Jesus is at the center.
One Church is a part of the Church of the Nazarene. The Church of the Nazarene is a Protestant Christian church in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition. A full description of the Church of the Nazarene Articles of Faith can be found HERE.
We understand that sin came into the world and fractured all things, leaving the world in desperate need of salvation. Without Jesus stepping in, our outcome for this life is hopeless, empty, and terminal. Through His sacrifice and resurrection, Jesus is our ultimate provision and our only hope for a better way, a better life, and a better future. This is what it means to receive His gift of grace. This cannot be earned. Rather, the death and resurrection of Jesus makes His grace available to us so we can enter into a life more abundant, filled with meaning and purpose. This type of radical transformation from being subject to the consequence of sin to being a child of God free from sin is good news!
John 14:6, Romans 6:23, John 10:10
We believe in the promise that Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit to live within us. The Holy Spirit, being part of the trinity, is our helper, comforter, counselor, advocate and ultimately our gift from God to enable us to know Him deeper and to follow Him more closely. As believers, we are to partner with the Holy Spirit in our everyday lives. We ask Him to invade our lives and we willingly make room for Him. It is in the context of this partnership with us that the Holy Spirit fulfills His role as our Helper. As we journey through the life we are called to, we know it is not done by our strength alone, rather by the very power of God being active in our lives.
John 14:26, Acts 2:28, Galatians 5:22-25
Each day we are influenced by the culture of this world and the distorted values within it. Relentlessly, it will fight for our attention. We believe that God’s Word serves as a foundation for our lives and an anchor for our souls. Its teachings motivate and encourage us to follow the person of Jesus in the way that leads to life - to love God, to keep His commandments, to love people, and to renew our thinking that we would have the mind of Christ. We are a people who value the Word of God above all else and believe it is a necessity for our daily lives. It serves as the foundation of our church as it guides us to see and seek Jesus in everything we do.
Hebrews 4:12, Psalm 119:105, James 1:22
Salvation is God’s free gift to us, but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith, we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:20, 21, 2 Timothy 1:13, Psalm 119:105, 160, 12:6, Proverbs 30:5
We believe Jesus came to the world to serve. As believers, we are also instructed to serve just as Jesus did. We believe that as a church we serve God by serving others. God desires for us to take His approach to servant leadership - to love, encourage, welcome and support those who follow Him, but also those who are far away from Him. While serving is not always convenient for us, it is through this action of serving that we are being obedient to Him. This opens up His blessings for our lives. It is through serving that we are able to discover our God given purpose.
Mark 10:45, 1 Peter 4:10, Acts 20:35
We believe in a generous God who desires for His people to partake in sharing this element of generosity with others. As generosity becomes our lifestyle, we believe that it can be expressed in many different ways. While it can be displayed through financial means, we consider generosity to also be seen through discipling people. We will grow in a deeper awareness of God’s generosity towards us, in turn living a generous life.
Hebrews 13:16, 2 Corinthians 9:6-7, 2 Corinthians 9:11
We believe that faith is audacious and requires a sense of courage. This requires boldness and the commitment to live by faith in the world for God’s glory. By operating in a spirit of audacious faith, we are driven to lean upon the leadership of the Holy Spirit and to be dependent upon His strength to act morally and to operate with godly convictions.
Mark 11:22-24, Hebrews 4:16, James 1:6
Grace is defined as, “God’s life, power and righteousness given to us by undeserved favor”. Practically, this means that God’s favor and grace are received by those who did not adequately earn or deserve it. As sinners we are in need of grace each and every day. This is received by humbling ourselves in order to extend His grace to those around us. This is shown by loving when there seems to be no reason, serving when someone has not earned it, and forgiving quickly when we have been wronged. As humans, we cannot extend this level of grace to others unless our eyes are solely focused on Jesus, as He is the ultimate source of grace.
Romans 3:24, 2 Timothy 1:9, James 4:6