What we believe

Foundational Beliefs

These are the foundational beliefs of the Elim Pentecostal Church worldwide, to which all member churches subscribe.

We believe:

Bible

That the Bible is the inspired Word of God. It is the supreme and final authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

God

There is one God, the Creator, eternally existing in three persons: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Mankind

In the sinfulness and guilt of human nature, rendering man subject to the wrath and condemnation of God.

Jesus Christ

In the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ; that He is the Son of God, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His authoritative teaching, His miracles, His substitutionary and atoning death, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father; the second coming of Christ.

Holy Spirit

In the deity of the Holy Spirit with His fruits and gifts abiding in the Church, the necessity of His work in repentance and regeneration; in the baptism in the Holy Spirit for all believers.

Repentance

In the repentance towards God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ by which the sinner is pardoned and accepted as righteous in God’s sight. This justification being imputed because of the righteousness and atoning work of Christ.

Church

In the spiritual unity and priesthood of all believers in Christ and that these comprise the universal Church, the Body of Christ that is commissioned to preach the Gospel to the world.

Ministry

In the ministries Christ has set in his Church, namely apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, teachers and in the operation of the Holy Spirit according to the New Testament.

Baptism

In the baptism of believers by immersion in water in obedience to the command of Christ. The commemoration of His death by the observance of the Lord’s Supper until His return.

Evangelism

That God embraces the needs of the whole man and that the Church is therefore commissioned to preach the gospel to the world. To fulfil a ministry of healing and deliverance to the spiritual and physical need of mankind.

Return

In the personal, physical and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to reign in power and glory.

Resurrection

In the resurrection of the dead and in the final judgement of the world, the eternal conscious bliss of the righteous and the eternal conscious punishment of the wicked.

A fuller statement of our foundational beliefs can be found on the Elim website