What We Believe

Adhering to Biblical doctrine is important to us along with developing our relationship with Christ and with others. Below is a summary of what ELM holds as essential truths.

Only One Living and True God

There is only one living and true God. There are three equal persons in the Godhead: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. He is totally and completely Holy.
Genesis 1:2, 27; Matthew 28:19; I John 5:7

Jesus Christ

We believe Jesus Christ, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, is the only begotten Son of the Father. He is fully God and fully man. He lived a sinless life, suffered and was crucified as the atonement for all sin, buried and rose from the dead. He ascended to heaven and is today at the right hand of the Father as our Intercessor and advocate.
Luke 1:26-33; Hebrews 7:25; 1 John 2:1, 2

Holy Spirit

We believe in the Holy Spirit, who convicts of sin; Who indwells every Christian; Who helps us in our weakness and intercedes for us in prayer; and who empowers us to a fruitful Christian life.
Romans 8:26, 27; John 16:7-11

Inspired Word of God

We believe that the 66 original books of the Bible are God’s Word. It is infallible, authoritative and applicable to our everyday lives.
II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20, 21


Man, created by God, willfully sinned against God and is consequently lost and without hope apart from Jesus Christ. People can be united with God through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Anyone who accepts and believes in Jesus’ death for his or her personal sins, receives forgiveness for every sin. Upon this personal decision, God re-establishes a personal relationship with that person and gives eternal life. We believe the eternal destination of life or death is determined by our response to Jesus Christ. Once we receive Christ, we are empowered to live in a new way. We are free through Jesus’ work on the Cross and can live out a life of integrity.
Acts 4:12; Romans 10:9-10; John 3:3; John 14:6; Ephesians 2: 8, 9; Titus 3:5; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; II Cor.5:17-21

Baptism of the Holy Spirit

With the Baptism in the Holy Spirit comes the power for life and service, the gifts given by the Holy Spirit are for ministry to the body of Christ and to reach out to people.
I Corinthians 12:4-11

Water Baptism by Immersion

We believe in water baptism by immersion to identify with the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. We are empowered to walk in a new life. Water baptism is a public display of what God is doing in a person’s heart.
Matthew 28:18-19; Romans 6:1-5


We believe that God still heals today: Physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual healing.
Isaiah 53:4, 5 Acts 3:2-12; Acts 5:15-16

Gifts of the Spirit

We believe that God wants to transform us all so that we can live abundant lives in order to help others more effectively. We believe that the gifts of the spirit did not cease with the apostles but are active today.
John 14:12; James 5:14-15

Sanctity of Life

We believe the Bible teaches that God is the Creator and Sustainer of human life; that God creates each person in His image; and that life is therefore sacred, from conception to natural death. We believe that God creates each person as male or female; that these two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the “image of God” in humankind; and that each person’s biological gender is intrinsic, immutable aspect of his or her nature and identity.
Genesis 1:27; Psalm 139; Matthew 5:21; Matthew 6:25, 26


We believe that marriage is sanctioned by God joining one naturally born man and one naturally born woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture.
Genesis 2:15-24; Mark 10:6-9; 1 Corinthians 7:2-3; II Corinthians 6:14, 7:1; Ephesians 5:21-28; Hebrews 13:4

The Church

We believe the Church is built on Jesus, the Christ, and it is His expression in the Earth. His hands and heart are reaching out to all people with love and grace.
Matthew 16:16-19; 1 Peter 2:9-10; Hebrews 10:24-25

Second Coming of Our Lord, Jesus Christ

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is coming back again as He promised.
Acts 1:10-11; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 1:7