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What is the Church of the Nazarene?
1.      Nazarene
Matthew 2:21-23 (NLT)
So Joseph got up and returned to the land of Israel with Jesus and his mother. But when he learned that the new ruler of Judea was Herod’s son Archelaus, he was afraid to go there. Then, after being warned in a dream, he left for the region of Galilee. So the family went and lived in a town called Nazareth. This fulfilled what the prophets had said: “He will be called a Nazarene.”

            Jesus is the Nazarene.
2.      Church
1 Peter 2:9-10 (MSG)
But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God's instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.

           Church refers to those called out and together by God.

3               3.    Church of the Nazarene means People called by Jesus.



The Church of the Nazarene is 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 the 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, an 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.
 http://nazarene.org/nazarene-at-a-glance

Denomination shouts “Exclusive.”
 Denomination in the minds of many people is identified with positions that stink of judgmentalism, out of touch with reality, insensitive, and boring; if they ever think about such things, to begin with. For me, denominations identify a particular theological heritage, “God ideas,” that was never meant to be divisive. Non-Denominational is just a theological heritage that tries to hide its roots. All faith communities have roots. The Holy Spirit wants to help us graph good things into those roots rectifying the sins of our fathers.

Dr. H. Ray Dunning said, "Denominations are a compromise with the devil."

By being truly like Christ we can graph in good things and bridge the widening gap between these negative stereotypes and the Kingdom of God. The word Christian can be understood to mean “little Christ.” The mission of the “people called by Jesus,” “the church,” is to engage a deeply fallen world and call it back to God through love.