Nazarenes believe in one God—the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe that the Old and New Testament Scriptures, given by absolute 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. We believe that the atonement through Jesus Christ is for everyone. Repentance and belief in Jesus Christ is required to be saved from the dominion of sin. We believe that we should strive to be sanctified wholly through faith in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit guides our lives from rebirth to entire sanctification. We believe in the second coming of Jesus Christ.
“Triune” means three. God exists in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ) and God the Holy Spirit. This is a mystery we accept by faith.
- God has always been and will always exist. In the beginning God created the universe. God created our world.
- God is holy. He is completely without sin.
- There is only one God. God is revealed to us in three persons. God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ) and God the Holy Spirit. The Trinity.
Jesus Christ is God the Son. He is the only Son of God and the Savior of the world.
- Jesus Christ is God the Son. He was born as a human being. His mother was Mary, who was a virgin when he was born.
- Jesus Christ is both fully man and fully God.
- Jesus Christ rose from the dead. He returned to heaven where He now helps us live as Christians.
The Holy Spirit is the Person of the Trinity who helps Christians know they are God’s children, teaches them the truths Jesus taught, and helps them live the Christian life.
- The Holy Spirit is everywhere in the world. He works especially in and through the Christians and the Church.
- The Holy Spirit shows people they are sinners and leads them to become Christians.
- The Holy Spirit helps the Christian live to please God and cleanses believers from sin.
The Bible is God’s Holy Word in written form. Sometimes we call it the Scriptures of the Word of God.
- God inspired the 66 books of the Bible. Inspired means that God guided the mind and hearts of the men who wrote the Old Testament and New Testament.
- The Bible tells what God is like and gives His plan of salvation through Jesus.
- The main message of the Bible is that God loves us and has made a way for us to be saved from sin through His Son, Jesus.
Sin is rebellion against God. A person chooses to disobey God.
- In the beginning, Adam and Eve had no sin in their lives. Sin came into the world when Adam and Eve disobeyed God.
- Every person born since Adam has a sinful nature. This sin causes people to turn away from God.
- When Adam and Eve sinned, their relationship with God was broken. They became separated from Him. Pain and death became part of human life.
Atonement is the reconciliation of God and people through Jesus’ death on the Cross. People can ask for forgiveness of their sin, restore their relationship with God, and be “at one” with Him.
- Jesus Christ suffered and died on the cross so that our sins can be forgiven.
- Jesus is the only way a person can be saved from sin.
- Jesus died for everyone, but only those who repent and believe will be saved.
God gave people the ability to make choices about right and wrong. Each person is responsible to God for the way he or she lives. God helps those who want to turn from sin. Each person can become a Christian and live a Christian life.
To repent means to change one’s mind completely about sin and ask God’s forgiveness. The person turns away from sin and turns to God.
- Every person who wants to be saved from his or her sins must repent.
- Repentance means being sorry, asking God to forgive you, promising to stop sinning, and beginning to live a Christian life.
- Only those people who repent of their sins and believe in Jesus as their Savior will be saved.
Justification: God’s action to forgive sinners who repent and make them right with Him. He makes the relationship “just as if” they had never sinned. (Galations 2:16a)
Regeneration: God’s action to give spiritual life to a repentant sinner so the person can stop sinning and live the Christian life (1 John 5:1a)
Adoption: God’s action to make the repentant sinner His own child (Galatians 3:26)
- We are justified when we repent and accept Jesus. God no longer considers us guilty of our past sins.
- God gives new spiritual life to us when we repent. God makes it possible for us to live as Christians.
- When we are justified and regenerated, we become children of God. We are adopted into God’s family.
- Justification, regeneration and adoption happen when we repent and receive Jesus Christ as Savior.
- When we repent and believe, the Holy spirit tells us that we are children of God.
To sanctify means to set apart and to cleanse from sin. A person who is sanctified chooses to put God first in everything, to obey Him, and to live for and please God.
- God is a Holy God. God created people to have fellowship with Him. Adam and Eve’s sin broke the relationship between people and God.
- God’s plan of salvation through Jesus helps people restore the relationship with God.
- The tendency to want our own way, than God’s way, makes it difficult for Christians to live a holy life.
- God promises to change Christians so they want God’s way more than they want their own way.
- Sanctification is God’s action to cleanse a Christian of the sinful nature and give them power to live for Him.
- Sanctified Christians live by the power of the Holy Spirit and increasingly love God and other people.
There are three meanings of the word church:
- The building where a congregation meets to worship.
- A local church of a denomination
- Church – Everyone in the world who believes in God and has accepted Jesus Christ as a personal Savior.
- The church is a place to worship God and experience Christian fellowship.
- The church is a local congregation or denomination.
- The Church is made up of everyone in the world who believes in God and has accepted Jesus Christ as personal Savior.
- The Church has a mission to tell people about Jesus Christ and help them become disciples, live a holy life, and serve others.
Baptism is the sacrament that uses water to symbolize Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. It shows that the believer has received Christ’s promised salvation and has begun to live a new life.
- Baptism is one way a person shows he or she has become a Christian and will live for God.
- A person may choose to be baptized by going completely under the water (immersion), by being sprinkled with water, or by having water poured over him or her.
The Lord’s Supper is also referred to as Communion. It is a sacrament that uses some form of bread and juice to remind us of Christ’s death for our sins.
- The Lord’s Supper helps us remember the sacrifice Christ made for our sins and His promise to come again.
- All who trust in Christ as Savior may participate in the Lord’s Supper.
Divine healing is an act of God by which He cures sickness in answer to the prayer of faith. God has enabled people to learn many ways to heal and help people who are sick. Christians should not refuse to take medicine and should seek help from doctors when necessary.
- In answer to the prayer of faith, God sometimes chooses to cure illness and restore health when doctors cannot.
- Christians should seek medical help when necessary; this is one way God brings about healing.
Jesus Christ will come again as He promised.
- Jesus will return to earth as He promised.
- When Jesus returns, He will be revealed to the world in all His power and glory.
- Only God the Father knows when Jesus will come again.
- We can be ready for Jesus’s second coming by daily trusting in Jesus as our Savior and by loving others.
At the resurrection at the end of time, everyone’s body will be united with the person’s spirit. Every person will appear in judgment before God. Those who accepted Christ as Savior and are living as a Christian will have an eternal destiny in heaven.
- The body of everyone who has died will be resurrected. The body will be united with the person’s spirit.
- Every person will appear before God. God will judge each person according to the way he or she lived on earth.
- Those who accept Christ as Savior and obey Him will live forever with Him. Those who refused to accept Jesus as Savior will be separated from God and suffer eternal punishment.