WHO ARE WE?

We are a warm and friendly group of people who desire, with God’s help, to live holy lives that bring honor and glory to Him. In three words our Theology is “JESUS IS LORD!”  We look to the Bible as our primary source for direction in our worship and our lifestyles.


We are life-centered in our teaching and sensitive to the needs and concerns of others.


We give people opportunities to put their faith into action through various avenues of service.


We are honored to take our place among the many who are called Christians.


We laugh and cry together, rejoice and grieve together grow together and walk in faith together.  We aim to be a family for all who love Jesus. There is room for you at Sparks Nazarene Church. Our mission is Knowing and Sharing God’s Love.


WHAT WE BELIEVE

The Bible:

We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, and that none may add or take away from it.


The Trinity:

We believe that the Godhead eternally exists in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit and these three are one God.


The Church:

We believe that the Church consists of all persons who have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and made new people in Christ Jesus.


The Savior:

We believe that all that have sinned and come short of the glory of God and that through the death and risen power of Christ, all who believe and confess Jesus as Lord can be saved from the penalty and power of sin.


The Healer:

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the healer and that healing is provided for in the atonement.


The Coming King:

We believe in the personal return of our Lord Jesus Christ to receive to Himself all born again believers.


The Gifts:

We believe that the Church should claim and express the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:8-10).


WHAT IS A NAZARENE?

The Church of the Nazarene is a Great Commission church. We believe that God offers to everyone forgiveness, peace, joy, purpose, love, meaning in life, and the promise of heaven when life is over by entering and experiencing a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. We are called to take this message to people everywhere. Every church has its distinctives – practices or beliefs that set it apart from other groups. Sometimes this is confusing to people.  They say,

        “If the Bible is true and Jesus was who He claimed to be, why are there so many different

                churches with so many different beliefs?

We are optimistic enough to believe that with all the differences in beliefs and practices, most Christian congregations still agree on 90-95% of Christian teaching, and that the other 5-10% we do not agree on falls in this category of “distinctives”.


While we get our name from Jesus of Nazareth, you might be asking what in the world is a modern-day Nazarene?  Well…

  • We are not Baptists, but like the Baptists, we believe in calling people to repentance and to witnessing to their new life in Christ through public baptism.
  • We are not Presbyterians, but like the Presbyterians we believe in the power of the preaching of the Word of God to bring about change in people’s lives.
  • We are not Lutherans, but like the Lutherans we believe in salvation through Jesus Christ on the authority of Scripture alone, in salvation by faith alone and in salvation as a gift of God’s grace alone.
  • We are not Charismatics – no, we do not “speak in tongues” in our services – but like the Charismatics we believe in the gifts of the Spirit, who gives people the power to live a Christ-like life and to make a real difference in their world.
  • We are not Episcopalians – although John Wesley was a lifelong Anglican – but like the Episcopalians we take worship seriously (we just choose to be a little less “formal” in our worship services).
  • We are not Quakers or Moravians, but like these pietistic groups, we believe in living a careful life that testifies to the watching world that we belong to the Family of God.
  • And we are not United Methodists, although we have our roots in the Methodist tradition that grew out of John Wesley’s revival movement in the 1700’s.  We have good fellowship with our United Methodist “cousins”, but we are organizationally separate for historical reasons.