STATEMENT OF BELIEFS


1.       God
God is one and is the only true God and Father of all, eternal, immutable, omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent.  God is love and infinite goodness and is creator of and sustainer of the universe and the source of man's salvation.

(Deuteronomy 6:4, Mark 12:29, I Corinthians 8:6, Ephesians 4:6, I Timothy 1:17, I John 4:8, I John 5:20)

2.      Jesus Christ
Jesus was the promised Messiah and fulfilled all of the prophecies of His first coming to earth.  Jesus was the Word, Logos or spokesman through whom and for whom all things were created.  He was God manifest in the flesh to be sacrificed to pay for all of the sins of mankind.  He was begotten of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin named Mary.  During His life on earth, Jesus was fully man and fully God, worthy of honour and reverence and the prophesied Messiah and Saviour of man.  He died to pay the penalty for our sins, was raised from the dead and ascended through the heavens to sit on the right hand of God.

(Isaiah 9:6, Matthew 1:20, John 1:1, John 3:16, I Corinthians 15:3-4, Colossians 1:16, I Timothy 3:16, Hebrews 7:25, Revelation 19:16)

3.      Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the Comforter promised by Jesus Christ, sent from God to the Church on the Day of Pentecost.  The Holy Spirit is the power of God that transforms repentant persons who have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal saviour.  It is the power of God that enables a Christian to obey the Word of God.  The Holy Spirit is the source of inspiration and prophecy

(John 14:16 & 16:13, Acts 2:4, 17-19, 38, Titus 3:5)

4.      Scriptures
The Holy Scriptures commonly called the Old and New Testaments comprise the Christian Bible as canonized by the Elders and by the Apostle John and is the inspired Word of God, the foundation of truth and the accurate record of God's revelation to mankind.  The Holy Scriptures constitute ultimate authority in all matters of doctrine and embody the infallible principles that govern all facets of Christian living and that are able to make us wise unto salvation.

(John 17:17, II Timothy 3:15-17, II Peter 1:20-21)

5.      The Ten Commandments
The Ten Commandments, given in codified form at Sinai and later magnified by Jesus Christ to include the spiritual application, are the basic laws which ensure a harmonious relationship between God and man and between mankind.  The Ten Commandments teach us how to love God and how to love man.

(Exodus 20:1, Matthew 19:16-19 & 22:37-40, Romans 13:8-10, Hebrews 8:10 & 10:16)

6.      Sin
Sin is the breaking of the law as given by God to man and magnified by Jesus Christ.  Breaking the least of the Ten Commandments makes one guilty of breaking all.

(Matthew 5:21-22, 27-28, James 2:10, 1 John 3:4)

7.      Repentance and Conversion
Repentance is a change of mind and attitude toward God and His laws.  It follows conviction by the Holy Spirit through a study of and an understanding of the word of God.  Repentance not only entails an awareness of personal sins or disobedience to God and His laws but is a realization that we are evil and there is no good in us.  It is a realization of what we are, a true heartfelt remorse and a resolve to obey God in all He says.

Repentance toward God results in a change of thought, behaviour and direction of life, wherein a person resolutely turns to God and purposes to forsake all sin and walk in all God's commandments.

Conversion is submission to Jesus Christ and following the lead of the Holy Spirit.  Conversion is the work God is doing in us through the power of His Holy Spirit.

(Matthew 3:8 & 18:3, John 3:3-6, Acts 2:38, 3:19, Romans 2:4 & 12:2, II Corinthians 7:9-11, Philippians 1:6, Colossians 3: 1-17, II Timothy 2:25, Jude 24)

8.     Baptism
Baptism is by complete immersion in water which demonstrates a believer's repentance and acceptance of Jesus Christ as personal saviour.  Baptism signifies a commitment to a new way of life governed by the spiritual laws of God, the example of Jesus Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.  A believer is not baptized into any church or other organization of man but into the Church of God.

(Matthew 3:16, Mark 16:16, Romans 6:4-5, Galatians 3:27)

9.    Grace
Grace is the free, unmerited favour God bestows on a sinner who repents and turns to a life of reliance on Jesus Christ and the lead of the Holy Spirit.  By grace, man comes to know God, is justified and is saved.  Through faith, the Christian remains always under grace.

(Romans 3:24, 5:2, 15-17, 21, Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 3:7)

10.    Salvation
Salvation is deliverance from the bondage of sin and from the ultimate penalty of sin, death.  It is the gift of God, by grace through faith in Jesus Christ not earned by personal merit or good works. Through our acceptance of the selfless and completely voluntary sacrifice of Jesus Christ on our behalf, God offers eternal life in the Kingdom of God.

(Romans 6:18, 22-23 & 8:21-23, Ephesians 2:8-9, I Peter 1:4)

11.     Man
Man was created mortal by God in the image of God.  God formed him of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, endowing him with mental and spiritual faculties. He was given dominion over all the earth with the freedom to choose to obey or disobey his Creator.  Because he chose sin, or disobedience, man was alienated from God and can be reconciled only through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.  Man's destiny is to inherit eternal life in the kingdom of God.

