About Our Church
The Church of the Nazarene is the largest denomination in the classical Wesleyan-Holiness tradition. The doctrine that distinguishes the Church of the Nazarene and other Wesleyan denominations from most other Christian denominations is that of entire sanctification. Nazarenes believe that God calls Christians to a life of holy living that is marked by an act of God, cleansing the heart from original sin and filling the individual with love for God and humankind.
This experience is marked by entire consecration of the believe to do God’s will and is followed by a life of seeking to serve God through service to others. Like salvation, entire sanctification is an act of God’s grace, not of works. Our pursuant service to God is an act of love whereby we show our appreciation for the grace that has been extended to us through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
What We Believe
MPNaz accepts and promotes the articles of faith as set forth in the manual of the Church of the Nazarene. The Following is a summary of those articles:
Our Triune God-
We believe in one eternally existent, infinite God, sovereign of the universe: That he only is God, creative and administrative, holy in nature, attributes, and purpose: That he, as God, is triune in essential being, revealed as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe in Jesus Christ, the second person of the Triune Godhead; 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 whole and perfect natures, that is to the Godhead and manhood, are thus united in one person, very good and very man, that God-Man. We believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins, and that He truly arose from the dead and took again His body, together with all things appertaining to the perfection of man’s nature, wherewith he ascended into Heaven and is there engaged in intercession for us.
The Holy Spirit-
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Triune Godhead, that He is ever present and efficiently active in and with the Church of Christ, convincing the world of sin, regenerating those who repent and believe, sanctifying believers, and guiding into all truth as it is in Jesus.
Salvation By Grace-
We believe that all people are sinners, and that sin, both original and personal, separates mankind from God. We also believe that Jesus Christ, by His sufferings, by the shedding of His own blood, and by His meritorious death on the cross, made a full atonement for all human sin and that this atonement is the only ground of salvation, and that it is sufficient for every individual of Adam’s race. We believe that this atonement is granted to those who accept it by grace alone, through faith in Jesus Christ, and that is not by any work.
The Holy Scriptures-
We believe in the plenary inspiration of the Holy Scriptures, by which we understand the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, given by divine inspiration, inerrantly revealing the will of God concerning us in all things necessary to our Salvation, so that whatever is not contained therein is not to be enjoined as an article of faith.
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