We Are a Christian People
As members of the Church Universal, we join with all true believers in proclaiming the Lordship of Jesus Christ and in embracing the historic Trinitarian creedal statements of Christian faith. We value our Wesleyan-Holiness heritage and believe it to be a way of understanding the faith that is true to Scripture, reason, tradition, and experience.
We Are a Holiness People
God, who is holy, calls us to a life of holiness. We believe that the Holy Spirit seeks to do in us a second work of grace, called by various terms including “entire sanctification” and “baptism with the Holy Spirit” cleansing us from all sin, renewing us in the image of God, empowering us to love God with our whole heart, soul, mind, and strength, and our neighbors as ourselves, and producing in us the character of Christ. Holiness in the life of believers is most clearly understood as Christlikeness.
We Are a Missional People
We are a sent people, responding to the call of Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit to go into all the world, witnessing to the Lordship of Christ and participating with God in the building of the Church and the extension of His kingdom (Matthew 28:19-20; 2 Corinthians 6:1). Our mission (a) begins in worship, (b) ministers to the world in evangelism and compassion, (c) encourages believers toward Christian maturity through discipleship, and (d) prepares women and men for Christian service through Christian higher education.
Our Beliefs at MFCN
We believe in one God-the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe that the Old and New Testament Scriptures, given by plenary inspiration, contain all truth necessary to faith and Christian living.
We believe that man is born with a fallen nature, and is, therefore, inclined to evil.
We believe that the finally impenitent are hopelessly and eternally lost.
We believe that the atonement through Jesus Christ is for the whole human race; and that whosoever repents and believes on the Lord Jesus Christ is justified and regenerated and saved from the dominion of sin.
We believe that believers are to be sanctified wholly, subsequent to regeneration, through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
We believe that the Holy Spirit bears witness to the new birth, and also to the entire sanctification of believers.
We believe that our Lord will return, the dead will be raised, and the final judgment will take place.
We hold two sacraments to be holy: Communion and Baptism.
Statement on Marriage:
We believe God ordained marriage as a way to reflect his relational love within the trinity. Marriage begins with a covenant before God, placing God at the center of the relationship. The church witnesses, affirms and celebrates the union of two individuals into one entity as, "Two become one." Godly marriage is at the center of a strong family and provides generational dedication to God's will.
Church of the Nazarene Statement on Same-Gender Marriage (as stated in the church Manual):
"The institution of marriage was ordained by God in the time of man's innocence, and is, according to apostolic authority, 'honorable in all;' it is the mutual union of one man and one woman for fellowship, helpfulness, and the propogation of our race" (Par. 30.0)
"They [ministers] shall only solemnize marriages of persons having the biblical basis for marriage. Biblical marriage only esists in a relationship involving one man and one woman (30-30.1, 32, 514.10, 536.16).
MFCN further restricts this to one natural gender man and one natural gender woman.