Values, & Beliefs
Celebrate God and what He's done for us.
Serve those around us.
Grow in our understanding and love of Him.
Multiply our faith into
As Encounter Church we seek to embody human witness to and a tangible foretaste of the Jesus-inaugurated kingdom of God in this world as we help people find their way back to God.
Statement of Faith
The Word of God, the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, verbally inspired in all parts, and therefore wholly without error as originally given of God.
(2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21)
THE ONE TRUE GOD
Existing eternally as three persons - the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
(Luke 3:22; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
His preexistence and deity (John 1:1-3), incarnation by virgin birth (John 1:14; Matthew 1:18-23), sinless life (Hebrews 4:15), substitutionary death (2 Corinthians 5:21), bodily resurrection (Luke 24:36-43), ascension into heaven, present ministry (Hebrews 4:14-16), and coming again (Acts 1:11).
THE HOLY SPIRIT
His personality (John 16:7-15), and deity (Acts 5:3-4); and His work in each believer: baptism and indwelling at the moment of regeneration (1 Corinthians 12-13; Romans 8:9); and filling (Ephesians 5:18) to empower for Christian life and service (Ephesians 3:16; Acts 1:8; Galatians 5:22-23).
Their direct creation in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-28), their subsequent fall into sin resulting in spiritual death (Genesis 3:1-24; Romans 5:12), and the necessity of the new birth for their salvation (John 3:3-5).
A complete and eternal salvation by God’s grace alone, received as the gift of God through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His finished work (Ephesians 2:8- 9; Titus 3:5-7; 1 Peter 1:18-19).
One true Church, the body and the bride of Christ (Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:25-32), composed of all true believers of the present age (1 Corinthians 12:12-13); and the organization of its members in local churches for worship, for edification of believers, and for world-wide gospel witness, each local church being autonomous by cooperating in fellowship and work (Ephesians 4:11-16).
THE CHRISTIAN LIFE
A life of righteousness, good works, and separation unto God from the evil ways of the world (Rom. 12:1-2), manifested by speaking the truth (James 5:12), maintaining the sanctity of the home (Ephesians 5:22- 6:4), settling differences between Christians in accordance with the Word of God (Matthew 18:15-20; 1 Corinthians 6:1-8), not being controlled by the sinful nature but showing a Christ-like attitude toward all people (Romans 12:17-21), exhibiting the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), and maintaining a life of prayer (Ephesians 6:18; Philippians 4:6), including the privilege, when sick, of calling for the elders of the church to pray and to anoint with oil in the name of the Lord (James 5:13-18).
The Christian should observe the ordinances of our Lord Jesus Christ, which are (1) baptism of believers (Matthew 28:19) and (2) the Lord’s Supper (1 Corinthians 11:23- 26).
His existence and personality as the great adversary of God and His people (Revelation 12:1-10), his judgment (John 12:31), and final doom (Revelation 20:10).
CHRIST’S SECOND COMING And the Consummation Of the Kingdom of God
The consummation of all things includes the future, physical, visible, personal and glorious return of Jesus Christ, the resurrection of the dead and the glorification of those alive in Christ, the judgment of the just and the unjust, and the fulfillment of Christ’s kingdom in the new heavens and the new earth. In the consummation, Satan, with his hosts and all those outside Christ, is finally separated from the benevolent presence of God, enduring eternal punishment (Rev. 20:7-15), but the righteous, in glorious bodies, will live and reign with Him forever, serving Him and giving Him unending praise and glory. Then the eager expectation of creation will be fulfilled, and the whole earth shall proclaim the glory of God, who makes all things new (Rev. 21:1-5).