“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 judgment 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 be 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.” I Corinthians 13:2
Our Essential Beliefs
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth,
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic (universal) Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
I-III. Our God is Trinity
There is one living and infinite God, everlasting Sovereign of the universe. He only is God, creative and administrative, holy in nature, attributes, and purpose. He, as God, is revealed in unity as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ, the Word, is the Son, and eternally God. He took man’s nature through the Holy Spirit and was born of a virgin named Mary so that in Him Godhood and manhood, were united in one Person. Jesus died for our sins and truly rose from the dead, after which He ascended into His Father’s presence and is there making intercession for us. He is God with us, Emmanuel. The Holy Spirit is God going forth from the Father and the Son. He is ever present and active in the Church of Christ. He convinces humans of sin and gives life to those who repent, as well as guiding believers into all truth as it is in Jesus. He is God in us, His church.
IV. The Holy Scriptures
We believe in the inspiration of God’s Spirit of the Holy Scriptures, by which we understand the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments were given to reveal the will of God concerning us in all things necessary to our salvation, so that whatever is not contained in them is not to be held as binding to our faith.
V. Original Sin and Personal Sin
Original sin is depravity, the corruption of the nature of all Adam’s descendants. We are very far gone from the original pure righteousness of our first parents at the time of their creation. We were born without spiritual life and are inclined to evil. Original sin is the source of personal sin. Personal sin is an act against the known law of God. These sins are a violation of the law of love, and in relation to Christ may be defined as acts committed in unbelief. Through our personal sin we are guilty and stand in condemnation before God. Through original sin we are corrupt and in need of new creation.
The single suffering and death of Jesus Christ as the offering of God is the only hope of salvation. This Atonement (Christ’s provision making us at-one-with God) provides forgiveness of sins and cleansing of all human sin. It is sufficient and able to save anyone completely.
VII. Free Grace
We were originally created in Godlikeness. This includes the ability to choose between right and wrong. We are morally responsible. Through the fall of Adam we became depraved so that we cannot now turn and prepare ourselves by natural strength or faith to call upon God. God through Jesus Christ is enabling us to turn from sin (grace) to righteousness by believing in Jesus Christ for pardon and cleansing and for living a life pleasing in His sight. We know we may fall from this grace and apostatize (turn away from Christ our God).
We believe that repentance (a sincere and thorough change of the mind toward sin and grief for our personal sins) is demanded of all. The Spirit of God gives to all who will repent pardon and spiritual life. He guides into all righteousness.
IX. Justification, Regeneration, and Adoption
Justification (a legal term) comes only from God when He grants full pardon of sins committed and acceptance as righteous of all who believe on Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Those who are justified before God are new creations (regenerated). As new people we are children of God (adopted).
X. Entire Sanctification
Entire sanctification is also known by various terms representing different histories, such as “Christian perfection,” “perfect love,” “heart purity, “the Lordship of Christ,” “full salvation,” and “Christian holiness.” We believe that Christ leads all believers into the spirit of pure obedience and devotion to God. We all are called into His righteousness. The grace of entire sanctification must be consciously nurtured and carefully given attention for spiritual development and improvement in Christ-likeness.
XI. The Church
The Church is the community that confesses Jesus Christ as Lord, the covenant people of God made new in Christ, the Body of Christ called together by the Holy Spirit through the Word. God calls the Church to express His life in the unity and fellowship of the Spirit – in worship through the preaching of the Word, the observance of the sacraments, and praise of His name – by obedience to Christ and mutual accountability. The mission of the Church in the world is to continue the redemptive work of Christ in the power of the Spirit. God calls the Church to live under His rule in anticipation of the coming and reign of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We believe that Christian baptism is a sacrament signifying acceptance of the benefits of the atonement of Jesus Christ and is to be administered to believers as declarative of their faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior and of full purpose of obedience in holiness and righteousness. Baptism being the covenant-symbol of the New Testament grace, infants may be baptized. Baptism may be administered by sprinkling, pouring, or immersion, according to the choice of the applicant.
XIII. The Lord’s Supper (Eucharist)
We believe that the Memorial and Communion Supper instituted by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is essentially a New Testament sacrament, declarative of His sacrificial death. It is distinctively for those who are prepared for reverent appreciation of its significance, and by it they show forth the Lord’s death until He comes again.
XIV. Divine Healing
We believe in the Bible doctrine of divine healing and urge our people to seek to offer the prayer of faith for the healing of the sick. Providential means and agencies when deemed necessary should not be refused.
XV. Second Coming of Christ
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ will come again and that we who are alive at His coming shall not precede them that are asleep in Christ Jesus, but that, if we are abiding in Him, we shall be caught up with the risen saints to meet the Lord in the air so that we shall ever be with the Lord.
XVI. Resurrection, Judgment, and Destiny
We believe in the resurrection of the dead, that the bodies both of the just and of the unjust shall be raised to life and united with their spirits – some to the resurrection of life and some to the resurrection of the damned. Every person shall appear before God to be judged according to his or her deeds in this life. Everlasting life is assured to all who are saved and obediently follow Jesus Christ our Lord.
If you would like more information on the Church of the Nazarene, please follow the links below: