Who is Encounter Church?
Born out of a calling from God thousands of miles away, Pastor Gonzalo Venegas took on a journey to follow God's calling in his life. Knowing God was calling him out of comfort and to proclaim the gospel to those unreached, he embarked on a journey of prayer and to learn more and more about church planting and to see where God lead him to plant. Florida was placed in his heart and immediately he began to research and learn about the area as much as possible. With a heart to serve God and those unreached, he took a leap of faith and followed what God placed in his heart. With his family, they prayed, worked hard and made God's vision come to life which is now Encounter Church.
MEET THE TEAM
To Encounter God and Empower people to Engage our communities.
Vision: We are a multicultural & multigenerational Christian family that seeks to reach the lost & empower them to be disciples of Jesus Christ.
- Devoted Worship: Acts 2:42-47
- Diverse Family: Galatians 3:28
- Powerful Transformation: 2 Corinthians 5:17, Ephesians 2:8-10
- Engaging Presence: Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 10:45
The Bible: We believe the Bible is God-inspired and is our ultimate authority (II Timothy 3:16-17).
The Eternal Godhead: We believe God is Triune: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (II Corinthians 13:14).
The Fall of Man: We believe that man was created in the image of God, but by voluntary disobedience fell from perfection (Romans 5:12).
The Plan of Salvation: We believe that while we were still sinners Christ died for us, signing the pardon of all who believe in Him (John 3:16; Romans 5:8).
Salvation Through Grace: We believe that we have no righteousness and must come to God by receiving the righteousness of Christ (Ephesians 2:8).
Repentance and Acceptance: We believe that upon sincere repentance, and a whole-hearted acceptance of Christ, we are justified before God (I John 1:9).
The New Birth: We believe that the change which takes place in the heart and life at conversion is both a real and a discernible one (II Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 2:20).
Daily Christian Life: We believe that it is the will of God that we be sanctified daily, growing constantly in faith by praying, studying the Bible (Old & New Testament), worship, & remaining faithful (Hebrews 6:1).
The Lord’s Supper: We believe in the commemoration of Christ’s death through the partaking of bread and the juice of the vine; representing His body and blood offered for our salvation on a weekly basis (I Corinthians 11:24-25).
Water Baptism: We believe that baptism is a sign and seal of God's covenant of grace with us and our children. Baptism is the visible word of God that we are cleansed in Christ's blood, buried with him unto death, that we might rise with him and walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:4)
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