So, what do we believe?

“Church of the Nazarene” is a mouthful.  When we organized as a Church in 1908 I’m sure it sounded respectively reverent.  What it means is that we hold Jesus central to what it means to be Christian.  Jesus is the gift of God that makes eternal life possible. But we also take the scripture seriously too: 1 John 4:17 says we are “to be as He is in this present world.” Jesus teaches and models the life that honors God and blesses others. So, together we are striving to become “Beatitudinal Christians”.

We believe God not only forgives us but makes maturity in living out the moral and ethic of a faith based life possible.  We believe “discipleship” has a “cost”.  We believe prayer is essential. We offer open communion, encourage baptism and anoint the sick.  Most of all we are convinced that salvation, most simply, is to be brought back into God’s family and that, as a family, we are responsible for one another.

 These are the general beliefs that the Nazarene church holds 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 people are born separated from God and lacking this influence are, therefore, inclined to evil, and that continually.
  • We believe that those who, as a final disposition, willingly reject God’s merciful grace 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 devoted to God with their whole life from a whole self. This is a process toward maturity that may begin some time after one has initially believed in Jesus Christ for their salvation.
  • 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.