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Foundational Biblical Principles

 

Our Foundational Biblical Principles refer to the truths of God’s Word that have been taught, are currently being taught, and are most surely believed among Believers. These principles are design to instruct and encourage Believers as they continue to mature in their faith and relationship with God.  Biblically, having a foundation is essential in the faith because Believers are warned that there will come a time when mankind will not endure sound principles [doctrines] but will turn to principles [doctrines] of devils, fables, stories, and traditions of men [2 Timothy 4:3; Matthew 22:29; Galatians 1:6-9]. The principles help the Believer, not only defend and contend for their faith, but mostly, remain steadfast. [Luke 1:1-4; Acts 18:25; Romans 2:18].  Lastly, Believers have a responsibility to actively engage God, especially through studying and searching the scripture so that He may give you His Spirit behind the principle.  [1 Timothy 4:6, 13, 16; 6:1-3; Titus 2:7-10; 2 Peter 1:3]) .

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GOD THE FATHER

 

"There is one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in three manifestations:  The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit--distinguishable but indivisible in essence; they are co-eternal, co existent, co-equal in nature, attributes, power and glory. Due to His love and standard, He has taken responsibility in doing all HE can to restore the relationship between Him and the humanity." [John 3:16-17] The Doctrine of God speaks of His Existence [Genesis 1:1; Hebrews 11:6; Romans 1:20]; His nature as Spirit, Light, Love, Consuming Fire [John 4:24, 1 John 1:5; 4:17; Hebrews 12:29]; His attributes which are eternal [Isaiah 43:10; Psalm 90:3], self existent [1 Timothy 1:17; Exodus 3:14], immutable [James 1:17; Psalm 33:11; Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8; 6:8], omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent [Revelation 19:6; Matthew 19:26; Proverbs 15:3; Jeremiah 23:23-25; Psalm 139:7-12]. Furthermore, He is the Godhead and has many names.

JESUS CHRIST
"GOD THE SON"

"The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, who always existed with the Father and the Holy Spirit [John 1:1-3; Proverbs 30:4; 8:23-31; Isaiah 7:14; John 17:3-5; 6:33, 40, 50, 51, 58, 62; Revelation 1:8-11; Micah 5:2], and who by His incarnation took upon Himself the form of man and became the God-Man [Isaiah 7:14; 9:6-9; Jeremiah 23:5-6; Psalm 2:7, 12; John 1:14; Philippians 2:5-8; 1 Peter 1:16-18]. In one person of Christ, there are two natures, human and divine, each in its completeness and integrity [Luke 23:43, 46; Mark 2:8; 8:12; John 13:21; Hebrews 2:14, 10:5, 10]. They are distinguishable but indivisible, so that He is fully man and fully God [Luke 1:35; Hebrews 2:17, 18; 4:15]. It is this sinless union of the divine and human natures which qualifies Him to be the only sacrificial mediation between God and man” [1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 8:6; 9:15; Galatians 3:19-20]

            HOLY SPIRIT

 

“the third Divine Person of the Eternal Godhead, co-equal, co-eternal, and co-existent with the Father and the Son [Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 John 5:7, 8; Isaiah 48:12, 16; Luke 3:21-22; John 1:33; Ephesians 2:18; John 14:26]. It is His ministry to convict men of sin; and convert man as well as to reveal the Son and the Father to the Believer [John 3:5, 6; 6:63; Romans 8:9, 16; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:17; 1 John 2:27; Acts 2:4; 8:29; Jude 20]. Since the glorification of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit in all His glorious operations is working through all who believe on the Father through the Son. This is why the present era is known as the age of the Holy Spirit. His love to us is to regenerate, indwell, guide, instruct, and empower Believers for godly living and service.”

GODHEAD

(Acts 17:29; Romans 1:20; Colossians 2:9)

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            THE BIBLE

 

"The Bible, the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, are the inspired Word of God without error in the original writings, and are the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men, and the divine and final authority for all Christian faith and life. [2 Timothy 3:16-17]. The Scriptures were plenary-verbally inspired. The Holy Spirit breathed upon the human vessels the very thoughts and words He wanted written. This word flowed through the human channels involving their emotions personalities and frames of reference, without violating such. Yet the Holy Spirit guarded and preserved each thought, phrase, and word from any error, omission or inaccuracy." [2 Peter 1:20-21]  

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            SALVATION

 

God has saved the sinner from His wrath [Romans 5; 1 Thessalonians 5] in conversion through the death of Christ for our sins (justification) [Mark 16: 15-16; Romans 10:9-10; mark 15:31; Acts 16:31; Luke 7:50; Ephesians 1:13; 2 Timothy 1:9]; By sanctification, He is saving us through life by subduing our sins [Romans 8:24; 1 Corinthians 15:2; 2 Corinthians 2:15; 6:1-2; Micah 7:19]; and He will save us and redeem our bodies at the resurrection [Romans 13:11; Daniel 9:24; 1 Thessalonians 5:8-9; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; Hebrews 5:9; 9:28; 1 Peter 1:4, 5, 9, 10]. In conclusion, Christ will eradicate all sin through redemption, perfection and glorification [Hebrews 2:3; Titus 2:11].

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COMMUNION

 

In celebration and remembrance of Christ's victory over death and the establishment of a new covenant between God and man, we commemorate this through a form of worship known as communion, the Eucharist, or Lord’s Supper. Despite its simplicity, partaking of the bread and wine which is symbolic of his body being broken for us and His blood that was shed for the remission of sins, we believe it is the meal that heals because Christ's blood and DNA now flows through our bodies. Therefore, as an act of worship, adults  should be aware of the sacredness,  worthiness, and power of communion (1 Corinthians 11:22-33). Furthermore, we do not permit children to partake in communion unless they are saved and have been water baptized. However, these children can participate in another form of worship during communion called the "Fruit of the Spirit" where as we encourage children's development  to the presence and characteristics of Holy Spirit (Luke 2:52; Galatians 5:22-23. 

