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209 S. Oakwood Ave
West Chicago, IL 60185
630‑231‑1210

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Bible church?

We are an independent church that does not belong to any particular denomination. Including "Bible" in our name simply reflects our belief that the Bible is God's word and is THE guiding document for our church. We strive to accurately study, teach, and live out God's word in the function of the church and in the lives of those who call our church home.

What should I expect when I visit your church?

You should expect a warm welcome at the door, friendly people, a worship service committed to the glory of God, and to hear the Word of God taught. Our church is made up of a diverse group of people ranging in age, income and ethnicity.

What is your Sunday morning schedule?

9:00am - Prayer Meeting (Reception Room)
9:30am – Worship service
10:50am – Fellowship time
11:05am – Sunday school for all ages

What about my children?

It is our desire to see families worship together, and for the entire family to be edified each Sunday morning. We love children and want to help every family grow in their walk with Christ. We have a nursery for children up to 5 years old, which is available from 9:15am until noon. Children in Kindergarten to 5th grade are included in the first portion of our service, which allows families to worship together. This part of the service includes things like scripture reading, music, offering, communion (1st Sunday of each month), and prayer. Just before the sermon the children are dismissed to be taught at an age-appropriate level.

What should I wear?

While we want you to feel at ease when gathering with us, we request that you dress modestly and appropriately to honor the Lord with reverence and to show respect for His church. On any given Sunday, we have folks who wear a range of attire from jeans to suit and tie. Our desire is not that everyone come dressed up, but that our attire would show respect to those with whom we gather.

What type of music do you have?

We consider music to be a vital part of worship in the church. On Sunday morning our goal is to sing the truths of God through the careful selection of songs and hymns. We blend modern and traditional music together, focusing more on the theological truth of the lyrics than on the style or age of the song.

Can I come if I am not a Christian?

Absolutely! We believe the church is to be the gathering of those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ, but we also want to be a place where the truth of the Bible and the gospel of Jesus can be examined by those who have not yet trusted Christ. We welcome you to join us any Sunday morning for our worship service.

What does it mean to be “saved” or to place your faith in Jesus Christ?

The Bible says that if you “confess with your mouth and believe in your heart that Jesus is Lord, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9) Jesus said, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1:15) This means a person must first recognize their need for a Savior by recognizing that they are a sinner and that they must repent of that sin before God, which means to turn from it completely. Second, a person must believe in Jesus Christ, the Messiah and God in human flesh, that His death on the cross paid the penalty for their sin, and that it is only by faith and not by any works that we are truly forgiven. (Eph 2:8-9) Finally, a person must accept that the bodily resurrection of Jesus on the third day guarantees the hope of eternity in heaven for all who truly repent and trust Christ. This is a brief version of the gospel that Jesus references in Mark 1:15, which a person must believe in order to be saved.

Why is your church named Water's Edge Bible Church?

In 2007, two congregations with their own histories joined together to form one, new church. West Chicago Bible Church was planted around 1948, and Water’s Edge Church began in 2000 and met at Wheaton North High School. Both churches served the people of this area by preaching the gospel and serving the community. With the merger of the two churches, it was decided to combine the names of each into one, thus the name our congregation bears today, Water’s Edge Bible Church. We are often asked if there is a body of water nearby. The answer is no. There are, however, many biblical references that speak of being at the edge of the stream of water, such as Psalm 1, and it was those references that helped form the original name of Water’s Edge Church. However, our name is derived mainly from the original names and histories of these two churches.

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