BELOVED

Our vision is to see the Gospel transform people into Spirit-filled disciples, who know they are the beloved of God because of Christ alone.

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WELCOME

We are thrilled to be launching a church in the city of Chicago where the Good News of Jesus Christ will be the focus and foundation of all that is going on. Please Join us for a time of worship and praise at either one of our two locations.

UIC CAMPUS

Time

Saturday 4:00 PM

Where

1443 W Roosevelt Rd
Chicago, IL 60607

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STREETERVILLE

Time

Sunday 10:30 AM

Where

Thorne Auditorium
375 E. Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

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Upcoming Events

Sunday Night Prayer Meeting

3rd Sundays @ 7pm (Location will be announced during Services).

Members Retreat

We are excited to announce our 2014 Membership Retreat. The Streeterville Campus (Sunday) will have their retreat on 10/17-19. The UIC Campus (Saturday) will have theirs on 10/24-26. Both will be held at International Teams, 411 W River Rd, Elgin, IL 60123. Please sign up as soon as possible to help with planning. Also, please note that this is a retreat reserved for Church of the Beloved members. Thanks, and we hope to see you there!

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SERMONS

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MOST CURRENT SERMON:


"God's Loving Power"; Zephaniah 3:17 / 09.28.2014
Pastor David Choi

"God's Loving Presence"; Zephaniah 3:17 / 09.21.2014
Pastor David Choi

"I Will Love Them Freely"; Hosea 14:4 / 09.14.2014
Pastor David Choi

"One Way Jesus" Isaiah 26:8 / 09.07.2014
Edward Kim

"Rejoicing When We are Counted Worthy to Suffer Dishonor for Christ"; Acts 5:12-42 / 08.31.2014
Pastor David Choi

VISION

Mission Statement

We exist to see the Gospel transform people into Spirit-filled disciples, who know they are the beloved of God, because of Christ alone.

  • We have accepted Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior (John 1:12).

  • We believe that the Bible, though written by man, was inspired by God (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:20-21) and thus is God's perfect revelation (2 Sam. 22:31; Ps. 12:6) of the truth that underlies our faith (Acts 17:11: Mark 12:24).
  • We believe in one God, master and creator of the universe (I Cor. 8:5-6), who reveals Himself as three distinct persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:19; John 14:26, Eph. 3:14-17).
  • We believe that Jesus was fully human and fully divine (Phil. 2:6-8; Col. 1:15, 2:9) and lived a sinless life (2 Cor. 5:21; Heb. 4:15), perfectly revealing God (John 1:14; Heb. 1:3).
  • We believe that all men and women are separated from God by their sin (Rom. 3:10, 23) but can be reconciled to God through Jesus' death on the cross, the perfect and only acceptable sacrifice for people's sins (1 Peter 3:18; Heb. 10:14; 1 Tim. 2:5-6).
  • We believe that people must put their trust in Jesus Christ alone (Eph. 2:8-9; John 14:6; John 3:16) as their personal Lord and Savior in order to receive eternal life, which includes an eternal home in Heaven (John 14:1-6; Rev. 7:9, 21:1-5); those who die in their sin without Christ face an eternity of punishment in hell (Matt. 23:15, 33; Rev. 20:15).
  • We believe in the Holy Spirit of God that indwells believers upon conversion (Rom. 8:9, 15-16; John 14:16-17) to gift, guide, and empower us for obedience and service.

God has given us a dream...

To be a community of the Gospel in both proclamation and practice.

To be a people who are prayerful because we acknowledge our dependence on the Spirit, and not on our own strengths and gifts.

To be a community that understands the statement, "Cheer up we are far worse than we think we are." And the second statement, "Cheer up we are far more accepted than we could hope or imagine." (Jack Miller: Sonship)

To be a community of grace, where we live out the sentence from Luke 15:2, "This man welcomes sinners and eats with them."

To have a passion for souls that have not yet had the privilege of knowing they are the beloved of God because of Christ alone.

To be a disciple making church, where every staff is committed to equipping leaders of the church, so that they can disciple others.

To be committed to a vision of the glory of God spreading to all the ethno-linguistic peoples of the world.

The Gospel: The 'gospel' is the good news that through Christ the power of God's kingdom has entered history to renew the whole world. When we believe and rely on Jesus' work and record (rather than ours) for our relationship to God, that kingdom power comes upon us and begins to work through us. 

The Gospel changes people from the inside out. Christ gives us a radically new identity, freeing us from both self-righteousness and self-condemnation. He liberates us to accept people we once excluded, and to break the bondage of things (even good things) that once drove us. The gospel makes us welcoming and respectful toward those who are different from us. 

The Gospel is for both believers and unbelievers. It is also both personal and collective in its scope. 

