WALLINGFORD 

WHAT WE BELIEVE

WE BELIEVE

1. We Believe in the Trinity. God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are one God existing in three persons.

2. The Bible is our Authority. The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors under the divine inspiration of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian belief and living.

3. We believe in Jesus’ death and resurrection for our sins. ‘For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His Grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. ‘ Romans 3: 23-24

4. We encourage people to grow toward Christ likeness. We are called by Scripture and drawn by God’s love and grace to worship God and to love Him with our whole heart, soul, mind, and strength, and our neighbor as ourselves. We believe the Holy Spirit convicts, cleanses, fills, and empowers us as the grace of God transforms us day by day into His people of love and spiritual discipline.

5. Church is not optional. We believe that church is a necessary element in the life of any believer.

6. We believe God heals. We believe in divine healing and urge people to seek to offer the prayer of faith for the healing of the sick. Use of medication and doctors is seen as a providential means where God has given mankind wisdom in medical science.

7. We believe Christ is coming again. We believe that Christ will come again; that the dead will be raised first and that those who are alive at His return will be caught up in the air with the risen saints.

8. We believe in heaven and hell. We believe in resurrection of the dead for the bodies of the just and unjust. We believe in final judgment in which everyone will appear before God. We believe that eternal life is assured to all who are saved and obediently trusting in Christ. We believe that those who do not repent will suffer eternally in hell.


BAPTISM

1. What is the meaning of baptism? It is a command from God. Jesus’ last words were to believe in Him and be baptized. Baptism is a one-time outward profession of the inward reality of faith in God through Jesus Christ.

2. When should I be baptized? As soon as you decide to receive Christ into your life, you can and should be baptized. If you wait until you have everything ‘all together’, you’ll never feel ‘good enough’.


THE LORD'S SUPPER

1. What is the Lord’s Supper (communion)? It is a Reminder. It is a Symbol. It is a Statement of Faith.

2. How do I prepare myself for communion? By self-examination (1 Corinthians 11: 27); confession (1 John 1: 9); recommitment (Romans 12: 1); renewing my relationship (Matthew 5: 23-24)

3. When and how often should we observe communion? We believe that the Lord’s Supper was instituted as a remembrance for all believers, not as a ritual. The first weekend each month we celebrate communion. We believe this keeps our observance fresh, yet is a monthly reminder using our sense of taste and smell, of the sacrifice that Christ made for us on the cross.

HISTORY

Welcome to the Wallingford Church of the Nazarene! We'd like to take a moment to tell you about ourselves, what we believe and how we came to be in Wallingford, CT.

The Church of the Nazarene was formally organized in 1908 at Pilot Point, Texas. A union of many different protestant congregations, the Church of the Nazarene (COTN) was one of the first Christian mergers across the Mason-Dixon line following the Civil War. This merger was the result of some of the fruits of the American Holiness Movement which spread across America in the last half of the 1800s.

From the beginning, the COTN has been very concerned about Compassionate Ministries, Mission, and Education. Today, Nazarene Compassionate Ministries respond to crises and disasters around the world, while international missionaries work in over 160 world areas. The COTN has a vast system of educational institutions stretching around the world, including 8 regional liberal arts colleges in the US, as well as theological seminaries and bible colleges. A complete history, along with theological statements can be found at the denominational website: www.nazarene.org.

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