Mission + Beliefs 2016-10-24T09:41:46-07:00

Mission & Beliefs

Love God.
Live As A Family.
Go Make Disciples.

The Mission of Visalia Naz Church

Why We Exist

Love God.

Loving God begins with our recognition of our sin and Christ’s death on the cross that pays the penalty for our sin. We repent…ask God for forgiveness, turn from our sin, and commit to follow Jesus (Acts 2:36-38).  This realization is not only at the point when we first recognize our sin and submit our lives to God, but it is a daily submission of our will to God’s leading

To love God is to know God and to obey God. We study His message to us (the Bible), we talk with and listen to Him (in prayer), we seek to know His will for our lives and follow His lead.

Live As A Family.

We gather weekly to sing, pray, learn from God’s Word, and give of our time and treasure (Acts 2:42-47).  We are family; we are teammates; we are friends. That fact causes us to invest our time in serving, invest our finances in supporting, and be involved in the mission of God. We “get in the game!” The best way to do this is joining a Discipleship Group (Small Group) to connect, learn to serve, and grow in the knowledge of God and relationship with God.

Go Make Disciples.

We share our story and we share God’s story. We are intentional about living and speaking the truth. We partner with God and respond to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of people here and around the world (Acts 4:13).

God has blessed us to be a blessing. God asks us to share our faith, our time, our resources, and our lives with those who don’t yet know him. We are to be intentional about reaching out to and serving the lost. All of us are missionaries / ambassadors of God and His kingdom at all times.

What We Believe

The essentials we believe

We believe in one God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe in Jesus Christ that He died for our sins, rose again, and is coming to take us to heaven.
We believe that the Holy Spirit works the will of God in our lives.
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God. Inspired by God for our inspiration and instruction.
We believe that we are born with a sin nature and that we have need for God in our lives.
We believe that God has given us a choice in living a life of sin or trusting in Jesus. We believe that each person must turn away from his or her sins and trust Christ to change him or her.
We believe that when we turn and trust in Christ the old record of sin is wiped clean, that we are born anew, and that we become a part of the family of God. After being born anew, we need God’s Spirit in our hearts. When we make a complete commitment to Him, He cleanses our spirit, fills us with His perfect love, and gives us the power to live victoriously.
We believe the church is the community that confesses Jesus Christ as Lord. It is the covenant people of God, made new in Christ, and called together by the Holy Spirit through the Word.
We believe that everyone shall face the judgment of God with its rewards and punishments.
We believe that baptism is the outward symbol of the inner transformation, publicly demonstrating that we are a follower of Jesus Christ.
We believe the Lord’s Supper is the sacrament remembering Christ’s death for our sins. All who confess Jesus as Lord are welcome to participate.
We believe that God can heal. We pray for healing. We also believe that God can work through medical science.

What is the Nazarene Church?

Visalia Naz Church is a part of the Church of the Nazarene, a larger denomination of over one million members worldwide and missionaries in over 100 countries. Nazarenes believe that God calls Christians to a life of holy living that is marked by an act of God, cleansing the heart from original sin and filling the individual with love for God and humankind.

The Church of the Nazarene has nine undergraduate colleges in the United States and Canada (including Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego), in addition to a seminary and a bible college. Learn more at www.nazarene.org.