Responding to Gay Marriage (Part 2)
Last month I began discussing how we as Christians should be responding to our culture's growing acceptance of gay marriage. In Genesis 2:24, God defines marriage as a life-long, intimate, covenant relationship between one man and one woman. Despite popular opinion, God's definition of marriage is the only definition that ultimately counts. This means our first response to our culture's acceptance of gay marriage must be to know the truth.
Building on this foundation, let's consider what our second response must be. Knowing God's truth about marriage, we must examine ourselves. A recent survey revealed that 22% of professing Bible-believing Christians approve of gay marriage. That means 1 out of 5 professing believers in America don’t believe the Bible when it says that homosexual behavior is sin. Instead, they believe the philosophies/opinions of politically correct professors, movie stars, broadcasters, athletes, politicians, and other popular gurus of our day. Apparently, these professing Christians believe that same-sex attraction is a gift from God. Apparently, they believe that sexual temptation should be yielded to instead of resisted. Apparently, they believe silence in the face of sin is compassionate. Apparently, they believe that children don’t need both a mom and a dad. Apparently, they don’t believe that God will judge sexual sin. Apparently, at least on this issue, they don’t believe that the Bible is true!
What about you? Have you asked yourself, “When it comes to gay marriage, do I believe God or do I believe those who set themselves above God and His Word?" Do you trust in our federal courts to define marriage? Or do you trust in Maker of heaven and earth? As professing believers, it’s not enough to know what God says about marriage. We need to examine ourselves to be certain that we believe what He says. But there’s more. Not only must we ask ourselves “who do we believe?”—we must also examine ourselves by asking, “am I willing to stand?" Specifically, are you willing to stand for God’s truth when God’s truth is unpopular? Am I willing to do the same?
The crusade for gay rights and gay marriage is becoming more aggressive every day. People who oppose gay marriage on biblical grounds are being called bigots. Those who promote traditional marriage are thought, by some, to be dangerous. Calling homosexual practice a sin is considered by many to be “hate-speech”. As the gay-rights agenda moves forward, it’s only going to get worse.
Are you willing to stand for God’s definition of marriage even if your co-workers mock you? Am I willing to stand if they start putting pastors in jail for “hate-speech”? And what if the IRS takes away our tax-exempt status because of our commitment to God’s word? Are you willing to keep on giving without a tax deduction? What if we get sued because we refuse to perform gay wedding services? Are we willing to stand together if they take away our building? I promise you, I’m not being paranoid. If our country continues down the road it’s on, these are real possibilities (see 1 Peter 4:12; 2 Timothy 3:12; 15:20).
We need to remember, the freedom believers have enjoyed in America for the last 400 years, is the exception—not the rule—for Christian history. If we remain faithful to God’s Word, sooner or later persecution will come. That’s why we need to know the truth about marriage from the Bible. And that’s why we need to examine ourselves by asking two questions—“who do I believe about the nature of marriage?” and second, “am I willing to stand?”
But believing in and standing for God’s truth about marriage still isn’t enough. In response to our culture's embrace of gay marriage, we must speak the truth in love! On the one hand, we need to remember that same-sex attraction is a temptation rather than a sin. On the other, we need to lovingly declare that yielding to that temptation is a sin. As disciples, we can’t remain silent when our government calls good evil and evil good.
Almost all of us know people who practice homosexuality or who struggle with same-sex attraction. They’re people we love and care about. They’re our relatives. They’re people we work with. They’re friends we genuinely enjoy. And, they’re people we don’t want to offend! That’s why we so often stay silent when God gives us opportunities to speak. Let's remember, practicing homosexuals need the same thing we need. They need Jesus. They need someone to tell them that Jesus died on the cross and rose from the grave to pay their penalty for sin. They need someone to tell them that they can be born again. They need someone to tell them that, through faith in Jesus, they can have a new life.
Will you be that someone? Will I? It won’t be easy. It’s going to get rough. Some will call us bigots. Some will accuse us of hate. Do we love lost people enough to accept that? Do we love them enough to know the truth, to stand for the truth, and to speak the 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!
SCRIPTURE TO PONDER
If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless. James 1:26 NIV
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES
BOOK OF REVELATION
Pastor Dean is leading a study through the book of Revelation on Sunday mornings. Join us each Sunday at 9:45 a.m. The book of Revelation reveals much about the circumstances surrounding the second coming of Jesus and our eternal future. Just as important, Revelation teaches us about the nature of God, the person and work of Christ, missions, the depravity of humankind, worship, the necessity of Christian endurance, Satan, and so much more! Everyone is welcome!
YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS
This class meets every Sunday at 9:45 a.m. in the youth room (located in the office building).
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!
NEW PREACHING SERIES: THE BOOK OF ROMANS
Pastor Dean will be begin a new preaching series through the book of Romans on Sunday, September 28. Join us each Sunday as we discover what the true Gospel is and encounter its power to transform both our lives and our world!
Special Note: PLEASE do not bring your sick children into the nursery.
WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY
The women’s Precept Bible Study in Romans will resume on Sept. 8.
PSALM OF THE MONTH
You care for the land and water it; You enrich it abundantly. Psalm 65:9
"MIND, BODY& SOUL" Creative Cooking Class & Women's Fellowship Event!
Join us for a healthy, creative cooking class taught by Shanelle Kent using "Trim Healthy Mama." This event will be a wonderful time of fellowship with other women as well as a great opportunity to learn new dishes, watch them be prepared and of course, taste them along the way. Please save the date & invite friends and family. October 18th, 10am-2pm at Intermountain Baptist Church.