Church of the Beloved believes in five foundational pillars of the biblical church:

Worship & Prayer: Our church is committed to genuine, biblical worship in the freedom of the Gospel.  Songs of praise & worship, time for prayer, expository preaching of God’s Word, and the administration of the Sacraments are foundational to the celebration of corporate worship we experience.  We believe that prayer is a primary means of grace through which we express our dependence on God for everything.

Fellowship & Community:  Our church seeks to do life together the way the early church modeled community.  We seek to be intentional about sharing our lives with each other through encouragement, generosity, speaking the word to one another, serving one another, confessing sins to one another, praying, and building each other up toward Christ.  We will do this through small groups that will meet regularly.  Fellowship comes from a shared identity as children of God, a shared service and mission, and a shared responsibility to one another. (adapted from John Stott.)

Learning & Discipleship: Our church is committed to making disciples of Jesus and sending out leaders into the world.  We will be intentional as staff and leaders to investing time in discipling our members to become disciple makers.

Missions & Evangelism: Our church will actively seek to proclaim and practice the Gospel both in our local community and abroad.  We will do this through intercessory prayer, radical generosity, Christ exalting worship, building relationships with people who are outside the church, training and equipping our members to have a passion for the lost both here and in the nations.

Mercy & Social Concern: Our church is committed to being a light to the community around us. We want to impact the neighborhoods around us by identifying felt needs in the community, and seeking to partner with existing ministries to most effectively meet the needs of the community in sustainable ways.

MEET OUR STAFF

DAVID CHOI// LEAD PASTOR

Pastor David Choi has ministered in many diverse contexts from Asian churches to multiethnic, inner city churches to overseas missions. Pastor Dave graduated from both Wheaton College and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

He has been an active member of the Lausanne Movement for World Evangelization, a global congress of thousands of leaders from almost every country in the world. Pastor Dave participated in the Lausanne Congress in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2010, the most diverse gathering of evangelical leaders in the history of the church. He is an international speaker, having spoken in countries throughout the world. He has also spoken in many top universities like Cornell, the University of Chicago, MIT, Wheaton, and Harvard.

In his spare time, he enjoys being with close friends, rooting for the six time Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers, and meeting ex NBA players like Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson.

DANIEL CHUNG// PASTORAL INTERN

Our first staff to commit to our church is Daniel Chung. He graduated from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and is currently finishing up his Masters of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, FL. He has ministered to youth, college, and young adults in Virginia, California, and Florida. He really has a heart for doing life together with college students. He is passionate about God's glory and worship, and loves to live out the Gospel through community. He is gifted in worship leading and coaching small group leaders. He is often mistaken for being David Crowder, except that he is Korean.

He likes to play basketball, volleyball, football, and golf. He enjoys lots of music, too many foods to mention, going to the beach, and being outdoors! Please pray for God’s mercy as he learns to acclimate to sub-zero temperatures!

GRACE KIM// STAFF INTERN

Grace Kim graduated from Wheaton with a Masters in Evangelism and Leadership. When she read Hosea during her time at Florida State University, she surrendered her life to full-time ministry.

She became involved with Every Nation Campus Ministries and led a youth group at Tallahassee Korean Baptist Church for 3 years before going to seminary and Wheaton. She served with Latin America Mission as a Missions Coach in Mexico City and in Miami during 2012 until God led her to serve with The Church of the Beloved as a staff intern that will be working with the international student ministry in the Chicago area.

Grace finds energy in being with people, learning about other cultures, and laughing. She’s a kid at heart and sees adventure in everything.

Lauren Schlabach// STAFF INTERN

Lauren Schlabach is a student at Wheaton College studying Christian Formation and Ministry. Currently being sanctified by Jesus, she is continually overwhelmed by God’s unfailing love for His children, and seeks to share that truth with others. Serving with YoungLife outreach revealed in Lauren a heart for ministry, and she has since felt that calling lead her to the local Church. She considers ministry a gift, and receives deep satisfaction in working directly with the body of Christ.

Elisabet La Torre Noel// STAFF INTERN

Elisabet La Torre Noel, a student at Moody Bible Institute studying Biblical Studies, saw the need to reach out to new and old believers in order to teach them about God and build them up. She was called to have an open heart and was led to have a passion for other Christian women. Lizy knows that it is through a life fully devoted to God that she will be able to get the best training and experience to input into other believers’ lives; it is with this calling that Lizy is now interning as a small group leader to equip others with God’s word.

Daniel Schwamm// STAFF INTERN

Daniel Schwamm is a student at Moody Bible Institute studying Biblical Exposition. He spent two years serving in evangelism with Open Air Campaigners in New Zealand ministering through street preaching, children’s ministry, speaking at youth camps and churches, as well as training and equipping Christians to share the gospel. He has a passion to serve fellow Christians in order to see them grow to maturity in their faith and be equipped to make disciples.

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