September  2016
“IBC exists to invite people into community with God and His people,
equipping them to follow and serve Christ.”
Living Under Judgment
        Our nation lives under God’s judgment.  It’s a judgment defined in Romans 1:18-32.  If you’ve ever doubted that the Bible is God’s inerrant word—if you’ve ever wondered if the Bible is relevant for today—read this passage thoughtfully.  Read it with an eye on what’s happened (and continues to happen) in our nation and our world today.  Then remember.  Remember that these words weren’t written by a modern observer.  These words—words that speak clearly to our present situation—were inspired by God’s Spirit almost 2000 years ago. 
        For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth…  Claiming to be wise, they became fools…  Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator…  For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions.  For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another…  And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.  They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice…  Though they know God’s decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them (Romans 1:18, 22, 24-25, 26-27, 28-29, 32).          
        Let’s be clear.  The United States is no “Christian nation”!  Sexual sin is rampant.  We live in a “shack-up,” “hook-up,” “casual sex” culture.  The gift God gave to deepen intimacy within marriage is now viewed as little more than a form of recreation.  Its meaning has been hollowed.  Sex has become cheap, self-centered, and empty.  During the past forty years we have—in the name of personal sovereignty—orchestrated the brutal deaths of more than 50 million unborn babies.   We have also defiantly cast aside God’s authoritative blueprint for marriage (Genesis 2:24).  Lifelong covenant has given way to easy divorce.  In our arrogance, we have redefined what God declares to be an exclusive “one man, one woman” relationship.  In our contempt for God we ourselves have determined that men, in fact, may marry men and women may marry women.  But even here, our insolence does not end.  In spite of Scripture’s declaration that God created us male and female (Genesis 1:27), the suggestion that gender is “elastic” is taking hold.  “Gender identity” is now promoted to be a personal choice rooted in feelings rather than a biological reality determined at conception by our Creator. 
        And so, the wrath of God is being revealed from heaven.  But we refuse to see—what we call freedom, God calls judgment.  Professing to be wise, we have become fools…  God has “given us up” to a debased mind to do what ought not be done.  And the fruit of this willful bondage to sin is the fruit of personal—and national—self-destruction. 
        Nowhere is this seen more clearly than in this year’s presidential election.  Consider our presidential candidates.  Don’t they reflect the character of the nation we’ve become?  One candidate gives evidence of being a serial liar and influence peddler who supports the killing of unborn children up to the moment of delivery!  The other is a self-admitted habitual adulterer who has verbally demeaned women, mocked the handicap, and consistently demonstrates a lack of the wisdom and discipline required to control his tongue.  Apart from genuine repentance and faith in Jesus, neither candidate will provide the moral leadership our nation needs.  In light of God’s present judgment, neither can “make America great again!”   
        So what do we do?  If our nation is, in fact, under judgment how should we as believers respond?  First, we should submit.  When God used Babylon to judge Israel for her idolatry, the righteous suffered along with the unrighteous.  Men like Jeremiah and Daniel were not sheltered from the consequences of Judah’s national sin.  Even so, in the midst of God’s judgment, they continued to serve and worship God.  In the face of personal loss and pain, believers like Mordecai, Esther, Ezra, and Nehemiah gloried God through their faith and obedience.  If America falls—if we lose the prosperity and comfort we’ve enjoyed for so long—will we choose to maintain our witness and our faith in Christ?  Will we continue to praise and serve our King in the face of whatever judgment He brings?   
        Second, we must pray.  In 1 Timothy 2:1-2 Paul urges that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life…  Whatever the outcome of this year’s election—whatever the state of our nation may be—God calls us to pray for our leaders.  More than that, we must pray for spiritual awakening and revival in our land.  In Ezekiel 33:11, God himself declares, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live.  In the midst of judgment, we must pray that God will continue to call many out of this world’s darkness into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9). 
        But we must do more than pray.  Even if God never “makes America great again,” we must continue to testify that He is great!  We must continue to proclaim the miraculous salvation He offers by grace through faith in Jesus! 
        As all hope in this world crumbles, we must point all who will listen to our eternal hope.  His name is Jesus.  
Pastor Dean    
For the sake of our seniors and babies, please stay home & get well when you or your children are sick.
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!
