Culture & Values

bELONG

Jesus invited the disciples to follow Him in faith and community before He asked them to believe. Jesus understood the importance of belonging. CNaz is a community where everyone is welcome, so we invite you to come and be a part of the community here. We laugh, we cry, we argue, we encourage, and we love one another. We aren’t perfect, but we’re a great place to grow. No one should do life alone, come find where you belong.

BELIEVE

Jesus knocks at the door of our hearts and waits expectantly for us to answer and invite Him in. Our belief in Him and His teachings are our road map, not only to eternal life, but also to a life well lived. While believing is not a requirement for belonging to the community of our church, our desire is for you to come into a full understanding of who Jesus is, to have a life-altering, transformational encounter with Him, and to grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ.

BECOME

Jesus desires a deeper walk with each of us. Jeremiah 29:11 promises that God has plans for us - good plans that will give us hope and a thriving future. Yet in order for us to receive the very best that God has intended we must learn to lean into our faith and rely more fully on Him. This includes reading and studying His Word, spending time in prayer, and actively serving one another as we work out our faith. Our desire is for you to find that special place where you can become more like Jesus and the very best version of yourself, and we want you to be close enough to hear Him whisper as He calls you on to the future He has planned for you.

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Welcome to 2022, a new year of growing STRONGER TOGETHER at Carrollton Church of the Nazarene. We will be committing ourselves to praying with purpose, gathering together with expectation, asking God to fill us with His Holy Spirit, and proclaiming the Word of God with boldness so that others may know Him.

 

With the New Year, we all get a fresh start. My prayer is that our fresh start together will include intentional prayer and refreshing fire from the Holy Spirit. Scripture tells us that when we pray together with purpose God responds, and when we gather, He is there with us. What a beautiful reminder that God is present when we pray.

 

Acts tells us that the disciples gathered together and prayed so intently that the very building around them was shaken by the power of God. I want us to experience together what it means to pray with that kind of commitment and focus. After the disciples prayed, they were also filled with the Holy Spirit and gifted with a fresh boldness to proclaim the Word of God.  What a blessing we could be to our community if we had that same boldness!  Acts 4:31 says, “And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.”

 

I am praying that as we commit to growing STRONGER TOGETHER this year, God will pour out His Holy Spirit on you, bless your family, expand your opportunities, and give you a renewed boldness in your faith. Your testimony may be exactly what someone else needs to hear. I’m praying you will be able to share what God has done for you with power and passion in the days ahead. You are an important part of the ministry here and you make us all stronger through your prayers and presence.

Lord, help me to pray with fervor, consistency, and faith so that Your purpose and power may be known. Give me a sense of expectancy when I gather with other believers, recognizing You are with us, and we are stronger together. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and allow me to proclaim Your Word boldly so that others may know the truth and live.