Maranatha Church - Statement of Faith
We believe in One God, the Creator of all things seen and unseen, Who is revealed in three distinct Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
We believe that mankind, male and female, was created by God in His image as a holy race (Genesis 5:1-2). This race of mankind became corrupt when Adam (male and female) sinned against God by eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. From that day, they and their progeny became slaves to sin and under the bondage of death. Thus, man in his natural state is unholy, corrupt, subject to iniquity, without hope, and without God.
Inspiration of Scriptures
We believe that the Word of God, the Holy Bible, composed of the Old and New Testaments, is inspired by God and that holy men of God wrote it down as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. We believe that in its original, inspired form it is the inerrant written record of the truth. The Holy Bible is the final authority for our faith and practice.
We believe that the Son of God came down to earth to fulfill the desire of the Father in redeeming mankind. As the Scripture says, “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” John 1:14. “Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.” 1 Cor 15:3-4. “God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.” 1 Tim 3:16
The only salvation available to mankind from sin and death is to believe on Jesus Christ and thus accept His atoning sacrifice on the cross, His victory over death in resurrection, and His Lordship over our lives. This is done by confessing Him as Lord with our mouths while believing in our hearts that God has raised Him from the dead (Rom 10:9-10). Regeneration then comes to man by the Holy Spirit through the grace of God, not of works that none may boast before God.
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead who is active in the world today and indwells every born again believer. We believe that He empowers the saints to be witnesses of the resurrection of Jesus Christ through various spiritual gifts and we encourage their use in the lives of the believers and their expression in church meetings.
We believe that the same Jesus who was crucified, dead, buried, resurrected, and received into glory shall return to earth to retrieve His church, claim His bride, judge the world, and rule His kingdom. “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” Heb 13:8
We believe that even as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so shall we be raised to newness of life. When He returns for His church, the dead in Christ shall rise first and those that are alive and remain shall be changed and meet Him in the air. (1 Thes 4:13-18; 1 Cor 15:51-54)
We also believe that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust, that Christ may judge all and that at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow.
Heaven and Hell
We believe in a literal heaven and a literal hell. We believe that all those who have been saved by faith in Christ through obedience to blood atonement and have died in such a state have their spirits deposited with God in heaven awaiting the day of their bodily resurrection and that all those who have died unsaved are residing in hades or hell—a place of torment (Luke 16:20-25)—awaiting the resurrection of the unjust and their final judgment.
We believe that the church is the body of Christ. It consists of all those who have been born again in this age of grace and has both universal and local expressions.
We believe the minimum size for a local church or church meeting to be two people gathered together in the name of Christ (Matt 18:19-20).
We believe that Holy Communion and water baptism of the believer are ordinances of the church and should be practiced regularly.