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BELIEFS & HISTORY

WE BELIEVE ...

1. The Scriptures are Inspired by God and declare His design and plan for mankind.

2. There is Only One True God—revealed in three persons ... Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (commonly known as the Trinity).

3. In the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. As God's son Jesus was both human and divine.

4. Though originally good, Man Willingly Fell to Sin—ushering evil and death, both physical and spiritual, into the world.

5. Every Person Can Have Restored Fellowship with God Through 'Salvation' (trusting Christ, through faith and repentance, to be our personal Savior).

6. The practice of two ordinances — (1) Water Baptism by Immersion after repenting of one's sins and receiving Christ's gift of salvation, and (2) Holy Communion (the Lord's Supper) as a symbolic remembrance of Christ's suffering and death for our salvation.

7. The Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a Special Experience Following Salvation that empowers believers for witnessing and effective service, just as it did in New Testament times.

8. The Initial Physical Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is ‘Speaking in Tongues,’ as experienced on the Day of Pentecost and referenced throughout Acts and the Epistles.

9. Sanctification Initially Occurs at Salvation and is not only a declaration that a believer is holy, but also a progressive lifelong process of separating from evil as believers continually draw closer to God and become more Christlike.

10. The Church has a Mission to seek and save all who are lost in sin. We believe 'the Church' is the Body of Christ and consists of the people who, throughout time, have accepted God's offer of redemption (regardless of religious denomination) through the sacrificial death of His son Jesus Christ.

11. A Divinely Called and Scripturally Ordained Leadership Ministry Serves the Church. The Bible teaches that each of us under leadership must commit ourselves to reach others for Christ, to worship Him with other believers, to build up or edify the body of believers—the Church and to Meet human need with ministries of love and compassion.

12. Divine Healing of the Sick is a Privilege for Christians Today and is provided for in Christ's atonement (His sacrificial death on the cross for our sins).

13. The Blessed Hope — When Jesus Raptures His Church Prior to His Return to Earth (the second coming). At this future moment in time all believers who have died will rise from their graves and will meet the Lord in the air, and Christians who are alive will be caught up with them, to be with the Lord forever.

14. In The Millennial Reign of Christ when Jesus returns with His saints at His second coming and begins His benevolent rule over earth for 1,000 years. This millennial reign will bring the salvation of national Israel and the establishment of universal peace.

15. A Final Judgment Will Take Place for those who have rejected Christ. They will be judged for their sin and consigned to eternal punishment in a punishing lake of fire.

16. We look forward to the perfect New Heavens and a New Earth that Christ is preparing for all people, of all time, who have accepted Him. We will live and dwell with Him there forever following His millennial reign on Earth. 'And so shall we forever be with the Lord!'

OUR HISTORY

Oak Brook Community Church is a Fellowship of the Assemblies of God that welcomes people from all backgrounds. OBCC is associated with the world's largest Pentecostal denomination—the 32 million-member Assemblies of God cooperative fellowship.

The genesis of OBCC began in 1935, on the corner of North Ave and California St. in Chicago as a tent revival held by J. Robert Ashcroft. The congregation of that fledgling assembly eventually established themselves as a church known as Calvary Tabernacle, and began meeting in a former bank building until purchasing property on North Ave. The church continued to grow and in 1954 purchased property at 5100 W. Diversey, completing construction of a new church building in 1955.

Outreach to the community has been part of our DNA from the beginning. Calvary Tabernacle’s growing bus ministry enabled many kids and teens to attend Sunday School and Friday night children’s programs, learning about Christ’s love. In partnership with several neighboring churches, Calvary Tabernacle established Chicago Christian Academy, a Christian elementary school, in a building on the church property. In 1971 the church established a 24-hour hotline to offer assistance to those trapped in addictions and self-destruction. It was manned by Calvary’s high-school and college students.

By the early 1970’s the church was outgrowing their building and needed to expand at their current location. Due to a lack of space they began looking for a new location. After a careful search, seeking God’s direction, and a series of miracles, the congregation purchased approximately 18 acres of land on the corner of Midwest Road and 31st Street in Oak Brook and began the process of planting a new church.

Oak Brook Christian Center held its first service at Butler Elementary School on York Road in October, 1974, and for the next few years continued to meet there on Sunday mornings. In November, 1975, Sunday and Wednesday evening services were added at St. Joseph Seminar (across Midwest Road, where Trinity Lakes now stands). In 1978, OBCC completed construction and opened the doors on phase one of our current facilities. (Calvary Tabernacle continued to hold services in the Chicago location as well, until October, 1975, when they completed sale of the property to Evangel Assembly of God which still operates at that location.)

A period of rapid growth resulted in the construction of the second phase of the church building in 1992, adding our current auditorium. In early 1999, the church changed its name to Oak Brook Community Church.

Since its inception, OBCC has continued its passion for outreach. Through the years it has taken the form of ministries such as a counseling center, thrift store, a bus ministry to the Brandywine subdivision, Oak Brook Christian School, Awana and Sonlight programs. Today we continue to reach out to our community through programs like Bridges, International Student Ministries, and our Spanish congregation.

Pastor Chip Block, D.Min. is the ninth Lead Pastor to serve OBCC in our 70+ year history. He is passionate about empowering people to reach their world with the love of Jesus Christ.

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