Located in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
Steamboat Church of Christ is a place of worship for those seeking thought-provoking sermons,
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AUTHORITY OF THE WORD
At the Steamboat Church of Christ, we receive the Bible as the supreme written norm by which the conscience of the believer is to be bound, and by which the church is to be governed in all matters of faith and practice. Study tenaciously that you may present yourself as one qualified to represent God—a skilled artisan, having no cause for shame—rightly discerning the Word of Truth. (2 Timothy 2:15). We are a low-church tradition, which means that we believe the authority of the church is subject to the authority of the Word.
THE TRUSTWORTHINESS OF THE WORD
We believe that the Word of God is divine in origin, and that the autographs of Scripture are both inerrant (they do not err) and infallible (they cannot err). While this is affirmed by the Apostle Paul—All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the people of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)—our faith in the reliability of the Bible is based, not on its self-affirmation, but on the teachings of Christ, who commends both the Old Testament and the New Testament to us as the veritable Word of God. We acknowledge that the words inerrancy and infallibility are loaded with historical baggage, and may be subject to misapprehension. For clarification of both what is affirmed, and what is not affirmed, in the claim of biblical inerrancy, we have found the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy to be quite helpful.
THE LITERALITY OF SCRIPTURE
We are fully persuaded that all who believe are justified by their faith. However, salvation consists of more than justification—sanctification is also required—and faith alone does not sanctify. To be justified is to be counted as righteous, but to be sanctified is to be made actually righteous—actually sinless. Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, and all the other named in Hebrews 11 believed, and their faith was counted to them as righteousness. However, according to Hebrews 11:39-40, These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received the promise, for God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect. And what is the promise? What is that which perfects believers? Sanctification through the reception of the Holy Spirit and an outpouring of power from on high, which power is grace—the life substance of the Incarnate Christ. And the normative means set forth in Scripture by which the promise is secured is baptism (Acts 2:38; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Titus 3:5). Accordingly, we urge all believers to be baptized, by immersion, for the forgiveness of sins, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, according to the Scriptures.