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Here are this week’s Announcements:

  • This Sunday we’ll be looking at probably the most famous Proverb…
  • Put Thursdays from 6:45 to 8:00 PM as a recurring event on your calendars from 5/11 until 8/17.  We will be having Midweek Services over the summer instead of Small Groups.  There will be Kids’ Club during that time too!
  • Ladies: let Katie and Tori know you’re coming to the Women’s Retreat 5/19-20!  Email them at
  • Summer Retreat is 7/7-9 on “Sanctification” in Cedar Lake, IN.
  • We still have two spots to fill for the Bargfredes’ meal train.  Maybe you’ve never participated in stuff like this because you think it’s only for certain types of people or chefs.  But consider blessing these members of the body.  You could even just order GrubHub.  Click here to sign-up.
  • This week’s IBC Podcast is about the “Order of Service.”  Give it a listen on SpotifyGoogle, and Apple Podcasts and see if it helps you appreciate more what is happening every Sunday when we gather.
  • Interested in being a part of this church but aren’t a member yet?  Start going through Joining the Mission and plan to come to the next Mission Class on 5/21.

52 Doctrines

Week 17

God Is Omnipotent – God is all-powerful: there is nothing God cannot do so long as it does not contradict His own nature or law. God has power and authority over the universe He created, from the largest solar system to the smallest particle. Affirming that God is all-powerful does not mean that God can sinsince that would go against His perfect moral nature. As Christians, we rest in the belief that the God who has all power is good, and we gain great comfort by knowing that an all-powerful God is working for our good and joy.

Adapted from The 99 Essential Doctrines by The Gospel Project


“You Bring The Morning ” by Andy Squyres

CALL TO WORSHIP – Psalm 113:1-3

“Praise the Lord!

      Praise, O servants of the Lord,

      praise the name of the Lord!

(everyone read aloud)

      Blessed be the name of the Lord

      from this time forth and forevermore!

      From the rising of the sun to its setting,

      the name of the Lord is to be praised!” 

Let’s stand and bless the name of the Lord this morning with our song and praise!

(congregation stands)


10,000 Reasons” by Jonas Myrin and Matt Redman

CONFESSION OF SIN – Hebrews 12:5-6

In order to encourage Christian brothers and sisters who were struggling in the faith, the author of Hebrews quotes Proverbs 3:11-12 to remind God’s people that his discipline only comes upon the ones that he loves. 

“And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons?

‘My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
    nor be weary when reproved by him.
For the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
    and chastises every son whom he receives.’

It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline?”

Since God’s discipline is not meant to destroy his children but to deliver us from the folly of sin, God’s people can know that when we repent of our sins and return to the Lord,

we will find a faithful and kind Father who is eager to receive us once again back into his loving fellowship. 

Let’s take this moment of silence here in our service to pray, acknowledging our wrongs before God and asking him once again to restore us back into right fellowship with him.

(moment of silence)


“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”

Jesus Christ the Son of God came into the world to save sinners through his life, death, and resurrection. And in spite of our sins, all who by faith receive Christ can have the assurance of knowing that we too can enter into his kingdom as children of the most high God!

Let’s continue to sing and celebrate the riches of God’s mercy and grace!


How Deep the Father’s Love” by Stuart Townend



Available for children ages 0-5


Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus” by Louisa M. R. Stead and William James Kirkpatrick

SCRIPTURE READING – Proverbs 3:1-35  Please announce the page number (P. 528) in the pew Bibles in the back. Instruct the congregation to stand. End with “This is the Word of the Lord.” 

SERMON – “My Son”

(congregation sits)


Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus” by Helen Lemmel

Yet Not I But Through Christ In Me” by Jonny Robinson, Michael Farren, and Rich Thompson



(congregation stands)


All Glory Be to Christ” by Dustin Kensrue



“Talk To The Lord” by Natalie Bergman


“Slow Down” by Jonathan Ogden

CALL TO WORSHIP – Psalm 19:7-11,14

The Psalmist writes,

 “The law of the Lord is perfect,

    reviving the soul;

the testimony of the Lord is sure,

    making wise the simple;

the precepts of the Lord are right,

    rejoicing the heart;

the commandment of the Lord is pure,

    enlightening the eyes;

the fear of the Lord is clean,

    enduring forever;

the rules of the Lord are true,

    and righteous altogether.

More to be desired are they than gold,

    even much fine gold;

sweeter also than honey

    and drippings of the honeycomb.

Moreover, by them is your servant warned;

    in keeping them there is great reward.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart

    be acceptable in your sight,

    O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”

Let’s stand and declare the word of the Lord 

through our worship and praise this morning!

(congregation stands)


Immortal Invisible God Only Wise” by Walter Chalmers Smith

CONFESSION OF SIN – Why of the Week

(everyone aloud)

Almighty God, we acknowledge and confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed; we have not loved you with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength; we have not loved our neighbor as ourselves. Deepen within us our sorrow for the wrong we have done, and the good we have left undone. Lord, you are full of compassion and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy; there is always forgiveness with you! Restore to us the joy of your salvation; bind up that which is broken, give light to our minds, strength to our wills, and rest to our souls. Speak to each of us, and let your word abide with us until it has wrought in us your holy will. 


