Frederick 1st Nazarene is a member of the Mid-Atlantic District of the Church of the Nazarene.
The Church of the Nazarene holds no complicated system of doctrine. In face, our Manual states: “We would require only such vows of belief as are essential to Christian experience.” It goes on to list these basic beliefs as follows:
1. In one God--the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit...
2. That the Old and New Testament Scriptures, given by plenary inspiration, contain all truth necessary to faith and Christian living.
3. That man is born with a fallen nature and is, therefore, inclined to evil, and that continually.
4. That the finally impenitent are hopelessly and eternally lost.
5. That the atonement through Jesus Christ is for the whole human race; and that whosoever repents and believes on the Lord Jesus Christ is justified and regenerated and saved from the dominion of sin.
6. That believers are to be sanctified wholly, subsequent to regeneration, through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
7. That the Holy Spirit bears witness to the new birth and also to the entire sanctification of believers.
8. That our Lord will return, the dead will be raised, and the final judgment will take place.
The Church of the Nazarene is considered by the Christian community as an evangelical church - that is, it believes that each person can and must have a personal encounter with Christ whereby through repentance and faith his sins are forgiven. To understand the evangelical Christian faith, we must begin with the problem of sin.
When we truly repent, confess our sins to God, and trust Christ for His forgiveness, we are “born again,” and adopted into the family of God (Galatians 4:4-7; Titus 3:4-7). We, like all evangelical churches, acknowledge that after our conversion to Christ, when we are freed from the guilt of committed sins, there still remains the nature or condition of sin. This we term “original sin” or “depravity.” The Apostle Paul called it “carnal-mindedness” and “the flesh” (1 Cor. 3:1-3; Galatians 7:17).
This is why John Wesley taught (and the Church of the Nazarene believes) that after we are saved from our sins we must go on to deal with the inner nature of sin. Here we consecrate – that is, we surrender or dedicate our complete selves (mind, emotions, will) to God (Romans 12:1-2), and through faith receive the cleansing of our hearts by the incoming presence of the Holy Spirit. With this cleansing comes an empowerment to live a victorious life and to serve God effectively (Acts 1:8). The Spirit-filled Christian knows that apart from Christ he can do nothing (John 15:5), and with this new power (God in him) he can say “no” to sin.
It is important to distinguish clearly between the carnal or sinful nature which is cleansed by the Holy Spirit (Acts 15:8-9), and the human nature of the body with its appetites, emotions, and will. The latter must continue to be controlled and kept subject to God’s will (1 Cor. 9:24). “Putting to death the deeds of the body” is possible by the indwelling Holy Spirit (Romans 8:13). This may take a long learning process, particularly where there are deeply ingrained habits. Growth in the Spirit is an ever-expanding quest through all of life.
For more information about the church of the nazarene, visit www.nazarene.org