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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 Fundamental Truths.
The Fundamental Truths explain our theology and are a statement of faith - they are powerful, non-negotiable and guide all we say and do. They can be summarised as follows:
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.
At Kirkholt Community Church we understand the importance of 'Connection'.
To connect means 'to become joined, united or linked'. That is the very thing that we, as a church, seek to achieve.
We realise that when we join and unite with one another we become stronger and have a greater sense of belonging and security. Similarly, when we join and unite in relationship with God (because of what Jesus has done on the cross) we can have an even greater sense of security and belonging.
We would love you to come and experience for yourself how 'connecting' can benefit your life.
Come and join us!
ELIM – A Place of Refreshment
Kirkholt Community Church is part of the Elim Pentecostal Church and has been active in Rochdale since 1977.
The Elim Pentecostal Church is a growing movement of more than 550 Christian congregations in the UK and Ireland.
Elim was founded in 1915 by George Jeffreys, a young Christian from Maesteg in South Wales. Jeffreys and a group of friends, known as the Elim Evangelistic Band, preached, started churches and witnessed a move of God that was characterised by miraculous healings and an explosion in the number of people becoming Christians.
In a world that can feel like a desert, our 21st-century churches seek to be a place of spiritual resource within their communities.
The founders wanted the name of their new movement to express their vision and values, and so chose ‘Elim’, the name of an oasis in the Bible that the people of Israel discovered as they wandered through the desert. It provided shade and refreshment to all who encountered it. (Exodus 15:27)
ELIM in Rochdale 1977 - 2003
The Elim Church in Rochdale was founded in 1977 following a three week long crusade in the Champness Hall by the evangelist Alex Tee. Many people came to know the Lord and there were a number of miraculous healings. Following the crusade, an Elim Church was started and held its meetings in a rented room in the Champness Hall. It continued to meet there until 1980, when it relocated to the former Job Centre in Smith Street. Ken Gabbadon took over as Pastor in 1983 and the church enjoyed a period of growth.
The church remained in Smith Street until 1990. At that time the building came under threat of compulsory purchase from the Rochdale Council who were planning a multi-million pound development of the area. (The Council’s development plans never came to fruition and the building became the Law Centre). At the same time we were feeling the limitations of being a town centre church and seeking for an alternative location closer to a housing community. We approached the Methodist Circuit about Kirkholt Methodist Church which was about to close down. They agreed to let us rent the building with a view to purchase and in June 1990 we moved in and adopted the name Kirkholt Christian Centre. In 1993 we purchased the building for £30,000. It had suffered years of neglect and needed major repair work including a new roof and extensive re-plastering work.
In 1992 Ken Gabbadon left and Pastor Trevor Howells became part of the leadership team.
Since then we have continued to grow as we engage with the community and present the gospel message of forgiveness and reconciliation to God through Christ Jesus. Together we seek to follow Jesus in all that we do through the power of the Holy Spirit.