Porirua Elim is an evangelical, Pentecostal, church located in the centralal business area of Porirua City.
The church is a part of the Elim Churches of New Zealand. There are over forty Elim churches throughout the towns and cities of New Zealand. There are Elim churches in forty countries around the world. Elim churches all have a similar aim – the desire to reach up to God in worship, to reach out to our communities in service, and to share the difference Jesus Christ has made in our lives.
You can find out more about other Elim church in New Zealand at www.elim.org.nz.
The Elim Church in New Zealand is associated with the Elim Churches in the UK. Elim in the UK was founded in 1915. There are now more than 550 Christian congregations in the UK and Ireland. You can find out more about Elim UK at www.elim.org.uk.
Elim has a vision to share the good news of Jesus Christ, make disciples, develop leaders, plant churches, transform communities, and impact nations.
Statement of Faith
Porirua Elim abides by the Statement of Faith of The Elim Church of New Zealand (Inc.)
We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, and that none may add thereto or take away therefrom except at their peril.
We believe that the Godhead eternally exists in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit and these three are one God.
We believe that the church consists of all persons who have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and made new creatures in Christ Jesus.
We believe that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, and that through the death and risen power of Christ all who believe and confess Jesus as Lord can be saved from the penalty and power of sin.
We believe that our Lord Jesus Christ is the Healer, and that healing is provided for in the atonement.
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Baptiser in the Holy Spirit, and that this Baptism with signs following is promised to every believer.
The Coming King
We believe in the personal return of our Lord Jesus Christ to receive unto Himself all born again believers.
We believe that every believer on the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour should produce the ninefold fruit of His Spirit - as in Galatians 5:22-23.
We believe that the church should claim and manifest the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit as in 1 Corinthians 12:6-10.
Marriage and The Family
We believe that marriage is the legal, moral and spiritual union of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life. We believe God intended marriage to be a partnership of mutual love, respect and honour, and that it is the biblical context for God’s gift of sexual intimacy. We believe that marriage between one man and one woman is the ideal and God-intended context in which to conceive and raise children. Genesis 2:24.
We believe that the Minister must live a life which displays adherence to the teachings of the Bible and Elim’s statement of faith. We believe that the minister must live a life worthy of our Lord Jesus Christ by living in accordance with standards of biblical morality and Christ-like character, and by seeking to grow in the knowledge of God. We believe that the standards of Biblical morality dictate that a minister must not engage in sexual immorality, including sexual relationships outside of the marriage relationship, or homosexuality, a minister must not be a thief, a coveter, a drunkard, a person who secures money or favours by intimidation or the misuse of authority, or a worshipper of idols. A minister must not marry any persons other than a heterosexual couple. Colossians 1:10, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10.
We believe that God has given some Apostles, and some Prophets and some Evangelists, and some Pastors and Teachers, for the perfecting of the saints for the work of the ministry, and for the edifying of the body of Christ. Ephesians 4:11-12.
The Future State
We believe in the resurrection of the dead, the eternal happiness of all true believers in Christ and the eternal punishment of all Christ rejectors.
We believe in the following Ordinances:
- partaking of the Lord's Supper in memory of our Lord's death and imminent return;
- baptism by immersion for believers;
- the Laying on of hands;
- the Anointing of the Sick with oil.