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FUTURE EVENTS

 

Christ will return to redeem His Church or Bride, or the Body of Christ; and there will be a bodily resurrection of all the dead. Believers will resurrect to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord; Believers will receive their new bodies that will never experience decay; Believers will receive crowns and just rewards for the life lived on earth; Believers will reign with Christ in His' millennial Kingdom for a thousand years; Christ will deliver the final blow to the kingdom of darkness and turn everything back to the Father and HE will dwell with His people forever. Sadly, the unbeliever will resurrect to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment. There will be no rest or relief from this judgment and the unbeliever will have full memory of their earthly pains, unresolved issues, etc., in addition to the torment of afterlife. It was never God's desire for humanity to experience this judgment.  It was reserved only for Satan and the Fallen angels--now known as demons; however through Satan's deception and humanity's disbelief/disobedience the tables have turned. [Acts 17:30; Revelation 2:21; Psalm 90:2, 4; Exodus 3:14-15; Revelation 1:8; Isaiah 41:4; Revelation 2:21; 2 Peter 3:8-9: 2 Corinthians 5:10; 12:1-4; Luke 23:43; Revelation 2:7; Romans 14:10; Ecclesiastes 11:9; 12:12-14; Matthew 12:36]. Revelation 20:12-15; Matthew 5:22, 29, 30; 10:28; 18:9; 23:15; 25:41].

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            THE CHURCH

 

"The church was birth after the Day of Pentecost. The Holy Spirit formed the Church into a corporate structure, known as the Body of Christ, baptizing (an outward expression-water immersion--of an inward commitment to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ) the living members into the spiritual body. Pentecost is known as the birthday of the Church [Acts 2:1-4; I Corinthians 12:12 – 27; Ephesians 1:22-23]. The Holy Spirit formed the Church to be the new and living temple of God, setting believers into their places as living stones in the new Covenant temple [1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:16; Ephesians 2:20-22]. Through the Holy Spirit the church receives the anointing, illumination (the process of the Holy Spirit enlightening man’s understanding to be able to receive God’s revelation [1 John 2:20, 27], and direction as the New covenant Priestly Body [2 Corinthians 1:21; Psalm 133: 1-2; 1 John 2:20, 27; Ephesians 1:17-18; Acts 10:38; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13]. We commemorate this New Covenant through a form of worship known as communion, the Eucharist, or Lord’s Supper. Furthermore, the Church receives gifts and graces from the Holy Spirit [1 Corinthians 12:4-11, 28-31; Romans 12:6-8; Galatians 5:22-23] that demonstrate the Spirit’s omnipotence, omniscience and omnipresence. The fruit of the Spirit is the evidence of nature and character of the Holy Spirit in the members of the Body of Christ. The Holy Spirit is the agent of direction and government in the Church and the Lord Jesus is the Head of the Church in heaven, directing His affairs in His Body by means of the Holy Spirit.  It is the Holy Spirit that calls, quickens, energizes and equips the various ministries in the Church and every member of the Body of Christ according to their particular place [Acts 13:1-3; 15:28; 20:28; 1 Corinthians 12:8-11; Ephesians 4:8-12; 1 Peter 1:12; 1 Corinthians 2:1-5; Acts 1:8], so that evangelism and missions otherwise known as the Great Commission, can continue. The Great Commission is the assignment to proclaim the Gospel/Good News of Jesus as Lord and Savior, make disciples and establish congregations, and express the love of God to neighbors through works of compassion.

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SOWING and/or GIVING through TITHE & OFFERING

 

The principle of sowing and giving suggest that individuals sow into something greater than themselves, and give of themselves or resources willingly and freely for a purpose greater than themselves. Individuals should feel free to give tithe and offering to the church, assembly or religious institution in which they are apart of or fellowship with because these individuals have elected to plant themselves within those religious institutions, churches, or assemblies for the sole purpose of spiritual growth and development, watch care and/or covering of their souls (Psalm 92:13; Proverbs 11:25; Luke 6:38). Planted individuals give tithe (10% of their  first fruits or earnings) and offering (the amount that God has laid on their heart; any sacrificial amount desired to give through faith; or their personal best) for the continued furtherance of that church/assembly/religious institution (Proverbs 3:9; Malachi 3:6-12; 2 Corinthians 9:6-15; Philippians 4:15-20). For individuals who are not planted or have not elected to plant themselves within the church/assembly/religious institution as according to Psalm 92:13 are able to give, but it is often accepted as an offering because there is no accountability or submission to the leadership and teachings of that organization (1Thessalonians 2:7-12). To further explain on this principle of sowing and giving, I sow, give tithe and offering to our headquarter church and I sow and give offering only to LFC CFR. Those planted in LFC CFR sow, give tithe and offering to LFC CFR and in return LFC CFR invests into their spiritual growth and development (1Thessalonians 2:7-12). LFC CFR also teaches and practices the principle of sowing and giving first fruits in other areas outside of finances such as, time, effort, knowledge, resources, supplies, etc. (2Thessalonians 3:6-10). No gift is too big or small when investing in the lives and communities served. Bottom line, LFC CFR desires not to force people to sow and give, but rather encourages and exhorts people to seek wisdom and understanding on this principle and allow Holy Spirit to reveal His' heart to the body about the importance and the promises released in the area of sowing and giving. 

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