Who We Are


Our Purpose

Elevate Community Church is an independent church in Adelaide. We are Biblical in doctrine and Baptist in distinctive. Our whole desire is simply to exalt Christ in our world.

We see our purpose to be a place which demonstrates Christ to others and tells them Who He is, what He has done, what He is going to do (1 Timothy 3:16), calling all people to be reconciled to God through the finished work of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection (2 Corinthians 5:18-21).

We want to be a place that encourages and promotes godliness with contentment (1 Timothy 6:6), and be a place where the children of God can provoke each other to love, spiritual growth, and good works. (Hebrews 10:23-25; Romans 12; Ephesians 4)

Our Values

Each member personally submitted to the Head (Jesus Christ), allowing Him to transform them into who He desires them to be. (Romans 12:1-2)

Each member seeking to walk in lowliness, meekness, forbearance of each other in love, striving to keep the unity found in the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:1-3)

Each member actively involved in the work of the ministry, developing their spiritual gifts and abilities to aid the body in its mission. (1 Corinthians 12:4-27; Romans 12:6-8)

Each member caring for other members, encouraging each other towards love, spiritual growth, and good works. (Hebrews 10:24-25; Ephesians 4:11-16, 5:18-21)

Each member taking an active part in spreading the Gospel message, testifying of the transforming power that is found in Christ, guiding new believers to maturity and in turn seeing them take an active part in the work. (Matthew 28:19-20; Romans 1:16)

Our Beliefs

God

We believe there is One, Triune Creator God, existing in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Each part of the godhead is equal in power and glory sharing the same attributes and perfections. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalm 90:2; John 10:30; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 1:10-12)

Scriptures

We believe the Holy Scriptures of both the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God. They are verbally and plenary (fully) inspired in the original writings, and sovereignly preserved by God for every generation. The Bible is God’s inerrant and infallible Word to man. The Holy Scriptures are relevant to every area of our life, and is, not just our final, but only authority of faith and practice. (2 Timothy 3:14-17; Psalm 12:6-8; Psalm 33:11)

The Person and Work of Christ

We believe the Lord Jesus Christ, who is co-equal with God the Father, is the eternal Son of God. He became man without ceasing to be God. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the virgin Mary. He is 100% God and 100% man. (John 1:1-2, 14; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 9:6, 7:14; Philippians 2:5-8; Galatians 4:4-5)

We believe the Lord Jesus Christ purchased our redemption through His vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice upon the cross. Our justification is complete by His literal, bodily resurrection from the dead. (Romans 3:24-25; 1 Peter 2:24; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:3-5)

We believe following His resurrection, Christ physically ascended to be with the Father. He sits at the right hand of the Father, and is our High Priest. He is our Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate. (Acts 1:9-10; Hebrews 9:24, 7:25; Romans 8:34; 1 John 2:1-2)

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit is the third person of the triune Godhead. He is God the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, sent by God the Son to reprove the world of sin, righteousness, and judgement. He is the active supernatural Agent in the regeneration (making anew) of the lost upon their faith in the finished work of Christ. When man trusts in Christ the Holy Spirit indwells and seals believers unto the day of redemption. (John 16:7-14; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Ephesians 1:13-14; Titus 3:5)

We believe the Holy Spirit is the blessed Comforter sent by God to dwell in us, teach us, remind us, and give us understanding concerning the things of God. As we submit to His work in our lives, He fills us, controls us, and empowers us to live godly in this present world. (John 14:15-27; 6:13; Romans 8:1-17; 1 Corinthians 2:9-16; Galatians 5:16-26; Ephesians 5:18-21)

We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowing of spiritual gifts, and that every believer is responsible for developing and using these gifts for the ministry and edification to all parts of the body (Romans 12:1-8; 1 Corinthians 13; 1 Peter 4:10-11).

Man

We believe God created male and female in His own image, after His likeness (Genesis 1:26-27). Humankind was an innocent being, created with a free will. Adam personally chose to disobey God (Genesis 3:1-7), and in Adam’s sin, all humankind inherited a sinful nature and the judgement for that sin, death. Due to this sinful nature, humankind is separated from God and at war with Him (Romans 3:22-23; Romans 5:12-14, 18-19; Romans 6:23). Humankind is spiritually dead, and incapable of delivering themselves out of this lost condition. (Ephesians 2:1-3)

We believe humankind is God’s crowning achievement of His creation. God created them in His own image, and He is mindful of them (Psalm 8:4-9). God gave His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to die for all. Given that, God has sought after humankind with such care and love, every individual possesses dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love. (Colossians 3:9-13)

The Way of Salvation

We believe salvation is the gift of grace given by God, and is received by saving faith. (Romans 6:23; Romans 10:17; Ephesians 2:8-9)

