What is a Nazarene?

Welcome to Chelan Nazarene! You might be wondering, "What is a Nazarene? That sounds kinda weird." While it does sound weird, it is a big part of our story. The name "Nazarene" is in reference to the first chapter of John where Philip recognizes Jesus as the Messiah and then tells Nathanial. When Nathanial asks where he is from Philip replies "Nazareth," to which Nathaniel says, "Can anything good come from Nazareth?" Nothing good was expected to come from Nazareth. We took the name "Nazarene" because we wanted to be a church of the Nazarene and we wanted to be positioned toward people who others thought no good can come from. In that vein, the very first 'Church of the Nazarene' was a mission on skid row in LA, ministering to those affected by poverty, addiction and brokenness. We want to hold onto that heritage.

Who are we?

We have three core values that shape us: 

We are Christian. We are Missional. We are Holiness.

We are Christian: "As members of the Church Universal, we join with all true believers in proclaiming the Lordship of Jesus Christ and in embracing historic Trinitarian creedal statements of Christian faith. We value our Wesleyan Holiness heritage and believe it to be a way of understanding the faith that is true to Scripture, reason, tradition, and experience."

We are Missional: "We are a sent people, responding to the call of Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit to go into all the world, witnessing to the Lordship of Christ and participating with God in the building of the Church and the extension of His kingdom."

We are Holiness: "God who is holy, calls us to a life of holiness. We believe that the Holy Spirit seeks to do in us a second work of grace, called by various terms including "entire sanctification" and "baptism of the Holy Spirit" -- cleansing us from sin, renewing the image of God, empowering us to love God with our whole heart, soul, mind, and strength, and our neighbors as ourselves, and producing in us the character of Christ. Holiness in the life of a believer is most clearly understood as Christ-likeness." In other words, God transforms our heart and life by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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