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Who We Are
OUR NAME – MARANATHA CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH - REFLECTS OUR IDENTITY
Maranatha means “Come, Lord Jesus!” We are a community of people who believe that Jesus has already come to give us friendship with God through his ministry, teaching, death, and resurrection. And we trust that Jesus will come again to make that friendship complete.
Christian means we believe that the man Jesus who lived in Judea about 2,000 years ago is the Christ, that is, the divine Son of God who was born as a human being to fulfil God’s plan to save us and our world from the sin that has brought such ruin to all creation and society.
Reformed means, historically, that our beginnings are rooted in the 16th century European Protestant Reformation. Church leaders such as Martin Luther, John Calvin and John Knox began this movement which taught that the Bible alone was God’s authoritative Word to us, and that we are saved only by God’s unconditional grace. Practically, being Reformed means God’s Spirit is always at work in us to transform us more into the image and character of Jesus, and that we are called to be agents of redeeming change in our world.
Church means we are a community of people called by God - a family – who share a common Christian faith. We seek to celebrate God’s love expressed in Jesus, follow God’s way in our lives, and bring the Good News of God’s saving love to our neighbors locally and globally.
“By grace Jesus saves and calls us to grow as His faithful followers, to love and serve others according to His Word, the Bible.”
We embrace the following main Biblical tenets of living our faith out in the world:
- God Rules: We believe that God governs the world and directs the course of history according to his sovereign will. Jesus, the risen and ascended Lord, now rules our world. (Philippians 2.11; Ephesians 1.20-21)
- The Kingdom: We believe that the kingdom of God - his rule of justice and mercy - is present in the world now and in time will come in all fullness. (Mark 1.14-15; Matthew 25.31-46; John 3.1-8)
- Stewardship: We have been created in God’s image, and are called to care for the earth. Using our talents and acquired knowledge, we manage the resources entrusted to us in a way that proclaims the presence of God’s rule. (Genesis 1.27, 28; Psalm 8.5, 6; Matthew 25.14-30)
- Work as Vocation: We believe that all legitimate forms of work are a divine calling or vocation; through our daily production in both goods and services we serve the Lord and bear witness to the presence of his kingdom. (Colossians 3.23,24; Ephesians 4.1; I Corinthians 15.58)
- Missions: The church is called to spread the good news of God’s redeeming love through our words and deeds, in our neighborhood and around the globe. (Matthew 28.18-20; Luke 10.1-12; Acts 1.8)
- Justice and Peace: We believe the Bible calls us to work to bring justice for all people in our society, both near and far; only when all are treated equally as image bearers of God will peace prevail. (Isaiah 58. 6-12; Micah 6.8 James 2.14-17)
- A lifestyle that is nourished with daily prayer. (1 Chron. 16.7-14; Ps. 27.8; Ps. 105.1-4; Ps. 119.2; Is. 55.6; Mt. 7.7-8; Eph. 6.18; 1 Thess. 5.16-18; Jam. 5:13-16).
- Biblical and Spirit-filled preaching and teaching. (Is. 61.1-2; Mt. 28.18-20; Lk. 4.18-19; Acts 20.20; Rom. 10.14; 1 Cor. 1.22-24; 1 Cor. 2.1-5; Eph. 4.11-12; 2 Tim. 3.16-17; 2 Tim. 4.2).
- Unity in our mission while allowing diversity in the family. (Diversity: Rom 12.3-18; 1Cor. 12.4-10, 28-31; Unity: 2 Chron. 30.12; Ps. 133.1; John 17.23; Rom. 15.5-7; Eph. 4.1-6; Eph. 4.11-13; Col. 3.14).
- Meeting with and experiencing God in authentic worship. (Is. 29:13, Ex. 20:1-6, Ps. 95:6-7a, John 4:23, Rom. 12:1)
- Educational ministries that equip us to serve in the Kingdom of God. (Rom. 12:2, Mt. 22:37, Eph. 4:11-12, 1 Cor. 9:25-26, 2 Tim. 3:16-17, Heb. 13:20-21)
- A caring family that ministers to the whole person. (James 1:27, 2:15-16, Eph. 4:11-13)
- Outreach as a priority in all our ministries. (Gen. 12:1-4, Mt. 5:13-16, Acts 9, 1 Thes. 2:8, Luke 19:10, Mt. 18:18, Mt. 20-22, Mt. 28:18-20, John 17:18-21, Gal. 5:13-14, Philemon 6)
- A family that acts justly and loves mercy. (Mic. 6:8, James 2:12-13, Mt. 5:7)
- Accountability to each other and the Lord. (Heb. 13:17, 1 Peter 4:17)
- A family that expresses its faith through gratitude. (Ps. 100, 1 Thes. 5:18, Heb. 12:28)
- A family that is trained to serve. (Eph. 4:11-12, 2 Tim. 3:16-17)
- Our Reformed Creeds and Confessions. (Heb. 12:1, Acts 17:11)