a prayer request for the prayer chain or would like to sign up to be on the prayer chain contact Tina for information at (801) 250-5810 or E-Mail at email@example.com, 24 hours a day 7 days per week.
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.
NOT SO YOUNG" ADULT SMALL GROUP
The "Not So Young" adult fellowship group (which normally meets every Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm) will be taking a break July and August. We will be having monthly BBQ’s during the summer, and will restart in September.
NO-HOMEWORK BIBLE STUDY
This Group meets on Wednesday's at 6:30 p.m. at the Jewett's home in Magna. Please contact Maurine for more information.
Please send all announcements for the church bulletin to Pastor Dean at firstname.lastname@example.org. Announcements are due by Tuesday evening.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
-Men’s Retreat, August 15-17
-Women’s Romans Part 4 Bible study starts, Sept 8
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.
MINI-INKS (COLLEGE/SINGLES GROUP)
Intermountain Baptist offers a fellowship for college students and singles (Mini-Inks, ages 18-28). Focus of this small group? To dive deeper into the Word and deeper into fellowship with one another. On Sunday evenings from 6 – 8 pm. Our "social hour" begins at 6pm, and then at 7pm we do "serious, study only, hour." We hope you will join us (Sunday evenings, 6 to 8 p.m.) and learn what it means to be a Mini-Ink member! Questions, please contact John at email@example.com. (Please note, the group meets in the church office building's smallest classroom.)
CHILDREN’S BIBLE CLUB
IBC’s Children’s Bible Club meets on Thursdays 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. The program runs through May. Volunteers are still needed to help with the Club itself or to pick up & take home.
Every Sunday we offer a Nursery during the worship service for children from birth to 4 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 (whether serving as leaders or 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 know. PS: Thanks to all who have stepped up to volunteer!
GENERATION SELFLESS (YOUTH GROUP)
The youth group of Intermountain Baptist- more commonly known as Generation Selfless- meets on Thursday nights from 6:30pm-8pm. Come all 7th-12th graders and bring a friend! We're all about the Word of God; reading it and applying it to our lives! So please join us, and learn what it means to be part of a selfless generation. If you have any questions, please contact Youth Director, Melanie, at 801-455-6338. And please check out the Generation Selfless Facebook page! Go to Facebook and search "IBC Youth Connect" you can access our announcements, photos and more.
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.
GENERATION SELFLESS TRANSITION NIGHT
So... When will the graduating youth kiddos move up into the college group? And when will the new youth kiddos be able to enter?
These questions have been circulating for the past few months, but no worries! Here is the scoop: Thursday, August 21st is the transition date for the graduated youth members to leave and the new youth members (those going into seventh grade) to begin.
We will have a dinner, where youth members (new and graduated) and their parents will get to meet the youth leaders, see what we do at youth group and get to know each other a little better. If you do not have youth group age kids, but are interested in what youth group is all about, please join us!
The dinner will take place here at the church, at 6 p.m. If you plan on attending, please let Melanie know, so we can make sure to have enough food.
DEADLINE FOR AUGUST NEWSLETTER
Wednesday, August 20, is the deadline for receiving input for the IBC September Calendar and Newsletter. Please send material to Maurine Kidd (firstname.lastname@example.org) AND Don Stone (email@example.com)