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Our Beliefs - Expanded

Though you may find the our expanded beliefs a little overwhelming, it is important to us that you know exactly who we are and what we believe. The Church of the Nazarene is a mainline Protestant denomination which has churches all over the world and several in our local area. Each individual church holds to the beliefs given below with an emphasis on the forgiving and heart cleansing power of Jesus Christ through His Holy Spirit. Click on the links below to scroll down to each Articles of Faith:


  1. The Triune God
  2. Jesus Christ
  3. The Holy Spirit
  4. The Holy Scriptures
  5. Sin, Original and Personal
  6. Atonement
  7. Free Agency
  8. Repentance
  9. Justification, Regeneration, and Adoption
  10. Entire Sanctification
  11. The Church
  12. Baptism
  13. The Lord's Supper
  14. Divine Healing
  15. The Second Coming of Christ
  16. Resurrection, Judgment, and Destiny

The Triune God

"We believe in one eternally existent, infinite God, Sovereign Creator and Sustainer of the universe; that He only is God, holy in nature, attributes, and purpose. The God who is holy love and light is Triune in essential being, revealed as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit."

Basically we believe in one God, the Creator of all things, who reveals Himself as Father, Son, and Spirit. (See Genesis 1; 1 Corinthians 8:6; and Galatians 4:4-6 in the Bible for details.)
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Jesus Christ

"We believe in Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Triune God-head; that he was eternally one with the Father; that he became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and was born of the Virgin Mary, so that two whole and perfect natures, that is to say the Godhead and manhood, are thus united in one person very God and very man, the God-man.

"We believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins, and that He truly arose from the dead and took again his body, together with all things appertaining to the perfection of man's nature, wherewith He ascended into heaven and is there engaged in intercession for us."


Basically we believe in Jesus Christ, who is fully God and fully man at the same time, who became like us to bring about our salvation. (See Luke 1:26-35 and John 1:1-18 in the Bible for details.)
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The Holy Spirit

"We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Triune God-head, that he is ever present and efficiently active in and with the Church of Christ, convincing the world of sin, regenerating those who repent and believe, sanctifying believers, and guiding into all truth as it is in Jesus."

Basically we believe in the Holy Spirit, who is active in the world, bringing us to salvation. (See John 14:15-18 and Romans 8:1-27 in the Bible for details.)
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The Holy Scriptures

"We believe in the plenary inspiration of the Holy Scriptures, by which we understand the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, given by divine inspiration, inerrantly revealing the will of God concerning us in all things necessary to our salvation, so that whatever is not contained therein is not to be enjoined as an Article of Faith."

Basically we believe that the Bible is the Word of God, giving us all we need to know about how to be saved. (See 2 Peter 1:20-21 in the Bible for details.)
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Sin, Original and Personal

"We believe that sin came into the world through the disobedience of our first parents, and death by sin. We believe that sin is of two kinds, original sin or depravity and actual or personal sin.

"We believe that original sin, or depravity, is that corruption of the nature of all the offspring of Adam by reason of which every one is very far gone from original righteousness or the pure state of our first parents at the time of their creation, is adverse to God, is without spiritual life, and inclined to evil, and that continually. We further believe that original sin continues to exist with the new life of the regenerate, until eradicated by the baptism with the Holy Spirit.

"We believe that original sin differs from actual sin in that it constitutes an inherited propensity to actual sin for which no one is accountable until its divinely provided remedy is neglected or rejected.

"We believe that actual or personal sin is a voluntary violation of a known law of God by a morally responsible person. It is therefore not to be confused with involuntary and inescapable short-comings, infirmities, faults, mistakes, failures, or other deviations from a standard of perfect conduct which are the residual effects of the Fall. However, such innocent effects do not include attitudes or responses contrary to the spirit of Christ, which may properly be called sins of the spirit. We believe that personal sin is primary and essentially a violation of the law of love; and that in relation to Christ sin may be defined as unbelief."


