What We Believe
WHAT WE BELIEVE
As a church within the Church of the Nazarene denomination, we have a system of beliefs about God and His Word.
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed and is revealed to us in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are Holy in nature and are one God.
About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the Son of God, eternally one with the Father. He became both God and Man by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin, Mary, and lived a sinless human life. Through His sacrificial death and glorious resurrection, whoever believes in Him is saved from the dominion of sin.
About the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is one with the Father and Jesus Christ. He is present in the world to make men aware of the need for Jesus. He entirely sanctifies believers, leading them to consecration and a Holy lifestyle.
About the Bible
The Bible (66 books of the Old and New Testaments) is God's Word to us. Inspired by God, it is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living.
About Humankind and Sin
Humankind was created by and in the image of God. Sin came into the world through the disobedience of the first parents, Adam and Eve. Sin is original and personal in nature. Personal sin must be forgiven. Original sin must be cleansed.
About Salvation and Entire Sanctification
Salvation is freely offered by God through forgiveness and pardon, but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only as we repent by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's payment for forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin's penalty. Following our Salvation, we enter into a dynamic relationship with Christ in which we expericence His love and guidance day to day.
It is not long until He identifies areas of our life not totally given to Him. The corrupt nature continues to try to separate us from God. God offers complete cleansing from original sin through entire sanctification. Again, we must accept it, consecrating our lives completely into His care, receiving His Holy Spirit's infilling. The only identifying mark of Entire Sanctification is deep faith and devotion to God.
Salvation and Sanctification, though they deal effectively with sin in our heart, do not make us perfect in judgment and behavior. Christlike character and mature judgment are fashioned by a devoted and growing relationship with God. Often confession and renewal are a necessary part of this eternal relationship.
About Rites (Sacraments) and Eternity
Baptism (a visual representation of salvation), Communion (remembering His sacrifice), and Divine Healing (faith, miracles, and medicine) are held in high esteem as commands of scripture. The promise is that Jesus will return and take His own with Him to live forever in eternity.