Loving Jesus through Loving Others
The Greatest Commandment: "Jesus replied: 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments" (Matthew 22:37-40).
Everything we do hangs on how we love God and how we love others. When we love others, we show our love for Christ. "The King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me'" (Matthew 25:40). We cannot love God without also loving others.
The Great Commission: "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them of obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age" (Matthew 28:19-20).
Here is how we live out our love for others: as we build relationships and people come to know Jesus, we begin the journey of walking with them in the teaching of Jesus. In love, we invest in our neighbors- teaching them what it is to live like Jesus; teaching everything He taught us.
We are authentic
"And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were no in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration for the Spirit and of power, that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God" (1 Corinthians 2:1-5). We are not going to be anything other than who we are in Christ. Our identity is found in Him. We don't have it all together, yet we acknowledge that we serve a God who makes us whole with his Holy Spirit. We will be honest about our journey and hope in Christ.
We love unconditionally
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16). We love as Jesus loves. Love is not prejudice. Love is not selective. The love of Jesus is freely given to all. We will do the same.
We are boldly faithful in Jesus Christ
"Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see" (Hebrews 11:1). We are confident that Jesus is the Christ, Son of God. We are confident that he died in order to pay the debt owed for the sins we have committed. We are confident that Jesus was raised from the dead conquering death, hell, and the grave. We are confident that if we ask for forgiveness of our sins, believe that Jesus has done so, and ask him to be Lord over our life, he will do just as he has promised.
We are a family that serves each other
"They devoted themselves to the apostle's teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer... All the believers were together and had everything in common." (Acts 2:42; 44) We believe that God intends for us to do life together, similar to everything you find in a healthy family. Everyone's mess is brought to the table and together, we work through it.
We believe in one God-the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe Jesus, fully God and fully man at the same time, became like us to show us who God is and how much He loves us.
We believe the Holy Spirit, who is active in the world, leads all men and women towards God.
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, giving us all we need to know about how to become disciples of Jesus, and live in obedience.
We believe that we are all sinners, by both nature and deed, and can only be forgiven and cleansed by the grace of God.
We believe that Jesus died on the cross, was buried for three days, and rose again conquering death. By trusting in His promises, we can be restored to a right relationship with God, which leads to eternal life.
We believe that God has enabled us to turn to Him from sin, and that we have the free-will to do so.
We believe that when we turn from sin and trust in Jesus, the old record of sin is wiped clean, and we are born anew, becoming part of the family of God.
We believe that, after being born anew, the power of the Holy Spirt can be unleashed in our hearts. Upon choosing a complete commitment to follow and obey Him, He fills us with His perfect love, which gives us the ability to please Him, love others, and live victoriously. It is at this moment that we believe the fruit of the Spirit will become evident to both those who have and have not been born anew in the life of the believer.
We believe that our Lord will return, the dead will be raised, and the final judgement will take place. We believe that all the members of God’s family will live with Him forever.
We are part of the Church of the Nazarene, which is a global denomination with members on every continent. Our history is rooted in Wesleyan-Arminian theology and born of the Holiness movement. We believe in a life that is completely dependent upon the work of God, the Father, Jesus, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in each of our lives in order to live a full and holy life. For more information on the Church of the Nazarene, you can visit the Nazarene denomination website here.