Questions & Answers

What does the Nazarene Church believe about baptism?

We believe that baptism is an outward expression of an inward transformation.  After you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, baptism is the next step as a testimony to the church of your transformed life!  
This is what we read from our Manual before baptism:  Christian baptism is a sacrament signifying participation by faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and incorporation into His Body, the Church. It is a means of grace proclaiming Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
The Apostle Paul declares that all who are
baptized into Christ Jesus are baptized into His death. We are buried with Him through baptism so that just as Christ was raised from the dead, we too are raised to walk in newness of life. As we have been united with Him in His death, we will also be united with Him in His resurrection.

What does the Nazarene Church believe about communion?

We believe that communion (The Lord's Supper) is a time when we remember what Jesus did for us on the cross.  We take communion about once a quarter so that it does not lose its importance in our minds.  
This is what we read from the Manual before taking communion:
The Communion Supper, instituted by our
Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is a sacrament, which proclaims His life, His sufferings, His sacrificial death, and resurrection, and the hope of His coming again. It shows forth the Lord’s death until His return.
The Supper is a means of grace in which Christ is present by the Spirit. It is to be received in reverent appreciation and gratefulness for the work of Christ.
All those who are truly repentant, forsaking
their sins, and believing in Christ for salvation are invited to participate in the death and resurrection of Christ. We come to the table that we may be renewed in life and salvation and be made one by
the Spirit. In unity with the Church, we confess our faith: Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.

What does the Nazarene Church believe about infant baptism/dedication?

At Turning Point, we dedicate our children to the Lord when they are infants or toddlers.  We give our children to God and He entrusts them back to us to raise to follow His ways.  
This is what we read from our Manual in a baby dedication:
“Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them. Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these’” (Matthew 19:13-14).  In presenting this child for dedication you signify not only your faith in the Christian religion but also your desire that she/he may early know and follow
the will of God, may live and die a Christian, and come unto everlasting blessedness.
In order to attain this holy end, it will be your
duty, as parents (guardians), to teach her/him
early the fear of the Lord, to watch over her/his education, that she/he be not led astray; to direct her/his youthful mind to the Holy Scriptures, and her/his feet to the sanctuary; to restrain her/him from evil associates and habits; and, as much as in you lies, to bring her/him up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

What does it mean to be a member of the Nazarene Church?

Anyone is welcome to attend our church and our church activities.  For those who want to become a member of the Church of the Nazarene, we ask that you complete the membership classes with Pastor Nathan on Sunday mornings at 9:30 am.  Membership means that you love Jesus, are committed to the vision of our church, and the beliefs of our church.  Pastor Nathan goes over our Manual in depth in his membership class.
This is what we read from the Manual as we bring in members:
D early beloved: The privileges and blessings that we have in community together in the Church of Jesus Christ are sacred and precious. There is in it such hallowed fellowship, care, and counsel as
cannot otherwise be known apart from the family of God.
There is the godly care of pastors, with the
teachings of the Word and the inspiration of
corporate worship. And there is cooperation in service, accomplishing that which cannot otherwise be done.