Denomination

The Church of the Nazarene is a protestant denomination, founded in 1908, that believes strongly in missions and living holy lives.

Denomination

South Bend First Church is a fully organized church within the Nazarene denomination, the largest denomination in the classical Wesleyan-Holiness tradition.

The doctrine that distinguishes the Church of the Nazarene and other Wesleyan denominations from most other Christian denominations is that of entire sanctification. 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.

This experience is marked by entire consecration of the believer to do God’s will and is followed by a life of seeking to serve God through service to others. Like salvation, entire sanctification is an act of God’s grace, not of works. Our pursuant service to God is an act of love whereby we show our appreciation for the grace that has been extended to us through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Please visit the links below to learn more about the Nazarene denomination:

About the Church of the Nazarene          

Denomination’s Website          

Northwest Indiana District Website

Holiness Today

Global Mission

Nazarene News

Articles of Faith

Nazarene Manual (PDF)

Nazarene Questions