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About Us

The Cambridge-Preston Church of the Nazarene was organized seventy-five years ago and is part of the denomination called the Church of the Nazarene

Our Identity - Who We Are

CHILDREN OF GOD

We are children of God who love and care for each other as a family.

We look to God as a Father who loves us unconditionally and to Jesus as our true older brother who gave up his life so we could now belong to God’s family. As brothers and sisters with each other we show love by meeting the needs of others in tangible ways. As God’s family He has called us to show the world what He is like by the way we live as a community.

(Genesis 12:1-3; John 1:12-13; Romans 12:10-16, Ephesians 1:5)

MESSENGERS OF GOD

We are messengers of God sent into the world to restore all things to Him.

We are sent to declare the unique message of Jesus that there is hope for our lives and hope for this world. God promises that all who believe in Jesus will experience forgiveness of sins and receive the promise of living in His restored new world. We look to declare the Christian hope wherever and whenever we are given the opportunity

(Matthew 28:18-20, John 20:21; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21)

SERVANTS OF GOD

We are servants of God who serve others as a way of life.

Jesus took the posture of a servant and he calls his followers to do the same. We exist to serve others by meeting physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. This means not only responding to needs as they are made known, but actively seeking out where there are needs in our community and meeting them with the resources God has given us.

(Matthew 20:25-28; Luke 22:27; 1 Peter 2:9)

FOLLOWERS OF GOD

We are followers of God who take responsibility for our own learning and the learning of others.

Jesus has called us to follow him, which means he is our leader. As followers, we willingly submit to leadership and to each other as we live out this mission together.

(Matthew 16:24-25; Ephesians 4:11-13, 2 Timothy 3:16)

Core Practices - How We Live

TRAINING

We engage in times of training and equipping to better live out God’s mission to restore the world. We learn and grow by experiencing God’s Story – the Bible - which God has called us to be active participants in it.

(Joshua 1:8; Acts 2:42; 2 Timothy 3:16-17)

LISTENING

We set aside regular times to listen to God as individuals and as a community for what He is calling us to do in our world. We actively listen to God in prayer, worship, Bible study, and everyday life.

(1 Samuel 3:9; John 10:27)

BLESSING

We look for opportunities to bless others through words, gifts, and actions. We believe God has called us to be a blessing to everyone, regardless of who they are, what they believe, or how they live.

(Genesis 12:1-3; Acts 4:32-34; Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 2:12)

EATING

We welcome people into our lives and homes for meals and conversation as a way of inviting them to experience the community of God. This includes welcoming those already participating in the church community, and those not yet participating.

(Acts 2:46-47; Romans 12:13)

CELEBRATING

We gather to celebrate God’s goodness and blessings in our lives. This includes Sunday worship services and other gatherings where we celebrate God’s goodness in the lives of others.

(Leviticus 23; Acts 2:42-47, Hebrews 10:24-25)

RESTING

We take time to rest, play, and enjoy recreational activity with each other on a regular basis. We enjoy God’s beauty and the beauty of His creation as a way of expressing worship to Him.

(Genesis 2:1-3; Exodus 20:8; Hebrews 4)

Looking for more?

If you are interested in further information about the Church of the Nazarene, please see the Church of the Nazarene Visitor Centre.Small Nazarene Dove

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Genesis 12:1-3

The Call of Abram
The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.

“I will make you into a great nation,
   and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
   and you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you,
   and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
   will be blessed through you.”

Genesis 12:1-3

The Call of Abram
The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.

“I will make you into a great nation,
   and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
   and you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you,
   and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
   will be blessed through you.”

John 1:12-13

Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

Romans 12:10-16

Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

Ephesians 1:5

He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will—

Matthew 28:18-20

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

John 20:21

Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”

2 Corinthians 5:17-21

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Matthew 20:25-28

Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Luke 22:27

For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.

1 Peter 2:9

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

Matthew 16:24-25

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.

Ephesians 4:11-13

So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

Joshua 1:8

Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

Acts 2:42

The Fellowship of the Believers
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

2 Timothy 3:16

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness

2 Timothy 3:16-17

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

1 Samuel 3:9

So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

John 10:27

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.

Acts 4:32-34

The Believers Share Their Possessions
All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales

Ephesians 2:10

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

1 Peter 2:12

Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.

Acts 2:46-47

Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

Romans 12:13

Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

Leviticus 23

The Appointed Festivals
The Lord said to Moses, 2 “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘These are my appointed festivals, the appointed festivals of the Lord, which you are to proclaim as sacred assemblies...
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Acts 2:42-47

The Fellowship of the Believers
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

Hebrews 10:24-25

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Genesis 2:1-3

Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.
By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

Exodus 20:8

“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.

Hebrews 4

Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. For we also have had the good news proclaimed to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because they did not share the faith of those who obeyed...
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