Basically we believe that we are all sinners both by nature and act and need God's forgiveness and cleansing. (See 1 John 1:7-2:4 and Romans 3:23 in the Bible for details.)
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Atonement

"We believe that Jesus Christ, by His sufferings, by the shedding of His own blood, and by His death on the Cross, made a full atonement for all human sin, and that this Atonement is the only ground of salvation, and that it is sufficient for every individual of Adam's race. The Atonement is graciously efficacious for the salvation of those incapable of moral responsibility and for the children in innocency but is efficacious for the salvation of those who reach the age of responsibility only when they repent and believe."

Basically we believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross and that, by trusting in His death, we can be restored to a right relationship to God. (See Isaiah 53:5-6 and John 3:14-17 in the Bible for details.)
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Free Agency

"We believe that man's creation in God-likeness included ability to choose between right and wrong, and that thus he was made morally responsible; that through the fall of Adam he became depraved so that he cannot now turn and prepare himself by his own natural strength and works to faith and calling upon God. But we also believe that the grace of God through Jesus Christ is freely bestowed upon all men, enabling all who will turn from sin to righteousness, believe on Jesus Christ for pardon and cleansing from sin, and follow good works pleasing and acceptable in His sight.

"We believe that man, though in the possession of the experience of regeneration and entire sanctification, may fall from grace and apostatize and, unless he repents of his sin, be hopelessly and eternally lost."


Basically we believe that God has enabled us to turn to Him from sin but that He has not forced us to do it. (See Joshua 24:15; Ephesians 2:8-10; and James 2:18-22 in the Bible for details.)
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Repentance

"We believe that repentance, which is a sincere and thorough change of the mind in regard to sin, involving a sense of personal guilt and voluntary turning away from sin, is demanded of all who have by act or purpose become sinners against God. The Spirit of God gives to all who will repent the gracious help of penitence of heart and hope of mercy, that they may believe unto pardon and spiritual life."

Basically we believe that each person must repent, turn away from his sins, and trust Christ to accept Him. (See 2 Chronicles 7:14 and 2 Peter 3:9 in the Bible for details.)
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Justification, Regeneration, and Adoption

"We believe that justification is the gracious and judicial act of God by which He grants full pardon of all guilt and complete release from the penalty of sins committed, and acceptance as righteous, to all who believe on Jesus Christ and receive Him as Lord and Savior.

"We believe that regeneration, or the new birth, is that gracious work of God whereby the moral nature of the repentant believer is spiritually quickened (made come to life) and given a distinctively spiritual life, capable of faith, love, and obedience.

"We believe that adoption is that Gracious act of God by which the justified and regenerated believer is constituted a son of God.

"We believe that justification, regeneration, and adoption are simultaneous in the experience of seekers after God and are obtained upon the condition of faith, preceded by repentance; and that to this work and state of grace the Holy Spirit bears witness."


Basically we believe that when we turn from sin and trust in Christ, the old record of sin is wiped clean, and we are born anew, thus becoming part of the family of God. (See John 3:3-8 and 1 John 3:1-2 in the Bible for details.)
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Christian Holiness and Entire Sanctification

"We believe that sanctification is the work of God which transforms believers into the likeness of Christ. It is wrought by God's grace through the Holy Spirit in initial sanctification, or regeneration (simultaneous with justification), entire sanctification, and the continued perfecting work of the Holy Spirit culminating in glorification. In glorification we are fully conformed to the image of the Son.

"We believe that entire sanctification is that act of God, subsequent to regeneration, by which believers are made free from original sin, or depravity, and brought into a state of entire devotement to God, and the holy obedience of love made perfect.

"It is wrought by the baptism with or infilling of the Holy Spirit, and comprehends in one experience the cleansing of the heart from sin and the abiding, indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit, empowering the believer for life and service.

"Entire sanctification is provided by the blood of Jesus, is wrought instantaneously by grace through faith, preceded by entire consecration; and to this work and state of grace the Holy Spirit bears witness.

"This experience is also known by various terms representing its different phases, such as 'Christian perfection,' 'perfect love,' 'heart purity,' 'the baptism with or infilling of the Holy Spirit,' 'the fullness of the blessing,' and 'Christian holiness.'

"We believe that there is a marked distinction between a pure heart and a mature character. The former is obtained in an instant, the result of entire sanctification; the latter is the result of growth in grace.

