The work of the Church of the Nazarene began in Canada in 1902 with a single congregation in Oxford, Nova Scotia. Since then, it has spread across the country, with almost 200 churches and missions throughout Canada.
The Church of the Nazarene Canada is part of an international denomination of nearly 2.5 million members. The largest of the denominations that originated in the world-wide holiness revivals of the 18th and 19th centuries. The International Church of the Nazarene is the result of the merger of numerous congregations that came together between 1887 and 1988. It is Methodist in doctrine and related theologically to the Free Methodist, Wesleyan, Salvation Army, Christian and Missionary Alliance churches and many other denominations that share common roots in the Church of England.
These are the core beliefs upon which the Church of the Nazarene builds its doctrinal system and practice:
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 judgement will take place.
Our denominational mission statement is: Making Christ-like Disciples in the Nations
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 the Catholic themes of holiness and love, is foundational for Nazarene doctrine. Nazarenes emphasize Christian conversion, sanctification or holiness, and the personal assurance of God’s grace – Wesleyan distinctions that point back to a deeper rootage in continental European pietism. Discipleship is a prominent concern. An emphasis on the doctrine of the Holy Spirit has generally prevented Nazarenes from slipping into the static Biblicism that sometimes affects other evangelical Protestants. The Church of the Nazarene recognizes two sacraments: Christian baptism and Holy Communion. Believers’ baptism and infant baptism are both allowed, though the former is most generally practiced.
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For more information on the Church of the Nazarene International visit www.nazarene.org
For more information on the Church of the Nazarene USA/Canada Region visit www.usacanadaregion.org