ASSURANCE OF PARDON – Ezekiel 36:24-29

“I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules. You shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers, and you shall be my people, and I will be your God. And I will deliver you from all your uncleannesses.”

Because the Lord has cleansed his people from sin,

We can now rejoice in his presence and sing his praises with everything we have!

Let’s continue to sing to the Lord!


His Mercy Is More” by Matt Boswell and Matt Papa



Available for children ages 0-5


Above All” by Lenny LeBlanc and Paul Baloche

SCRIPTURE READING – Proverbs 2:1-22  Please announce the page number (P. 528) in the pew Bibles in the back. Instruct the congregation to stand. End with “This is the Word of the Lord.” 

SERMON – “Giving It All You Got”

(congregation sits)


Your Will Be Done” by Jonny Robinson and Rich Thompson

All Glory Be Forever” by Sovereign Grace Music



(congregation stands)


Oh How Good It Is” by Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty, Ross Holmes, Stuart Townend



“No Limit To Your Love” by John Van Deusen

We’re excited to announce that we have a new IBC Church App!  Download it and start familiarizing yourself with it.  We’ll keep improving it with the goal of eventually centralizing all our communication within this.  Let us know what you think of it.

Here are this week’s Announcements:

  • This Sunday the sermon will be on Proverbs 2 – “Giving It All You’ve Got.”
  • Secret Church is this Friday!
  • Small Groups end in a couple weeks and our first Midweek Service for the summer will be 7:00 PM on 5/11 and every Thursday after that until 8/17.
  • Mark your calendars for the Women’s Retreat 5/19-20!  Email for more info.
  • And make sure you’ve blocked off 7/7-9 for the all-church Summer Retreat!
  • There are two spots left to take the Bargfredes a meal.  Sign-up here.
  • On this week’s IBC Podcast – “Proverbs with Theo.”  Listen on SpotifyGoogle, and Apple Podcasts.
  • Interested in being a part of this church but aren’t a member yet?  Start going through Joining the Mission and plan to come to the next Mission Class on 5/21.

52 Doctrines

Week 16

God Is Omniscient – Scripture teaches that God is all-knowing. He is the One who has perfect knowledge (Job 37:16), and this knowledge extends to all things past, present, and future, including the future decisions of His free creatures. His knowledge is complete, and as He is outside of time, He has known from all eternity whatever will come to pass. In response to Gods omniscience, we admit our finite knowledge and trust His decisions as wise and good.

Adapted from The 99 Essential Doctrines by The Gospel Project


“Grace Alone” by Kings Kaleidoscope

CALL TO WORSHIP – Psalm 100:1-2

 “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
    Serve the Lord with gladness!
    Come into his presence with singing!

Know that the Lord, he is God!
    It is he who made us, and we are his;
    we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.”

Let’s stand and sing to the Lord,

As we acknowledge that he alone is God

And we belong to him!

(congregation stands)


All Creatures of Our God and King” by Jonathan Baird, Ryan Baird, St. Francis of Assisi, and William Henry Draper

CONFESSION OF SIN – Proverbs 9:10

Proverbs 9:10 states:

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,

    and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.”

In light of the many ways you and I fail to fear the Lord rightly,

Let’s take a moment in our service to confess our sins before the Lord

And to appeal to him once again for his mercy and grace. Please pray aloud with me this confession of sin written by John Calvin:

(everyone aloud)

“Lord, you are our Father and we are but dust and filth;

      you are our Creator, and we are the work of your hands;

      you are our Shepherd, we are your flock;

      you are our Redeemer, we are the people that you have purchased;

      you are our God, we are your inheritance.

      Therefore, do not be angry with us to correct us in your fury.

      No longer remember our iniquity to punish it,

      but chastise us gently in your kindness.

      Your wrath is kindled because of our demerits;

      but remember that your name has been pronounced over us

      and that we bear your mark and standard.

      And continue, rather, the work that you have begun in us by your grace,

      that all the earth might know that you are our God and our Savior. 


ASSURANCE OF PARDON – 1 Corinthians 1:30

To all who turn and trust in Jesus Christ for his forgiveness and grace

The Lord himself assures us in his word:

“And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

Let’s continue to boast in the Lord this morning!


Not in Me” by David L. Ward and Eric Shumacher



Available for children ages 0-5


Be Thou My Vision” by Ascend the Hill

SCRIPTURE READING – Proverbs 1:1-33  Please announce the page number (P. 527) in the pew Bibles in the back. Instruct the congregation to stand. End with “This is the Word of the Lord.” 

