Who we are
Odessa First Church of the Nazarene has been serving the community of Odessa, TX since 1946. Our roots are founded in the Protestant tradition, even people with Catholic or no church background will find they enjoy the style of Odessa First. Our beliefs find their origins in 18th century reformer, John Wesley, who believed in both the transformation of one's heart through the Holy Spirit and serving broken, hurting, and outcast people in our world.
We believe that Christian Spirituality is not just for when we die but has a profound effect on the world in which we live. We believe that Jesus came not just for the transformation of individuals but to abolish oppressive systems which exist in the world around us.
We believe that everyone has an inherent sin problem which interrupts our relationship with God and people and interferes with what God wants to do in the world. Through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ we can come to know and experience God and become a part of his reconciling plan for the world. In order to be part of his agenda, we must renounce our sin, invite him into our lives, and strive to follow him obediently in accordance with the Bible and the Holy Spirit.
We are not a fundamentalist church in either our beliefs or culture. We believe in non-literal ways of interpreting parts of the Bible, open and civil dialogue, the empowerment and ordination of women, a non-deterministic view of the end of the world (eschatology), our responsibility to care for God's creation, and the belief that the primary characteristic of God is love.
Our purpose is to WORSHIP God, LOVE People, and SERVE the world.