What We Believe

Having been a part of ministry in Lowell since 1903, Lowell First Church of the Nazarene joins with almost 2.5 million other Nazarenes globally to celebrate the Lord’s call to worship God in faithful love to God and to those God has placed around us. While we are the largest denomination in the classical Wesleyan-Holiness tradition, we celebrate the Kingdom of God that gathers all believers in grace and peace to the mission of Christ in our world. 

 

What makes the Church of the Nazarene and other Wesleyan denominations distinct in this common Kingdom call is our doctrine of entire sanctification. Nazarenes believe that God calls Christians to a life of holy living that is marked by an act of God, cleansing the heart from original sin and filling the individual with love for God and humankind. This experience is marked by entire consecration of the believer to do God's will and is followed by a life of seeking to serve God through service to others. Like salvation, entire sanctification is an act of God's grace, not of works. Our pursuant service to God, then, is an act of love whereby we show our appreciation for the grace that has been extended to us through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. 

 

These then are the beliefs Nazarenes hold to be true:

We believe

in one God—the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe

that the Old and New Testament Scriptures, given by plenary 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, and that continually.

We believe

that the finally impenitent are hopelessly and eternally lost.

We believe

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.

We believe

that believers are to be sanctified wholly, subsequent to regeneration, through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

We believe

that the Holy Spirit bears witness to the new birth, and also to the entire sanctification of believers.

We believe

that our Lord will return, the dead will be raised, and the final judgment will take place.