history of our faith tradition
The Church of the Nazarene is...
…a Protestant Christian church in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition, tracing its roots to an anniversary date of 1908. It was founded to spread the message of scriptural holiness (Christlike living) across the lands. Today the Church of the Nazarene is located in 156 world areas.
The Church of the Nazarene is a Great Commission church. Our mission is to make Christlike disciples in the nations. We believe that God offers to everyone forgiveness, peace, joy, purpose, love, meaning in life, and the promise of heaven when life is over by entering and experiencing a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. We are called to take this message to people everywhere.
The Church of the Nazarene is also a holiness church. By that we mean, that God through His grace and mercy can transform us . . . can heal our brokenness, overcome our addictions, mend our fractured relationships and empower us, through the Holy Spirit, to overcome sin. We believe that this transformation can happen in our life while we are on this earth and that this transformation doesn’t just happen when we get to heaven. We believe the Kingdom of God is in our midst and that God through Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit is transforming lives now.
“Our homes are to be hospitals—refuges of healing radiating the light of heaven. And our dinner tables are to be operating tables — the place where broken souls are made whole again. In our churches people should find rest from their battle for acceptance and release from the lie that they are nothing more than the goods they possess. When we lower our defenses, when we remove our façades and our peepholes, and we begin to be truly present with one another—then the healing power of the gospel can begin its work.” – Skye Jethani
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