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What We Believe

Our Mission

We are a movement of imperfect people, pursuing wholeness in Christ while releasing hope along the journey.

Our Core Values

Bold Faith

Faith makes life worth living and is expressed by:

  • Inviting others into faith for themselves.
  • Choosing risk over comfort.
  • Telling stories of bold faith that will build faith in others.

Bold Growth

Healthy things grow as expressed by:

  • Taking responsibility for your life with Jesus through your personal time and commitment.
  • Supporting the growth of the church by serving and participating.
  • Being humble and receiving encouragement and correction.

Bold Generosity

Generosity is at the center of God’s heart and is expressed by:

  • Time – giving of your time models your bold commitment to Jesus and his church.
  • Talent – using your gifts and talents in service builds up and equips the church to accomplish its mission and it allows your personal ministry to flourish.
  • Treasure – giving financially with boldness not only supports the ministry of the church, it expands your heart and builds your faith.

Bold Belonging

You can belong before you fully believe as expressed by:

  • Participation in a small group.
  • Serving on a weekend or mid-week team of any kind.
  • Taking part in special events where connection and friendship can be established.

What We Believe

About God

We believe in one God who exists in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God is all powerful, all knowing, ever present, unchanging, completely worthy of our trust, and above all, Holy. God is good and unconditionally loving, and His heart is to heal all that is broken in this world He has created.

Exodus 3:14; Numbers 23:19; Leviticus 11:44-45; 19:2; Psalm 11:4-6; Malachi 3:6;
John 3:16; 4:24; 5:26; 14:1; Acts 17:28; Romans 3:3-4

About Jesus

God expressed himself fully in Jesus, who is fully God and fully human. He was born of a virgin and lived a sinless life, embodying God’s love for all people and his power to heal. He gave his life for us on the cross, freeing us to experience new life in Him. Now, He reigns at the right hand of the Father and intercedes for us.

Isaiah 7:14; 53; Matthew 1:18-23; 3:17; 8:29; 14:33; 16:16; 28:5-6; Luke 22:70; 24:46-47; John 1:1, 14; 10:30; 11:25-27;17:1-5; Acts 1:9; 2:22-24; 7:55-56; Romans 1:3-4; 3:23-26; 8:1-3; 10:4; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21; Gal 4:4-5; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:15; 2:9; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 3:16

About The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is given to every follower of Jesus to fill us and assures us of our relationship with Christ. The Holy Spirit empowers us to be like Jesus. He transforms us in character by producing the fruit of the Spirit in us, and He gives us spiritual gifts to enable us to meet the needs of a hurting world.

Genesis 1:2; Psalm 51:11; 139:7 ff.; Isaiah 61:1-3; Joel 2:28-32; Mark 1:10; Lk 1:35; 4:1; 11:13; 12:12; John 15:26; 16:7-14; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4; 13:2; Romans 8:9-11, 14-16, 26-27; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 1:13-14; 2 Peter 1:21; Revelation 22:17

About The Bible

Comprised of 66 books, authored over thousands of years by dozens of authors, the Bible tells one seamless story: a passionate God on a relentless pursuit to redeem His creation. The Bible is the authoritative and inspired Word of God and is trustworthy and reliable for telling us who we are and how to live.

Deuteronomy 4:1-2; Psalms 119:11, 89, 105; Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 22:29; John 5:39; 16:13-15; 17:17; Romans 15:4; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 3:16

About Salvation

We were created in the image of God to have community with Him and represent Him on earth. However, through a willful act of disobedience, we and the world were broken by sin. Jesus, as the full expression of God, came to bring us life in God through his death and resurrection. Jesus’ sacrifice is the only means of our rescue, and new life with God is freely available for all who trust in Him. Salvation is a gift from God, and it cannot be earned through our own efforts.

Isaiah 1:18; 53:5-6; 55:7; Matthew 1:21; 27:22-66, 28:1-6; Luke 1:68-69; 2:28-32; John 1:12; 3:16, 36; 5:24; Acts 2:21;4:12; 16:30-31; Romans 1:16-18; 3:23-25; 5:8-10; 6; 1 Corinthians 1:18; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Galatians 2:20; 3:13;Ephesians 2:8-10; Philippians 2:12-13; Hebrews 9:24-28; Revelation 3:20

About The Church

The Church is the community who has put their trust in Jesus Christ. The purpose of the Church is to glorify God, make disciples, make Jesus known to a lost world, and meet the needs of those near and far. We believe that Christians are to act in unity and love. We celebrate baptism as a public declaration of new life in Jesus, and communion as an ongoing remembrance of the sacrifice Jesus made for us on the cross.

Matthew 16:18-19; 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-47; 5:11-14; 13:1-3; 14:23; 16:5; 20:28; 1 Corinthians 7:17; 9:13-14; 12;Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:10-12; 5:22-32; Colossians 1:18; 3:15; 1 Timothy 4:14; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Revelation 21:2-3

Free Methodist Church USA

Our Denomination

Encounter Church is part of a denomination called, The Free Methodist Church, or, FMC-USA. Because we believe in the value of team and the importance of community, we believe that our organization should also model those same values. We do this through belonging to the Free Methodist Church and working in community with other FMC churches to accomplish more together than we could on our own.

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