IF Project 2018-01-26T12:00:11+00:00

The IF Project is OCF’s foundational teaching on integrating faith in Christ in personal transformation, family, profession, and community relationships to encourage and equip members to serve “on-mission” for Him. This session and subsequent domain sessions provide the OCF Biblical framework for the Integration of faith in all aspects of military life. They are meant to be foundational and will not be specific in providing “how to” methods and means. These foundational sessions are meant to be built upon in group and personal study to operationalize the teachings in life.

Faith & Personal Transformation

Forgiven. Set free. Redeemed. Each of us come to faith with these desperate needs. Our greatest need, forgiveness of our sins against God is received immediately as we repent and embrace Christ in faith. But despite our conversion to Christ, our own personal brokenness hinders our walk of faith in Christ.

In our day-to-day life we find that our character is flawed and our faith falters. We fall short and we fail. We share the gospel with words, but our life sends a contradictory message. We resolve to boldly live our faith and then we fail at following through. We are still captive to the corruption of our minds, souls, and bodies, even while knowing we’ve been saved from the penalty of sin. Like Paul, we might say, “Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” (Romans 7:24). We need transformation!

Faith & Profession

From the first through the last chapters of the Bible, the good news of God through Jesus Christ is clear and resounding. Frequently God uses prophets, apostles, and priests to proclaim His word. Just as frequently, He uses men and women engaged in more secular professions. Joseph, Esther, Nehemiah, and Daniel were government officials; Priscilla and Aquilla tentmakers, Boaz and Amos farmers. And often God sovereignly used warriors for His divine purposes.

Today we, like those found in Scripture, face challenges in living out our faith in a secular and culturally diverse military environment. The real and imagined constraints and restraints we encounter can impose some difficult choices on a believing leader. And like in Biblical times, God chooses to use normal professional today for His purposes.

Faith & Family

Think of the most beautiful garden you’ve ever seen. There once was garden that was much, much better. It was the garden where God established the institution of family before mankind’s sin and fall. In establishing family, God granted authority and responsibility to Adam and Eve along with an opportunity to partner with Him in His post-creation work. His pre-fall plan was for man and woman to unite as one, have dominion over His created beings, and be nourished by His creation—and to be fruitful in doing so (Genesis 1:26-31, 2:24). As incredible as it may sound, God instituted the family to partner with Him in His creative work.

Faith & Community and Relationships

The poet John Donne professed, “No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main…” It was true then and is even more so now in the 21st century. Every one of us lives as part of a body; within family certainly but also within others in our community. That community manifests itself in a hundred different forms, from a small group Bible study, to a CrossFit session, to the stranger at the local hardware store. Our community circles range from close friends to circumstantial acquaintances, and from those we know well to those we only pass by as we move through this world. As Christians, we should take advantage of opportunities for interaction with those around us and be prepared for the nudge from God to develop those interactions into relationships.