First Church is a local congreation of the global Church of the Nazarene. To find out more about who the Church of the Nazarene please visit their website or send us a note with your question and we would be happy to answer your specific question.
Here are the basics of who we are and what we believe.
Who We Are
We are a Protestant church in the Wesleyan-Armenian Tradition.
Our close brothers and sisters would be found in the Free Methodist and Wesleyan Churches.
What We Believe
Our beliefs are simple, based upon the word of God, and can be summed up in three areas:
We Are a Christian People
We are united with all believers in proclaiming the Lordship of Jesus Christ. We believe that in divine love, God offers to all people forgiveness of sins and restored relationship. We are also reconciled to one another, loving each other as God has loved us, forgiving each other as we have been forgiven by God. We believe that our life together is to exemplify the character of Christ. We look to Scripture as the primary source of spiritual truth confirmed by reason, tradition, and experience.
We Are a Holiness People
We are called by Scripture and drawn by grace to worship God and to love Him with our whole heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. To this end we commit ourselves fully and completely to God. We believe that the Holy Spirit convicts, cleanses, fills, and empowers us as the grace of God transforms us day by day into a people of love and spiritual discipline, compassion and justice, and ethical and moral purity. It is the work of the Holy Spirit that restores us to the image of God and produces in us the character of Christ. Holiness in the life of believers is most clearly understood as Christ-likeness.
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 (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 men and women for Christian service through Christian higher education.
For more information read our 16 Articles of Faith.