At Praise Chapel Chicago, we understand that beliefs are important. What a person believes about God will shape his or her identity as a believer.
We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God: true, immutable, steadfast, and unchangeable.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
We believe that God is triune: Father, Son and Holy Spirit; the Three are coexistent, coeternal, and equal in divine perfection. 1 John 5:7
The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. The Scriptures declare:
1. His virgin birth. Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:31; Luke 1:35
2. His sinless life. Hebrews 7:26; 1 Peter 2:22
3. His miracles. Acts 2:22; Acts 10:38
4. His substitutionary work on the cross. 1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21
5. His bodily resurrection from the dead. Matthew 28:6; Luke 24:39; 1 Corinthians 15:4
6. His exaltation to the right hand of God. Acts 1:9; Acts 1:11; Acts 2:33; Philippians 2:9-11; Hebrews 1:3
We believe that salvation is wholly through grace; that no human righteousness or merit can contribute to our receiving God’s love and favor. Ephesians 2:8
We believe that it is the will of God that those who have been born again grow in sanctification, become partakers of His holiness, and daily grow stronger in the faith, power, prayer, love, and service.
2 Corinthians 7:1
We believe that being baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is an essential response to Jesus’ command, testifying to His lordship as Christ and King Romans 6:4. We believe in observing the Lord’s Supper, receiving the broken bread and the fruit of the vine with joy and faith as we partake anew of the life and triumph of Christ’s Cross. 1 Corinthians 11:24-26
We believe that the baptism in the Holy Spirit empowers believers to exalt Jesus, to live lives of holiness, and to be witnesses of God’s saving grace; we expect the Spirit’s incoming to be after the same manner as that in which He came upon believers in the days of the Early Church. Acts 1:5, 8; 2:4
We believe that the Holy Spirit bestows enabling ministry gifts upon believers, and that these gifts will build up the Body of Christ through edification and evangelism 1 Corinthians 12:1-11; as evidence of a Spirit-filled life, believers should show spiritual “fruit”: love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance. Galatians 5:22-25
We believe that the second coming of Christ is personal and imminent; the certainty of His coming and the fact that no man knows the hour of His coming prompt our evangelistic efforts; that the Lord Himself will descend from Heaven, the dead in Christ shall rise, and the redeemed will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air. Matthew 24:36, 42, 44; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17