At the Stillwater Church of Christ we strive to follow God’s Word, the Bible, and its teachings. We believe at the core of its teachings is that “God is love.” Jesus taught that the first and greatest commandment is to love God with all your heart, soul, and mind, and the second is to love your neighbor as yourself. God’s love for us is demonstrated in Jesus Christ and the sacrifice He made for us. Our love for God is shown by our lives reflecting these two great commandments. We love because He first loved us.
(I John 4:8, 16 & 19; Hebrews 4:12; Matthew 22:37-39; John 3:16)
We believe these truths to be matters of first importance:
There is one God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; three spiritual beings united as one in divine love throughout eternity.
(Romans 8:1-17; Ephesians 1:3-14)
Jesus Christ is the Son of God and came to the earth as a part of God’s plan for our salvation, lived a sinless life, suffered death on the cross, was raised from the dead to again be with God in power and glory, and established His church with the power of the Holy Spirit working through the apostles.
(I Corinthians 15:3-4; Ephesians 1:18-23; I Peter 2:22)
Salvation is a free gift from God through His grace given to believers who place their faith in Jesus Christ, confess Jesus is Lord, repent of their sins, and are baptized in His name for the remission of their sins, at which time God adds them to His body, the church, and they will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
(Acts 2:38 & 47; 9:31; 15:11; Romans 10:9; Gal. 3:26-27; Eph. 5:23; Col. 1:24; Rev. 22:17)
The Bible is the inspired Word of God, written by men with inspiration from the Holy Spirit, and is the final authority in life and doctrine, and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness.
(I Thessalonians 1:4-5; 2 Timothy 3:14-17)
Jesus will return in His heavenly glory, at a time known only by the Father, to judge the living and the dead, and the Lord will separate the righteous from the unrighteous. The unrighteous will go away to eternal punishment but the righteous to eternal life.
(Matthew 24:36; 25:31-46; Acts 10:42)
We are an autonomous body of Christians under the spiritual oversight of elders. Following the New Testament example it is our practice to meet on the first day of the week to partake of the Lord’s Supper and to worship God in spirit and in truth through a cappella singing (as patterned by Christian assemblies for the first ten centuries), prayer, Bible study, and the grace of giving. Each Christian has a personal responsibility to grow and mature in the Word as they develop a closer relationship with Jesus and strive to glorify Him through their life.
(Acts 14:23; I Peter 5:1-3; Acts 20:7; I Cor. 11:24; John 4:24; Acts 2:42; I Cor. 16:2; Eph. 4:11-13; Col. 3:16-17)
STATEMENT OF FAITH ADDENDUM
Clarification, Expectations and Essentials
In an effort to clarify the expectations for those who wish to serve with this body of believers, the leaders of the Stillwater Church of Christ believe it is essential that everyone is committed to:
- Intentional spiritual growth/development through an ongoing transformation into the image of God. Common practices include: reading and studying scripture, worship, taking advantage of teaching and learning opportunities, fellowship, hospitality, prayer, and contributing to the ministry of the church and the needs of fellow believers (Acts 2:42ff).
- Unity on a core set of foundational truths – [See Statement of Faith above].
- Engaging in the expanding mission of God in the world (Luke 4: 14ff) through acts of compassion and service, evangelism, as well as the pursuit of positive relationships and reputations in the community and the world.
- Growing relationships through the expanding and deepening of connections in family, church, and community.
- Healthy living in God’s created world. This is demonstrated in commitments to moral and ethical excellence, honesty and integrity at school and work, and mutual support through the stages of life.