The new believer will study themes related to his or her new life in Jesus. A leader from the cell group personally takes the new believer through several Bible studies. These cover topics such as, the certainty of salvation, the power of prayer, the power of the Word and principles of deliverance. The aim of the Pre-Encounter is to prepare the believer for the Encounter.
Before every Encounter, the new believer’s cell group is encouraged to prepare itself with much prayer, fasting and spiritual warfare for those participating. Before the Encounter starts, the battle should have been won in the spiritual realm through spiritual warfare. This way, the cell member will surely have a remarkable encounter with God.
The Encounter usually takes place over a weekend in a setting away from the normal distractions of life. It should be a time in the life of the believer which he or she will often look back on and remember the encounter they had with Jesus!
The aim of the Encounter is total transformation through personal meeting with God that will give birth to the life of Christ in the believer. It is also an Encounter with oneself, when one looks inside one’s life to see the changes that God wants one to make. It releases one from everything that hinders one in one’s life and ministry. In the G12 vision, everyone is regarded as a potential leader and the Encounter is a preparation for the equipping that takes place at the School of Leaders.
After the Encounter the new believers go through a Post-encounter course, which take them deeper into the Word and further consolidates their commitment to Christ. During these teaching sessions the new believer learns about spiritual warfare, the armor of God, how to resist and overcome temptation, and how to deal with the attacks of the evil one.
Does this mean that the Encounters are only for new believers?
No, they are for everybody. Today, believers often have not been thoroughly consolidated in their faith. This means many issues dealt with at the Encounter are still unresolved in their lives. Sadly, they carry pain, bondage and demonic curses for many years and cannot function as a fruitful Christian because areas of their lives still need to be set free.