Elpis is Greek for “HOPE”
“For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you…they are thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil; to give you hope in your final outcome…your expected end.” – Jeremiah 29:11
Who We Are…What We Believe
Equipped Saints… Living out Purpose… Evangelizing the Nations
Elpis Christian Fellowship is a communal non-denominational, Bible-based ministry engaged in deliberate and intentional Worship that touches the heart of God, Preaching and Teaching the Word of God with integrity and clarity, Prayer that moves the hand of God to show forth a Witness that draws others to God.
“Growing Together In the Things of God”
OUR LEADERSHIPS CORE BELIEFS
Elpis is a place where the leadership is committed to the following core values:
1) Dependency on God – Matthew 6:25-34
2) Godly Character – 2 Peter 1:3-11
3) Servant Leadership- Acts 4:36-37
4) Family Commitment- 1 Tim. 3:4-5
5) Integrity- 1 Samuel 12:1-4
6) Self Discipline – 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
7) Accountability – 1 Peter 5:1-4
8) Empowerment- Romans 8:1-39
9) Quality / Excellence- Genesis 1:31
10) Stewardship- Matthew 25:14-30
These core values provide the foundation for all of the decisions that are made by the leadership of this church and we ask that each member of ECF commit themselves to these core values.
THE MEANING OF THE LOGO
Colors Purple, Green and Gold:
Kingship, Royalty, Imperial Power, Wealth, Prosperity, Hope, Growth and Glory
Fruit, Growth, Connected to the Father
Greek Word for “Hope”
“Man’s way leads to a hopeless end ~ God’s way leads to an endless hope”
Confident Expectation with Pleasure
Community, Togetherness, Connectedness, Like-Minded
“One Mind, One Heart, One Spirit”
Acts 2:42, 44
OUR COVERING FELLOWSHIP
Turning The World Upside Down Covenant Fellowship
Bishop T. Anthony Bronner, Presiding Prelate
Sr. Pastor, Elim Christian Fellowship, Buffalo/Rochester, New York
OUR DOCTRINE – WHAT WE BELIEVE
Elpis Christian Fellowship accepts the Holy Scriptures as the revealed will of God, the sufficient rule of faith and practice, and for the purpose of maintaining general unity, adopts these statements of fundamental truths as doctrine.
The Scriptures Inspired – 2 Timothy 3:15-17
We believe the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, are the inspired Word of God, revealing the will of God to humanity. It is the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct for our journey through life. God’s Word is for the perfecting of the saints, “and it is principal for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”
The One True God – Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 3:16-17, Ephesians 4:4-6, 1John 5:7
We believe the One true God has revealed God-self as the eternal self-existent, self-revealing “I am,” the Creator of heaven and earth, and the Redeemer of mankind. God has further revealed Himself in three persons “The Trinity”, embodying the principles of the relationship and associations as – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
The Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ – Matthew 1:23, Hebrews 7:26, Matthew 28:6,
We believe Jesus, is the eternal Son of God. The Scriptures declare He took upon Himself the form of man, being born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and gave His life on the cross as a supreme sacrifice for our sins, purchasing our redemption with His blood, being raised on the third day from the dead, He ascended to the right hand of the Father. Through Jesus’ life, death, burial, and resurrection, and in both His Divine and human nature, Jesus reconciled God’s people back to God. Jesus’ life on earth reflected the perfect human being and the way in which we should live as it relates to the world.
The Holy Spirit – John 16:13, Ephesians 1:13
We believe the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. Jesus promised that He would send a Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit. “Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth; for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will show you things to come.” Having believed, we’ve been sealed with the Holy Spirit until the day of redemption. The Holy Spirit indwells us, convicts us of sin, teaches us, regenerates us, comforts us, and confirms in our hearts, that we are children of God.
The Salvation of Man
Humanity’s only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Salvation is the gift of God to humankind, separate from the law, and is made operative by the grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
- Conditions of Salvation – Romans 12:12-15, Ephesians 2:8
In being renewed, salvation is received through repentance and faith. In being justified by grace through faith, humankind becomes heirs of God according to the hope of eternal life.
- The Evidence of Salvation – Ephesians 4:24; Titus 2:12
The inward evidence of salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit (Romans 8:16) and the outward evidence is a life of righteousness and true Holiness.
- Faith or Works – Romans 10:9; 2 Corinthians 5:10
Salvation is by faith in Jesus Christ and not human works; however, our works will determine our reward in eternity.
Spiritual Gifts – 1 Corinthians 12:1-31
We believe in the Spiritual Gifts endowed to us from God for the building of His kingdom (the body of believers) and the edifying of His people. Each believer has a specific function/gift that is necessary to the body as a whole.
Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of languages and to still another the interpretation of languages. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and He gives them to each one, just as He determines. We believe that all spiritual gifts are in operation today and will continue to operate in earth until Christ’s triumphant return.
The Ordinances of the Church
- Baptism by Immersion – Matthew 28:19
The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded in the Scriptures, and is for believers only. All who repent and believe in Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized. Thus they declare to the world that they also have been raised with Him in the newness of life.
- The Lords Supper (Holy Communion) – 2 Peter 1:4
The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements – bread and fruit of the vine, is a symbol for expression and sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ. Our Lord instituted it and we are to observe it until He comes again. The bread and fruit of the vine are symbols of the broken body and shed blood of Jesus Christ and is a memorial of His suffering, death and prophecy of His second coming.
Baptism in the Holy Spirit – John 3:5
- The promise of the Father – All believers are entitled to and should expect the promise of the Father at the point of salvation. This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian Church. With it comes the endowment of power for a life of service along with:
a. The bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of ministry (Acts 8:12-17)
b. Experiences (John 7:37-39)
c. A deepened reverence for God (Acts 2:43)
d. An intensified consecration to God and dedication for His work (Acts 2:42)
e. A more active love for Christ, His word and His people (Mark 16:20)
- Sanctification – Sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil, and of dedication unto God (I Thessalonians 5:23). The believer attains sanctification by recognizing his/her identification with Christ in His death and resurrection, by the trusting daily upon the fact of that union; and by the offering of every ability and talent continually to the dominion of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 2:20).
Divine Healing – James 5:14-16; Luke 4:18; Matthew 10:5-10
Divine Healing is an integral part of the gospel. Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the atonement and is the privilege of all believers. Christ came to set us free from the law of sin and death, and purchase our physical healing through atonement. Jesus words before He ascended into heaven were, “they shall lay hands on the sick and they will recover. The practice, therefore, of laying of hands for healing is an active witness to our Lord’s power to heal. All believers have been given this privilege.
Tithing – Leviticus 27:30; Malachi 23:23: Luke 11:42
We believe and teach the giving of ten percent of one’s income as an integral part of the Christians walk with the Lord. The New Testament affirms the paying of tithes and God’s blessings of prosperity to those who tithe.
Evangelism – Matthew 28:19
As Jesus’ disciples we have been commissioned to go into the world and make disciples. The Scripture declares, “When the Holy Spirit comes upon you, you shall receive power and you shall be my witnesses.” As Jesus’ disciples our personal testimony is the most effective and direct way to evangelism.
3603 ½ Douglas, Des Moines, Iowa 50310
(515) 255-4549 Office
(515) 237-8003 fax
Tammy L. Harris, Pastor
Bishop T. Anthony Bronner, Presiding Prelate