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Stillwater's Core Beliefs

The Bible

The whole Bible—Old and New Testaments—is the written Word of God, the infallible revelation of His will. The Bible alone is our authority and standard for what to believe and how to live. It clearly sets forth truth and identifies error. Its central personality is Jesus—its central theme is His love, demonstrated fully by His death for us on the cross of calvary. 2 Peter 1:19-20, 2 Timothy 3:14-17,

Salvation

Our salvation was accomplished by Jesus Christ’s life, death on the cross and resurrection from the grave. A complete work to which nothing can be added. We have only to believe to receive this free gift of grace. “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.” There is no other way for people to be saved. Ephesians 2:4-10, John 3:14-17

Baptism

Through the symbol of baptism we participate in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, our old life of sin and selfishness is put to death and buried with Him and with Him we are raised to a whole new life of dependence on Christ. We follow the example of Christ’s own baptism by being lowered completely beneath the water. At baptism we receive the special gift of the Holy Spirit that makes our redemption sure. Romans 6:1-4, Matthew 3:13-17, Acts 2:38, Ephesians 1:13-14

Growing in Christ

With the gift of Salvation comes, through the work of the Holy Spirit, the power to grow into the likeness of Jesus. This work of growth and maturity is the work of a life time. Ephesians 4:11-16, Romans 6:1-14

Empowered to Serve

Jesus comissioned and empowered all who accept His free gift of salvation to go to the people in the world around them that, by word of mouth and by acts of genuine love, they too may know and experience the gift of salvation that is theirs through His work on the Cross. Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 1:8, 2 Corinthians 5:18-20

The Seventh Day Sabbath

The seventh day Sabbath was created by God when He created the world. Adam and Eve’s first full day on earth was spent resting in God’s completed work of creation. After the crucifixion, as Jesus rested in the tomb after completing the work of our redemption, the Sabbath took on even greater significance and became a reminder that we rest in His completed work for our salvation. We celebrate this memorial of God’s creative and redemptive work from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday. Genesis 1:26-2:3, Luke 23:50-56, Hebrew 4:9-10

The Second Coming of Jesus

Jesus promised to come again and take those who would accept His free gift of salvation with Him to heaven, including those who have died before His return. His return will be a visible and dramatic event that will bring to an end all the pain, suffering and death in this world and set the stage for the destruction of evil and Satan its’ source. John 14:1-6, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Matthew 24:29-31, Revelation 21:1-4, Revelation 20:7-15