Thursday, February 5, 2009

What Do Nazarenes Believe?

A lot of people question me, as a minister in the Church of the Nazarene, about my beliefs. The General Church of the Nazarene has stated clearly and concisely in its Manual of the Church of the Nazarene (PDF) and on their website what Nazarenes believe and why.

There are actually two sections that cover our beliefs, one is the Articles of Faith, the other is our Agreed Statement of Belief, which says:

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 finally impenitent 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 wholly, 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 entire sanctification of believers.

We believe that our Lord will return, the dead will be raised, and the final judgment will take place.

If you still have questions, let me know. I'd be glad to clarify if I can.


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