Freedom is a powerful word. At RCN, we believe that Jesus' death on the cross and His resurrection have paved the way for us to enter a new relationship with God. This relationship is not based on self-help, nor is it based on laws and rules; rather, it is based on love. We love Christ because He first loved us and shed His blood for our sins. His sacrifice makes it possible for us to be forgiven for all our sins!
This forgiveness is found in Jesus Christ. Although He lived a sinless life, He died as a sacrifice for your sins and my sins. His resurrection to life on the third day demonstrates that we are not forgiven only to die to sin... but to LIVE a life of holy love! Beyond mere forgiveness, we believe that God sets us free from our past so that we can serve Him and others in love.
Talk about "peace" is like weight loss programs--everybody advertises it, but rarely does it live up to the hype. We have discovered that living a life surrendered to Christ fills our hearts and lives with a peace that goes beyond understanding. We find true peace as we delve deeper into God's Word and grow in His grace. We live daily for Christ and we surrender each day fully to Him.
The peace we speak of is not an end to difficulties or struggles. Sometimes being a believer actually brings struggles upon us, but the joy we have in Christ is unchanging in the midst of the perils of life. As a result, we can rest assured that Jesus, our Advocate and Redeemer, will be faithful to us as walk with Him.
No matter the struggle or difficulty you are going through, we know that Jesus can give you a peace that is eternal and unchanging.
We wish it weren't true, but the evidence that our world is broken beyond measure is all around us. Our world is full of sin and has been since the very fall of humanity. Over the years, the labels people put on sin change, but the core problem remains the same--a broken heart full of sin and separation from our Creator. We admit and confess that, without the transforming work of Christ, we are all hopelessly and eternally broken beyond repair.
We believe that Jesus died to redeem all those who would confess His name so our eyes may see the destruction of sin, and our hearts are full of hope as we look to the Savior of all humanity and place our faith in Him alone.
We hear and respond to the call of Jesus to be salt and light in the world. That begins with being caring and compassionate to those around us, and it means loving those who are rather different from us. Jesus reminds us that, if we only love those who love us, what good is that to us (or to them)? It is only when we love those who most need us that we are truly salt and light.
We believe the church and its members are called to make a difference in the world. Yes, the world is broken, but Jesus died to offer hope and peace. We are called to share that hope in a spirit of love with all humanity! Through missions, we participate in over 150 world areas where compassionate ministries are working to show the love of Christ even in the most difficult situations.
We know this to be true because of His Word that testifies about Him. We have experienced His presence and His work in our midst as we have grown in His grace each day, and we believe that He is constantly reaching out in love to those who do not yet know Him.
Simply put, the Scriptures are the final authority on matters of salvation and doctrine. The Word of God, as revealed in the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, is both our Hope and our Guide. We believe the Scripture to be divinely inspired and relevant to our world today. As a church, we seek to learn more about the Word of God by studying and reading His Word daily.
We believe that as you place your faith in Jesus Christ, you can be set free from your sins in a moment of salvation; however, that is not the end, but just the beginning. We believe God calls believers to grow daily in grace as we walk with Christ. While much of this process of growth happens gradually over time, we also believe that God calls us to full surrender in a moment of entire sanctification of heart and life to Him. When we fully surrender our lives to Him, we allow God complete control of our lives.
Our hearts are thrilled at the thought of our Savior's return! He said that He would come again, and we live in eager expectation of His arrival. In the meantime, we make the most of every opportunity to share the Good News of His redeeming work on the cross and His love for all people.
The Church of the Nazarene is an orthodox Protestant body that adheres to the ecumenical creeds of the early Christian church. The theology of Methodist founder, John Wesley (1703-91), who integrated the Protestant understanding of grace with themes of holiness and love, is foundational for Nazarene doctrine. Nazarenes emphasize Christian conversion, sanctification and the personal assurance of God’s grace – Wesleyan distinctives that point back to a deeper rootage in continental European pietism. Discipleship is a prominent concern. The Church of the Nazarene recognizes two sacraments: Christian baptism and Holy Communion.
Nazarene polity is a studied compromise between Episcopal and Congregational forms of government. While Nazarenes consider the congregation to be the basic unit of the church, the highest legislative body is the General Assembly, which usually meets every four years.
Congregations belong to districts, which hold annual assemblies and are led by elected district superintendents. Congregations call their own pastors subject to the approval of the district superintendent. New ministers are elected to orders by the district assembly and ordained by the presiding general superintendent.