After accepting Jesus Christ as Savior,
Water Baptism is the next step in your journey with Christ!
Water baptism is an event that began in bible times, as a sign of repentance: turning away from sin and turning towards God (Mark 1:4-5). After Jesus came He commanded that the church should baptize new believers in Him (Matthew 28:19-20).
It is a beautiful symbol of the cleansing and new life that we experience through faith in Him, and a declaration of that faith. Baptism signifies that we are identifying with Jesus in His death, burial and resurrection: allowing our old life to die and be buried with Him, and being raised to new life in Him (Romans 6:3-4).
Jesus said, “Go then, to all people everywhere and make them my disciples, baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit…”
God is inviting you, after coming to faith in Him, to participate in His kingdom by having the courage to be completely immersed in water as a sign of your following Him. It represents a shift from the way things were in your life, where you tried to do things on your own, to a place now of complete trust. The trust of your heart is so significant that you are willing to be immersed completely in water and trust your very life to God!
Water Baptism can take place in a lake, pool or baptismal tank such as the one we have at Elim. For more information, contact the church office or fill out the form found in the information rack by the side door and bring it to the office.
Luke 2:27-32 and 1 Samuel 1:1-28
Congratulations on the birth of your new baby from all of us at Elim!
Take time to focus on the following things:
You are the most influencial person in your child's life.
The decisions you make and model will influence your child in their decisions
Make spiritual matters a high priority in your life.
Make sure Christ is number one in your home and your family. Establish a prayer life with your children, bring them to church. Let them know that Christ and spiritual matters are important to you.
Dedicate your child to the Lord.
Dedication really has a twofold pupose:
First of all you are dedicating yourself to the raising of your child in an environment where they can hear about Jesus, learn about Jesus from yourself and others.
Secondly you are dedicating your child back to the Lord, saying God you look after this child, guide this child, protect this child, so that when they reach the age where they will know right from wrong, they will turn to you.
If you would like to dedicate your child to the Lord, we would ask that you attend Elim for a minimum of 4 weeks. After the 4 weeks please contact the office indicating your desire, fill out an application form and Pastor Benny will contact you to discuss the dedication.
Why We Give
Giving also called tithing, is an act of worship and one of the ways we express thanksgiving for His boundless love and grace. It is used to provide the resources for those things which help us take the Gospel of Jesus Christ and do with it as He has commanded us, “Go into all the world, and preach the Good News to the whole creation.”
Please know that if you are a guest with us, we do not want you to feel
obligated to give, however, if you desire to do so, of course we welcome it!
On every Lord’s Day you should put aside something from what you have earned during the week, and use it for this offering. The amount depends on how much the Lord has helped you earn. 1 Corinthians 16:2 (LB)
We have three options available for giving:
2. Automatic withdrawal: Forms are available from the church office. A
blank cheque is required marked VOID and the form filled out in
duplicate. One for you and one for the church.
3. Cheque: Made out to Elim Pentecostal Tabernacle
Offering Envelopes are provided free of charge for anyone requesting them.
In order to receive a year-end tax receipt, please complete a giving envelope. They are available from one of our ushers. We will need your name, address, postal code and phone number.
Income tax receipts are issued in February of each year.
STATEMENT OF ESSENTIAL TRUTHS AND POSITIONS AND PRACTICES
Amended by General Conference, May 2022
ARTICLE 5 STATEMENT OF ESSENTIAL TRUTHS
This version of the Statement of Essential Truths represents the result of an extensive collaborative process to rephrase and refresh what is most essential to us. As before, we make no claim that this statement covers all biblical truth, nor that the human phraseology employed here is inspired. We recognize as we did at the outset of our movement that there is some diversity of theological thought among us, but we remain committed as a Pentecostal community to the historic creeds of the church, to evangelical convictions of faith, and to the Full Gospel that Christ is Saviour, Healer, Spirit-Baptizer, and Soon Coming King.
The Father sent the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of Mary when she was a virgin. Jesus became fully human while remaining fully God. Anointed by the Spirit, Jesus revealed the Father and the kingdom of God by his sinless life, teaching, and miracles. After he died for our sin, God raised him from the dead, and he is now at the right hand of the Father.
The Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father through the Son and gives life throughout creation. The Spirit draws people to repentance and new life in Jesus Christ. Through the Spirit’s indwelling, the Father and the Son are present to all believers, making them children of God.
The Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is the written revelation of God’s character and saving purposes for humanity and for all creation. As God’s revelation, the entire Bible is true and trustworthy, and is the final and absolute authority for belief and conduct. The Holy Spirit who inspired the Bible enables its interpretation and application.
God created and sustains the heavens and the earth, which display God’s glory. Formed in the image of God, both male and female, humankind is entrusted with the care of God’s creation as faithful stewards. As a result of human rebellion, sin and death entered the world, distorting the image of God and all of God’s good creation.
