There are varying stories of how the city of Boise was named. The most well-known story is from the account of Captain Bonneville, who trekked for weeks through the desert wilderness terrain in the east. When his exploration party reached an overlook (Bonneville Point), they looked out and saw the Boise River Valley. A French speaking guide, overwhelmed by the sight of the verdant river, yelled, “Les Bois! Les Bois!” Which means “The Woods! The Woods!” Later this area was given the geographic distinction by trappers as “La riviére boisée,” which means “the wooded river.” Set in a high desert area, the tree-lined valley of the Boise River became a distinct landmark for travelers and explorers—an oasis dominated by trees. The government established Fort Boise, which became an official city in 1863, just 40 years prior to the birth of the Church of the Nazarene in Idaho. The settling pioneers of the city, wanting to provide even more “shade in the desert” and improve the appearance of the valley, planted many trees throughout Boise, living up to the moniker: “The City of Trees.” In 1903, our church was “planted” in the city, becoming the first Church of the Nazarene in the state of Idaho, and would go on to provide a new kind of oasis for the Valley. Today, our church continues to be a longstanding “tree” in the valley, planted 116 years ago. We have sought to provide an oasis for travelers and explorers journeying through the most treacherous of terrain in their lives. We share a hope in Christ that can provide shade at just the right time in a person’s life. People from all over the Valley have settled into the family of our church and are pioneering a new life rooted in God, growing in passion, and reaching into the community. Tree City Church of the Nazarene is proud to continue serving the Boise Valley for years to come.
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. He lived a sinless, human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven and will return again someday to earth to reign forever.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit is God’s presence in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit lives within every Christian from the moment of salvation giving them power for understanding spiritual truth and living in the ways of God.
The Bible is the revelation of God’s word to us. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit and is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living.
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like God in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Every person has tremendous potential for good, yet sin has disconnected our relationship with God. Sin separates people from God and causes many problems in life.
Salvation is God’s free gift to us and connects our relationship with God, but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from the penalty of sin. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment a person receives Jesus and believes in Him.
Sanctification is the setting apart or the new identity we have through faith in Jesus Christ. We believe the Holy Spirit can spiritually transform people from being spiritually dead to becoming spiritually alive. Through the Holy Spirit a persons heart can be cleansed from sin and brought to a state of complete and on-purpose devotion to God.
God created people to exist forever. We will either exit eternally disconnected from God by sin, or eternally connected with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally disconnected from God is eternal death. To be eternally connected with God is eternal life. We believe each person will one day appear before God to give an account.
Tree City Church is a part of the Church of the Nazarene. Click Here to read more about the Church of the Nazarene.
"To those who welcome and believe Jesus, He gives the power to become children of God." John 1:12
"That's what baptism into the life of Jesus means. When we are lowered into the water, it is like the burial of Jesus; when we are raised up out of the water, it is like the resurrection of Jesus." Romans 6:4
"Anyone united with Christ gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; look, a new life begins!" 2 Corinthians 5:17
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