WE LOVE SEEKERS BECAUSE WE ARE ALL SEEKERS!
A seeker is someone on a spiritual journey – someone looking for truth. Seekers may be checking out the claims of Christianity or exploring the community of faith. They may be trying to discover if the faith they’ve been taught can stand up to scrutiny. They may be looking for answers to a variety of questions.
We are all seekers and we are all at different points on our spiritual journeys. Wherever you are on your journey, we want you to feel “at home” here. Perhaps you’re just trying to figure out if you believe in God. Perhaps you’ve been walking with a strong sense of God’s presence for a long time. Perhaps you’re somewhere in between those two points. The important thing to remember is that we need to take this journey together.
NAZA – WHAT? NAZARENE!
Our name is taken from a term that was used in the first century to describe Jesus and his followers. And it wasn’t a compliment! The town of Nazareth, Jesus’ hometown, would probably be called “Hicksville” today. It wasn’t impressive. So the term “Nazarene” was used to describe people who were pretty ordinary. They weren’t the powerful, the elite, or the glamorous. When the rulers talked about those “Nazarenes,” they said it with sneers on their faces. Or, as one New Testament figure put it, “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” (John 1:46).
So when we call him “the Nazarene,” we’re reminding ourselves that Jesus isn’t for a select group of people. He’s for everyone who seeks him – rich or poor, educated or uneducated, healthy or sick, powerful or powerless. That’s why we try to be the Church of the Nazarene, because “the Nazarene” came for people like you – people like us – people who seek.
Our mission is simple. JaxNaz exists to make "More and Better Disciples" of Jesus Christ, because we believe everyone ought to know Jesus and those who know Him ought to know Him better.
Jesus said, “Go and make disciples…” (Matthew 28:19). This is our "Great Cause." It is our job and privilege to introduce others to Jesus Christ.
As followers of Christ, we are called to show "Great Compassion" to those who struggle and are in need spiritually, emotionally and materially. We consider showing compassion to those in unfortunate circumstances the same as showing compassion to Christ himself. In Matthew 25:40 Jesus said, “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
As the Body of Christ we are called to take care of those within our church body, treating each other as sisters and brothers, thus building a "Great Community." 1 Corinthians 12:27 says, “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” It is through this Great Community that we strive to fulfill our Great Cause with Great Compassion.
The first thing the Bible teaches us about ourselves is that we are created in the image of God - the imago dei. We are all image bearers. So JaxNaz's values begin with that beginning. We believe in the dignity of every man, woman and child. We strive to accept that dignity in ourselves and show it to others. That beginning leads us to the ethic of Jesus - love. Love for God, love for one another, love for our enemies. We believe each person has a purpose.
Each one of us must find our purpose. As we discover the gifts, talents and passions that God has given us, we discover our purpose. And our purpose will always extend beyond ourselves. We are gifted in order to give. We give our time, talents, gifts and resources to the work of Christ through this local church as we, together, strive to be agents of grace to our world.