1. Gracious - Prevenient Grace (Holy Spirit drawing individuals to Christ), atoning, saving, sanctifying, perfecting, grace. We believe salvation is never to be attained, but obtained by grace alone.

  2. Salvation - We believe in full salvation from sin and restoration of Christlikeness.

  3. Radical Optimism - The Wesleyan doctrine of entire sanctification is radically more optimistic than scientific behaviorism, determinism, Freudian psychology, stimulus-response, and conditioning education—and much more optimistic than classic Protestantism. The optimism of Wesleyan-Holiness teaching is deliverance from all sin. They believe the Bible is serious when it says the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses from all sin and that the Holy Spirit purifies hearts by faith (1 Jn 1 and Acts 8).

  4. Ecumenical Spirit - John Wesley urged “Though we cannot think alike, may we not love alike? May we not be of one heart, though we are not of one opinion?”

  5. A Biblical Foundation - We believe the Bible is wide-scoped and tries to deal with the general tenor of Scripture and not “proof texts” collected to make a point.

  6. A Christ-centered Focus - Jesus Christ, the crucified, resurrected, redeemer is at the heart of Wesleyan spirituality. The Holy Spirit is commonly referred to as the Holy Spirit of Christ—the two are inseparable.

  7. A Synthetic Method - The Wesleyan spiritual journey is guided by revelation, reason, tradition, and experience (the Wesleyan Quadrilateral). Wesley’s Theological Method was synthetic. That is, he borrowed truth and insights wherever he might find them and braided them into a practical theology. Thus, it was non-sectarian in nature. He did not mind borrowing from the best thinkers of history whether they be Greek Fathers, English ethicists or German pietists.

  8. A Dynamic Character - Though the Bible is complete, the Holy Spirit of Christ continues to reveal insights to pastors, leaders and individual Christians about how and what to do in new life settings and situations. Further, the enemies of the Faith mount newly aimed opposition movements.

  9. Highly Values Spiritual Experience - In the Holiness churches the requirement for membership is not reciting the catechism, but testifying to an “experience” of conversion. We believe spirituality takes seriously the witness of assurance of the Spirit, God’s Spirit witnessing with our spirit that we are children of God.

  10.  Wesleyan-Holiness Spirituality Values Christian Ethics - The moral and ethical agenda appropriate for Christlike believers is highly regarded. Wesleyan spirituality is not designed for the hermit, the lonely acetic fighting evil spirits in the desert sun. Rather it is spirituality for the “crowded ways of life.” And how we conduct ourselves in community does affect others.

  11. Wesleyan Spiritual Theology Has a Magnetic Attraction to the Poor and Oppressed - Service to the poor, sick, and oppressed is as much a spiritual discipline as prayer.

  12. Mutual Guidance, Accountability, and Encouragement - Through Small Groups God has given us to each other to strengthen each other’s hands.|

  13. The Church as Community - The church is not isolated individual Christians, but the community of faith is the new temple of the Lord.

  14. Prayer, Meditation, and Devotional Reading - We promoted private and public prayer and prayer meetings.

  15. Christian Service Is an Essential Spiritual Discipline - John Wesley declared that true Christianity brought with it a “hungering and thirsting to do good of every possible kind.”

  16. Self-examination and Self-knowledge - These are important elements in Wesleyan : “Know your disease; know your cure”

  17. Self-surrender and Self-transcendence the Key to Holy Living - The secret to the holy life is self-surrender, always has been, always will be. We seek full-surrender, but not the destruction of the personality. God is not at war with our humanity. We surrender to His redeeming love; we do not try to give up being a self, a person.

  18. Pure Hearts, Attitudes, and Motives - John Wesley sought purity of intention, knowing that perfect performance was beyond all members of our fallen race. But the springs of the heart can be made pure and made to flow as a pure stream as far as intention, motive, and attitude are concerned.

  19. Detachment from the World - We worship, love, and serve not the created, but the Creator.

  20. Holiness, Christian Perfection as Love - Love is the essence of the holiness church. Not legalism or doctrinaire orthodoxy, but rather to love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength, and your neighbor as yourself is the path toward Christian perfection.

  21. We believe…

    • In one God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
    • That the Bible was given by divine inspiration and contains all truth necessary to faith and living. It is the only rule of faith and practice.
    • That man is born with a fallen nature and is, therefore, inclined to evil.
    • That the final unrepentant are helplessly and eternally lost.
    • That the atonement through Jesus Christ is for the whole human race, and that whosoever repents and believes in the Lord Jesus Christ will be saved from the dominion of sin.
    • That believers are to live a holy life through faith in Jesus Christ.

  22. Common Heritage

    As a part of the universal body of Christ, the Holiness Church of the Nazarene affirms both the Apostle's Creed and the Nicene Creed.