SERMON – “The Beginning of Wisdom”

(congregation sits)


Lord I Need You” by Christy Nockels, Daniel Carson, Jesse Reeves, Kristian Stanfill, and Matt Maher

All I Have Is Christ” by Jordan Kauflin



(congregation stands)


When I Think About the Lord” by James Huey



“Color” by Ellie Holcomb

Last week was a great time focusing on prayer!  I’m praying the Lord keeps drawing us into a lifestyle of continual prayer…

Here are this week’s Announcements:

  • Prayer Meeting starts at 9:30 AM on Sundays and wraps up by 9:55.
  • This Sunday we begin our next preaching series in the book of Proverbs!
  • After service we finish up our Spring semester of Adult Sunday School studying the topic of “The Fear of Man.”
  • Pray for our Youth who will be going to a retreat at Streator this weekend…
  • The Wedding Shower for Masic & Elise, Austin & Kristen, and Josiah & Katie is this Saturday (4/15) from 3:00 to 5:00 PM at The Meeting Place.  Come one, come all and celebrate these couples!
  • There are still a few spots left to take the Bargfredes a meal.  Sign-up here.
  • Secret Church is 4/21 at Evan and Helen’s.  Have you let them know you’re coming?
  • We’re having a Women’s Retreat 5/19-20!  For more info or questions about getting involved in women’s discipleship, email
  • On this week’s IBC Podcast – “Art with Alexis.”  Listen on SpotifyGoogle, and Apple Podcasts.


  • Interested in being a part of this church but aren’t a member yet?  Start going through Joining the Mission and plan to come to the next Mission Class on 5/21.

52 Doctrines

Week 15

God Is Infinite – God’s infinity means that there are no boundaries on His qualities and existence (Job 11:7-9; Ps. 147:5). For instance, God is infinite when it comes to space and time, meaning He is not confined by material space nor is He restricted by time since He is timeless (Ps. 90:1-2). God’s infinity also extends to His knowledge of things as well as His power to do all things according to His will.

Adapted from The 99 Essential Doctrines by The Gospel Project

Easter Sunday

Matthew 28; Revelation 5:11-14; Psalm 118:1-2; Psalm 118:14-24

Lord God,

You loved this world so much,

That you gave your one and only Son,

That we might be called your children too.

Lord, help us to live in the gladness and grace

Of Easter Sunday, everyday.

Let us have hearts of thankfulness

For your sacrifice.

Let us have eyes that look upon

Your grace and rejoice in our salvation.

Help us to walk in that mighty grace

And tell your good news to the world.

All for your glory do we pray, Lord,


Continued prayer – Listen to your favorite worship song about Jesus! Worship God for defeating death! Pray about who you could talk to about Easter this week…


Matthew 17:1-6; Lamentations 3:1-9; Lamentations 3:19-24

Lord God

On the Sabbath,

Jesus rested.

He was in the grave.

He had finished his work.

To most people’s eyes,

It looked as if it were all over.

He was dead and buried.

But only as a seed dies when it is planted in the earth,

Not to decay, but to spring to new life.

Teach us to take refuge in you when we are afraid

Teach us that death is not our end

Teach us to hope always in you

And in the resurrection, the making of all things


Through Jesus Christ our Lord,


Continued prayer – Submit your fears to God. Ask God to help you overcome your fear in the Name of Jesus…


John 18:1-40; John 19:1-42; Isaiah 52:13-15; Isaiah 53:1-12; Hebrews 10:16-25; Psalm 22

Lord God,

Jesus cried out to you on the Cross,

Why have you forsaken me?

You seemed so far from his cry

And from his distress.

Those who stood at the foot of the Cross

Wondered where you were,

As they saw Jesus mocked and shamed and killed.

Where were you then?

Lord God,

We, too, ask where you are,

When there is trouble and suffering and death,

And we cry out to you for help.

Be near to us, and save us

So that we may praise you for your deliverance.

Lord God,

We wait, on Friday, for the resurrection of Sunday

And sometimes our lives seem a succession of Fridays

And we cannot see what is Good.

Teach us to call on your Name

As Jesus did.

Make us to trust in you like little children.

In Jesus’ Name,


Continued prayer – Reflect on the death of Jesus. Repent of your sin. Praise him for nailing your sins to the cross. Praise him for finishing what he set out to do: to save us from our sin…


John 13:1-17; John 13:34-35

Lord God

You sent your Son into the world,

And before his hour had come,

He washed his disciples’ feet.

You had given all things into his hands.

He had come from you, and was going to you,

And what did he do?

He knelt down on the floor,

And washed his friends’ feet.

He was their Teacher and their Lord,

Yet he washed their feet.

Lord God, help us learn from his example;

Help us to do as he has done for us.

The world will know we are his disciples

If we love one another.

Strengthen our hands and our wills for love

And for service.

Keep before our eyes the image of your Son,

Who, being God, became a Servant for our sake.

All glory be to him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

One God, now and forever.


Continued prayer – Pray for an opportunity to serve someone at Immanuel this week…