Statements of Faith
STATEMENTS OF FAITH
1. We Believe in the Trinity. God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are one God existing in three persons.
2. The Bible is our Authority. The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors under the divine inspiration of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian belief and living.
3. We believe in Jesus’ death and resurrection for our sins. ‘For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His Grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. ‘ Romans 3: 23-24
4. We encourage people to grow toward Christ likeness. We are called by Scripture and drawn by God’s love and grace to worship God and to love Him with our whole heart, soul, mind, and strength, and our neighbor as ourselves. We believe the Holy Spirit convicts, cleanses, fills, and empowers us as the grace of God transforms us day by day into His people of love and spiritual discipline.
5. Church is not optional. We believe that church is a necessary element in the life of any believer.
6. We believe God heals. We believe in divine healing and urge people to seek to offer the prayer of faith for the healing of the sick. Use of medication and doctors is seen as a providential means where God has given mankind wisdom in medical science.
7. We believe Christ is coming again. We believe that Christ will come again; that the dead will be raised first and that those who are alive at His return will be caught up in the air with the risen saints.
8. We believe in heaven and hell. We believe in resurrection of the dead for the bodies of the just and unjust. We believe in final judgment in which everyone will appear before God. We believe that eternal life is assured to all who are saved and obediently trusting in Christ. We believe that those who do not repent will suffer eternally in hell.
1. What is the meaning of baptism? It is a command from God. Jesus’ last words were to believe in Him and be baptized. Baptism is a one-time outward profession of the inward reality of faith in God through Jesus Christ.
2. When should I be baptized? As soon as you decide to receive Christ into your life, you can and should be baptized. If you wait until you have everything ‘all together’, you’ll never feel ‘good enough’.
THE LORD’S SUPPER
1. What is the Lord’s Supper (communion)? It is a Reminder. It is a Symbol. It is a Statement of Faith.
2. How do I prepare myself for communion? By self-examination (1 Corinthians 11: 27); confession (1 John 1: 9); recommitment (Romans 12: 1); renewing my relationship (Matthew 5: 23-24)
3. When and how often should we observe communion? We believe that the Lord’s Supper was instituted as a remembrance for all believers, not as a ritual. The first weekend each month we celebrate communion. We believe this keeps our observance fresh, yet is a monthly reminder using our sense of taste and smell, of the sacrifice that Christ made for us on the cross.
LIVING OUR BELIEFS
1. You should live to serve Christ anywhere and at all times. The Bible teaches that every Christian is called to Christian service, regardless of his or her vocation. We practice the truth that every believer is a minister by living as a follower of Christ. Every believer has direct access to God through prayer and the scripture.
2. You should live as a manager… not an owner of your time, talents and treasures. The Bible teaches us that we are His workmanship, created in Christ – we are His ‘poetry in motion’. As we are connected with God, it enables us to fulfill His purpose and will, not only for our lives, but for others as well. As a vessel for Him, we will be blessed through blessing others.
3. Your life and words should tell others about Christ. It is the responsibility of every Christian to share the Good News with those whom God allows us to contact daily.
4. You should live guided by the Holy Spirit and Word of God. It is imperative that Christians in our culture seek the aid of the Holy Spirit in cultivating sensitivity to evils of society.
What is a Nazarene?
WHAT IS A NAZARENE?
The History of the Christian Church has been marked by successive periods of renewal. During one of these periods in England, God inspired a young Church of England priest with a vision of his grace extended to all humankind. Rev. John Wesley began working with people from all walks of life and thus a spiritual renewal movement was formed. This movement began to spread rapidly throughout England paying no attention to social class or geographic barriers. As the movement made its way to the New World, the excitement and hope that developed for God’s love and grace took on many forms. A widespread holiness revival emerged not only in Methodism itself, but also among most Protestant denominations. Out of this revival, many “holiness associations” were formed. Out of this passion, the Church of the Nazarene was established in October 1908, in Pilot Point, Texas. The words themselves come from Jesus’ birthplace of Nazareth. Therefore, the Nazarene church is proclaiming that it is a denomination that believes in Jesus, “THE Nazarene.”
The Church of the Nazarene is the largest denomination in the Wesleyan holiness tradition. The doctrine that distinguishes the Church of the Nazarene and other Wesleyan denominations from some 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 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.
Nazarenes are a compassionate people who believe in serving others! This is expressed locally through the services of members to our communities. Contributions from Nazarenes make possible the administration of Nazarene Compassionate Ministries in the U.S. and around the world. This enables us to assist and provide support in times of strife, when communities face disaster or famine.
Nazarenes are located in over 170 world areas on 6 continents where we proclaim the transforming power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through a preaching, teaching, and healing ministry. The worldwide network of Nazarene churches makes it possible for the denomination to serve as a conduit of assistance to hurting nations. Nazarenes provide money for food, medical supplies, clothing, and other items to persons in a number of countries where there are pressing needs. In addition, the denomination’s missionary infrastructure is often used by World Relief and similar agencies when they need assistance in getting supplies to people of countries in remote or troubled areas.
Nazarenes also offer their time and services on volunteer Work and Witness and Youth In Mission teams to build churches, schools, clinics, and to reach others for Christ.
