The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above
proclaims his handiwork. Psalm 19:1
Think of a time you found yourself away from city lights on a moonless night. What did you feel when you looked into a black sky blanketed with stars and the haze of the Milky Way? Did you feel a sense of awe? Did the power of your Creator overwhelm you? Did you think of God? Did you wonder if you could know Him?
He wants you to. God wants you to know Him! That’s the reason He put those stars in the sky. They declare His glory. They proclaim His handiwork. They reveal His eternal power and divine nature (Romans 1:20). More than that, because God reveals Himself so clearly in the things He’s made, God not only wants you to know Him, He expects you to know Him. It’s your responsibility (and mine) to seek Him and to discover for ourselves who He really is (Romans 1:18-19). But along with that responsibility comes this glorious promise—those who choose to sincerely seek the God of Creation will find Him (Jeremiah 29:13; Isaiah 55:6-7). God does not hide from us. He reveals Himself in many ways: in His gracious provision of daily needs; in creation; in Jesus who is God become human; in the Bible which is His word.
Have you responded to His self-revelation? Do you know the one true God? Is the deity you worship and serve the true God who reveals Himself so clearly in Scripture? Or is your god a god of your own making? Is your god a God to be submitted to? Is He the God who possesses authority to define absolute truth? Does His declaration of what’s right and what’s wrong govern your life? Is your god primarily your servant or are you His? Is your god a god obligated to explain Himself to you? Is he obligated to give you health and wealth whenever you ask for it in Jesus’ name? Is your God subject to circumstances beyond His control? Can you manipulate him? Is your god a God of love, but not wrath? Is he a God who won’t judge—who won’t send rebels to hell?
Do we understand how hopeless we are if we don’t know the one true God? If we won’t know the God who reveals Himself to us, everything else is up for grabs? If we won’t know God, neither can we know ourselves. If we won’t know God, neither will we understand the life and hope He offers us in Christ. If we won’t know God, there’s no ultimate standard for truth. And without His standard of truth, there’s nothing left but sin, death, and pain. Without the knowledge of God the only moral plumb line we have is “whatever’s right in our own eyes.” And what happens when everyone does what’s right in their own eyes? Chaos.
Every Sunday morning from 9:45-10:45 a.m., I’m leading a new study called “Knowing God.” If you’re a follower of Christ (or a seeker after Him), I encourage you to join me in this study. It’s critical! Believers, knowing God is life’s greatest treasure (see Jeremiah 9:23-24). Nothing else will last. Nothing else compares. Believers, knowing God is the very definition of your salvation (see John 17:3). Won’t you let God use this study to draw you closer to Himself? Believers, an increasing knowledge of God is a primary mark of your own spiritual growth (see Colossians 1:9-10).
SCRIPTURE TO PONDER
SEMI-ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING
Intermountain Baptist's Semi-Annual Business Meeting will follow our worship service on Sunday, September 20. In addition to reviewing our budget and finances, we will be voting on adding several statements to our church Articles of Faith. These include statements of beliefs regarding sexuality/gender/marriage and the sanctity of human life. We will also vote on a belief and policy statement regarding sexuality/gender/marriage. A written copy of all proposed changes to the Articles of Faith and our Policy and Belief Statement are available at the church for pick-up on Sundays. In order to vote on amendments to our Articles of Faith, we need a 2/3 quorum of our members to be present at this meeting. If you are a member, please make every effort to be at this meeting!
Our Intermountain "Ministry Fair" will follow the worship service on Sunday, Sept. 13. We will have ministry booths that will explain and offer opportunities to serve Christ in and through the church family. Come discover how God can use you at IBC! We'll have games for the kids and food on the grill.
CHURCH MOVIE NIGHT
Join us for an Intermountain Movie Night on Friday, August 28, at 7 p.m. at the Jordan Landing Cinemark Theater to see War Room. "War Room" is a powerful story about prayer from the makers of Courageous and Fireproof. Tickets should be reserved in advance at Fandango.com. Please bring your favorite ice cream topping.
WOMEN’S PRECEPT BIBLE STUDY
Taught by Cynthia Edwards, John Part 3 (chapters 12-21) of our women's Precept Upon Precept study – begins on September 14, and meets Monday mornings from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Intermountain. Free child care is provided. New students are welcome. If you have never done a Precept study, this is a great time to begin, as we study the last week of Jesus’ life. Lesson Books are available at the church, cost is $28.
Pastor Dean is currently preaching through the book of Romans on Sunday. Invite your friends to come discover the good news about Jesus!
ATTENTION LADIES----NEW MONDAY EVENING BIBLE STUDY BEGINS THIS FALL!!!!!
Joyful Life Bible Studies—“Faith Under Fire”
Do you ever feel bewildered, criticized, even persecuted for your faith? Are you experiencing suffering? Do you find it difficult to live a victorious Christian life, in light of all that? That’s the audience Peter addressed in his short letter of 1 Peter, and that’s the book we’ll be studying beginning Monday, Sept. 14, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. God has answers for us in His Word, and we’ll explore them together.
Joyful Life Bible Studies are written by Cheryl Brodersen. Cheryl leads and teaches the Bible to women at Calvary Chapel, Costa Mesa. She also has written several books and can be heard on many radio stations around the world. Learn more about Cheryl at ccagwomen2women.com.
This Bible study is FREE and will be led by Heather Stone. Join us Monday nights and Invite friends!! Note: The 1st lesson will be passed out on September 14.
