The Connection 
​                                                  Church of the Nazarene

Connecting People to Christ, Church, and Community 

 :We Believe in
The Tri-unity of God
We believe in one eternally existent, infinite God, Sovereign Creator and Sustainer of all things; that He alone is God, is holy in nature, attributes, and purpose. The God who is Love and Holy in every way is also Triune in essential being, revealed as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (the Trinity).
Jesus Christ
We believe in Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Trinity; that He was eternally one with the Father; that He became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and was born of the Virgin Mary, so that two complete and perfect natures, God and man, are thus united in one Person very much God and very much man, the God-man necessary for our salvation.
We believe that Jesus Christ died for the sins of humanity, and that He rose from the dead and took again His body, together with all things relating to the perfection of man’s nature, He ascended into heaven where He intercedes for us.  
The Holy Spirit
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Trinity, that He is always present and efficiently active in and with the Church of Christ, convincing the world of sin, regenerating those who confess, repent and believe, sanctifying believers, and guiding and directing Jesus’ disciples in the way of truth.  
The Holy Scriptures
We believe in the plenary inspiration of the Holy Scriptures, by which we recognize the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, given by divine inspiration, revealing without error the will of God concerning us in all things necessary to our salvation.   
Sin, Original and Personal
We believe that sin entered into the world through the disobedience of our Adam and Eve. We believe that sin is twofold: original sin or depravity, and actual or personal sin.
We believe that original sin, or depravity, is that corruption of the nature of all the descendants of Adam and as a result everyone is far removed from original righteousness that Adam and Eve were given at the time of their creation. We further believe that original sin continues to exist with the new life of the regenerate, until the heart is fully cleansed by the baptism with the Holy Spirit.
We believe that actual or personal sin is a willful violation of a known law of God by a morally responsible person. It is therefore not to be confused with unintentional and unavoidable shortcomings, faults, mistakes, failures, or other deviations from a standard of flawless conduct that are the lingering effects of the fall.  Such innocent things do not include attitudes or responses contrary to the spirit of Christ.
We believe that Jesus Christ, by His sufferings, by the shedding of His own blood, and by His death on the Cross, made a full atonement for all human sin, and that this Atonement is the only basis of salvation, and that it is sufficient for every individual of Adam’s race. The Atonement is graciously effective for the salvation of those incapable of moral responsibility and for children under the age of accountability.  When children reach the age of responsibility they can only be saved when they confess their sins, repent and believe.
Prevenient Grace
We believe that humanity was created in God’s likeness which included ability to choose between right and wrong, and that human beings were made morally responsible but through the fall of Adam they became depraved and cannot save themselves or restore the relationship between God and man. We also believe that the grace of God through Jesus Christ is freely bestowed upon all people, enabling all who will to turn from sin to righteousness, believe on Jesus Christ for pardon and cleansing from sin, and follow good works pleasing and acceptable in His sight.
We believe that repentance, which is a sincere and thorough change of heart, mind, and direction in regard to sin and sinning, including a sense of personal guilt and a voluntary turning away from sin, is commanded of all who have by act or purpose become sinners against God.
Justification, Regeneration, and Adoption
We believe that justification is the gracious and judicial act of God by which He grants full pardon of all guilt and complete release from the penalty of sins committed, and acceptance as righteous, to all who believe on Jesus Christ and receive Him as Lord and Savior.
We believe that regeneration, or the new birth, is that gracious work of God whereby the moral nature of the repentant believer is spiritually awakened and given spiritual life, capable of faith, love, and obedience.
We believe that adoption is that gracious act of God by which the justified and regenerated believer is accepted a child of God.
Christian Holiness and Entire Sanctification
We believe that sanctification is the work of God which transforms believers into the likeness of Christ. It is achieved by God’s grace through the Holy Spirit in initial sanctification, or regeneration, entire sanctification, and the continued perfecting work of the Holy Spirit concluded in glorification. In glorification we are fully conformed to the image of the Son.
We believe that entire sanctification is that act of God by which believers are made free from original sin, or depravity, and brought into a state of entire devotement to God, and the holy obedience of love made perfect.  Entire sanctification is provided by the blood of Jesus, is wrought instantaneously by grace through faith, preceded by entire consecration; and to this work and state of grace the Holy Spirit bears witness.
We believe that there is a noticeable distinction between a pure heart and a mature character. The former is obtained in an instant, the result of entire sanctification; the latter is the result of growth in grace.
We believe that the grace of entire sanctification includes the divine impulse to grow in grace as a Christ-like disciple.
The Church
We believe in the Church, the community that confesses Jesus Christ as Lord, the covenant people of God made new in Christ, the Body of Christ called together by the Holy Spirit through the Word.
God calls the Church to express its life in the unity and fellowship of the Spirit; in worship through the preaching of the Word, observance of the sacraments, and ministry in His name; by obedience to Christ, holy living, and mutual accountability.
The mission of the Church in the world is to share in the redemptive and reconciling ministry of Christ in the power of the Spirit. The Church fulfills its mission by making disciples through evangelism, education, showing compassion, working for justice, and bearing witness to the kingdom of God.
The Church is a historical reality that organizes itself in culturally conditioned forms, exists both as local congregations and as a universal body, and also sets apart persons called of God for specific ministries.    
We believe that Christian baptism, commanded by our Lord, is a sacrament signifying acceptance of the benefits of the atonement of Jesus Christ, to be administered to believers and declarative of their faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior, and full purpose of obedience in holiness and righteousness.
Baptism shall be administered by immersion; alternative methods shall be permitted only by specific request regarding inability to be immersed.   
The Lord’s Supper
We believe that the Memorial and Communion Supper instituted by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is essentially a New Testament sacrament, declarative of His sacrificial death, through the merits of which believers have life and salvation and promise of all spiritual blessings in Christ. It is distinctively for those who are prepared for reverent appreciation of its significance, and by it they show forth the Lord’s death till He come again. It being the Communion feast, only those who have faith in Christ and love for the saints should be called to participate therein.   
Divine Healing
We believe in the Bible doctrine of divine healing and urge our people [to seek] to offer the prayer of faith for the healing of the sick. We also believe God heals through the means of medical science. 
Second Coming of Christ
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ will come again; that we who are alive at His coming will, along with those who have died as Christians, will rise to meet the Lord in the air and be with Him for all eternity.
Resurrection, Judgment, and Destiny
We believe in the resurrection of the dead, that the bodies both of the just and of the unjust shall be raised to life and united with their spirits —       “…Those who have done good will rise to experience eternal life, and those who have continued in evil will rise to experience judgment.”
(John 5:29 NLT)
We believe in future judgment in which every person shall appear before God to be judged according to his or her deeds in this life.
We believe that everlasting life is assured to all who are genuinely saved, believe in, and obediently follow, Jesus Christ our Lord; and that the unrepentant shall suffer eternally in hell. 