Angels were created as supernatural beings to worship and serve God.18 Along with Satan, some angels chose to rebel and oppose the purposes of God.19 Christ gives believers victory over Satan and these demons.20
Salvation is available to all people by the loving, redemptive act of the triune God.21 Through obedience to the Father, Christ gave himself as a ransom. Christ, who had no sin, became sin for us offering himself and shedding his blood on the cross so that in him we might become right with God. The life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Christ provide the way of salvation for those who, by God’s grace, repent from their sin and confess faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.
Salvation means to receive the Spirit, to be forgiven, reconciled with God and others, born again, and liberated from sin and darkness, transferring the believer into God’s kingdom. Our experience of liberation includes healing — whether spiritual, physical, emotional, or mental — as a foretaste of our future, complete restoration. Those who remain in Christ and do not turn away are assured of salvation on judgement day by the indwelling Holy Spirit, who sanctifies and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.
On the Day of Pentecost, Jesus poured out the promised Holy Spirit on the church. As his return draws near, Jesus continues to baptize in the Holy Spirit those who are believers. This empowers them to continue his work of proclaiming with speech and action the good news of the arrival and coming of the kingdom of God. This experience is available for everyone, male and female, of every age, status, and ethnicity.
The sign of speaking in tongues indicates that believers have been baptized with the Holy Spirit and signifies the nature of Spirit baptism as empowering our communication, to be his witnesses with speech and action as we continue to pray in the Spirit.
Jesus Christ is the head of the church. All who are united with Christ are joined by the Spirit to his body. Each local church is an expression of the universal church whose role is to participate in the mission of God to restore all things.
Central to the church is the shared experience of the transforming presence of God. The church responds with worship, prayer, proclamation, discipleship, and fellowship, including the practices of water baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Baptism by immersion symbolizes the believer’s identification with Christ in his death and resurrection. The Lord’s Supper symbolizes Christ’s body and blood, and our communion as believers. Shared together, it proclaims his death in anticipation of his return.
The Spirit gives all gifts to the church to minister to others in love for the purpose of bearing witness to Christ and for the building up of the church. The Spirit also empowers leaders, both female and male, to equip the church to fulfil its mission and purposes.
Our great hope is for the imminent return of Christ in the air to receive his own, both the living who will be transformed, and the dead in Christ who will be resurrected bodily. Christ will complete at his second coming the restoration begun when he initiated God's kingdom at his first coming. Christ will liberate creation from the curse, fulfil God’s covenant to Israel, and defeat all powers that oppose God. Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Ultimately, God will judge the living and the dead. Such judgement is God’s gracious answer to humanity’s cry for justice to prevail throughout the earth and is consistent with God’s character as loving, holy, and just. The unredeemed will go away into eternal punishment, but the redeemed into eternal life. The redeemed will enjoy the presence of God where there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!
ARTICLE 6 POSITIONS AND PRACTICES
Marriage is a provision of God wherein one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others enter into a lifelong relationship through a marriage ceremony that is recognized by the church and legally sanctioned by the state.
Marriage establishes a "one-flesh" relationship that goes beyond a physical union and is more than either a temporary relationship of convenience intended to provide personal pleasure or a contract that binds two people together in a legal partnership. Marriage establishes an emotional and spiritual oneness that enables both partners to respond to the spiritual, physical and social needs of the other. It provides the biblical context for the procreation of children.
Marriage is to be an exclusive relationship that is maintained in purity. It is intended by God to be a permanent relationship. It is a witness to the world of the relationship between Christ and His church.
Marriage requires a commitment of love, perseverance and faith. Because of its sanctity and permanence, marriage should be treated with seriousness and entered into only after counsel and prayer for God's guidance. Christians should marry only those who are believers. An individual who becomes a believer after marriage should remain with his/her partner in peace, and should give witness to the Gospel in the home.62
The Bible holds family life as a position of trust and responsibility. The home is a stabilizing force in society, a place of nurture, counsel, and safety for children.
Marriage can only be broken by porneia, which is understood as marital unfaithfulness involving adultery, homosexuality, or incest. While the Scriptures give evidence that the marriage vow and "one-flesh" union are broken by such acts and therefore recognize the breaking of the marriage relationship, the Scriptures do recommend that the most desirable option would be reconciliation.
We believe that divorce is not God's intention. It is God's concession to the "hardness of men's hearts." 
We, therefore, discourage divorce by all lawful means and teaching. Our objective is reconciliation and the healing of the marital union wherever possible. Marital unfaithfulness should not be considered so much an occasion or opportunity for divorce but rather an opportunity for Christian grace, forgiveness, and restoration. Divorce in our society is a termination of a marriage through a legal process authorized by the State. While the Church recognizes this legal process as an appropriate means to facilitate the permanent separation of spouses, the Church restricts the idea of divorce, in the sense of dissolution of marriage, to reasons specified in Scripture.
The weight of the biblical record is negative and the explicit statement is made, "God hates divorce." Divorce is more than an action of the courts which breaks the legal contract between partners in a marriage. It is also the fracture of a unique human relationship between a male and a female. Divorce has profound consequences for the children. Divorce is evidence of the sinful nature expressed in human failure. Jesus gives one explicit cause for the dissolution of marriage: porneia or marital unfaithfulness.
Where all attempts at reconciliation have failed and a divorce has been finalized, we extend Christ's love and compassion.
