What We Believe

Our Purpose

The Church of the Nazarene is a Great Commission church (Matthew 28:19-20). As a global community of faith, we are commissioned to take the Good News of life in Jesus Christ to people everywhere and to spread the message of scriptural holiness (Christlike living) across the lands.

The Church of the Nazarene bonds together individuals who have made Jesus Christ Lord of their lives, sharing in Christian fellowship, and seeking to strengthen each other in faith development through worship, preaching, training, and service to others. We strive to express the compassion of Jesus Christ to all persons along with our personal commitment to Christlike living.

Our Core Values

We Are a Christian People

As members of the Church Universal, we join with all true believers in proclaiming the Lordship of Jesus Christ and in embracing the historic Trinitarian creedal statements of Christian faith. We value our Wesleyan-Holiness heritage and believe it to be a way of understanding the faith that is true to Scripture, reason, tradition, and experience.

We Are a Holiness People

God, who is holy, calls us to a life of holiness. We believe that the Holy Spirit seeks to do in us a second work of grace, called by various terms including "entire sanctification" and "baptism with the Holy Spirit"-cleansing us from all sin, renewing us in the image of God, empowering us to love God with our whole heart, soul, mind, and strength, and our neighbors as ourselves, and producing in us the character of Christ. Holiness in the life of believers is most clearly understood as Christlikeness.

We Are a Missional People

We are a sent people, responding to the call of Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit to go into all the world, witnessing to the Lordship of Christ and participating with God in the building of the Church and the extension of His kingdom (Matthew 28:19-20; 2 Corinthians 6:1). Our mission:

  1. Begins in worship
  2. Ministers to the world in evangelism and compassion
  3. Encourages believers toward Christian maturity through discipleship, and
  4. Prepares women and men for Christian service through Christian higher education.

The beliefs Nazarenes hold to be true

We believe

in one God-the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe

that the Old and New Testament Scriptures, given by plenary inspiration, contain all truth necessary to faith and Christian living.

We believe

that man is born with a fallen nature, and is, therefore, inclined to evil, and that continually.

We believe

that the finally impenitent are hopelessly and eternally lost.

We believe

that the atonement through Jesus Christ is for the whole human race; and that whosoever repents and believes on the Lord Jesus Christ is justified and regenerated and saved from the dominion of sin.

We believe

that believers are to be sanctified wholly, subsequent to regeneration, through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

We believe

that the Holy Spirit bears witness to the new birth, and also to the entire sanctification of believers.

We believe

that our Lord will return, the dead will be raised, and the final judgment will take place.

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