Lilydale First Baptist Church Mission Statement

Lilydale First Baptist Church of Chicago is an exciting and progressive fellowship of believers, worshiping God and dedicated to the Kingdom enterprise; committed to sharing the Gospel, shaping lives and serving the Far South Side and Suburban communities.

What We Believe

Lilydale First Baptist Church recognizes and accepts the Holy Bible as the divinely inspired record and all sufficient rule of faith and practice. As a Baptist Church, we accept and practice the two ordinances of the Church namely: Baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper as commemorative of the Lord’s death and suffering.
We accept the doctrine of the Baptist Church as reflected in the Articles of Faith. Recognizing the value of mutual consent and cooperation, the government of this Church is the congregational or democratic form which is vested in the members who comprise it.

We believe very strongly that the Church is a special place where all can feel at home. Lilydale First Baptist Church is such a place:

A Place for Worship

The primary reason we meet together is to focus our attention on God, giving Him our worship and receiving His blessings and inspiration. Each of these occasions is a special time of spiritual refreshment. We hope this is what you experience with us.

A Place for Learning

To us, studying the Bible is vital because it not only instructs us intellectually, but also guides us spiritually. We believe and accept it as God’s Word to us.

A Place for Enrichment

For every person at every age level, we offer a wealth of opportunities which fill the Church calendar. You can be sure that within this kaleidoscope of activities, there’s more than one place where you can be personally enriched.

A Place for Friendship

Nothing quite compares to the joy of Christian friendship. That’s why we make it a priority to build lasting bonds between members of our Church family-bonds of genuine commitment to one another. Best of all, this circle of care is ever widening. We’d love for it to include you, too.

A Place for Service

Just as Jesus came “not to be ministered unto, but to minister…” we accept our responsibility to reach out in service to others, both at home and abroad.

Lilydale believes in serving God, the community and the world at large. Our members are involved in all areas of the Baptist witness, from the World Alliance, National and State Conventions, and the local District Association. Our Pastor, Reverend Dr. Alvin Love serves as Chairman of the Technology Ministry (TOPIC) of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. and as Former President of the Baptist General State Convention of Illinois, Inc.

Denominational Affiliations

Lilydale First Baptist Church extends its witness across the State of Illinois through our membership in the Baptist General State Convention of Illinois, Inc.  Our Pastor, Reverend Alvin Love, is a former President of the Convention. You may learn more about the mission and ministry of Baptist General by clicking www.baptistgeneralstateconvention.org.

In addition, Lilydale First Baptist Church is affiliated with the following organizations:

National Baptist Convention, USA
Connect to the website for the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. by clicking on the following link: www.nationalbaptist.com

Baptist World Alliance
Connect to the website for the Baptist World Alliance by clicking on the following link: www.bwanet.org

Greater New Era Baptist District Association