At Christ Community Church, we remind ourselves often of the inherent value of every single person - regardless of their system of belief, their experiences, or their life choices. Everyone is welcome and loved in our faith community. Believing the same as anyone else is not a requirement for belonging.
Our community is a safe space, no matter who you are.
We recognize, of course, that the rights and privilege of church membership are necessarily tied to following in the Way of Jesus, including an embrace of historic, orthodox Christian beliefs. For those seeking official membership in this body, we would require only such avowals of belief as are essential to Christian experience. We, therefore, deem belief in the following brief statements to be sufficient.
In One Triune God—the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
That the Old and New Testament Scriptures contain all truth necessary to faith and Christian living.
That people are born into a world held captive by sin, violence, and death, and humanity (despite our inherent goodness) is prone to selfishness and sin.
That personal sin and violence against oneself and others leads to death on every level - spiritual, emotional, relational, and physical.
That God, in Christ, is making all Creation new - reversing the power of death once and for all; and that anyone can be made new in Christ.
That believers are to be sanctified wholly, subsequent to regeneration, through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
That the Holy Spirit empowers the Church, individually and collectively, to live in the Way of Jesus as signposts of what the Reign of Christ will be like.
That our Lord will return, the dead will be raised, and Heaven and Earth will be brought together in perfect harmony under the Reign of Christ.
Christ Community Church is a Church of the Nazarene
Our denomination was founded in 1908 as a unifying and inclusive movement, stretching across the deep boundaries between North and South with a belief that the love of God and the unity of God’s people are not hindered by differences in cultural or personal attitudes. This is not to say that we overlook personal or systemic sin for the sake of unity; rather, we believe that unity has the power to build relationships in which real change, repentance, and restoration might take place.
These roots led to a “big tent” approach to many non-essential issues. For example, the denomination does not require a unified belief about baptism or end-times theology.
One of the most important Nazarene leaders in the earliest days was Phineas F. Bresee. He was known to often make use this quote (an idea to which many Nazarenes still cling):
In all things not essential there should be liberty, in essentials there should be unity, and in all things charity.
The Church of the Nazarene is a denomination in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition. One of our theological distinctives has been the doctrine of entire sanctification. If you're curious about what that means, click here.
The full text of the Nazarene Articles of Faith can be found here.
For the sake of clarity, please know that while some members of our community (including our pastors) are affirming of LGBTQ brothers and sisters, we belong to a welcoming but non-affirming denomination.