Come away for a time of refreshment, fellowship, and encouragement at our weekend women's retreat (high school age and up) in Heber, October 9-11! Our speaker will be Christina Goleman: (Standing Firm in Your God Given Calling). Cost will be $80. Note: We have recently learned that the lodge where we will be staying (Lindsey) has been renovated and now has beds for 42 and an extra new bathroom. $80 registration fee is due by Sept. 13: Please make checks payable to Intermountain Baptist Church and note “Women’s Retreat” on the memo line.
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS
Pastor Dean is leading a new Bible study on Knowing God every Sunday at 9:45 a.m. Please join us each week as we discover more about who God is. Growing in your knowledge of Him will transform your life! Everyone is encouraged to attend and is welcome!
YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS
Melanie Henderson (our Youth Director) is currently leading our youth through a-study of “The Faith and Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer” Series . Please join us every Sunday at 9:45 a.m. in the youth room (located in the church office building).
SAMARITAN'S PURSE SHOEBOX MINISTRY
This is the season for Back-to-School sales. That means NOW is a great time to shop for our October 30 shoebox packing fellowship! Needs include shoeboxes, toothbrushes, toothpaste, wash cloths, soap, combs, crayons, pencils, pencil sharpeners, erasers, pens, notebooks, toys, hard candy, sandwich bags, rubber bands, and $4,200 to cover cost of shipping boxes. Our goal this year is 600 boxes.
USING OUR BUILDING
Kingdom Glory Church meets at 6:30pm on Saturday and 3pm on Sunday.
MEN'S GROUPThe Men’s Group has had the opportunity to do some great, in-depth studies on the character of God, our love relationship with God, telling others about God, and prayer. Now we are going to take an intermission from gathering to study and start the process of applying the lessons we have done thus far. We have broken into smaller groups and will now only meet the third Saturday of the month for breakfast at the church (7:00-8:30AM). If you are not involved and would like to be please contact Associate Pastor Lucas (925) 4824239. Also, please contact Lucas with ministry needs. We are dedicated to serving the community as well as our own body of believers. Please let us know how we can serve you.
30 HOUR FAMINE
The 30 Hour Famine (from 6pm on Friday to 1pm on Saturday) - originally set for July 17th and 18th) - has been moved to September 18th and 19th!!! This was changed because many in our youth group (Generation Selfless) were out of town during the summer holidays, and we want as many GS goers as possible to participate. If you have already donated money to the event (or have questions), please contact Melanie Henderson at (801) 455-6338 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Students, please continue to raise awareness and gather sponsors!
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. Our initial studies in September will be topical. Then, we will begin the “Big Study on Prayer!” If you have any questions, please contact Youth Director, Melanie Henderson, at 801-455-6338 or email@example.com.
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 normally 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! We are currently discussing “The Christian Conscience Series” by R.C. Sproul.
MISSIONARY MEAL AND PRAYER MEETING
Please join us for our Monthly Missionary Prayer Meeting for our missionaries on September 27 (normally scheduled for the 4th Sunday of the month). A light meal follows our time of prayer. Our missionaries serve in difficult areas and need our prayers.
PSALM OF THE MONTH
For you have heard my vows, O God; you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name. Psalm 61:5
TUESDAY EVENING, SMALL GROUP/BIBLE STUDY
On September 15 we begin a no homework study (be watching for details), and will meet on Tuesdays from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Church building in the big Sunday school room. Please join us!
The Adult Home Fellowship normally meets on Wednesday’s at 7 p.m. – has a potluck the 2nd Wednesday of each month - and meets at the Evertsen’s home (3271 S. Eskesen Dr. in WVC). Note: We will resume meeting on Wednesday, September 9th - with a kick off potluck. We do love to eat! We'll catch up on socializing and pick which Bible book we'll study next. For more information, please contact Brad (801-833-4036) or Judy (801-971-6003) Evertsen (or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org).
NO-HOMEWORK BIBLE STUDY
This Group meets on Wednesday's at 6:30 p.m. at the Jewett's home in Magna.
Please see Pastor Dean if God is leading you to profess your faith in Christ through baptism.
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. Come and invite your friends! Note: Children’s Bible Club begins September 24.
CHILDREN’S CHURCHChildren’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. All those who are leaders/teachers in this ministry must be members of IBC, and all assistants 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.
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: Good News Club resumes October 1.
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.
SUNDAY SERMONS AND LOTS OF INFORMATIONHave 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!
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.
PRAYER TEAMIntermountain 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.
PRAYER REQUESTSIf 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.
PREGNANCY RESOURCE CENTER
The Life Care Center 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. This year’s Banquet for Life Fundraising Gala (featuring Sarah Palin) is scheduled for October 2 at the Grand America Hotel.
RESCUE MISSIONThe Rescue Mission is in need of men’s clothing. We minister at the Rescue mission every second Monday of the month.
BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTSPlease send all announcements for the church bulletin to Pastor Dean at firstname.lastname@example.org Announcements are due by Tuesday evening.
DEADLINE FOR SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER
Friday, September 18, is the deadline for receiving input for the IBC September Calendar and Newsletter.
CHURCH LEADERSHIP TEAM STAFFDean Shriver, Pastor*
Lucas Manning, Associate Pastor
Melanie Henderson, Youth Director
ELDERS & DEACONS/DEACONESSES:
ELDERS: Terry Henderson*, Tony Manning*
DEACONS: Patrick Hanagarne*, B.A. Wyman*
DEACONESSES: Cynthia Edwards, Valori
Henderson*, Joan Manning*, Heather Stone * Denotes Board Member
Our next Church Board meeting is on Wednesday, September 9, 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.