About University Bible Fellowship
The University Bible Fellowship Church (UBF) began as a student movement in Korea in September of 1961, during a time of national turmoil. Discouraged by the political and economic situation of Korea after the civil war, students were wandering without direction for their lives. At that time, God brought together Pastor Samuel Lee and Missionary Sarah Barry. Samuel Lee was a Presbyterian pastor with a passion for helping young people. Sarah Barry was a missionary sent by the Board of World Missions of the Southern Presbyterian Church, USA, who came seeking a way to help the war-devastated Korean people with the Bible. Together they shared a common belief that the best way to help Korea and the world was to plant faith in Christ and hope for the future in the hearts of college students who could grow to be future leaders. Initially, many students were drawn by English Bible study. Through prayer and deep Bible study, the ministry quickly grew into a grass roots movement of Christian students.
At the heart of this movement was a love for God’s word, the Bible. Also, central to this movement was prayer and an emphasis on the gospel of Jesus. Pastor Lee spent every morning in deep Bible study. Students grew as disciples of Jesus through writing Bible reflections. In this way, the ministry was Bible-based, Christ-centered and focused on World Mission in response to Jesus’ command to make disciples of all nations (Mt 28:19).
Today, UBF is a global ministry that has chapters in 96 countries. Our UBF missionaries still seek to obey Jesus’ Great Commission to make disciples of all nations. As lay missionaries, they live with a sacrificial spirit and a giving spirit. College students remain at the forefront of the ministry. Students take an active role in the ministry as they share their faith with others. UBF is committed to making disciples of Jesus Christ, with an emphasis on world mission. Christmas offerings are donated for world relief purposes. UBF has also participated in the establishment of the Bethesda Medical Center in Uganda, which is engaged in a healing and disciple-making ministry.
University Bible Fellowship is an international evangelical church and ministry. Our main focus is to help college students to study the Bible and live according to its teachings. We labor and pray to raise lifelong disciples of Jesus among college students who trust in Christ and seek to live by his grace, obeying his commandments (e.g. Jn 13:34; Mt 28:18-20). UBF serves world evangelism by raising lay missionaries and sending them throughout the world.
Statement of Belief
- We believe that there is one God in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
- We believe that God created the heavens and the earth and all other things in the universe: that He is the Sovereign Ruler of all things; that the Sovereign God reveals Himself; we believe in his redemptive work and in his final judgment.
- We believe that the Bible is inspired by God; that it is the truth; that it is the final authority in faith and practice.
- We believe that since the fall of Adam, all people have been under the bondage and power of sin and are deserving of the judgment and wrath of God.
- We believe that Jesus Christ, who is God and man, through his atoning, sacrificial death on the cross for our sins and his resurrection, is the only way of salvation; he alone saves us from sin and judgment and purifies us from the contamination of the world caused by sin.
- We believe that Jesus Christ rose from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father.
- We believe that regeneration is by the work of the Holy Spirit, and that it is necessary if one is to enter the kingdom of God. We believe that God sent his Holy Spirit to empower his church to witness to Jesus to the ends of the earth.
- We believe that we are made righteous by grace alone, through faith alone.
- We believe that the Holy Spirit works in the heart of every believer to lead him.
- We believe that the church is the body of Christ and that all Christians are members of it.
- We believe that Jesus will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead.
Summary of Work
1. Campus Mission
A. Disciple Making Ministry
1 The Preaching of the Gospel
We seek to share the gospel with non-believing college students and teenagers and invite students and others to study the Bible.
2 One-to-One Bible study
U.B.F. emphasizes one-to-one Bible study. One who has studied a lesson or a passage prepares by prayer and personal study, then he/she invites another student to study the Bible with him/her. They agree on a mutually convenient place and time, using prepared Bible study question sheets and read and discuss the Bible passage together. They seek to understand the message of the passage, pray together and encourage each other to apply the Bible teaching to personal life. After each Bible study, students are encouraged to write their own testimonies about what they have learned. By writing a testimony, the word of God can be planted in their hearts.
