What We Believe

  • There is one God who has revealed Himself in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

  • The Bible is given by full inspiration revealing God to us and showing how to live in His saving grace.

  • Humankind has fallen from the Creator's original design and are in desperate need of the gift of Jesus Christ--His ministry, death and resurrection.

  • We are reconciled to God by grace through faith when we receive His gift of life and Jesus himself as Lord of our lives.

  • Believers are to be set apart to belong to God, experiencing deep cleansing and healing, as well as equipped with love and power by the Holy Spirit.

  • The Church is the visible community that confesses Jesus Christ as Lord, the covenant people of God, to be the Body of Christ on mission for the sake of the world, anticipating the return of Jesus for the completion of all things.

The Church of The Nazarene's Statement on Discrimination

The Church of the Nazarene reiterates its historic position of Christian compassion for people of all races. We believe that God is the Creator of all people, and that of one blood are all people created.

We believe that each individual, regardless of race, color, gender, or creed, should have equality before law, including the right to vote, equal access to educational opportunities, to all public facilities, and to the equal opportunity, according to one’s ability, to earn a living free from any job or economic discrimination.

We urge our churches everywhere to continue and strengthen programs of education to promote racial understanding and harmony. We also feel that the scriptural admonition of Hebrews 12:14 should guide the actions of our people. We urge that each member of the Church of the Nazarene humbly examine his or her personal attitudes and actions toward others, as a first step in achieving the Christian goal of full participation by all in the life of the church and the entire community.

We reemphasize our belief that holiness of heart and life is the basis for right living. We believe that Christian charity between racial groups or gender will come when the hearts of people have been changed by complete submission to Jesus Christ, and that the essence of true Christianity consists in loving God with one’s heart, soul, mind, and strength, and one’s neighbor as oneself.

Therefore, we renounce any form of racial and ethnic indifference, exclusion, subjugation, or oppression as a grave sin against God and our fellow human beings. We lament the legacy of every form of racism throughout the world, and we seek to confront that legacy through repentance, reconciliation, and biblical justice. We seek to repent of every behavior in which we have been overtly or covertly complicit with the sin of racism, both past and present; and in confession and lament we seek forgiveness and reconciliation.

Further, we acknowledge that there is no reconciliation apart from human struggle to stand against and to overcome all personal, institutional and structural prejudice responsible for racial and ethnic humiliation and oppression. We call upon Nazarenes everywhere to identify and seek to remove acts and structures of prejudice, to facilitate occasions for seeking forgiveness and reconciliation, and to take action toward empowering those who have been marginalized. (2017)
This statement is taken directly from the Manual of The Church Of The Nazarene Paragraph 915 entitled DISCRIMINATION