We gather together at the table of our Lord as a body, to remember His love and grace … and we administer the sacrament of Christian baptism, identifying those who have by faith accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, and now are part of the Body of Christ.
At the Heart of Nazarene congregations you will find an emphasis on the individual. It is here that we attempt to address educational needs, equip people for service and personal ministry, and engage our spiritual gifts and graces. Ministries are far and wide in that we try to listen to the needs of our local communities and partner with God and His plans to meet those needs.
Nazarenes are committed to higher education. Throughout the world the church currently sponsors 57 institutions of higher education including 11 liberal arts colleges, 2 graduate seminaries, 41 Bible colleges, 2 nursing schools, and a junior college. Numerous Theological Education by Extension Centers, and elementary and secondary schools also offer instruction at various levels.
To learn more about the church of the Nazarene, check out our denominational web site: http://www.nazarene.org
THE HISTORY OF THE BIRDSBORO CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE
The founding of the Birdsboro Church of the Nazarene began with the vision of five men: Reverend William Maurer, Jacob Houck, Walter Johnson, Samuel Johnson and Hunter March. These men felt the need of organizing a work dedicated to the task of preaching and teaching holiness. In 1934, they united under the name of the Birdsboro Camp Meeting Association. A short time later they changed their name to the Birdsboro Holiness Association.
In the summer of 1937 the Royersford Church of the Nazarene, under the leadership of Rev. James I. Beideman and the Association united to hold a camp meeting in Brook’s Grove, South Birdsboro. Rev. E.E. Grosse, the pastor of the Norristown Nazarene Church, and Rev. James I. Beideman, the pastor of the Royersford Nazarene Church, led this campaign where many were saved and sanctified. Prayer meetings were held in local homes under the guidance of Rev. Beideman. Many of those who were saved, joined the Twin Boro Church of the Nazarene. In August of 1937, the Birdsboro Holiness Association purchased the Orpheus Band Hall in South Birdsboro for a place to worship.
Under the supervision of Rev. James I. Beideman, renovation work began on the Band Hall to be made into a church building on January 1,1938. Men gathered in the evenings and worked until midnight four days a week. The building was ready for its first service on Sunday March 3rd.
That first Sunday service on March 3, 1938 was significant as the First Church of the Nazarene of Birdsboro was organized by the Reverend D.E. Higgs, District Superintendent of the Washington-Philadelphia District Church of the Nazarene. The church began with forty charter members.
A mortgage burning service took place on March 30, 1947 with Rev. Ketner as the special speaker and the Rev. Jerold K. Jones as the pastor in charge, which added to the 9th anniversary celebration of the church. These steps helped to pave the way for the church’s next endeavor of the construction of a church parsonage at 220 Hopewell Street. In 1950, under the supervision of Mr. Oliver Maurer and Senior Pastor Rev. Jerold Jones, the church parsonage was started and completed with the majority of the work done by men of the church who put in many long hours after working at their own place of employment. During that same year, Rev. Robert O. Parry was the first pastor to move into this parsonage.
In 1958 the lot on which the current church building stands was purchased. It provides a wonderful location for our church here in Birdsboro. Rev. Fred M. Henck was the pastor at the time of the purchase. Plans were made, money was raised through a building fund campaign and the blueprints were drawn up for the construction of a new church building. A ground breaking service took place in July of 1962 with District Superintendent William Allshouse as the guest speaker. Rev. Richard W. Jarvis became the pastor at Birdsboro Nazarene that same month. Under his leadership the excavation and construction for the new church building began. The building project took place during one the coldest recorded winters in Birdsboro’s history. In May 1963 the roof was finally place on the building and after hours of donated labor and sacrificial giving, a completed church was dedicated on September 8,1963.
Rev. John Buchko, Rev. John C. Slyter and Rev. Philip R. Doyle provided fine senior pastoral leadership at Birdsboro from the years 1967 to 1978. In May 1978, Rev. Dennis Boel came to serve as senior pastor. Shortly thereafter, the 718 East 3rd Street parsonage was purchased and 220 Hopewell Street parsonage was sold. In the following years, Pastor Boel and church leadership sought after God’s direction, considered the needs of the church body, established goals and evaluated ministry, leading them to the realization that additional facilities were needed for the mission of God to be carried out to the community of Birdsboro. Church leadership met several times with Cogun Industries, an organization specializing in preliminary planning and actual construction of church facilities, and after several drawings were considered the ground breaking for the expanded facilities took place July 10,1988. The construction would include educational rooms, office complex, enlarged narthex, fellowship hall and kitchen and construction would commence on October 17,1988. On Sunday November 5, 1988 in a special afternoon service the expanded church facilities were dedicated to the Lord.
After 31 years ministering to the Birdsboro community, Reverend Dennis Boel retired from pastoral ministry in the spring of 2009. The search for a new pastor commenced and Rev. Don Allison served as the interim senior pastor for the summer and fall months. On November 1,2009, Rev. William Foss was installed as 14th senior pastor and faithfully served this community until May 2018. On December 12, 2018, Rev. Hassell Scott Campbell was installed as the 15th senior pastor and is currently serving this community with passion and vigor. Birdsboro Church of the Nazarene has experienced a great deal of change since its days at the Orpheus Band Hall to our current building on 715 E. Third Street, but one thing has remained the same, the faithfulness of God to sustain His people here at Birdsboro.