Statement on Marriage
We believe marriage is defined in the Bible as a covenant, a sacred bond between one man and one woman instituted by and publicly entered into before God (“Biblical Definition of Marriage”).  Because of the longstanding importance of the Biblical Definition of Marriage to humans and their relationships and communities, and, most importantly, the fact that God has ordained that marriage be between one man and one woman, as clearly conveyed in God’s inerrant Scriptures, including for example in Matthew 19:4-6 where in speaking about marriage Jesus referred to the fact that “he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,” the Church hereby creates this policy, which shall be known as the “Marriage Policy.”
Under this Church’s Marriage Policy, the Biblical Definition of Marriage is the only definition of marriage that will be recognized or accepted.  No elder, officer, employee, servant, agent, or any person, corporation, organization, or entity under the direction or control of this Church shall commit any act or omission, or make any decision whatever, that would be inconsistent with, or that could be perceived by any person to be inconsistent with, full support of this Church’s Marriage Policy and strict adherence to the Biblical Definition of Marriage rather than any alternative to the Biblical Definition of Marriage.
This Church’s Marriage Policy specifically prohibits acts or omissions including but not limited to permitting any Church assets or property, whether real property, personal property, intangible property, or any property or asset of any kind that is subject to the direction or control of the Church, to be used in any manner that would be or could be perceived by any person to be inconsistent with this Church’s Marriage Policy or the Biblical Definition of Marriage, including but not limited to permitting any church facilities to be used by any person, organization, corporation, or group that would or might use such facilities to convey, intentionally or by implication, what might be perceived as a favorable impression about any definition of marriage other than the Biblical Definition of Marriage.
We believe this Church’s Marriage Policy is based upon God’s will for human life as conveyed to us through the Holy Scriptures, upon which this Church has been founded and anchored, and this Marriage Policy shall not be subject to change through popular vote; referendum; prevailing opinion of members or the general public; influence of or interpretation by any government authority, agency, or official action; or legal developments on the local, state, or federal level.