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FOUNDATIONS OF FAITH

LESSON ONE

 

Christ Visions International Ministry (CVIM) 

Dear Student,

Welcome to Christ Visions International Ministry (CVIM). This is an international program and our Mission Statement: “To provide truth, simplicity and clarity in the study of God’s word” as we train laborers for the End-Time harvest.

Daniel 11:32b-33a “But, the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits. And those of the people who understand shall instruct many (KJV) 

The journey you are starting on today is an exciting one. Following the above scripture, we are seeking to find instructors who truly understand their area of training. We want this to be an interactive process to develop your knowledge, character and spiritual gifting, not just another dry Bible study exercise. We pray the Holy Spirit will impart an anointing on our classes that will bless to you in all you do. We also pray that you have an opportunity to carry out what you are learning in your personal life and through the life of the local fellowship in which you are involved. 

There are approximately 32, sessions, (approx. 30 min. each. (per trimester)

God Bless,

Clark & Vici Francoies 

Christ Visions International Ministry 

Headquarters: Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, USA

THE FOUNDATIONS OF FEARLESS FAITH

6 Lesson’s

This is an outstanding class for New Believers!

Basic foundational, doctrinal truths are taught with truth, simplicity & clearly.

1. The Authority of the Bible & the Doctrine of the Trinity

2. The Deity and Mission of Jesus

3. Salvation, Heaven & Hell, and Christ’s Return

4. The Person & Work of the Holy Spirit

5. Divine Healing

6. Church Ordinances

The Foundations OF Fearless Faith

The purpose of these classes are to strengthen Christians in the faith. We are going to be studying the Word of God together and we believe that your life will be forever changed as a result. We will be laying a doctrinal foundation for Christian growth and maturity. The things we will be dealing with are essential to the Christian faith.

Whatever God says in His Word is right, whether it has to do with Marriage, the home, or business; His Word is right. Now whatever your final authority is in life, that is your god. People many times have good ideas, but what is really important is: What does God say? Because God is never wrong. On any given subject, whatever your final authority is, that is your god on the subject.

As Christians, the Bible must be our final authority on everything. It is our rule and guide for living. God gives instructions concerning all areas of our life. This is God’s revelation to man. This is God’s will revealed to us.

The word Bible means book. It contains sixty-six separate books of various literary forms, such as letter, history, narrative, epic poetry, song lyrics, and apocalypse, but all with one theme. God compiled this book over a period of 1500 years, from 1400 B.C. to A. D. 100. Its forty authors included shepherds, fishermen, warriors, priests, prophets, kings, a physician, a scholar, and a cupbearer. Such a diverse literature of truth affecting every generation of every culture, nation and tribe could only be put together by the hand of God.

LESSON OUTLINE. Class One: The Authority of the Bible & the Doctrine of the Trinity

I. THE BIBLE IS GOD’S INFALLIBLE WORD

“All Scripture is God breathed, and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

A. The Bible is inspired by God.

1. The words of the Bible, in both Old and New Testaments, come from God.

(2 Peter 1:20-21)

“Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretations. For the prophecy came not in old time by with will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”

2. The Bible is true because it comes from God

(Psalms 19:8)

“The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.”

B. The Bible is our rule and guide for living.

1. It is the owner’s manual on how to live and enjoy life.

2. In the words to Timothy above, Paul says that the Bible is useful.

3. Because the Bible is God’s Word, it must be our highest authority on all subjects.

C. The Bible is a book of God’s thoughts 

(Isaiah 55:7-11)

“Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bright forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and I shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”

1. God and His Word are one. 

(John 1:1).

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

2. God does not change, nor does His Word. 

(1 Peter 1:24-25)

“For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.”

(Psalms 33:10-11)

“The Lord bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he taketh the devices of the people of none effect. The counsel of the Lord standers for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.”

3. The Scripture, as God’s written Word, is perfect

(Psalms 12:6).

The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

4. God’s Word offers solutions for all of life’s problems.

D. God’s Word has Power.

1. It causes spiritual growth. 

(1 Peter 2:2)

As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:

2. It makes us disciples of Jesus and makes us free when we know it.

(John 8:31-32)

Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continues in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

3. It produces faith. 

(Romans 10:17)

“So then faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.”

4. It changes our thinking and causes a transformation in our lives. 

(Romans 12:1-2)

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable and perfect will of God.

E. God’s Word supplies everything we need for spiritual life and development as a Christian. 

(Matthew 4:4).

But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

1. God’s Word contains promisees for everything we need. 

(2 Peter 1:3-4)

According as his divine power hath give unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, thought the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature having escaped the corruption that is in the word through lust.

2. God speaks to us through His word. He also works in our hearts and minds through His Word. 

(1 Thessalonians 2:13)

For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.

II. THE TRINITY: ONE GOD REVELED IN THREE PERSONALITIES

A. Christians believe in one God.

1. “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one” 

(Deuteronomy 6:4); 

see also; 

(Isaiah 43:10-11; 44:8)

Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. Even I, am the Lord: and beside me there in no savior.

2. The Bible declares that there is one true God. All other gods and idols are deceptions of Satan.

B. The one God expresses himself in three distinct persons.

1. At the time of creation God said “Let us…”

(Genesis 1:26)

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

2. God refers to Himself in the plural at other times.

(Genesis 11:6-7)

And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language, and his they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.

(Isaiah 6:8).

3. The Trinity includes; 

(Matthew 28:19)

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost:

 a. God the Father

 b. God the Son

 c. God the Holy Spirit

4. When Jesus was baptized, the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. At the same time, a voice came from heaven saying: 

(Luke 3:22). 

“You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” 

 * At this moment, all three personalities were present and distinct. 

(2 Corinthians 13:14).NLT

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.

C. The Bible refers to each of the three as God.

1. Jesus is called God; 

(John 1:1, 14; 14:6-11) 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld he’s glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

(Isaiah 9:6)

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The might God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

2. The Holy Spirit is called God.

(Acts 5:3-4)

But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? And after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? Why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? Thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.

Three distinct personalities and roles constitute one Godhead.

 * The Bible affirms this teaching without explaining the details the reasons.



GROUP DISCUSSION

1. According to the following verses, how can God’s Word help    you grow spiritually?

a. Ephesians 6:11,17

b. 1 Peter 2:2; Hebrews 5:12-14

c. Psalms 119:105, 130

d. James 1:23-25

2. What does each of the following Scriptures tell us about Jesus’    equality with God?

a. Matthew 1:20-23

b. John 1:1-5, 14

c. Philippians 2:5-11

3. Pray for each other. Thank God for His Word. Ask Him to help    each of you grow in godly wisdom through His Word.  


SELF-STUDY

1. Memorize 2 Timothy 3:16-17

2. What did the Old Testament writers believe about God and His    Word? 

a. Numbers 23:19; Psalms 33:4

b. Deuteronomy 4:2-8

c. Proverbs 30:5-6

3. What did Jesus believe about His own teaching and the later    teaching of His disciples, through the Holy Spirit?

a. John 8:25-30

b. John 16:13-15

4. What did the NewTestament writers believe about God, His    Word, and their own writings?

a. Titus 1:2

b. Revelation 22:18-19

c. Romans 15:14

5. In your own words, write a personals statement expressing what  you believe about the Bible’s authority. 

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