Who We Are
We are a Christian People
As members of the Church Universal, we join with all true believers inproclaiming the Lordship of Jesus Christ and in embracing the 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 a Holiness People
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 with the Holy Spirit" - cleansing us from all sin; renewing us in the image of God;empowering us to love God with our whole heart, soul, mind and strength, and our neighbors as ourselves; producing in us the character of Christ. Holiness in the life of believers is most clearly understood as Christ likeness.
We are a Missional People
We are a "sent people", responding to the call of Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit to go into all the world, to the Lordship of Christ and participating with God in the building of the Church and the extension of His kingdom (2 Corinthains 6:1). Our mission (a) begins in worship, (b) ministers to the world in evangelism and compassion, (c) encourages believers toward Christian maturity through discipleship and (d) prepares women and men for Christian service through Christian higher education.
We are a Relational People
We intentionally build loving relationships with each other modeling the example given by Christ with the disciples and seekers. We worship together, grow together, work together, pray together and eat together. We laugh, cry and play together. We are the family in faith. We also intentionally build loving bridges with seekers by investing in their lives. We seek to know them, hear them, love them, pray for and with them and encourage them. We show God's love in personal, practical and exceptional ways. We are more than friendly, we want to make friends. Faith is not a product to isolate but loving relationships to integrate. We are called to love God and neighbor. Each neighbor becomes nearer and dearer to us. Ashland Church of the Nazarene is its people, living and loving.