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Who We Are
To glorify God through the lives of growing disciples of Jesus Christ who exalt God in worship, who treasure God's Word in prayer, who encourage one another toward spiritual maturity, who are being equipped for service, and who proclaim the gospel of Christ to our community and the world.
Stillwater Evangelical Free Church was started by five families as a church plant from a nearby Free Church in 1984. After meeting initially in homes, they then moved to Lilly Lake Elementary School. The present church building was built in faith and anticipation of God’s continued blessing in 1991. Stillwater Free Church has developed into a vital and growing congregation.
Stillwater EFC is part of the Evangelical Free Church of America. This denomination is a voluntary association of Evangelical Free churches that subscribe to a common doctrine and work together for encouragement, training, accountability, and multiplied effectiveness in ministry.
The Evangelical in our name means that we believe in the inspiration, authority and guidance of God’s Word, the Bible, for our lives and ministry, and that we are committed to the proclamation of the gospel (Good News) of Jesus Christ. Free means that we have a congregational form of church government through which each congregation governs its local ministry.
To be what we believe God has called us to be, we build our actions around the following priorities:
- We glory in and never take for granted the wonder of our new lives in Christ!
- We take seriously our calling to godly living and growing to maturity in Christ – emphasizing the centrality of the Bible, prayer and the work of the Holy Spirit in and through us.
- We worship God, humbly, joyfully, and reverently, through a blend of musical styles, valuing each generation in our congregation
- We have compassion for and actively seek to lead to Christ those who do not yet know him, locally and to the ends of the earth.
- We develop ours gifts of service, believing that God has created each one in his body for unique fruitfulness.
- We seek to build godly families to impact the world for Christ.
What We Believe
Statement of Faith
The Statement of Faith of this church shall be the same as that of the Evangelical Free Church of America which reads as follows:
1. We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.
2. We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.
The Human Condition
3. We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.
4. We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus─Israel’s promised Messiah─was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.
The Work of Christ
5. We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation.
The Holy Spirit
6. We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.
7. We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.
8. We believe that God’s justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With God’s Word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed.
9. We believe in the personal, bodily and premillennial return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission.
Response and Eternal Destiny
10. We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen.