Elim Pentecostal Church
Acorn Community Church is part of the Elim family of churches, which accounts for approximately 550 churches in the UK. The Elim Pentecostal denomination was founded in 1915 and gained great impetus through an outstanding young evangelist and church planter called George Jeffreys.
The name ‘Elim’ was taken from the Bible passage Exodus 15:27 - where the Israelites, exhausted and dispirited en route from Egypt’s cruel bondage to freedom in Canaan, came to an oasis in the desert (Elim). As the denomination grew with amazing rapidity against the background of decline in the historic churches, this setting proved to be a fitting symbol of spiritual refreshing.
During World War II Elim continued to grow and establish itself as a major force for the spread of Christianity not only in the UK but around the world. Today there is over 9,000 Elim churches world-wide amongst 185 million Christians who are a part of a Pentecostal church.
‘Pentecost’ literally means “fiftieth” and was the name given to a feast recorded in the Old Testament that took place 50 days after the Passover. Pentecost came to prominence when God poured out his Holy Spirit to empower the early church. On that day (as recorded in Acts chapters 1 & 2) well over 3,000 people became Christians and God demonstrated his love through healings and other miraculous signs.
MANY CHURCHES GROWING TOGETHER.
What we believe
Tens of thousands attend Elim churches every week. While the congregations range from small groups to some of the largest in the UK and Ireland, 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 all we say and do.
We believe the Bible, as originally given, to be without error, the fully inspired and infallible Word of God and the supreme and final authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
We believe that the Godhead exists co-equally and co-eternally in three persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - and that these three are one God, sovereign in creation, providence and redemption.
We believe in the true and proper deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His real and complete humanity, in His sinless life, in His authoritative teaching, in His substitutionary and atoning sacrifice through His blood shed, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His heavenly intercession and His second advent to receive His Church.
The Holy Spirit
We believe in the deity of the Holy Spirit who proceeds from the Father and the Son and the necessity of His work in conviction of sin, repentance, regeneration and sanctification, and that the believer is also promised an enduement of power as the gift of Christ through the baptism in the Holy Spirit with signs following. Through this enduement, the believer is empowered for fuller participation in the ministry of the Church, its worship, evangelism and service.
We believe in the universal sinfulness of all men since the Fall, rendering man subject to God’s wrath and condemnation.
We believe in the necessity for salvation of 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 is imputed by the grace of God because of the atoning work of Christ, is received by faith alone and is evidenced by the Fruit of the Spirit and a holy life.
We believe in the spiritual unity and the priesthood of all believers in Christ and that these comprise the universal Church, the Body of Christ.
We believe in the ministries that Christ has set in His Church, namely, apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers and in the present operation of the manifold Gifts of the Holy Spirit according to the New Testament.
We believe in the baptism of believers in water in obedience to the command of Christ and the commemoration of Christ’s death by the observance of the Lord’s Supper until His return.
We believe that the Gospel embraces the needs of the whole man and that the Church is therefore commissioned to preach the Gospel to the world and to fulfil a ministry of healing and deliverance to the spiritual and physical needs of mankind.
The Coming King
We believe in the personal, physical and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to reign in power and glory.
The Future State
We believe 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.
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