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About the ICDM

About the ICDM

About the International Christian Discipleship Ministries

You have rightly asked for more in-depth information regarding our beliefs, and our purpose.  Here are excerpts from the current By-Laws of the International Christian Discipleship Ministries:

2.0 MISSION OF THE MINISTRY.

The mission of the International Christian Discipleship ministries is to share the Good News of God's love and provision of salvation to all mankind (the Gospel), and to teach the ways of Jesus Christ to His disciples, through whatever means available and convenient to the ministry. The fundamental goal of the ministry is 'discipleship to the Lord Jesus Christ.' The ICDM follows the 'great commission' of Jesus Christ, which is 'to go to all the world and make disciples' in His name.

To this end, the ICDM is authorized to function through such ministries as, but not limited to, Internet web sites and associated network technologies, tape ministries, radio and information services, higher educational ministries, and other ministries that are initiated and operated by resolution of the board of directors.

For the purpose of focus, certain specific ministries are hereby outlined and provided for as follows:

2.1 INTERNET WEB SITE

The International Christian Discipleship Ministries is authorized to form, create, operate, and maintain ICDM web sites, including 'pages' on social networking sites. These provide an outreach for both evangelical purposes and for discipleship and growth of believers and followers of The Lord Jesus Christ.

Included in this authorization is the provision for the creation, operation, maintenance, and funding of web site functions, which includes computer hardware and software, telephone lines, and coverage of utilities to operate such functions. Funds shall be appropriated to cover the costs of operating web site services and functions that exist as an extension of the ministry.

2.2 FELLOWSHIP GROUPS

The ICDM is authorized to form fellowship groups (for example, Bible Study Groups). The lCDM is the parent authority over each fellowship, and each fellowship is responsible to the lCDM. The fellowships functioning under the lCDM must adhere to the Statement of Doctrines, outlined in these By-Laws.

Each fellowship group must be responsible for their own affairs, and monthly reports must be submitted to the headquarters of the lCDM to provide proof of proper stewardship and fiscal responsibility.

The lCDM shall keep these reports for reference by authorized agents of the IRS and other Governmental agencies.

2.3 HUMAN SERVICES

The lCDM is authorized to form Human Services to include but not be limited to Counseling Services, Clothing and Basic Human Need Services, Prison Visitation Services, Domestic Violence Rescue Services, and Financial Aide Services. These services shall be offered for a donation on a 'whatever you can afford' basis. No donation shall be insisted upon, nor shall it be required that a service ask for a donation if the service is being offered to the poor or un-churched.

The Human Services of the lCDM should raise funds to be self-maintaining. If funds for a service are unavailable the service shall be dropped as opposed to going into debt. As a visible public service it should be held in high accountability and should maintain a very low profile when it comes to fund-raising. Services should favor private donations over public fund raising events.

Human Services may set up staff positions as necessary to insure full operations at all times. These positions may be paid or voluntary.

5.0 STATEMENT OF DOCTRINE AND FAITH

We believe and teach:

1) that the Bible is the inspired and only inerrant authoritative Word of God (II Tim 3:16; II Peter 1:21).

2) in the one true God, who created and framed everything, eternally self-existent as one in nature and purpose, yet threefold in personality and function (Jn 3: 16-17; Matt 28:19; II Cor 13:14), being triune in fullness and distinctively revealed to us through history as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit (Rom 1:7; Heb 1:8; Acts 5:3,4; Heb 1:1-3,8-12; John 1:1,14), and that in the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily (Col 2:9).

3) in the deity and humanity of the Lord Jesus Christ (Rev 22:13,16; Jn 1:1; Matt 16:16,17; Lk 1:26-35; Phil 2:5-11), in His virgin birth (Matt 1:18—23), in His sinless life (Heb 4:14,15), in His death (Gal 3:13; Rom 5:10,11), in His bodily resurrection (Matt 28:5-7; Jn 20:20), in His ascension to the right hand of the Father (Acts 1:9-11; Eph 1:20,21; Heb 1:3) as the Intercessor (Heb 7:25; Rom 8:34), and in His personal and bodily future return to this earth in power and glory (Acts 1:11).

4) in the Holy Spirit, who intercedes on our behalf, being God (Rom 8:26,27), who is sent by Jesus (Jn 16:5-15) and is received by those who seek the Father (Lk 11:13), and who is totally at work in the church, as the sovereign authority to give all His gifts today according to His will (I Cor 12:11).

5) in the creation, test, and fall of mankind as recorded in Genesis, and mankind’s total spiritual depravity and inability to attain to divine righteousness (Rom 5:2,18).

6) in the salvation of sinners by grace, through repentance and faith in Christ Jesus and by His precious blood by which we obtain remission of sins (Eph 2:3-9; Rom 5:9-11; Jn 1:12,13; Acts 4:12; Heb 9:12,22; 1 Jn 1:9), not by works but by His mercy and the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5).

7) in being initially and continually filled with and controlled by the Holy Spirit, there are times when this may be evidenced by one or more gifts of the Holy Spirit, but is always evident through the fruits of the Spirit, and this enables the believer to grow and mature in Christ, and enables the believer to commune with the Father through the Spirit (I Cor 14:2; Eph 5: 18,25-27; Acts 2:4; I Cor 1:30; II Cor 6:14, 7:1).

8) in water baptism as an act of obedience by every believer, and constitutes being baptized into the Lord Jesus Christ (Matt 3: 13-17; Acts 2:36; Rom 6:3,4; Matt 26:19; etc.).

9) in the resurrection of both the believers and unbelievers; the believers to everlasting life (I Thess 4:16,17) and the unbelievers to everlasting punishment (lI Thess 1:9; Rev 20:11-15).

10) in the reality and personality of Satan and in eternal Judgment and punishment of Satan and his angels (Matt 25:41; Rev 20:10-15).

11) that there is one Body of Christ, the Church, which is composed of many members in particular, all having been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and that these members are set in the body as it pleases God, and every member has his own particular function with Christ as the head, and that the body is linked together by the love that shows that each is of God (Col 1:18; I Cor 12:13,17,18; Eph 4:4; Rom 12:4,5).

12) that the true Church of Jesus Christ the Lord is one universally and is visibly seen as individual local fellowships, and that the basic purpose of the Church is fourfold:

a) Vertically, to minister to God (I Pet 2:5: Mark 12:29,30),

b) Horizontally, to minister to the Body of Christ (Eph 4:11-13; Rom 12:1-21; I Cor 12: 13,14),

c) Outwardly, to minister to the world (Mark 16: 15-18; Acts 1:8; Isa 81:103; Psa 2:8),

d) Triumphantly, to engage in spiritual warfare against the domain of darkness (Eph 6:10-12; II Cor 10:3-5).

13) that it is absolutely essential to promote the unity of the Spirit within the local church and among other members of the Body of Christ (Eph 4:1-13; Psa 133, I Cor 1:10; Phil 1:27).

14) that the Lord gives to the Church today apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers for the equipping of the saints for the work of God, for the edifying of the Body of Christ, until we come to the unity of the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God (Eph 4:7-16; I Cor 12:28).

15) in the operation of all the manifestations of the Spirit (I Cor 12:7) in the local church, and that these manifestations are listed as gifts, administrations, operations, and ministries, and the Holy Spirit divides to every man severally as He wills, and that not all have the same gifts or office (Rom 12:3-8; I Cor 12).

16) that the development of Christ-like character in each believer’s life is the Biblical foundation for all gifts, ministries, and activities of the church (Matt 5:1-10; I Cor 13).

These above statement are not the total sum ot the beliefs of the ICDM, but serve as a basic foundation of our belief and message.

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