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the carpenter's house

We desire to be a community that is built on the person and work of Jesus Christ, used for the glory of God in our city, and that seeks the renewal of all things through the Gospel.

OUR MISSION

Connect
grow
serve

We seek to experience God’s love when we CONNECT with God through individual and corporal worship. We seek to understand God’s love as we GROW together in relationships where life change happens. We seek to demonstrate God’s love as we SERVE using the gifts God gave us to bless the community.

OUR statement of

faith

We seek to experience God’s love when we CONNECT with God through individual and corporal worship. We seek to understand God’s love as we GROW together in relationships where life change happens. We seek to demonstrate God’s love as we SERVE using the gifts God gave us to bless the community.

We believe there is one true, holy God, eternally existing in three equal persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit-the Trinity. In the beginning, God demonstrated His power, wisdom, and goodness by creating the world and everything in it. Through His divine power and providence, God continues to sustain His creation, operating within history to fulfill His redemptive purposes.  (John 4:24; 17:3; 1 John 1:5, 4:16; Psalm 9:8; 1 Corinthians 8:6; James 1:17)

 

Jesus Christ, the eternal second person of the Trinity, was fully united with a human nature by a miraculous conception and virgin birth. He lived in perfect obedience to the Father, performed miracles, voluntarily paid the price for the sins of all people by dying on the cross as their substitute, and satisfied divine justice, bringing salvation to all who trust in Him alone. After His physical death; Jesus Christ rose from the dead and ascended into heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father as the only mediator between God and humans. He promises to return to earth, personally and visibly, to fulfill history and the eternal plan of God. (John 1:1, 14, 18; 1Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Timothy 2:5, 3:16; 1 Peter 2:24, 3:21-22)

The third Person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit, sent by the Father and the Son, applies Christ’s saving work by enlightening the minds of sinners to their need to be saved. He renews and indwells each believer upon salvation, becoming their source of assurance, strength, and wisdom.  According to Acts 2:4, the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is granted to empower the believer in operating in diverse gifts.  Therefore, we believe in the five-fold ministry as stated in Ephesians 4:11; “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers.”  We believe the gifts of the Holy Spirit are still valid for today, being sovereignly distributed to every member of Christ’s Church, as He, the Spirit, wills, for the purpose of edifying the entire body. (1 Corinthians 12: 7-11; John 14:16-17; John 14:26; Acts 1:8, 2:1-4; 2 Corinthians 12:12)

The Bible is the word of God—the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments. We believe Scripture in its entirety originated from God and He revealed it to chosen authors. Scripture speaks with the authority of God while simultaneously reflecting the backgrounds, styles, and vocabularies of these human authors. We hold that the Scriptures, in their original manuscripts, are infallible and inerrant; they are the unique, full, and final authority on all matters of faith and practice. There are no other writings similarly inspired by God.  (Psalm 119:97-104; 2 Timothy 3:15-16; 2 Peter 1:19-21)

The central purpose of God’s revelation in Scripture is to call people into fellowship with Him. Originally created to be in relationship with God, humans defied Him by going their own sinful way, resulting in alienation from God. This fall took place at the beginning of human history; all people since have suffered these consequences and are in need of the saving grace of God. The salvation of humanity is completely a work of God’s free grace; it is not in any way the result of human works or goodness. Each person can receive salvation through repentance and faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 8:37-39; Romans 10:9-10; Romans 11:6; 2 Corinthians 5:18-21)

Death seals the eternal destiny of each person. All humanity will experience a bodily resurrection and a judgment that will determine the fate of each individual. Having rejected God, unbelievers will suffer eternal condemnation apart from Him. Believers will be received into eternal communion with God and will be rewarded for works done in this life. (Hebrews 9:27; Romans 1:18; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)

All who acknowledge Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord are united with Him as members of His body, the one true church. Scripture commands believers to gather for worship, prayer, fellowship, and the teaching of the Word; to observe Baptism and Communion as established by Jesus Christ; to offer service to the body through development and use of talents, gifts, and outreach to the world. We believe in water baptism by immersion in the triune name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.The local expression of the church is wherever God’s people meet regularly in obedience to this command. Led and cared for by a Pastoral team and leaders, church members are to work together in love and unity for the ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ. (Matthew 28:19-20; Luke 22:19-20; Acts 2:38; Romans 6:4; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29; Acts 15:22; Romans 12; Ephesians 4; Psalm 133:1)

We affirm the priesthood of all believers. Laypersons have the same right as ordained ministers to communicate with God, interpret Scriptures, and minister in Christ’s name. We believe that, when the Bible is interpreted comprehensively, it teaches the full equality and participation of men and women in status, giftedness, and opportunity for ministry. (Gen 1:27; Joel 2:28; Acts 2:18; Rom 12:4-8; 1 Pet 2:9)

 

People in a saving relationship with Jesus Christ are to live in holiness and obedience as they submit to the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity. In all matters of faith and practice, Scripture is the final authority. In matters where Scripture is silent, each believer should conscientiously seek to develop a Christ-like character to be led by the Lord because it is to Him alone he or she is ultimately responsible.  (Acts 2:42-46; 1 Corinthians 14:26; Ephesians 4:11-13, 16; 1 Corinthians 13; John 13:34–35, 15:1-8; Acts 2:44–47; John 13:34; Romans 12:1-8; Gal 5:16-25; 1 Pet 1:13-15, 4:10)

The church is commissioned by God to preach the Gospel and make disciples of all nations. The Church seeks to respect all cultures becoming all things to all people so that they may be saved and God’s glory can be revealed among them. (Matthew 28:19-20; 1 Corinthians 9:19–23)

 

1651 North Kedzie Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60647
 
SUNDAYS
Worship at 10:30AM
WEDNESDAYS
Prayer at 6:30PM
Bible Study at 7PM