3 Fellowship and Small Group Bible Studies
Group Bible study is also encouraged. Group Bible studies are sometimes held on campuses and sometimes in the Bible houses. Frequently the Sunday passage is studied in advance. Then, after the Sunday Worship service, members write and share testimonies. Large chapters are divided into small Fellowship groups. These Fellowships meet to study the Bible pray for one another and for God’s work throughout the world. These Fellowships are also a place for leadership training.
4 Campus Prayer Meeting
In every university in every country, daily prayer meetings on campus are encouraged. Students who meet to pray for their own campuses can grow in a sense of stewardship for their campus. The campus prayer meetings also pray for the nation and for the world.
5 Morning Prayer Meeting and Quiet Time
Most chapters have early morning prayer meetings using a Daily Bread booklet published by UBF. Members meditate on the word of God and write their personal testimonies based on the Bible passage. Through this discipline, they can find spiritual direction and receive spiritual power for each day.
6 Bible schools or Academies
Bible schools or Bible Academies are held during vacation time or on week-ends. The Bible passages for the Academies are selected according to the campus situation and the social problems prevalent at the time, and the messages are delivered by student leaders or graduates. This also provides a good opportunity for messengers to grow spiritually.
7 Summer Bible Conferences
International Summer Bible Conferences are held every 4 years. On other years, there are regional conferences, chapter conferences and fellowship conferences. There are also conferences for high school students. The preparation for these conferences is intense. It is an excellent opportunity for spiritual training through united prayer, message writing, training in message delivery, diligent visiting of members. The Summer Bible Conferences include national folk dances (for world mission vision) drama and musical performances. At these conferences, the gospel is clearly presented and there is opportunity for non-Christians to accept Christ as Savior and Lord.
8 U.B.F. Leadership Training
In addition to the Summer Bible Conferences, there are short Bible conferences such as weekend conferences in the spring and fall, New Year and/or year-end conferences, as well as conferences for U.B.F. staff and members in charge of World Missions, etc.
9 Summer and Winter Tutoring
Some UBF centers provide opportunities for students to study SAT, ACT, foreign languages, math, etc, through classes or tutoring during vacation periods.
B. Missionary Training
1 Training for Missionary Applicants
From the beginning, UBF students realized that Jesus’ command to make disciples of all nations was a command to all Christians. Students who have accepted Jesus Christ and studied the Bible faithfully throughout their college years establish their value systems according to the teachings of the Scriptures. God calls some to go as cross-cultural missionaries. So many students who have grown in their faith and commitment to Jesus prayerfully consider the mission field. UBF is a layman’s missionary movement, so those who go as lay missionaries must be financially self-supporting. When God calls a person or a family to go out as missionaries, the whole community is involved. We train prospective missionaries in the Bible and in stewardship and various skills necessary to making a good environment in a UBF center. Decisions to go out to pioneer must be solidly based on the guidance of the Holy Spirit as well as sound faith. We are continuing to develop our missionary and staff training program.
2 Tent Maker Missionaries
As tent-maker missionaries, U.B.F. evangelists hold professional jobs while engaging in missionary activities, following the Biblical example of the Apostle Paul. Tent-maker missionaries have advantages as follows:
As students or workers, there are many opportunities which arise naturally to make friends with nationals, to witness to them and/or and to invite them to Bible study.
Even in anti-Christian countries, tent-maker missionaries can enter as factory workers, doctors, nurses, business men, embassy workers, students, English teachers, professors, engineers, etc.
Tent-maker missionaries do not need to make huge fund-raising efforts. They require prayer support and occasional material help in the purchase of Bible houses.
3 In Service Training
When it is necessary, missionaries may return to Korea or go to Chicago for Bible study, medical help, further study, etc.
4 World Mission Reports
Missionaries and the national leaders whom they raised as disciples of Jesus are encouraged to make reports on their ministries, including life testimonies which reveal the glory of God who is working in their midst.
5 Visiting the Mission Field
Staff members in the U.S.A. and Korea visit the mission field from time to time and encourage missionaries through the word of God and prayer.
A. Texts for Studying the Bible
Texts and question sheets for Bible study are constantly being developed and published.
