Thousands of people attend Elim churches around the world each and every week. Elim churches range in size from small groups of people to some of the largest congregations in the UK and Ireland. Across Elim all our members share a set of beliefs known as our Foundational Truths.
The Foundational Truths explain our theology and are a statement of faith - they are powerful, non-negotiable and guide us in all we say and do
By proclaiming Jesus Christ, making disciples, and developing people's ministries we seek to establish the Kingdom of God in the areas, where God has placed us. As Pentecostal Churches we desire to be Spirit filled people, experiencing God's presence, exercising the gifts of the Holy Spirit and expecting signs and wonders. We seek to establish congregations in strategic positions where they will be beacons of light piercing the darkness and revealing Jesus.
Christianity traces its beginning back to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Central to all of this is Jesus’ resurrection. It has been said that if the resurrection could be disproved, then Christianity would be just another system among many moral and ethical systems in the world. The towering figure behind Christianity is Jesus Christ, who, though sacrificed on a cross, rose bodily from the dead, and lives today.
The term Christianity does not appear in the Bible. The word Christian only makes brief appearances in Acts 11:26, Acts 26:28, and 1 Peter 4:16. It was used as an insult. The original idea was to tease followers of Jesus because they were acting like “little Christs.” In fact, authentic Christians have always been those who claimed they had a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, based on faith. This relationship does not depend on Christians living a certain way (it’s not a reward), it is a relationship that results in a lifestyle that pleases God.
Christianity stands on God's revelation through the Old Testament and the New Testament. In its development around the world throughout twenty centuries, Christianity has taken on many forms and expressions. This has been going on for so long that to those in one tradition, the worship styles and structure of other traditions often seem foreign, strange, and even wrong. But the issue of right and wrong form always takes us back to Jesus Christ and the New Testament church. Our practices must not be evaluated by whether we are comfortable with them, but rather by how closely they reflect the teaching of Jesus and the general patterns of worship established by those who knew him best.
Very different streams of Christianity trace their origins back to Jesus. The heart of Christianity is about a personal relationship with Jesus, lived out in a variety of ways. This variety of approaches does not make them different religions. Different denominations (Anglican, Baptists, Congregationalists, Methodists, Pentecostals, etc.) are not different religions. They are varying expressions of the teachings laid out in the Bible, combined with history, tradition, culture, and different emphases.
People who have a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ live beyond the limitations of backgrounds and traditions. Christianity proves its message for all people by the way authentic believers get along with other authentic believers whose practices may differ widely but whose faith rests on Jesus. “For God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Christianity is the ongoing, living expression of Christ’s work in the world. It represents God’s successful purposes in rescuing mankind from sin and providing His children with eternal life.
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