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International Christian Fellowship (ICF) 

OUR DOCTRINE & THEOLOGICAL FOUNDATION

THE GREAT COMMISSION:[Matthew 28:19-20]

Section 1.

"Go then to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples; baptize them in name of the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit; and teach them to obey everything that I have commanded you; and I will be with you always to the end of the age" 

THE HOLY SCRIPTURE:[Isaiah 55:11; Ps 119:105; Heb. 4:12; James 1:22-23; II Tim 3:16]

Section 2.

ICF accepts the Scripture of the Old and New Testaments as the inspired record of God's revelatory actions in human history and as the authoritative basis for its doctrine and practice.

JESUS CHRIST:[Isaiah 19:20; Luke 2:7]

Section 3.

Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Messiah spoken of many years in the Old Testament before his birth. Christ was born of a common woman. He lived among humanity and identified himself with the poor and the outcast. He was crucified and his death is a ransom for the sins of the world. When he died, he was buried and on the third day, he was resurrected from the dead. 

THE ORDINANCES:[Matt. 26:26; Jhn. 6:35; Mk. 1:9-11; Matt. 28:19; Acts 16:15]

Section 4.

Jesus Christ initiated and participated in various religious acts during his ministry. Two important ceremonial acts that Jesus Christ participated in and commanded us to do were the Holy Baptism and the Last Supper.  Therefore, the sacraments of Christian Baptism and the partaking of Lord's Supper are the two sacraments of ICF. 

Section 5.

The Bread represents the broken body of Jesus Christ that was broken upon the cross and the Wine represents the Blood of Jesus that is the covenant which was poured out for the forgiveness of sins. 

Section 6.

As a Bible believing church, only adults can be baptized and it is done by immersion as Jesus Christ was. Children are not to be baptized but dedicated like Jesus and Samuel. The act of dedication presents them to God in thanksgiving and seeks to bring them into the fellowship of the Universal Church of Jesus Christ for nurture and care.  They will not become full members until they are  at least twelve (12) years old and make a decision to confess Christ and formally unite with the Church. Only adults baptized are permitted to partake of the Lord's Supper.

FAITH AND WORK:[Hebrew 11:1; James 2:17-18]

Section 7.

Faith and Work are complements and they belong together.  They can not be separated or one considered to be of less importance.  Work is a nature expression of our faith.  Jesus Christ commissioned each of us to proclaim the Good News.  As members of the Body of Christ, we must have faith in God, put our faith into action by using our God-given talents and gifts for the advancement of the Kingdom on earth.  Faith neither work can become a substitute for the other. 

RESURRECTION:[John 11:25; Romans 6:5]

Section 8.

There is life after death and at the final triumph, the community of believers will be resurrected. 

PRIESTHOOD OF ALL BELIEVERS:[Matthew 28:18-20]

Section 9.

Each individual has been commissioned by Jesus Christ to proclaim the Good News. Each person is a member of the Royal Priesthood thereby being a member of the Priesthood of all Believers who minister to each other. The laity therefore plays a role in witnessing for Jesus Christ by words, deeds, and active participation in the ministries of ICF.

 

 

BIBLICAL CONNECTION

 

ICF AND ITS BIBLICAL CONNECTIONS

CONCERNING SINGING THE LORD’S SONG IN A STRANGE LAND

By:  Rev. William B. Harris -  July 19, 1992  rev. d
(Partial Text)

There is a parallel between the “ICF VISION” and two historic biblical passages recorded in Psalm 137 and Jeremiah 29: 1- 14.  The Psalmist captures the mood of a people held in exile in Babylon.. a strange land.  The question asked by the captives who sat by the rivers weeping in Psalm 137, was “how can we sing the Lord’s son in this strange land?”  An answer of hope came to the oppressed people from God through the prophet Jeremiah as recorded in Jeremiah 29: 1-7. They were instructed to: 1) Build houses (verse 5), 2) Settle down (verse 5), 3) Plant gardens (verse 5), 4) Marry and have children (verse 6), 5) Work for the good of all  (verse 7), and  6) Pray to God (verse 7)

It is within this context that the vision was given to Rev. Harris by God in 1986 known as the “ICF VISION.”  This vision stands on four (4) pillars, which are based on the message of Jeremiah as recorded in chapter 29.

  1. Spiritual Pillar (v.7 Pray to God)

To meet the spiritual needs of individuals and afford them an opportunity to worship God in context of their cultural experience using the Holy Bible as the “Word of God”; to preach the Word, fast and pray without ceasing as well as worship regularly, give generously, serve eagerly and live worthily in demonstration of their faith.
Examples:  worship services, cluster meetings, Sunday school, fasting, general prayers.

  1. Cultural Pillar (v. 7 Seek Peace)

To expose the larger community and in particular expose the youth to their rich African culture and heritage; meeting the cultural needs by focusing on the positive aspects of the African culture (morals, values and heritage). 
Examples:  Order of worship services, incorporate songs / music of African descent, wear African attire, cultural performances, teaching values and history of culture.

  1. Social Pillar (v. 6 Take wives. marry…v.7 Seek peace)

To provide a forum for formal and informal socialization, fellowship and caring; formal education, fellowshipping and serving as a support system for one another.
Examples:  Friendships, Fellowships after services and events, marriages, relationships, caring, sharing.

  1. Economic Pillar (v. 5 build houses…plant gardens)

To establish economic opportunities so that individuals and families in a strange land can enjoy the fullness of what life has to offer and prepare them for restoration; to affirm that Jesus Christ desires that we have life more abundantly.  It is important that immigrants do not return home worse off than they were when they left.

Examples:  Tithing, Job Referrals, Business Ventures & Support, and ICF Susu.

 

 

Directions to International Christian Fellowship (ICF) Ministries

I-285 S / GA-407S
Take the GA-54 N exit- EXIT 55. 0.2 miles
Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto JONESBORO RD SE / GA-54. 1.3 miles
Turn LEFT onto SCHOOL DR SE. 0.1 miles (2nd light at Gas Station)
Turn RIGHT onto HUMPHRIES DR SE. <0.1 miles

I-20W
Merge onto I-285 S / GA-407 S (Toward Atlanta/Airport)
Take the GA-54 N exit- EXIT 55.
Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto JONESBORO RD SE / GA-54. 1.3 miles
Turn LEFT onto SCHOOL DR SE. 0.1 miles (2nd light at Gas Station)
Turn RIGHT onto HUMPHRIES DR SE. <0.1 miles (Humphries Elementary is facing you, ICF is on your left, pull in to park)

I-75/85 S
Take I-75/85 to downtown, passing stadium, etc.
Take the CLEVELAND AVENUE exit- EXIT 241
Turn LEFT onto CLEVELAND AVE SW, passing McDonalds, fire station, CITGO station.
Turn RIGHT onto JONESBORO RD.
Turn RIGHT onto School Drive at Gas Station

I-85 N
Take the CLEVELAND AVE exit- EXIT 76- toward EAST POINT
Turn RIGHT onto CLEVELAND AVE SW.
Turn RIGHT onto JONESBORO RD.
Turn RIGHT onto School Drive at Gas Station

I-20 E / GA-402 E
Merge onto I-75 S via EXIT 57 toward MACON / MONTGOMERY.
Take the CLEVELAND AVENUE exit- EXIT 241.
Turn LEFT onto CLEVELAND AVE SW.
Turn RIGHT onto JONESBORO RD.
Turn RIGHT onto School Drive at Gas Station

Humphries Elementary is facing you, ICF is on your left (the large frame building), pull in to park.

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