Maranatha Christian Academy recognizes the need for an educational program with a Biblical Worldview and stands firmly in the stream of Biblical faith and practice.
We believe in the verbal plenary inspiration of the Holy Bible. (II Timothy 3:16,17)
We believe in the existence of one true and living God (Deuteronomy 6:4). We also believe in the doctrine of the Trinity, that is, within the unity of the Godhead there exists three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit who in essence are co-equal and co-eternal, yet exercising distinct though harmonious works.
We believe in God the Father, commonly spoken of as the first member of the trinity, God is an infinite and perfect Spirit who is the source and support of all things. (Genesis 17:1; Psalm 139:7,11; Acts 15:18; Ephesians 1:11)
We believe in Jesus Christ, commonly spoken of as the second member of the Trinity. He was and is the Eternal Son of God, possessing both absolute deity and perfect humanity. He was born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless life and gave His life on Calvary as a sufficient sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. He arose bodily from the grave, ascended back into heaven and is today acting as the believer’s advocate and Great High Priest. (John 1:1,15a; 9:6; Hebrews 4:15; I Timothy 2:6; Luke 24:39; I John 2:1)
We believe in the Holy Spirit. As the third member of the Trinity He is not just an influence, but also a person equal in essence to the Father and Son. He is actively involved in the world both in bringing the lost to Christ for salvation, and in performing many wonderful ministries for the saints. He also gives gifts to believers and seeks to fill the obedient Christian giving him power for service. (Matthew 28:19; John 3:5; 16: 8; I Corinthians 12:13; I Corinthians 6:19; Ephesians 4:30; I Corinthians 12: 7ff; Ephesians 5:18)
We believe that the universe as well as mankind is a result of the direct creative act of God. God created the universe and that which it contains in six consecutive days of 24 hours each. We reject all forms of evolution whether theistic or naturalistic. (Genesis 1:1, 27; Colossians 1:16)
We believe in the existence of angels. Angels are spirit beings created by God for the purpose of bringing Him glory and fulfilling His purpose in the universe. They are more powerful than human beings but are not all-powerful. (Psalm 148:5; 103:20; Hebrews 1:13, 14)
We believe that within the body of angelic beings there exists a group, which we refer to as fallen angels headed by Satan himself. Satan, also known as the devil, is a real person created by God as the angel Lucifer, who, because of rebellion, fell from that lofty position. When he fell he took part of the angelic hosts with him. Today these demonic hosts serve Satan just as the good angels serve God. Satan is in the business of opposing God and God’s people in any way possible. His eternal destiny has already been determined in the lake of fire. (Isaiah 14:12-14; Revelation 12:7; 20:10; I Peter 5:8)
We believe that man is a direct creation of God. Man who was created in the image and likeness of God in a state of sinlessness or innocence did by transgression fall from that lofty position, and in so doing all of mankind are now sinners by nature and by choice. In the fall mankind incurred the just condemnation of a Holy God resulting in both spiritual and physical death. (Genesis 1:26-27; 3:1-19; Romans 5:12-19; 2:10-12, 23)
We believe in the salvation of sinners. The basis or ground of our salvation is the finished work of Christ on Calvary and the avenue of our salvation is repentance toward God and faith in Jesus Christ. Salvation does not come by what we can do, but by what He has done. It is offered freely to all. We are simply the recipients of His matchless grace. When we receive Christ as our Savior we are regenerated, justified, adopted, sanctified, and some day we shall be glorified. When we are genuinely saved we can never be finally lost because we depend on His keeping power and not on our own. (John 3:16; Acts 3:19; 4:12; 20:21; Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5-7; Romans 5:1; 8:15; I Corinthians 6:11; Romans 8:30; Philippians 1:6; I Timothy 4:10)
We believe in the sanctification of the believer. Sanctification in the Bible has the idea of the believers being set apart for God’s service and thus becoming more like his Master. Sanctification can be viewed in three aspects. Positional sanctification occurs the moment the person is saved and he dons the robes of Christ’s righteousness. Practical sanctification is an ongoing process whereby the believer becomes more and more conformed to the likeness of God’s Son. Perfect sanctification shall occur someday when we go to be with the Lord (either through death or translation) and we no longer have to contend with the old nature because we shall become like He is. (I Corinthians 1:2; II Peter 3:18; Philippians 3:20-21; John 3:2)
We believe God has given spiritual gifts to Christians to serve in and through the local church. Every believer has at least one gift and the use of the gifts is always for the ultimate purpose of bringing glory to God. (Romans 12:6-8; I Corinthians 12:1-11; 13:8; Ephesians 4:11-12)
We believe in the church of Jesus Christ as God’s institution for this age to accomplish His purpose in the world. The church, as the body of Christ, is comprised of all believers from Pentecost to the Rapture. Local churches are visible expressions of the body of Christ meeting in a particular time and place. Christ is the Head of the Church and the Word of God is to be its source of authority. The local church is to be comprised of baptized believers who meet together for worship, fellowship, service, edification, and evangelism. We recognize two biblical offices in the church: Pastor and Deacons. They are to observe the two ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s super. (Acts 1:5; 2:41-47; I Corinthians 12:13; Colossians 1:18; Galatians 1:2; I Timothy 3:2,8; I Corinthians 11:17-34)
We believe that God has a plan and a program for the end of the ages. The next event on God’s prophetic calendar is the return of the Lord Jesus. We believe this return will be accomplished in two phases. The first place called the Rapture of the church will be pre-millennial and pre-tribulational and is an imminent event. After the Rapture, the seven year tribulation will occur climaxed by the second phase of Christ’s return referred to as the Revelation. Following this will be the Millennial reign of Christ culminating in the Great White Throne Judgment of the lost. After this comes the eternal state. We believe in the conscious eternal punishment of the lost and the blessed eternal felicity of the saints in heaven. (I Thessalonians 4:16,17; Revelation 3:10; 6-19; 19:11-16; 20:1-6; 11-15; 21:1-8)
We believe God has called believers to live a life characterized by personal separation. Personally, we are to refrain from all things that would defile us or bring shame to the name of Christ, which we bear. We are called to live a life characterized by holiness and purity and to be an example of what the believer is to be like to a watching world. (I Thessalonians 5:22; I Corinthians 6: 14-17; II Thessalonians 3: 6, 14,15)