To make followers of Jesus in our community.
As we pursue our passion to follow Jesus, we have eight core values which drive our focus:
- Celebrate through worship. Worship is giving God the honor He deserves. It is something we do when we gather together on Sundays and other events, but is far more than simply attending or even participating. It is a lifestyle that is built on a deep love for God and His plan for our lives. Matthew 22:37-39; John 4:23-24.
- Commission to reach the lost. Before leaving earth, Jesus told His followers to continue communicating the gospel (literally, good news) throughout the world, because God's love is for all people. We share Christ through our friendships with our neighbors, co-workers and family. We are to be Jesus with skin on to the people around us. Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8.
- Commitment to the Word. From cover to cover, the Bible reveals the nature of God. It is a reliable source with no errors which would hinder us from being brought to full relationship with God, and has been given by God to help us understand who He is and to reveal His will to us. Psalm 119:103-104; Colossians 3:16; II Timothy 3:15-16; James 1:21-23.
- Christlike character. God, who is holy, calls us to a life of holiness. Through the Holy Spirit, each person can not only be forgiven of sin, but can even be transformed, empowering us to love God with our whole beings and to love our neighbors as ourselves. True Christian character is Christlikeness. Isaiah 6:1-7; Galatians 5:16-25; Colossians 3:1-17.
- Community. We are a part of the body of Christ, and as a family, it is our responsibility to value, encourage, forgive and hold one another accountable as we follow Jesus. Proverbs 27:17; John 13:34-35; Galatians 6:2; Ephesians 4:11-16.
- Caring and Compassionate. We are a community of faith who cares about the needs of our neighbor and our world. Matthew 25:31-46; James 2:14-19.
- Challenge to empowering ministry. God has created each of us with a unique set of abilities and skills, and intends for us to use those in serving Him. The church is a team, not individual players, working together to bring glory to God. Romans 12; I Corinthians 12; Ephesians 4:11-16.
- Comprehensive stewardship. Everything we have--our time, money and possessions--belongs to God and we use them to honor Him, to bless others, and to provide for the ministries of His church. 1 Timothy 6:17-19
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These are the beliefs Nazarenes hold to be true. They are common to Christians worldwide:
We believe in one God who has expressed himself in personal ways. We know God’s personality as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We believe the Bible communicates God’s saving message and is our reliable authority in all matters related to faith and Christian living.
We believe that all humankind struggles with a downward pull.
We believe that unless we experience God’s help and salvation through a faith commitment to Jesus Christ, our future is one of eternal separation from God and all that is good.
We believe the love and grace of God is extended to every person in the provision Jesus Christ made in his death and resurrection. By turning from our own selfishness and trusting Jesus Christ, we experience a new life, being freed from the old patterns of self–destructive acts called sin.
We believe our new life in Jesus Christ is the gateway to transformation. Following our moment of faith in Jesus, we believe there is another moment in which we present our life completely to Christ in order to live under his authority and to experience his transforming power.
We believe that Christian experience is more than a change of mind. It is accompanied by assurance that is grounded in both the Scriptures as well as the inner witness of God’s Spirit.
We believe that all who live for Jesus Christ have an eternal future. Our belief in such a future includes both the fulfillment of God’s creative purpose as well as the accountability of all persons endowed with the power of choice.