MEN’S BIBLE STUDY
The men's study will meet on Saturday, September 20th. Please be praying for what God is going to do in and through us in the next few months as we will be focused on how we are to effectively reach people with the message of salvation.
BEHOLD YOUR GOD BIBLE STUDY
Behold Your God Bible Study 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! 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, October 12. Please see Pastor Dean if God is leading you to profess your faith in Christ through baptism.
GOOD NEWS CLUB
Beginning on October 9th, Intermountain resumes leading 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. We do need volunteers!
CHILDREN’S BIBLE CLUB
IBC’s Children’s Bible Club resumes September 18, and 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!
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!
FREE FAMILY PORTRAITS/FOOD DRIVE
Randy and Robin Meiser will be taking family portraits at the church on four consecutive Saturdays beginning Saturday, October 25. "Cost" for your portrait is one or more non-perishable food items. All food donations will be distributed through the Rescue Mission or the IBC food pantry. This is a great opportunity for you to get your Christmas card pictures taken for free. You can choose from six different portrait backgrounds. You will receive your portraits on a CD from which you can print as many pictures as you like! Signup sheets for scheduling your portrait appointment will be available beginning Sunday, September 28. Feel free to invite friends and relatives to participate.
CHILDREN’S CHURCH/HELP NEEDED
On Sunday, we offer a Children’s Church (for ages 4 through 8) during the last half hour of worship service. This ministry involves leading (and helping with) Children’s Church activities during the sermon time once every several weeks. Lesson plans will be provided. All those who are leaders/teachers in this ministry must be members of IBC, and all workers 15+ years old (whether leading or helping with Children’s Church activities) must complete a background check before being able to participate in this ministry. If you would like to serve in this way, please let Jill know.
Note: Children’s Church has been on break for the summer: Please be watching for announcement of start-up date.
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 join us please meet at the church at 5:45 pm.
MONTHLY FELLOWSHIP MEAL
September's monthly fellowship meal follows our worship service on Sunday, September 8. We'll be serving "Sloppy Joe's." If your last name begins with the letters A-L, please bring a dessert. If your last name begins with the letters M-Z please bring a salad or a side-dish.
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 with us on Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m. in the church office building as we humble ourselves before God in prayer. We need to always be asking God for His guidance and direction as He works in our hearts and the hearts of unbelievers He calls us to reach.
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 September 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 September 28th for an hour of prayer followed by a time of fellowship and food.
This year’s theme at school is CELEBRATE! Ian is painting the banner that will hang in our auditorium. Please pray that we will choose to celebrate the goodness and mercy and salvation and blessing of God EVERY SINGLE DAY no matter what life’s circumstances bring.
* Please be in serious continuous prayer, even fasting and gathering prayer groups if God touches your heart, to ask the Lord to raise up workers & finances and materials to meet the challenges of the International Emergency in West Africa – the Ebola outbreak that is as yet uncontrolled. Very few nations have responded in any significant way to help inadequate resources in the countries affected. There is great fear related to helping people with this disease. But MANY are surviving when they receive help and God is able to minister through His Body of Christ to reach a literally dying world.
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 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 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 will resume weekly meetings on Weds. September 3rd, 7 p.m. at the Christensens’ home. We will continue our study book on “Forgiveness.” Questions? Call Pam at 801-250-1499 or Judy at 801-971-6003.
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 Kidd (801-561-1923) for more information.
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). What’s the focus of this small group? We want to dive deeper into the Word and deeper into fellowship with one another. We meet Sunday evenings from 6-8pm. Our “social hour” begins at 6pm, and then at 7pm we do “serious, study only, hour.” We hope you will join us and learn what it means to be a Mini-Ink member! Questions? Please contact John Freymuth at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Please note, the group meets in the church office building's smallest classroom.)
Semi-Annual church business meeting
Our Semi-Annual church business meeting will follow the worship service on Sunday, September 21. We will be reviewing our budget and spending for the year, electing a financial secretary, discussing our Christmas Shoebox Ministry, and more. All are welcomed at this meeting. We ask our members to make it a priority to attend.
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. 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 Henderson, at 801-455-6338. And please check out the Generation Selfless Facebook page! If you go to Facebook and search “IBC Youth Connect" you can access our announcements, photos and more.
Please send all announcements for the church bulletin to Pastor Dean at email@example.com. Announcements are due by Tuesday evening.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
- “Not-So Young” Adult Small group resumes, Sept. 3
- Women’s Romans Part 4 Bible study starts, Sept 8
- Children’s Bible Club resumes, Sept. 18
- Children’s Church resumes, (date TBA)
- New Men’s Bible Study begins, Sept. 20
- Good News Club at Vista Elementary starts, October 9
- Women’s Cooking Class and Fellowship Event, October 18
DEADLINE FOR OCTOBER NEWSLETTER
Friday, September 19, is the deadline for receiving input for the IBC October Calendar and Newsletter. Please send material to Maurine Kidd firstname.lastname@example.org AND Don Stone email@example.com.
CHURCH LEADERSHIP TEAM
Dean Shriver, Pastor*
Lucas Manning, Associate Pastor
Melanie Henderson, Youth Director
ELDERS & DEACONS/DEACONESSES
Terry Henderson*, Tony Manning*
Patrick Hanagarne*, B.A. Wyman*
Cynthia Edwards, Valori Henderson*,
Joan Manning*, Heather Stone
* Denotes Board Member
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.