B. Daily Bread
Since 1968, U.B.F. has published the Daily Bread (daily Bible lesson booklet) on a quarterly basis. The Daily Bread is designed to help Christians study the whole Bible in four years. The Daily Bread is now widely circulated even outside of U.B.F. The Daily Bread in Korean, German, Spanish, Japanese and other languages are also available. This booklet is used for Q.T. (Quiet Time) text in church meetings and also in home worship services.
C. Other Books
A number of books written by our U.B.F. staff (current and past) and affiliates have been published: “A Kingdom of Priests-A Study of Exodus” by Sarah Barry; “You Will Be My Witnesses-The Acts of the Apostles” by Ron Ward; “God’s Mission to a Lost World-The Epistle to the Romans” by Samuel Lee, Ph.D., Ltt.D.; “Genesis”.
The following books have been published in Korean: “Romans”, “The Gospel of John,” “Compilation of Expositional Sermons,” and “Integrity and Faith” by Dr. John Jun; “Laymen Mission I,” “Laymen Mission II”, and “Principles of the UBF Mission Work” by Samuel H. Lee; “A Short History of University Bible Fellowship” by Dr. Moses Chung; “Make Disciples of All Nations” by Daniel Rhee; “Bible Study Material (4 Gospels, Acts)”; “Summary of Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion, Finding God in the classic, searching for self-identify, Theological principles of Calvinism” and “The Biblical and Historical Root of Testimony Writing” by Dr. Kwang-Phil Koh; “History of Christian Student Movement” and “Christians in the eyes of Classics and great christian scholars” by Dr. Moses Chung.
In addition, the U.B.F. publishing company has translated, from English into Korean, books such as: “The Perfector of the World, Jesus,” “The Power of Forgiveness,” “Sermon with the Congregation,” “Study on the 23 Missionaries,” “William Carey,” and “Thoughts on Christianity.”
“World Mission” Newsletter The U.B.F. “World Mission” newsletter is published quarterly in the U.S.A. and monthly in Korea. The newsletter vividly describes the recent activities of our missionaries and helps us to know their specific prayer topics.
3. Relief Work
From its early stages, U.B.F. has carried out many philanthropic activities. Every year, U.B.F. has been helping orphanages, nursing homes, homes for tuberculosis patients, sanatoriums and other good causes. In 1971, we sent $1,100 to Bangladesh refugees after the flood in that country. In 1976, $11,000 was sent to World Vision and the Christian Charity Institution in Bangladesh. In 1985, $22,000 was sent to Mexican refugees after the earthquake. In 1992, $5,500 was sent to help Korean residents in Los Angeles after riots swept across the area. In 1993, $33,000 was given to Somalia and $6,600 for medical equipment to the C.I.S. and Sudan. In 1995, $6,600 was sent to Rwanda and as many as fifty volunteers were sent to Kobe, Japan after a sudden earthquake struck that city. In 1999, $4,200 was sent to Turkey after the earthquake. From 1999-2002, about $35,000 was annually sent to North Korea for tuberculosis patients through the Eugene-bell organization.
In more recent years, we have also made considerable amounts of offering for relief as our prayer for God’s word to reach the ends of the earth. In January of 2002, we gave $80,000 to the Christian Friends of North Korea and another $80,000 to World Vision-Afghanistan. From 2003-2004, we offered $78,500 to N. Korea through the Christian Friends of N. Korea and World Vision. A donation of $5000 was made to Uganda Relief (for medical equipment) in February 2005. We also offered aid in the amount of $58,617.28 to World Vision for relief work related to the tsunami disaster in February of 2005. And we sent $3,000 in March 2005 for relief work in N. Korea.
U.B.F. awards scholarships to needy students. Each semester, we have been granting scholarships to one student per seminary in 8 well-known seminaries in Korea, and we have also been supporting several university students who are either Korean residents or natives in developing countries in Asia.
Colleges That We Minister to Include:
University of Illinois in Chicago (UIC), Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU), Northwestern University, Loyola University, Columbia University, Oakton Community College, Truman College, Harper College, Moraine Valley Community College (MVCC), DePaul University, Triton University, Wright College, DuPage College, University of Chicago (U of C), and the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT).