Chicago Northside Church of the Nazarene is part of the largest denomination in the classical Wesleyan-Holiness tradition. The doctrine that distinguishes us and other Wesleyan denominations is that of entire sanctification. We believe that God calls Christians to life 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 and is evidenced by a life seeking to serve God through service to others. Like salvation, entire sanctification is an act of God’s grace, not of works.
We are a Christian People
As member of the Church Universal, we join with all true believers in proclaiming the Lordship of Jesus Christ and in affirming the historic Trinitarian creeds and beliefs of the Christian faith. We value our Wesleyan-Holiness heritage and believe it to be a way of understanding the faith that is true to scripture, reason, tradition, and experience.
We are a Holiness People
God, who is holy, calls us to a life of holiness. We believe that the Holy Spirit seeks to do in us a second work of grace, call by various terms including “entire sanctification” and “baptism with the Holy Spirit” – cleansing us from all sin, renewing us in the image of God, empowering us to love God with our whole heart, soul, mind, and strength, and our neighbor as ourselves, and producing in us the character of Christ. Holiness is the life of believers is most clearly understood as Christlikeness.
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 Jesus Christ and participating with God in the building of the Church and the extension of His kingdom (Matthew 28:19-20; 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 women and men for Christian service through Christian higher education.
— excerpts from Nazarene Core Values