Who We Are
The Church in Palatine, Illinois is the outgrowth and spread of the church in Chicago, which first met in 1970. In 1988 several families started meeting in Mount Prospect, Illinois and began to have the Lord’s Table together. There were about 35 believers meeting at that time. With the help of the church in Chicago, a proper meeting hall was purchased in February of 1992 and the church in Palatine was formally established.
There are presently about 75 believers actively meeting together to pursue the Lord and spread His gospel in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. In order to continue to cooperate with the Lord in His desire to reach out to the community, we are focusing our outreach efforts by cooperating with Bibles for America, a non-profit organization, to offer all homes in the northwest suburbs and students in college campuses the opportunity to receive a free New Testament study Bible.
We are very concerned for our next generation and have special young people’s meetings weekly on Friday nights. We are very clear that the Lord has committed these young ones to us for the future of His interests. Of course, on the Lord’s Day we also have separate meetings for all ages of children and young people up through junior high school so that we can meet their special needs.
Our Lord’s Day jubilee meeting is focused on reaching both believers and unbelievers. It is our desire during this time to fully understand and experience what the Lord meant when He proclaimed “the year of jubilee” in Luke 4:18-19. The Christian life is a life of “joy and peace in the Holy Spirit” (Romans 14:17) and we endeavor to know and experience this joy and peace in reality in our daily life. Our meetings are full of the rich ministry of the truth and allow ample opportunity for all the believers to share and testify concerning their experience and enjoyment of the Lord Jesus in their daily life.
We endeavor to cultivate a Christian living and church life according to the following four principles that practically and organically build up the Body of Christ:
We abide in Christ and “go forth and bear fruit.” To “go forth” means to go to visit people to share Christ with them.
2. Nourishing – for the fruit to remain (John 15:16)
We meet in homes to spiritually feed and cherish all believers alike.
3. Perfecting – to equip the believers (Ephesians 4:12)
We meet in small vital groups for fellowship, prayer, mutual care, and teaching the truth.
4. Prophesying – to build the church (1 Corinthians 14:4-5, 12, 26)
In our large meetings we practice prophesying, that is, speaking for Christ and ministering Christ to one another, for the building up of the Body of Christ and to be prepared as His corporate Bride for His coming back.
We are thankful to the Lord for His continued presence and blessing among us. “To Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus unto all the generations forever and ever. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:21).