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What We Believe
Welcome to the Church of the Nazarene
The Church of the Nazarene is a Protestant Christian church in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition, tracing its roots
to an anniversary date of 1908. It was founded to spread the message of scriptural holiness (Christlike living)
across the lands. Today the Church of the Nazarene is located in 156 world areas.
The Church of the Nazarene is a Great Commission church. Our mission is to make Christlike disciples in the
nations. We believe that God offers to everyone forgiveness, peace, joy, purpose, love, meaning in life, and the
promise of heaven when life is over by entering and experiencing a personal relationship with God through
Jesus Christ. We are called to take this message to people everywhere.
The Church of the Nazarene is also a holiness church. We believe that Christians can experience a deeper level
of life in which there is victory over sin, power to witness and serve, and a richer fellowship with God, all
through the infilling of the Holy Spirit.
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
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 and 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 (a) begins in worship, (b) ministers to the
world in evangelism and compassion, (c) encourages believers toward Christian maturity through discipleship,
and (d) prepares women and men for Christian service through Christian higher education.
These are 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
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.