Maranatha Baptist Church
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Beliefs

We believe the Bible, consisting of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, to be the verbally inspired, inerrant, and only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
 
We believe that there is one triune God, as revealed in the Bible, eternally existent in the persons of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are one in essence, but distinct in person and function.  We believe that God is sovereign and that all that comes to pass does so at the decree of God. All things will, in the end, result in the glory of God.
 
We believe that man is the creation of God. We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam's sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and that man is radically depraved, and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. Man is spiritually dead and both unwilling and incapable of seeking God.   
 
We believe that salvation is of God. We believe that from eternity past, God joined a people to Jesus Christ and that in due time Christ redeemed them from their sins by dying in the place of His elect people. Only in the finished work of Christ’s death, burial and bodily resurrection is provision made for man’s complete forgiveness of sins and full acceptance by God. We believe that God, in sovereign grace and mercy, brings sinful men to life, not by any action of their own, but through the power of the Holy Spirit.  He grants to them the gifts of faith and repentance which they exercise in turning to God from their sins and by trusting in Christ. As a result of this faith, based upon the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ, God justifies or declares righteous the one who believes.  We believe that salvation is the gift of God’s free grace. 
  
We believe in the importance of the local church: that all believers should assemble and identify themselves in local churches; that a New Testament church is a local assembly of born-again, baptized believers united in a spiritual body to practice New Testament ordinances, to meet together for worship, prayer, fellowship, teaching and a united testimony, and to actively engage in continuing evangelism. 
 
We believe the ordinances given to the local church are two - baptism and the Lord's supper: that baptism is by immersion of believers, thus portraying the death, burial, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ; that the Lord's Supper is the partaking of the bread and cup by the believer as a continuing memorial of the broken body and shed blood of Christ.   
 
We believe in the perseverance of the saints.  All whom God has called and accepted in His Beloved and sanctified by His Spirit can neither totally nor finally fall from the state of grace, but shall persevere to the end and be eternally saved.
 
We believe in the bodily return of our Lord Jesus Christ and until His return, believers are to live lives that bring honor, praise and glory to God.   
  
 
(This Statement of Faith does not exhaust the content of our faith. The Bible itself is the sole and final source of
all that  we believe. We do believe, however, that it accurately represents the teaching of the Word of God.)