What we believe at Encounter

Our Beliefs


We believe that God is a three-person being: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

(II Corinthians 13:14)

The Fall of Man

We believe that humans were created in the image of God, but fell from perfection and relationship with God by voluntary disobedience.

(Romans 5:12)

The Plan of Salvation

We believe that while we were still sinners Christ died in our place; paying for all of our sins- past, present and future.(John 3:16; Romans 5:8)

Salvation through Grace

We believe that salvation comes only through Jesus by God's grace and our faith - not by our good works. (Ephesians 2:8)

The Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit is the Person and the Power by which assistance and ability are given for serving and for sharing the life of God with others.(Acts 1:8; 2:4)

The Spirit-filled Life

We believe that it is the will of God for believers to be led and empowered daily by the Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 4:30-32)

The Holy Scriptures

 We believe that the Bible is God's Word, and not only contains truth but is truth. (II Timothy 3:16, 17)

Repentance and Acceptance

We believe that by sincerely turning away from sin and whole-heartily accepting Jesus as Lord, one is made right before God. (II Peter 3:9; Romans 10:9, 10)

The New Birth

We believe that a very real change takes place in people who accept Christ as Savior; believers allow Christ’s life to be lived through them (2 Corinthians 5:17Galatians 2:20).

Water Baptism

We believe that all new believers should be baptized in water to publicly announce their new faith in Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:19)

Daily Christian Life

We believe that God expects, and Christians should desire to live in obedience to God's Word. (James 1:22)

the Lord’s Supper/ Communion

We believe that Christians should partake of bread and grape juice as symbols, to remember what Christ accomplished for them on the cross.

(Luke 22:19, 20)

Baptism with the Holy Spirit

We believe that the baptism with the Holy Spirit empowers believers and that the Holy Spirit’s incoming follows the same pattern that is described in the New Testament (Acts 2:4). 

The Spirit-filled Life

We believe that it is the will of God for believers to be led and empowered daily by the Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 4:30-32)

The Gifts and Fruit of the Spirit

We believe that a Christian should show spiritual fruit, such as love, as evidence of a Spirit-filled life. (Galatians 5:22)

We believe that the Holy Spirit has supernatural abilities to distribute to Christians. (I Corinthians 12:1-11)


We believe that a believer's daily walk and experience should never lead into extremes of fanaticism. (Philippians 4:5)

Divine Healing

We believe that divine healing is the power of Christ to heal the sick in answer to the prayer of faith (James 5:14-16). 

The Second Coming of Christ

We believe that the second coming of Christ is personal and imminent (1 Thessalonians 4:1617Titus 2:11-13). 

Church Relationship

We believe that it is a believer's duty to identify and regularly assemble with other believers in a local church. (Acts 16:5; Hebrews 10:25)

Civil Government

We believe that authorities should be obeyed at all times except when things oppose the will of God. (Romans 13:1-5)


We believe that heaven is the glorious eternal home of born-again believers (John 14:1-3Revelation 7:15-17). 


We believe that hell is a literal place of eternal torment for all who reject Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. (Revelation 20:10, 15)


We believe that winning people to Jesus is the most important responsibility of every believer. (James 5:20)

Tithes and Offerings

We believe that the method designed by God for the support and spread of His cause is the giving of tithes and free-will offerings. (Malachi 3:10;II Corinthians 9:7)

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