One Life Church mission
We are a faith family that exists to reach the world in Jesus’ name, connect people in loving relationship to God and each other, and help them grow towards spiritual maturity.
These are the beliefs Nazarenes hold to be true:
We believe in one God-the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe that the Old and New Testament Scriptures, given by plenary inspiration, contain all truth necessary to faith and Christian living.
We believe that man is born with a fallen nature, and is, therefore, inclined to evil, and that continually.
We believe that the finally impenitent are hopelessly and eternally lost.
We believe that the atonement through Jesus Christ is for the whole human race; and that whosoever repents and believes on the Lord Jesus Christ is justified and regenerated and saved from the dominion of sin.
We believe that believers are to be sanctified wholly, subsequent to regeneration, through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
We believe that the Holy Spirit bears witness to the new birth, and also to the entire sanctification of believers.
We believe that our Lord will return, the dead will be raised, and the final judgment will take place.
For more information on our beliefs, view our Articles of Faith.
In the fall of 2013, the leadership teams from Springfield Community Church of the Nazarene (formerly Crestview Church of the Nazarene) and Springfield First Church of the Nazarene (SFN Church), realized a shared vision of serving and bringing the hope of Jesus to Springfield and the surrounding communities. With a strong desire to build on the Church of the Nazarene’s rich history in Springfield dating back to 1927, a Partnership Team made up of representatives from each church worked together to explore what a Strategic Church Partnership could look like.
After much prayer, conversation and planning, in February of 2014 the Partnership Team made a recommendation to each board that the two churches become one. Following a unanimous vote among both church boards, both congregations overwhelmingly agreed that we are better together through a vote on March 9, 2014.
On April 1, 2014, One Life Church was born with the mission to reach the world in Jesus’ name, connect people in loving relationship to God and each other, and help them grow towards spiritual maturity.
One Life Church Values
- Inspirational Worship
- Integrated Community
- Intergenerational Discipleship
- Intentional Lay-Driven Ministry
- Incarnational Outreach
Inspirational Worship – We are ONE community marked by inspired worship. Our people are marked by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and His cleansing and empowering presence. As we gather in worship we are connected to the presence and leadership of the Holy Spirit through participation in prayer, praise, the sacraments and the proclamation of the Word. As we are connected to God through worship, believers are transformed into the likeness of Christ and unbelievers are brought to full salvation in Christ. The end result of our inspired worship is the exaltation of Jesus Christ, and the reorientation of our lives to God’s kingdom purposes. (Acts 2; Rom. 12:1-2)
Integrated Community – We are ONE community characterized by loving welcome, acceptance and inclusion of men and women, boys and girls from all socio-economic backgrounds, ethnicities, age groups and marital status (divorced | married | single). We believe our defining characteristic should be the same as the God we serve: holy love. In and through the community experienced in our local church, people are connected to Christ, to each other, to a ministry and to the mission of God, thereby exalting the name of Jesus Christ and fulfilling His purposes for our lives. (Galatians 3; Eph. 3; Eph. 4:1-6; Eph. 5; John 13; James 2; 1 John 4:7-21)
Intergenerational Discipleship – We are ONE community characterized by a commitment to value the perspectives and life experiences each generation brings to the process of discipleship. We are a community that is growing deeper in the knowledge and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ by connecting with God and each other in the context of Connect Groups and Sunday School. We are also growing through intentional connections between the generations in the various settings of our church, enabling all ages to value, respect, love and learn from one another. We believe intergenerational discipling will grow our church into an authentic representation of the Kingdom of God in the world. (Deut. 4:9; Deut. 6:4-9; 1 Peter 5:5-6; Titus 2:2-4)
Intentional Lay-Driven Ministry – We are ONE community that believes God has given every member of His family a significant gifting to build up the church and further His Kingdom mission to reach the world. We believe the role of our pastors is to help identify, train, and equip God’s people for service and connect them to a ministry in the local church and God’s mission in the world. We believe that there is no such thing as a “sitting saint;” everyone plays on God’s team. We believe that a lifestyle of servanthood is essential for developing in Christ-likeness. (Eph.2:10; Eph. 4:10-12; Romans 12:1-8; John 13:12-17)
Incarnational Outreach – We are ONE community that is passionate about reaching the least and the lost through creative and incarnational means. We are fishers of men and will follow Christ wherever He leads us in this regard. We believe that our call is to “go and be” the Church in the world, reaching people where they’re at and, by the power of the Holy Spirit, draw them into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ and an experience of His life-transforming grace. (Matthew 25:31-46; Micah 6:8; Luke 4:16-21; Matthew 28:18-20; 2 Cor. 5:16-21)