Statement of Beliefs

We believe the one God exists as three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Deut. 6:4-5; John 14:6-27)

We believe God has mightily and graciously acted in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, His Son, to save men from sin. (John 3:16; 1 Cor. 15:1-10; Heb. 9:22)

We believe men are sinful and fallen creatures by nature, and need to be forgiven, renewed and cleansed by God.
(Gen. 3; Heb. 9:22; Rom. 3:21-26)

We believe the possibilities of grace include both a complete pardoning of sin and a thorough cleansing, entire sanctification, which makes a holy and victorious daily life possible. (Matt. 5:43-48; 22:37-40; Rom. 8; 12:1-2; 1 Thess. 5:23-24)

We believe our salvation is by the merits and power of God's grace alone, received by us through faith in Jesus Christ.
(Rom. 5:1-8; Eph. 2:8-10)

We believe Jesus Christ is coming again, that all men will be judged, that the redeemed will live eternal blessedness in heaven, and that all who reject salvation through Christ will be judged by God. (Matt. 25:31-46; 2 Thess. 1:5-10)

We believe in thought, speech and action, the Christian should be guided by the Spirit of God. (Rom. 8; Gal. 5:2; 1 Thess. 4:7-8)

We believe these doctrines are based solidly upon the teaching of Holy Scripture, which is the written Word of God and the authority for Christian faith and life. (Ps. 119; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21)

The doctrine that distinguishes the Church of the Nazarene and other Wesleyan denominations from most other Christian denominations is that of entire sanctification. Nazarenes believe God calls Christians to a life of holy living that is marked by an act of God, cleansing the heart from original sin and filling the individual with love for God and humankind. This experience is marked by entire consecration of the believer to do God's will and is followed by a life of service to God and others. Like salvation, entire sanctification is an act of God's grace, not of works. Our service to God is an act of love where we show our appreciation for the grace extended to us through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.