Our only credo ("I believe") is the Bible itself, which we consider "inspired" in the traditional sense from Genesis to Revelation. (2 Timothy 3:16) However, spoken or written understandings of the Scriptures are not inspired, so the Friends of the Nazarene are quite willing to adjust any current view as new research and findings direct under the guidance of the sacred Pneuma.
Friends of the Nazarene respect the views of others and agree with Erasmus (1520 AD): "If we want truth, every person ought to be free to speak what they think without fear." We feel this echoes the Nazarene:
"And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not." (John 12:47 KJV)
We feel strongly that mildness, respect, and graciousness ought to characterize the "defense" (apology) of our Hope. (1 Peter 3:15; Colossians 4:6)
Our "worship in spirit and truth" involves prayers, hymns, spiritual meditations, Biblical studies, evangelism, charity, feeding the lambs, and church ministries – thus proving ourselves to be "faithful stewards" caring for the Masters Household, as we await his Arrival or Parousia. (James 1:26, 27; John 4:23, 24; John 21:16; Matthew 25:45; Luke 12:35-48)
We are always open to communication and will entertain any questions put to us. We view all Christians as our brothers and wish that love taught by the Nazarene characterize our dealings with others. (John 13:35) It is important to all the Friends that they observe the commandments of the Nazarene. (John 15:14)
The Friends of the Nazarene produce and publish works on Biblical research and spiritual encouragement, drawing on many decades of sincere Bible study, as well as a library of many hundreds of volumes of Scriptural commentaries. A variety of Research Associates are adept and qualified in several areas of Biblical scholarship with scores of years of Christian experience from several backgrounds.
The Friends of the Nazarene have many publications including:
Biblical Articles, a collection of over 160 articles covering Christian doctrine, Prophecy, Church order, and other subjects.
Nazarene Principles 2000 which can be found on the publications page is a 190-page Bible study aid primer with 390 footnotes on the "first Principles of the Christ" (Hebrews 6.1 ASV) using the Lords Prayer as a format. It is used in personal study and devotional discussions. It is currently available by attachment or a URL link.
The Nazarene Apocalypse! a new translation of the Book of Revelation with running commentary in about 250 pages and 1,075 footnotes. It is available by download, but also fully readable on this web site.
Messianic Confessions - A Spiritual Odyssey of a Soul's Search for Truth – A 120-page autobiography of one mans escape after 43 years under sectarian control.
During the years 1997 through 2001, the Friends of the Nazarene published a monthly On-line Biblical Studies Magazine. All of our publications are free. There is no charge for any published manuscripts or research. A CD-ROM Nazarene Commentary will soon be available for a soon to be determined donation. The CD will contain over 1,600 pages/3,700 footnotes on major Biblical subjects including new translations with commentary of various books of the Christian Bible. Nazarene Commentary includes all the information on the Friends web page. Various tracts and booklets are being prepared for hard-copy publishing.
Some of our friends have written a testimony and made it available on this site.
Please feel free to contact us either by e-mail or regular mail:
|The Friends of the Nazarene|
c/o Shawn Mark Miller
Other contacts can be found here. We will answer any sincere question put to us.
Our very purpose is to assist all with a better Bible understanding and we will respond to any serious Bible question asked. We will respond as quickly as the press of work allows. The Lord bless you.
Receive that Love and Peace
taught by the Nazarene.