What is the Church of the Nazarene? Our name comes from the idea that the Son of God, Jesus, was from the town of Nazareth in Galilee. Nazareth and Galilee were considered less desirable areas to many Jews. Nazareth was, therefore, on "the other side of the tracks" so to speak.
Nevertheless, our Savior never hid from His upbringing. In fact, it was a sign that God had come for ALL people, including the less fortunate, sinful ones, the outcasts, "those people" as well as more respectable people.
We too desire to let Jesus shine through our lives by caring for all people, no matter the color, background, education or spiritual level. We are Nazarenes...loving the least as well as the greatest in society's eyes. We want everyone to find the hope that we have found through the life, death and resurrection of God the Son!
Our history is that we began over 100 years ago as a joining of christian "holiness" groups in the Methodist tradition. Our theme is "Holiness Unto the Lord" because we are convinced that God desires as well as completes His holy love and power in the lives of all who will come to Him in full surrender and receive Him in His fullness. God in us, helping us live a life of purity and power, demonstrating that God is real!
We praise God for the over 2.2 million worldwide who have seen God change their lives and call themselves Nazarenes. We worship in approximately 160 countries, meeting locally in over 29,000 gatherings.
Our local motto is Real people with real needs serving a real God. We try to be authentic, honest people. People who are growing in the Lord, striving to live a holy life, but not always perfect. Our help and hope is in this wonderful God filling and re-shaping us! Statement of Belief These are the beliefs Nazarenes hold to be true:
dWe 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 beleve 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 beleves 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 sanctificaion of believers.
We believe that our Lord will return, the dead will be raised, and the final judgement will take place.
We Are a Christian People
As members of the Church Universal, we join with all true believers inproclaiming 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 clearsly 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 Chruch and the extension of His kingdom (Matthew 29:19-20; 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.