(Genesis 1:26-28, 2:7, 16-17, 3:1-13, Psalms 8:4-8, Romans 5:8-21, Hebrews 2:6-8)

12.    Angels
Angels are created spirit beings endowed with free will.  Angels serve God as messengers and agents, are appointed to minister to those who have salvation and will accompany Christ at His return. Angels who disobeyed God are called demons.

(Matthew 25:31, Hebrews 1:14, Revelation 1:1, 22:6

13.    Satan
Satan, originally called Lucifer or “light bringer”, is an angel who disobeyed God and who now leads the demons in the spirit realm.  He is referred to in the Bible in various ways including the devil, adversary, evil one, murderer, liar, thief, tempter, accuser of the brethren, prince of demons, prince of the power of the air and god of this world.  He is in constant rebellion against God. Through his influence, Satan generates discord, deception and disobedience among human beings.  His dominion and influence as god of this world will cease at the return of Jesus Christ.

(Genesis 3:1-5, John 8:44, Romans 5:12-21, II Corinthians 4:4, I Peter 5:8, Revelation 12:9-10, & 20:1-3)

14.   The Church
The Church is the collective body of believers who are called by God and in whom the Holy Spirit abides.  The Church began on the Day of Pentecost, was commissioned to preach the gospel, to teach all that Christ has commanded, to baptize and to nurture the flock.  In fulfilling its mission, the Church looks continually to Jesus Christ, the living head of the Church.  He leads the Church in obedience to the will of God as revealed by the Holy Spirit in the Scriptures.

(Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 2:1-47, Romans 8:9, I Corinthians 12:13, Ephesians 1:22, Colossians 1:18)

15.   Christians
Christians are persons who have repented of their sins, accepted the shed blood of Jesus Christ on their behalf and in whom the Holy Spirit of God abides.

(Matthew 22:37-39, John 13:35, Romans 8:9, Ephesians 1:22 & 4:11-15, Colossians 1:18, I Peter 2:21, I John 2:4-6)

16     The Gospel
The gospel is the good news of the Kingdom of God, contained in the scriptures and preached by Jesus Christ and the Apostles.  It is the good news of what God has done and will do through Christ and is the central message of the Law, Prophets, Writings and the Later Writings commonly called the Old and New Testaments.

(Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 1:14-15, Luke 24:46-48, Acts 8:12 & 28:30-31)

17.    Prophecy
Prophecy is the divine revelation of God's will and purpose for mankind. In prophecy God reveals Himself as the one who is sovereign, controls the course of history and reminds man that God is judge of all and that His judgment is surely coming.  Prophecy assures man of God's love, mercy and faithfulness and motivates the believer to live a godly life in Jesus Christ.  God says He will do nothing without first revealing it to His Church.

(Isaiah 46:9-11, Daniel 4:17, Amos 3:7, II Peter 3:14, Jude 14-15)

18.    The Christian’s Future
The future or inheritance of Christians is eternal life in the kingdom of God.  This inheritance is reserved with God and will be bestowed at the return of Christ as King of kings and Lord of lords.  Resurrected Christians fully born of the spirit as brothers and sisters of Jesus will then assist Him in ruling the nations.

(Daniel 7:27, Romans 8:16-19, I Peter 1:3-5, I John 2:25, Revelation 5:10)

19.    Unrepentant Sinners
Unrepentant sinners are those individuals who commit the unpardonable sin after coming to a full knowledge of God, and His laws and will for mankind, by deliberately and ultimately rejecting Him.  Their fate is to forfeit eternal life, which is referred to in the scriptures as the second death.

(Matthew 10:28 & 25:41, Revelation 20:14-15)

20.    The Kingdom of God
The kingdom of God in the broadest sense is God's supreme sovereignty over all things including, but not limited to, the universe and all aspects of creation.  God reigns in the Church and in the life of all who are submissive to His will.  The kingdom of God will be established over the whole world after the return of Jesus Christ and of its increase there will be no end.

(Daniel 2:44, Mark 1:14-15, Luke 17:20-21, I Corinthians 15:24-28, Revelation 11:15, 21:3, 22-27 & 22:1-5)

21.    The Holy Days
The Biblical Holy Days are a shadow of things to come and a picture of God’s wonderful plan for the salvation for all mankind.  The Maranatha Church of God believes that these days are a gift from God, were observed by Jesus Christ, were continued to be observed by the Apostles and the first century church after Christ’s ascension and are a blessing to all who avail themselves of the opportunity to worship God on His Feast Days.

(Leviticus 16:31, 23:24-39, Isaiah 58:13-14, John 7:37, Colossians 2:16-17)

22.    Offerings

The Church is supported by the free will offerings of the members, which is presently the biblical system of giving to the Church Of God.

(Mark 12:41-44, Acts 4:32-35)

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Maranatha Church of God
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