We Are Encounter Church
Our Mission is to call all people to be fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.
Our Core Values
The gospel of Jesus Christ is a message about God’s grace … God’s generous, unearned provision for our need for forgiveness and spiritual rebirth.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works so that no one can boast.”
It is only through our intentional study of God’s Word that we grow to become more like Christ through daily habits that shape us and grow us spiritually.
“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right.”
2 Timothy 3:16
The Christian life that Jesus exemplified and taught about is not a solo journey. It’s all about engaging in genuine relationships with other people.
“Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
To follow Christ always means to be called beyond ourselves, our needs, our interests … to the needs and interests of others.
“We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.”
Building intentional relationships with people far from God and far from church is what Jesus called each of us to – message-bearers, through our lives and our words, to bring His Good News to others.
“Jesus said, ‘You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
What We Believe.
In essential beliefs, we have unity. In non-essential beliefs, we have liberty. In all our beliefs, we show charity.Augustine
Thanks for asking! The ten core values (following) can help you to better understand the Brethren In Christ. In these core values we declare our ties with true Christians of all times and every place. We confess with them the faith as embodied in the Apostle’s Creed and the Nicene Creed. They express in greater detail the purpose of the denomination: “…to foster a fellowship of believers whose objective is to worship and obey the triune God, and to proclaim His gospel to all people.”
Experiencing God’s Love and Grace – we value the free gift of salvation in Christ Jesus and the transforming power of the Holy Spirit.
Believing the Bible – we value the Bible as God’s authoritative Word, study it together, and build our lives on its truth.
Worshiping God – we value heartfelt worship that is God-honoring, Spirit-directed, and life-changing.
Following Jesus – we value wholehearted obedience to Christ Jesus through the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit.
Belonging to the Community of Faith – we value integrity in relationships and mutual accountability in an atmosphere of grace, love, and acceptance.
Witnessing to the World – we value an active and loving witness for Christ to all people.
Serving Compassionately – we value serving others at their point of need, following the example of our Lord Jesus.
Pursuing Peace – we value all human life and promote forgiveness, understanding, reconciliation, and non-violent resolution of conflict.
Living Simply – we value uncluttered lives, which free us to love boldly, give generously, and serve joyfully.
Relying on God – we confess our dependence on God for everything, and seek to deepen our intimacy with Him by living prayerfully.
(For more information check out the denominational website at www.bicus.org )
Encounter Church of Palmyra is located at 220 Campbelltown Road.