Remarriage is the union, legally sanctioned by the State, of one man and one woman, one or both of whom have been previously married. It is regarded as acceptable in Scripture in the event of the death of a former spouse. It is also regarded as acceptable if there has been sexual immorality on the part of the former partner or if the former partner has remarried.
We believe in the biblical teaching of God’s original and ongoing design for humanity as two distinct sexes, male and female, determined by genetics. The basis and the intent for this is the conviction that the matter of human sexuality and gender is fundamental to biblical anthropology, not merely biblical morality. Due to human sin and brokenness, our experience of our sex and gender is not always that which God the Creator originally designed. In light of this foundational understanding of creation, fall, and redemption, we will avoid any behaviour or alignment with identity that contradicts the biblical teaching. We do not affirm the resolution of tension between one’s biological sex and one’s experience of gender by the adoption of an identity contradictory with one’s birth sex.
Tithing was divinely instituted by God under the old covenant and was compulsory upon the people who worshiped God. Under the new covenant we are not bound by arbitrary laws; but the principles of right and wrong, as expressed by the law, are fulfilled in the believer's life through grace. Grace should produce as much as or more than law demanded. Regular systematic giving is clearly taught in the New Testament. It is known as the grace of giving.69 The gauge or rule of this systematic giving is defined in the Old Testament, known as the law of tithing. All Christians should conscientiously and systematically tithe their income to God.
NOTE: These Articles are excerpts from the General Constitution and Bylaws of The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada and are an integrated part of that governing document.
 Matt 28:19; 2Cor 13:14
 Exod 34:6-7; Psa 99:4-5
 Exod 6:6; Rom 1:16-18
 Psa 103:19; Rev 11:15; Eph 1:10
 Matt 1:18-25
 John 1:1, 14; Col 1:19; Heb 2:17
 John 1:32; 14:7-10; Luke 4:18-19
 Acts 2:32-33; Rom 8:34
 Psa 104:21-30; Acts 2:33
 John 16:7-15
 Rom 8:14-17; 1John 3:24
 Psa 119; John 20:30-31; Rom 15:4
 2Tim 3:16-17; Heb 4:12
 2Pet 1:20-21; John 16:13; 1Cor 2:12-13
 Gen 1:1; Col 1:15-17
 Gen 1:26-27
 Rom 5:12; 8:20-22
 John 8:28-29; Phil 2:8; Heb 5:8
 Mark 10:45; 1Tim 2:6
 2Cor 5:21; 1John 3:16
 Rom 4:22-25; 5:19; 6:4-5; Heb 7:24-28
 Rom 10:9; 1John 1:9; Acts 3:19; 4:12
 Eph 2:13-16; Col 1:13-14, 19-20; 1Pet 1:3
 Isa 53:4-5; 1Pet 2:24; Psa 147:3; Rom 8:23
 Eph 1:13-14; 1John 4:13; Heb 6:5-6; Phil 3:12-14
 1Thess 4:3-4; 1Cor 6:11; Rom 12:1-2; 1Pet 1:2
 Luke 24:49; Acts 2:33
 Acts 2:38-39; 8:14-17; 19:1-6
 Luke 4:18-19, 43; Acts 1:8
 Joel 2:28-29; Acts 2:17-18, 39
 Acts 10:45-46
 Acts 2:4; 10:46; 19:6
 Acts 1:8; 2:11-43; 4:31; Rom 15:19; 1Cor 14:15
 Col 1:18; Matt 16:18
 1Cor 12:12-14
 Acts 1:8; Matt 28:18-20; Acts 13:1-3; Rev 21:5
 Acts 2:42-43; 1Cor 12:7; Matt 18:20; 2Cor 3:17-18
 1Pet 2:9-10; Col 4:2-6; Acts 2:42
 Rom 6:3-8; Matt 28:19
 Matt 26:26-29; 1Cor 11:23-26
 Acts 8:5-7; 1Cor 12:4-11; 14:12; Heb 2:3-4
 Eph 4:11-16; Matt 20:25-28; Acts 2:17-18; 6:2-4; Rom 16:7
 1Thess 4:14-17; 5:1-2
 Matt 13:24-41; Rev 11:15-17; Acts 1:6-7; 3:20-21; Rom 11:25-27
 Rom 8:19-21; 1Cor 15:20-26
 Phil 2:10-11; Isa 45:23
 Acts 10:42; 1Pet 4:5
 Mal 2:17-3:1; Rev 6:9-11
 Matt 25:46; Dan 12:1-2
 Isa 25:8-12; Rev 21:3-4
 Rev 22:20
 Gen 2:24; Matt 19:6
 Matt 19:5; Mal 2:15
 Gen 2:18; 1Cor 7:2-5; Heb 13:4
 Eph 5:3, 26-27
 Eph 5:25, 31-32
 2Cor 6:1, 14-15
 Cor 7:12-14, 16
 Eph 6:4
 Matt 5:32; 19:9
 Eph 4:32
 Matt 19:8
 Mal 2:16
 Lev 27:30-32; Mal 3:10 69 2Cor 9:6-15