"We believe that the grace of entire sanctification includes the divine impulse to grow in grace as a Christlike disciple. However, this impulse must be consciously nurtured, and careful attention given to the requisites and processes of spiritual development and improvement in Christlikeness of character and personality. Without such purposeful endeavor, one's witness may be impaired and the grace itself frustrated and ultimately lost.

"Participating in the means of grace, especially the fellowship, disciplines, and sacraments of the Church, believers grow in grace and in wholehearted love to God and neighbor."


Basically we believe that after being born anew, we need the fullness of God's Spirit in our hearts. When we make a complete commitment to Him, He cleanses our spirit, fills us with His perfect love, and gives us the power to live holy and victoriously. We call this the act of entire sanctification. (See Romans 12:1-3 and 1 Thessalonians 5:23 in the Bible for details.)

The doctrine which distinguishes the Church of the Nazarene and other Wesleyan denominations from most other Christian denominations is that of entire sanctification. Nazarenes believe that God calls Christians to a life of holy living which is marked by an act of God which cleanses the heart from original sin and fills the individual with love for God and man. This experience is marked by entire consecration of the believer to do God's will and is followed by a life of seeking to serve God through service to others. Like regeneration, entire sanctification is an act of God's grace, not of works. Our pursuant service to God is an act of love whereby we show our appreciation for the grace which has been extended to us through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ. Submitted by Mark Graham, former editor of Herarld of Holiness.
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The Church

"We believe in the Church, 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 its life in the unity and fellowship of the Spirit; in worship through the preaching of the Word, observance of the sacraments, and ministry in His name; by obedience to Christ, holy living, and mutual accountability.

"The mission of the Church in the world is to share in the redemptive and reconciling ministry of Christ in the power of the Spirit. The Church fulfills its mission by making disciples through evangelism, education, showing compassion, working for justice, and bearing witness to the kingdom of God.

"The Church is a historical reality, which organizes itself in culturally conditioned forms; exists both as local congregations and as a universal body; sets apart persons called of God for specific ministries. God calls the Church to live under His rule in anticipation of the consummation at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."


Basically we believe in the Church, the community that confesses Jesus Christ as Lord. (See Acts 2:32-47 and Hebrews 10:19-25 in the Bible for details.)
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Baptism

"We believe that Christian baptism, commanded by our Lord, is a sacrament signifying acceptance of the benefits of the atonement of Jesus Christ, to be administered to believers as declarative of their faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior, and full purpose of obedience in holiness and righteousness.

"Baptism being the symbol of the new covenant (New Testament), young children may be baptized, upon request of their parents of guardians who shall give assurance for them of necessary Christian training.

"Baptism may be administered by sprinkling, pouring, or immersion, according to the choice of the applicant."


Basically we believe in baptism and urge people to be baptized as Christians. (See Matthew 3:1-7 and 28:16-20 in the Bible for details.)
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The Lord's Supper

"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, through the merits of which believers have life and salvation and the promise of all spiritual blessings in Christ. It is distinctively for those who are prepared for reverent appreciation of its significance and by it they show forth the Lord's death till He come again. It being the Communion feast, only those who have faith in Christ and love for the saints should be called to participate therein."

Basically we believe in the Lord's Supper, communion. (See Mark 14:22-25 in the Bible for details.)
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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. We also believe that God heals through medical science."

Basically we believe that God can heal. We pray for healing. We also believe that God can work through medical science. (See 2 Kings 5:1-19 and James 5:13-16 in the Bible for details.)
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The Second Coming of Christ

"We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ will come again; 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."

Basically we believe that Jesus Christ is coming again. (See John 14:1-3 and Revelation 22:7-20 in the Bible for details.)
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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 - 'they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life, and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.'

"We believe in the future judgment in which every man shall appear before God to be judged according to his deeds in life.

"We believe that glorious and ever lasting life is assured to all who savingly believe in, and obediently follow, Jesus Christ our Lord; and that the finally impenitent shall suffer eternally in hell."


Basically we believe that everyone will face the judgment of God with its rewards and punishments. (See Romans 14:7-12 and 1 Corinthians 15:12-58 in the Bible for details.)
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Source: Manual, Church of the Nazarene

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