The Church of the Nazarene
The Church of the Nazarene is built upon five historical foundations.
1. Classical Christianity
The religion of the New Testament and The Early Church.
The Reformation doctrines, including the priesthood of all believers, the Bible as the rule of faith and practice, and salvation by grace alone through faith (not by good works).
3. Arminian Thought
Jesus made atonement for all. By free grace each person can choose God and good. Our choice makes a difference; we are not irrevocably predestined either to salvation or damnation.
4. Wesleyan Practical Theology
Adopting and adapting John Wesley’s system of doctrine and pastoral theology, Nazarenes continue to emphasize the Biblical teaching of living a holy life in this world and being set apart for God’s work.
5. 1908: Pilot Point, Texas
The vision for bringing the Church of the Nazarene together was centered in a movement with many leaders: Phineas F. Bresee, C.B. Jarnigan, H.F. Reynolds, J.B. Chapman, C.W. Ruth and others. They purposefully targeted the needs of the common people with the message of hope and holiness. A merger took place in 1908 of several holiness churches to share resources and more effectively present the gospel. Because Jesus was from Nazareth (thus a Nazarene) they took the name Nazarene as a great name denoting their being followers of Jesus Christ.