We believe that God is loving, patient, and the creator of the whole universe. We believe that there is one God who exists as three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We call this the Trinity. We know this is confusing, but we choose to be excited about exploring the mystery of God.
We believe that Jesus of Nazareth who lived about 2,000 years ago in ancient Israel is the Son of God and is God in human flesh. He lived as the perfect human and teaches us what it means to be human. We believe his teachings are best summed up as “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength and love your neighbor as yourself.” We also believe that his teachings hold authority for Christians today.
We believe Jesus was crucified by the Roman authorities because of his teachings. He was tortured until he died. We believe that Jesus’s death offered a way for humanity and all of creation to come into relationship with God. We call this salvation.
Three days after he died, we believe Jesus became alive and rose from the dead; we call this the resurrection. The resurrection demonstrates that God is greater than death and sin, and we believe that Jesus is still alive today.
The Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity and is responsible for bringing people to God by inspiring Scripture, creating the church, and revealing God’s love to the whole world. The Spirit works on whole communities and every individual person and invites them into relationship with God. All people are free to choose to accept or reject this invitation.
The Spirit also lives within people in order to transform them by making them more like God. We call this process sanctification. We believe the Spirit can sanctify people wholly and bring us to the place where we actually do love God, others, and ourselves with all our hearts, souls, minds, and strengths.
We believe that the Bible is inspired by the Holy Spirit and given to the church as the gift of God. We do not believe that every word must be interpreted literally nor do we believe that the Bible should be treated like a science or history textbook. Instead we believe the Bible tells the story of the relationship between God and God’s people and reveals to us everything we need to know for our salvation.
As a member of the Church of the Nazarene we do affirm the 16 Articles of Faith that are written out in our denominational manual.
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