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 unrepentant 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, 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 sanctification of believers.
We believe that our Lord will return, the dead will be raised, and the final judgment will take place.
The Church of the Nazarene has a Wesylan-Arminian theology, in that all mankind has the free will to either choose the gift of salvation given through the sacrifice of Christ, or to reject it, and that after salvation there is a continued work in the believer of a continual cleansing through the work of the Holy Spirit.
We Are a Christian People
Our faith for salvation and eternal life in Heaven is in Jesus Christ and His teachings. We believe the basic truths of Christianity are as follows:
- The Bible is the ultimate source of truth concerning God, sin, salvation, life and eternity.
- The God of the Bible is the only true God.
- The only way people are born into this world is with a sinful nature.
- Salvation through Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven.
- Believers striving to have pure hearts and holy lives are the only people who are pleasing to God.
Spending eternity in hell is the only other option to spending eternity in the splendor of heaven with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
We Are a Holiness People
God, who is holy, calls us to a life of holiness, or becoming more pure. We believe that the Holy Spirit seeks to do in us a second work of grace, called by various terms including “sanctification” and “baptism with the Holy Spirit”- giving us the desire to be cleansed 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. To live a holy life and allow the Spirit of God to work freely in and through us, we must surrender our lives to sin, self-centeredness and the broken values of our society, asking God to continually work in us, cleansing out the hidden areas of sin, and allowing the Spirit of God to take complete control of our lives.
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 and make disciples, 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 local church mission, or purpose, is to equip people in developing the lifestyle of a disciple of Christ. Our ministries must be about moving people into that lifestyle of being fully surrendered to Christ.