Message from Matt | March 22, 2018

IBT’s 68th Anniversary!
Today marks the 68th anniversary of our church and although we won’t have a big “to-do” until our 70th, I thought I would give you my thoughts about what IBT means to me.  As

most of you know,  I have grown up in this church.  My parents became members a year or so before I was born and I have been here ever since.  Although I don’t have any personal knowledge of the first 23 years of our church’s existence, I have been around for the last 45 years and I can absolutely (and obviously) say that IBT has had a major impact on my life!

I have been thinking about the impact this week and was reminded of some major milestones in my life that were centered around the church.  It was at IBT that I…

  • learned about God’s love in Sunday School 
  • received Christ as my Savior at age 15
  • was educated in our Christian school
  • was taught great doctrine and discipled by godly men
  • was taught to take a stand for what is godly and just
  • met Bekah and married her 
  • developed life- long friendships
  • was called into Christian ministry
  • have seen our kids ask Jesus to be their Savior, get baptized and grow in their faith

And those are just a few of the major highlights…the full list is much longer!  

After writing that list, I am reminded that God, the people that make up IBT, and all my experiences at the church are a gift in which I am extremely thankful for!  I think of what James said, 

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures.” James 1:17-18

But enough about me and my story;  what about your story?  How has God impacted you through the ministry of IBT? As you reflect on this, I am going to ask you to take the time  over the next week to do a couple of things…

First, would you take time this weekend to thank God for the people that have influenced you in positive ways, and for those that are still living,  would you call, text, or message them to thank them for their influence in your life? Whether it’s a nursery worker, a Sunday School teacher, a mentor, a youth leader, maintenance person, worship team member, senior saint, Dr. and Mrs. Dixon, Pastor Greg and Mrs. Dixon, or any other pastor and their wife,  just let them know that you are grateful for them.

Second, would you write us and let us know what IBT has meant to you?  You don’t have to get too personal, just a general statement of how God has used the people and ministry of IBT to impact your life.  You can send an email, write on the IBT Family FB page, or write a note on our connection cards on Sunday morning.  Of course, it is God that is to be praised for the great things that have happened at IBT over the last 68 years.  I pray that He will continue to use us to impact the world with the gospel of Christ for many more years to come!

Let me leave you with this passage…

“I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you in Jesus Christ; that in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge; Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.” – 1 Corinthians 1:4-9