About CBCOP - Beliefs & History

The Chinese Bible Church of Oak Park is a non-denominational church.  We are a community of believers of Jesus Christ, who desire to change their life’s purposes and values, and their character and behavior according to the Bible in order to love and glorify God, and to love and serve others.  In practice, this church unites three language groups into one body in love and in mission to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to the world, especially to the Cantonese speakers,the Mandarin speakers, and the Asian Americans.

Church Beliefs

The Scriptures both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men, and the Divine and final authority for all Christian faith and life.

In one God, Creator and sustainer of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

That Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.  He died on the cross as a substitutional death for our sins according to the Scriptures.  Further, He rose bodily from the dead, ascended in to Heaven, where at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He is now our High Priest and Advocate.

That the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, and that during this age to convict men, to regenerate the believing sinner, and to indwell, guide, instruct, and empower the believer for godly living and service.

That for His glory and purposes God created all mankind in His image and God ordained marriage between one man and one woman.  But all mankind fell into sin and is therefore lost, and only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained.

That the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe, and only those who receive Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit, and thus, become children of God.

That water baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordinances to be observed by the Church during the present age.  However, they are not to be regarded as a means of salvation.

That the Universal Church is composed of all persons who through their faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the body of Christ of which He is the head.

That the local church is the visible representation of the Universal Church and therefore, is part of the Universal Church.

In the personal and imminent return of our Lord Jesus Christ and that this "blessed Hope" has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer.

That Satan, the prince of power of the air, is the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience, and the enemy of God.

In the bodily resurrection of the dead, the believer will have everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord, and the unbeliever will receive judgment and everlasting conscious punishment.

 

Church History



What does it mean for an organization to have a 100-year old plus history?

Are you not amazed at the church longevity and wonder what it means to all of us?

The history of 100-years plus is a very long time.

A brief description of events from 1908 to present helps us appreciate the
century period of the Chinese Bible Church of Oak Park.

  • In 1908 Reverend George Hilton opened the Church of the Brethren Chinese Mission at Bethany Seminary on Hastings Street in Chicago.  Moy Wing was the first member baptized.
  • In 1913 the church moved to Bethany Seminary in Garfield Park.
  • In 1915, Dr. Elgin Moyer joined the Chinese Mission to establish a Chinese Sunday School.  Dr. Moyer was involved in the Chinese Mission for over 55 years until he retired and moved to Florida in 1970.
  • A young Chinese gentleman, Moy Gwong accepted Christ and was baptized in 1910. He was the first Chinese missionary commissioned by the mission board of Brethren Church to minister in South China (Duan Fan, Tai Shan) in 1923.  He served there until he was called home to be with the Lord in 1950.
  • By 1950 Ms. Hilda Stauffer taught Chinese Sunday school for 22 years.
  • In 1957 the Chinese Church of Brethren opened and Rev. Calvin Lee was called to pastor the first Chinese congregation.
  • In 1959 Rev. Phillip Loh led the church.
  • The church move to St. John United Methodist church in Oak Park in 1967.
  • In 1969, August, Rev. Timothy Fung is called to minister the congregation.
  • A building fund was established in 1971 and the church was incorporated in the State of Illinois as an independent evangelical church as the Chinese Bible Church of Oak Park in 1973.
  • In 1977 the first Mission's Conference was held.
  • By God’s grace, we moved into the present church building on Ridgeland Avenue in 1979.
  • In 1983 Rev. Jeff Louie became the first full-time English pastor.
  • In 1997 Rev. Jon Ro starts the small groups ministry.
  • In 2003 Rev. Raj Christodoss becomes the English pastor.
  • In 2004 Rev. Yoman Man becomes the Sr. Pastor and Cantonese pastor.
  • After serving at Chinese Bible Church for 35 years Pastor Timothy Fung officially retires in January 2005.
  • From 2007-2009 a short term missions team travels to Taiwan and China holding various summer camps for children/youths.
  • In 2008 the church celebrates its 100th year anniversary.
  • In 2009 a Mandarin service begins and Pastor David Pan is called to become the Mandarin pastor.
  • In 2009 Pastor Mark Brunke is hired to be the youth and children's pastor.
  • In 2011 a building fund is established as membership grows with God's blessings.
  • In 2016 a piece of property is purchased in Villa Park for future relocation.
  • In 2016 Pastor Jonathan Bottoms is hired to lead the youth and young adult ministry.