"Transforming Lives into the Likeness of Christ" - Romans 12:2
Strengthened by the power of God, we transform lives through: • Our worship of Him (Hebrews 12:28) • Our worship assemblies honor and glorify His name and our lives demonstrate a continuous worship relationship. • Being a holy people (Colossians 3:12) • As God's chosen people, we will live holy lives, clothed with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. • Being a loving family (1 John 4:11-12) • We will show our love because God first loved us; when we love one another, God lives in us, and His love is made complete in us. • Serving one another (Galatians 3:13) • Just as Jesus came into this world, not to be served but to serve, we will serve the needs of others in our daily interaction with people. • Sharing the Good News of Jesus (Matthew 28:18-20) • We will be a people who are sharing who are sharing our faith in God with the world.
Statement of Faith
At the Stillwater Church of Christ, we strive to follow God's Word, the Bible, and its teachings. We believe "God is love" is at the core of its teachings. Jesus taught that the first and greatest commandment is to love God will 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. (1 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 earth as 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 (1 Corinthians 15: 3-4; Ephesians 1:18-23; 1 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; Acts 9:32; Acts 15:11; Romans 10:9; Galatians 3:26-27; Ephesians 5:23; Colossians 1:24; Revelations 22:17) • The Bible is the inspired Word of God, written by men with inspiration from the Holy Spirit, is the final authority in life and doctrine, and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness (1 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 and the righteous to eternal life (Matthew 24:36; Matthew 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; 1 Peter 5:1-3; Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 11:24; John 4:24; Acts 2:42; 1 Corinthians 16:2; Ephesians 4: 11-13; Colossians 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: 1. 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) 2. Unity on a core set of foundational truths (See Statement of Faith Above) 3. 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 4. Growing relationships through the expanding and deepening of connections in family, church, and community 5. 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 stages of life