What We Believe

 OUR STATEMENT OF FAITH...

We believe that the life God wants for us is ALL ABOUT RELATIONSHIPS - relationships with God, relationships with our "neighbors" (those people around us); and even each individual's relationship with herself or himself. Ultimately, our beliefs impact the way we live in this world and the people we encounter as we live! Because of that...

 

In essential beliefs ~ We have unity.

There is one Body and one Spirit... there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of us all..." Ephesians 4:4-6

 

In non-essential beliefs ~ We have liberty.

"Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgement on disputable matters... who are you to judge someone else's servant? To his own master he stands or falls... So then each of us will give an account of himself to God... so whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God." Romans 14: 1,4,12, 22


In all our beliefs ~ We show charity.

"...If I hold in my mind not only all human knowledge but also the very secrets of God, and if I have the faith that can move mountains - but have no love, I amount to nothing at all." 1 Corinthians 13:2 (Phillips)

 

WE BELIEVE...

  • In one Creator God, who reveals Himself as Father, Son and Spirit.
  • In the deity and humanity of Jesus Christ.
  • The Bible is the inspired and relevant Word of God.
  • All people have sinned and need God's grace and forgiveness which is free and available to all through Jesus' death on the cross.
  • God draws us to Himself but the decision to respond is ours.
  • An individual must repent and trust Christ to receive forgiveness and eternal life.
  • As Christians we need to offer our whole lives to God.
  • When we give ourselves to God in this way, His spirit can fully mold us into Christ-likeness; his perfect love is reflected in our attitudes and actions; and God empowers us to live more abundantly. (The biblical word for this is sanctification).
  • The church is the Body of Christ carrying on His purposes in the world.
  • We believe in the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord's Supper.
  • God can bring healing and pray for healing. We also believe He uses medical science.
  • Jesus Christ is coming again and will make all things right in the final judgment.

For a more detailed outline of the church of the Nazarene's Statement of Faith, please visit the Visitor's Center on the Church of the Nazarene website.