What We Believe
We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, and the authoritative Word of God.
We believe in one God who has revealed Himself and exists eternally in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
We believe that sin, which entered the world through mankind’s rebellion, separates mankind from God, resulting in spiritual darkness, disease, and death. Only through faith in Jesus Christ and His atoning sacrifice can individuals be rightfully reconciled to God. According to God’s grace, anyone who repents of their sin and believes may enter into this salvation.
We believe in the power and baptism of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a holy life, and in the exercise of spiritual gifts.
We believe in one Church consisting of all believers in Jesus Christ and in the Biblical commission to continue and advance His ministry.
We believe in the following confessions of faith:
We believe and confess the historic creeds of the Church:The Nicene Creed and The Apostle’s Creed.
The Good News
FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD THAT HE GAVE HIS ONE AND ONLY SON, THAT WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM SHALL NOT PERISH BUT HAVE ETERNAL LIFE. (JOHN 3:16)
There is a God who created and cares for us. He is pure, loving, holy and good. We’ve been separated from God because of the wrongdoing in our lives. This missing of the mark is what the Bible calls sin. We are enslaved by our pride and rebellion, and have become enemies of God, but God gives us the gospel. The gospel literally means “good news.”
Over 2000 years ago, Jesus Christ was born of a Jewish lineage; He was much more than just a man. He was God in the flesh, through whom and for whom everything has been made, coming to rescue His fallen creation. Jesus lived the perfect life we should have lived. He opened blind eyes, healed every kind of sickness, and freed people from their torment. He was executed on a cross. His death was the substitute for our rebellion against God. He didn’t just talk about love, He laid down His life for us. Three days later He rose from the dead. Jesus ascended into heaven, promising to return for those who belong to Him, while bringing about a final judgment of all mankind.
What does this mean for us? It means that we have the opportunity to be recipients of something the Bible calls grace. Grace is God’s kindness, giving us what we don’t deserve. We deserve punishment for the wrongdoing in which we all have participated, but Jesus has paid the price for us. Now, He commands that we turn from sin and put our trust in what He has done for us. Through this, He allows us to become children of God as we follow Him in daily obedience to eternal life.
IF YOU DECLARE WITH YOUR MOUTH, “JESUS IS LORD,” AND BELIEVE IN YOUR HEART THAT GOD RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD, YOU WILL BE SAVED. FOR IT IS WITH YOU HEART THAT YOU BELIEVE AND ARE JUSTIFIED AND IT IS WITH YOUR MOUTH THAT YOU PROFESS YOUR FAITH AND ARE SAVED.
(ROMANS 10: 9-11 NIV)
We envision being a house of prayer for all the nations to the glory of God.
We envision sharing the Good News of Christ’s death and resurrection with thousands of unchurched friends and people in the greater Chicagoland area, many of whom will accept Him as Lord and Savior.
We envision developing people – new believers as well as established believers – into fully functioning followers of Christ through Bible study, worship services, community groups, special events, and leadership training.
We envision being a church that lives and models biblical community: a safe place where we are accepted, loved, shepherded, encouraged, forgiven, and are built into disciples of Jesus Christ.
We envision helping all our people – youth as well as adults – to discover their divine designs so that they are equipped to serve Christ effectively in some ministry within and outside our church.
We envision welcoming numerous members into our body who are excited about Christ, will experience healing in their family relationships and marriages, and grow together in love.
We envision being a people who care for the orphan, the widow, the victim, and the poor through practical means that help to rebuild lives.
We envision training and sending out missionaries, church planters, and church workers all over the world. We also see a number of our people pursuing short-term missions service domestically and abroad. We see our people ministering to unreached people groups and serving the least Christianized cities of the world.
We envision training marketplace Christians to be fully devoted followers of Christ who help transform culture by bringing the kingdom of God to every sphere of industry and influence.
We envision being a generous people. We see the people of God giving radically to the advance of the gospel in the city and the nations because of the love of God in their hearts.
We envision being a beacon of God’s truth and hope to the people of Chicago and to the nations of the earth.
We also firmly believe in The Nicene Creed and The Apostle's Creed.