Saturday, February 22, 2020

What we believe!

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Category: Welcome


    Encounter Christian Center is a community of believers committed to follow Jesus, bring forth the kingdom of God, and seek together the transformational power of the Holy Spirit. We are a Spirit-led, purpose driven church. Here is a basic summary of the Biblical beliefs that ECC upholds.
The Bible- We believe the Bible is Inspired by God, it declares His plan for humanity, and that it is written for today, as well as to those in the past (II Tim. 3:16:I Pet 2:2).
God - We believe in the one true God as revealed eternally existing in three persons; namely the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit... otherwise known as the Trinity (Matthew 28:19, John 14; 16, 17).
Jesus Christ - We believe that Jesus Christ is the only Son of the Father, conceived of the Holy Ghost, and born of the Virgin Mary... that Jesus was crucified, buried, and raised from the dead. That He ascended to heaven and lives eternally at the right hand of the Father as the Intercessor (John 3:16, Acts 4:12, 1 John 2:22).
The Ministry of the Holy Spirit- We believe in the infilling of the Holy Spirit and this infilling is the empowerment for service in the kingdom of Christ (Acts 2:4). We believe that spiritual gifts are available to the body of Christ today and the practice of spiritual gifts is found in the New Testament (1 Corinthians 12, Eph. 4, and Rom. 12).
Humanity: Sin and Salvation - We believe humanity was created good and upright for God said, "Let us make man in Our image, after Our likeness," "But man, by voluntary transgression fell and his only hope is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God." (Gen. 1:26-31; 3:1-7; Rom. 5:12-21). Consequently, we believe in the "born-again" experience known as salvation (John 3:3-7, Acts 10:43) and that this experience is not earned but received by God's grace through faith professed in the person of Jesus Christ and Him alone (John 14:6, Romans 5:15)
The Church and Its Purpose on Earth - We believe the Church is the body of Christ and that each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the General Assembly and Church (Eph. 1:22-23; 2:22; Heb. 12:23). The Church has a five-fold purpose and calling according to the New Testament and that is to love the Lord completely, to love one's neighbor as one's self, to go and make disciples, to baptize them into the fellowship, and to teach them to obey (Matthew 22: 37-40, 28:19,20).
Our Future - We believe that in these uncertain times, the hope of the believer is found in the return of Christ for His Church as He promised (1 Thessalonians 4:15-18).