We believe this gift is only available to all humankind because of the work of Jesus Christ – His death, burial, and resurrection (John 14:6; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Through this work, Christ accomplished all that was necessary for salvation, making Him the very source of it all. Christ became sin for us and paid the penalty demanded by God (Hebrews 2:18; 7:25; 2 Timothy 1:12). It is only through Christ that God can be just in seeing the demands of His law fulfilled, but also be the justifier of those who accept Christ’s work as sufficient for their salvation. (Romans 3:19-26)

We believe God is ready and willing to save all those who will call upon Him from the heart of saving faith for salvation (Matthew 8:2-3; 1 Timothy 2:3-4, 2 Peter 3:9). Saving faith includes repentance (a change of mind) and belief (Acts 20:21). The one who has made a decision in genuine faith will have a change of mind (repentance) about works and/or sin, and turns in simple belief, depending fully on the promise of God’s Word — that whoever believes on Jesus “shall be saved”. (John 1:7, 12, 3:14-18; Acts 8:37, 16:31; Romans 10:9-10; 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10)

We believe once one genuinely receives the gift of salvation, they have eternal life (forever secure in Christ), and will never to lose their standing and position with God. (John 5:24, 10:28-29; 1 John 5:11-13)

The Church

We believe the true Church is comprised of all saved (those who have received the gift of salvation by saving faith) people. The church is the body (1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Ephesians 1:22-23; Colossians 1:18) and espoused (engaged and future) bride of Christ (Ephesians 5:25-27; Revelation 19:7-8; 2 Corinthians 11:2). Its foundation is the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ (Matthew 16:13-20; Ephesians 2:19-22; 1 Peter 2:4-8), and its system and plan was revealed by the Holy Spirit through the apostles and prophets. (Ephesians 3:1-7)

The Ordinances of the Church

We believe there are two ordinances given to the church: The Lord’s Supper and believer’s water baptism by immersion. They are Scriptural means of testimony for the Church in this age. (Matthew 26:26-30; Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

The Return of Christ

We believe in the “Blessed Hope and the glorious appearing of the great God and Saviour Jesus Christ” which is personal and imminent.  We believe the second coming of Christ includes the eternal and complete salvation of the bride of Christ at the catching up into the air, the judgement of the earth through the Tribulation, and the fulfilment of God’s promise to Israel in the Millennium Kingdom. (Psalm 89:3-4; Zechariah 14:4-11; Titus 2:11-15; 1 Thessalonians 1:10, 4:13-18, 5:1-11; 1 Corinthians 15:50-54; Revelation 3:10; 19:7-8; 19:11-16)

The Eternal State

We believe those who are in Christ have the blessed promise of “to be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord.” Upon their death, all those who have accepted Christ are spiritually with their Lord until the catching up of the church when spirit, soul, and body are re-united for all eternity. (Luke 23:43; 1 Corinthians 15:51-57; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 3:21; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24)

We believe that those who die in their sins without Christ go to a temporary place of torment called hell (Hades) until they rise to appear before the Great White Throne Judgement. At this time, they will receive their final judgement for rejecting Christ, and cast into the Lake of Fire, where they shall experience everlasting torment full of wailing and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 25:41-46; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:19-26; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Hebrews 9:27; Jude 6-7; Revelation 20:11-15)

Separation

We believe those in Christ have been given a new name and new identity in Christ (John 1:12; 1 Corinthians 2:15-16; Galatians 2:20; 1 Peter 2:9-10), and as part of this new identity they are called to be holy as the Lord is holy (Titus 2:11-15; 1 Thessalonians 4:7; 1 Peter 1:13-16). They are new creatures, and have been entrusted with the ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:17-21). They have been washed and sanctified by the precious blood of Christ, and recreated unto good works (1 Corinthians 6:9-20; Ephesians 2:1-10; 1 Peter 1:17-25). They are called to be blameless and harmless as the sons of God without rebuke (Philippians 2:14-16). They are called to be the salt of the earth and shine as lights in a dark place (Matthew 5:13-16). They are to walk in the light, separated from the unfruitful works of darkness, and understand what God requires of them (Ephesians 5:8-17). They are to abstain from fornication (1 Thessalonians 4:3). They are to live a life of service for Christ; the One Who died for them and rose again. (2 Corinthians 5:14-15)

We believe those who would pervert the sufficiency of the atoning work of Christ in the lives of men, and deny the inspiration, inerrancy, and completeness of the Word of God as a whole pollute the purity of the message. Steps should be taken (in the spirit of meekness, grace, and love) to separate from these errors. (1 Timothy 1:18-20; 1 Timothy 6:3-5; 2 Timothy 2:16-18; Titus 1:10-16)