We will meet for our semi-annual church business meeting after our worship service on Sunday, September 11. We will be reviewing our church budget and offerings and plan for the rest of our fiscal year. If you have items or concerns you would like to see discussed at this meeting, please offer these agenda items to Pastor Dean at ""   Thanks.
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! 
Join us this month for our new 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.
For you have heard my vows, O God; you have given me heritage of those who fear your name.      PS 61:5
If you missed the church campout this year......well you missed a good one! But take heart....we have already booked our spot for next year. July 21-23. MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
We do not live or die for ourselves. If we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we are dying for the Lord. So living or dying, we belong to the Lord.   Romans 14:7-8
Back by popular demand!  Heather Stone will lead Priscilla Shirer’s 8-week study on spiritual warfare entitled “The Armor of God.”  This study begins Monday, Sept. 12 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the church.  Free child care is provided. Cost is $14 if you want a book.  Please sign up in the kitchen so we will know how many books to order.   
Our Women's Precept Upon Precept study begins September 12, 2016, and meets Monday mornings from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Intermountain, and is taught by Cynthia Edwards. We will be studying I Kings and Chronicles. Free child care is provided. New students are welcome. 
Men’s group is still on summer break. We will reconvene on Saturday, September 17th at 7:00 AM. We will have a big breakfast and an introduction to our next Bible study lesson. The men’s group will continue to meet every Saturday morning at 7, here at the church. IBC men, please join us for this time of growth and fellowship as we seek God’s guidance for our lives and church, together.
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, because our Semi-Annual Business Meeting is on the 2nd Sunday (September 11), our Praying for Prodigals meeting is on the 3rd Sunday, September 18.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD SHOE BOX ITEMS - If you want a great deal on school items to donate for the shoe boxes, now is the time to start collecting as school stuff is on sale. School items we need are pencils, pencil sharpeners, scissors, crayons and small writing tablets. Other items you may find on sale that are needed: socks, T-shirts, toothpaste, toothbrushes, wash cloths, bar soap, hard candy and small toys. On the kitchen table is a list of items and the current number of those items that have already been purchased. If you purchase a large quantity of something, please tell Tasha Demorest to update this list. Remember that boxes are for children ages 2-15. No liquids, breakable items, war items or chocolate can be sent. Note: Our shoe box filling is coming up soon – on October 31.
This Group now meets on Tuesday’ at 6:30 p.m. in Magna.
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 any time 24 hours a day 7 days per week.
The Adult Home Fellowship normally meets on Wednesday’s at 7 p.m. – has a potluck the 1st Wednesday of each month - and meets at the Evertsen’s home (3271 S. Eskesen Dr. in WVC). 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). Note: The Adult Home Fellowship resumes with a potluck on September 7.  
All 7th through 12th graders, please join us every Sunday at 9:45 a.m. in the youth room (located in the church office building). If you have any questions, please contact Youth Director, Melanie Henderson, at 801-455-6338 or
The youth group of Intermountain Baptist (more commonly known as Generation Selfless), meets on Thursday nights from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Come all 7th-12th graders and bring a friend! We're all about Jesus, the Word of God, and learning to apply His Truth 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 or
Intermountain Baptist offers a fellowship for college students and singles (18-25), known as the Mini-Inks! What’s the focus of this small group? To dive deeper into the Word and deeper into fellowship with one another! The group meets Sunday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. in the “Green Room” (located in the church office building).We hope you will join us and learn what it means to be a Mini-Inks member! We are currently doing an “Apologetics” study by Pastor Voddie Baucham. Questions? Please contact John-
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.
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 follows our worship service on September 25.
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! Note: Children’s Bible Club resumes on Thursday, September 22.
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: Good News Club will resume on Thursday, October 6.
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.
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. 
The Rescue Mission is in need of men’s clothing. We minister at the Rescue mission every second Monday of the month. 
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 volunteer!
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, 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
Please see Pastor Dean if God is leading you to profess your faith in Christ through baptism.
Please send all announcements for the church bulletin to Pastor Dean at Announcements are due by Tuesday evening.
Friday, September 16, is the deadline for receiving input for the IBC October 2016 Calendar and Newsletter. 
Fellowship Dinners will resume in January. Be looking for more information in the November Newsletter!