Who We Are…
We are part of the Church of the Nazarene, a family of 12,000 churches gathering in over 160 countries.
With roots that reach back to the Anglican and Methodist traditions, the very first Church of the Nazarene was started in Los Angeles in 1895 as a mission to the poor.
The name “Nazarene” refers to Jesus Christ who grew up in the humble city of Nazareth. Remembering that Jesus was a Nazarene reminds us that God identifies with the poor and cares deeply about the everyday needs of the common person.
The big rocks are the foundation of our faith. Always start with the big rocks; the little things don’t matter as much as these critical things. These might be considered “articles of faith”; so here’s the “big rocks” on which our faith stands:
We believe in one eternal infinite God who always was, is, and will be. He created and rules the universe; he is the only God, revealed as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:26, Luke 3:22)
Jesus is the eternal Son of God. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, worked miracles and gave us an example to follow. Fully God and fully man, He died on a cross to pay the penalty for sin that separated us from God and rose from the dead to reconcile us to our Creator and to free us to have a new life in Him. Now, He sits at the right hand of the Father to intercede for us. (Matthew 16:15-16, Romans 8:3)
About the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is given to every follower of Christ to guide, comfort, convict, and adopt us into the family of God. He helps us grow into Christ-likeness by producing the fruit of the Spirit in our lives, and He gives us spiritual gifts to empower us to meet the needs of God’s people and a hurting world. (John 7:39, I John 3:24)
About the Bible
Comprised of 66 books authored over thousands of years by dozens of authors, the Bible tells one seamless story: a passionate God on a relentless pursuit to redeem His creation. The Bible is the authoritative and inspired Word of God and is trustworthy and reliable for telling us what to believe and how to live. Within the Bible we find all we need to know about how to be saved from our sins and to live a life pleasing to God. (2 Timothy 3:15-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21)
We were created in the image of God to have community with Him. However, through a willful act of disobedience, we were separated from Him. The Father sent Jesus to redeem us through an act of atonement which culminated with Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection from the dead. Through our repentance from sin, God gives us the opportunity to trade our sin for His righteousness through faith. Jesus’ sacrifice is the only means for our salvation and reconciliation with the Father. (Isaiah 53:5-6, John 1:29)
About the Sanctification
We believe that God paid too high of a price for us to live no differently after our sins have been forgiven. We believe that no matter the stain of sin in our lives, God’s grace and cleansing goes deeper. Not only can he forgive us from our acts of sin, but he can cleanse our sinful nature which is naturally bent towards selfishness. We believe that the sanctifying grace of God can make the first inclination of our hearts – to do his will, rather than – to do our own selfish desires. So, a holy life is a life “whole – ly” surrendered to the Lord. Therefore, holiness is more about what God is doing in us, rather than what we choose to do or not to do. (Isaiah 1:18, Ezekiel 36:25-27, Matthew 3:11-12, I John 1:9)
About the Church
The Church is the Body of Christ and Jesus is the head of the Body. The Church is not a building or an event but the community of individuals who have put their trust in Jesus Christ. The Church is bigger than just our local church or even our denomination. The purpose of the Church is to glorify God, make disciples, make Jesus known to a lost world, and meet the needs of those in our communities and around the world. (Ephesians 4:11-16, Philippians 2:3-4)
We celebrate baptism as a first step of obedience for new followers of Christ, in which they identify with Christ’s death and resurrection and make a public declaration of their faith. (Matthew 3:4-6, Acts 2:37-38)
About Following Christ
When we put our faith in Jesus Christ, it ignites a spiritual chain reaction and produces evidence of our salvation. We are forgiven of our acts of sin and God begins a process of cleansing us from sinful nature that has taken up residence in our hearts when apart from God. The Holy Spirit assures us of our salvation, and empowers us for a life of love following the example of Jesus. The results are the fruits of the Spirit — love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (I John 1:9, Galatians 5:22-23)
About the Future
In the end of all things, Jesus will reign eternally. Before him every knee will bow and confess that he is Lord. Those who have found salvation through Jesus Christ will enjoy His presence forever in heaven; those who have not will be separated from God for all eternity. (Philippians 10-11, Psalm 23:4-6)
Our Core Values
SLONAZ has three guiding core convictions:
1. It’s all about Christ.
2. We are called into Christlikeness.
3. We are called to Christ’s mission.
We exist to….
WELCOME people to the grace of God in Christ Jesus.
ENCOURAGE people in a very discouraging world.
BUILD people up in live long followers of Christ.
We focus on W.E.B. because we value people.
Since we value people 7 things are important to us:
1. Meaningful Worship
2. Sound Theology: based on…(Scripture, Reason, Christian tradition, & Personal experience)
3. Passionate Evangelism
4. Intentional Discipleship
5. Church Development
6. Transformational Leadership
7. Purposeful Compassion