We are a small congregation, a few blocks from Lake Michigan on the north side of Chicago – just south of Loyola University. While small, we are still biblically sound, warm, and very caring.
It is important to note that we believe that Christians are called not to condemn the world, but to share the Gospel, which is that God provided His salvation for the entire world. We show mercy to others as Jesus did, that all people might come to know God as a merciful Father who sent His only Son that we might not spend eternity without Him, but have eternal life! (John 3:16)
Bethany Ev. Lutheran Church is a congregation of the English District of The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod.
Our raison d’être (reason for existence) is our belief that the Bible is the inerrant and inspired Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16). The Bible reveals that all people are separated from God by our sin (Romans 3:10-20). It also reveals that God became a human, Jesus of Nazareth, the promised Messiah, through whom we are forgiven and restored to a right relationship with God (Romans 3:21-28). We call this announcement of forgiveness and reconciliation the Gospel, or the Good News.
Our congregation believes the 1580 Book of Concord is a clear explanation of the Scriptures’ essential teachings of God, Jesus, salvation, and the Christian life.
We believe that Holy Baptism is a gift from God where, through water and the Word, He declares us to be His children (Acts 2:38-39). This gift is for all people of all nations, whether young or old, rich or poor.
We believe that in the Lord’s Supper the partaker really receives Christ’s body and blood. Jesus instituted this for the forgiveness of our sins (Matthew 26:26-28). This is a sacred and holy meal, reserved for those who have made a public commitment to the Faith believed, taught and confessed by our congregation (1 Corinthians 1:10). Therefore, if you are away from your home congregation and would like to take communion with us, please speak with our pastor.