Maranatha Baptist Church is an independent local congregation committed to historic Christianity; and, in particular, historic Baptist principles. This page is provided to list our basic doctrinal position. Its purpose is not to provide a comprehensive embodiment of our doctrine but rather a broad outline so that you can know what to expect at Maranatha Baptist Church.
What We Believe
Reading Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers makes it abundantly clear that God is detail oriented and that he does not expect his children to worship him in a general way. Jesus Christ came to fulfill the Old Testament, not overthrow it, and God didn’t suddenly become a generalist in the New Testament. In short, we believe that doctrine matters to God and that it is dangerously presumptuous to count doctrine to be of little value.
Does this mean that we believe we are better than our neighbors or that we despise those who don’t believe as we do? Absolutely not! We believe that it is possible, in fact, required, that we contend for the faith (Jude 3) without being contentious. What it does mean is that we have resolved, as a unified body of believers, to study to show ourselves approved (II Timothy 2:15) and not to sacrifice our convictions for the sake of convenience, earthly prosperity, or popularity. Furthermore, we believe that it is the responsibility of every believer to know not only what he or she believes but to understand why they believe it. “Because the preacher said so,” is never the right answer!
We Believe in the infallible, verbal inspiration of the whole Bible and that the Bible is the all-sufficient rule of faith and practice. That we have such in the King James version of the Bible.
We Believe in the personal triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, equal in divine perfection.
We Believe in the Genesis account of creation.
We Believe that Satan is a fallen angel, the archenemy of God and man, the unholy god of this world, and that his destiny is the eternal lake of fire.
We Believe in the virgin birth and sinless humanity of Jesus Christ. We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ. We believe the Holy Spirit is the divine Administrator for Jesus Christ in His churches. We believe that the suffering and death of Jesus Christ was substitutionary for all mankind and is efficacious only to those who believe.
We Believe in the bodily resurrection and ascension of Christ and the bodily resurrection of His saints. We believe in the pre-millennial, personal, bodily return of Christ as the crowning event of the gentile age. This event will include the resurrection of the righteous to eternal heaven, and the millennium will be followed by the resurrection of the unrighteous unto eternal punishment in the lake of fire and that the righteous shall enter into the heaven age.
We Believe that miraculous spiritual manifestation gifts were done away when the Bible was completed. Faith, hope and love are the vital abiding spiritual gifts.
We Believe that man was created in the image of God and lived in innocence until he fell by voluntary transgression from his sinless state, the result being that all mankind are sinners.
We Believe that the depraved sinner is saved wholly by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, and the requisites to regeneration are repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and that the Holy Spirit convicts sinners, regenerates, seals, secures, and indwells every believer. We believe that all who trust Jesus Christ for salvation are eternally secure in Him and shall not perish.
We Believe that Jesus Christ established His church during His ministry on earth and that it is always a local, visible assembly of scripturally baptized believers in covenant relationship to carry out the Commission of the Lord Jesus Christ, and each church is an independent, self-governing body, and no other ecclesiastical body may exercise authority over it. We believe that Jesus Christ gave the Great Commission to the New Testament churches only, and that He promised the perpetuity of His churches. We believe that there are two pictorial ordinances in the Lord’s churches: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Scriptural baptism is the immersion of penitent believers in water, administered by the authority of a New Testament church in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Lord’s Supper is a memorial ordinance, restricted to those persons who have been saved by trusting in the finished work of Christ and who are of like faith with Maranatha Baptist Church. We believe that there are two divinely appointed offices in a church, pastors and deacons, to be filled by men whose qualifications are set forth in Titus and I Timothy.
We Believe in freedom of worship without interference from the government and affirm our belief in civil obedience, unless the laws and regulations of civil government run contrary to the Holy Scriptures.
This doctrinal statement does not exhaust the extent of our faith. The Bible itself is the sole and final source of all that we believe.