Who Are We
Maranatha Christian Church arose within the gospel community as a result of a predicted event for the present time as it’s written in the book of the prophet Joel 2:28 that says: “And it shall come to pass afterward That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions.”
Founder and foundation
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Grande Evangelização em Barreiras-BA
The founder and foundation are identified in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore there is no emphasis on other name or names since the existence of the church is part of God’s prophetic plan for our days.
However, Maranatha Christian Church, as a religious institution, was born in January 1968, in a neighborhood called Toca, in the city of Vila Velha, State of Espírito Santo, Brazil, to worship God and preach the gospel according to the Old and New Testament as the only rule of faith and practice, as well as to raise awareness of men’s spiritual and social formation, Christian education, promote non-profit charitable works and moral and educational assistance, in national territory and abroad.
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Sessão Solene Comemorativa dos 49 anos da ICM na Assembleia Legislativa do ES.
We believe in all the doctrines that are taught in the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, particularly in all those the faithful Church has always believed in throughout the centuries, especially those related to the Trinity, the plan of salvation by grace through faith in the person of Jesus Christ and in the work He accomplished at the cross of Calvary.
We also believe in the pentecostal doctrines of the baptism with the Holy Spirit, the spiritual gifts and the direction of the Lord Jesus over his Church. We believe that the Church must be observant of the doctrines referred in the 7 Theses proclaimed at this site so that it may live in sanctification and in obedience to God’s will.
We believe that the practice of the teachings of the Holy Scriptures, especially of those related to the importance of using the means of grace – prayer, fast, vigils, meditation in the Word of God – are sufficient for any church to be awaken from a condition of spiritual slumber.
Origin word Maranatha
IV Missão Amazônia
The word Maranatha for us isn’t just a name, but a spiritual patrimony. It identifies the call, a call of the Holy Spirit for a moment, a special time of history and the life of the Church that is the RAPTURE!
This church came forth from an evangelical background, defining both a prophetic and historical moment. Maranatha is the word Paul used to speak about the great message of the Church, which is “The King Comes,” that is, “Jesus will return.”
In January 1980, by revelation of the Lord Jesus, this Work was renamed Maranatha Christian Church, showing that it would be known throughout the world for the message she would be preaching. “Maranatha, the Lord Jesus is coming.”
It’s a Pentecostal church, with head office located in Vila Velha, ES, and with 5 thousand churches and temples established throughout the National Territory, besides being present in several other countries. The Holy Spirit is the one who leads all things, without the projection of people, all voluntary and unpaid.
Body doctrine (Doctrine of body)
Jesus Christ is The head (Eph: 5: 23) and the church His body. This doctrine has been a reality in the Maranatha Christian Church, not only as a belief, but as a way of life, with remarkable experiences in her daily life.
One of the Lord’s reasons in baptizing with the Holy Spirit His servants – youth, adults, elders – was to allow Lord Jesus to govern His Church. According to the prophet Joel, as a consequence of this baptism, his servants would receive visions, dreams and prophecies (Joel 2:28), it means, all those gifts that allow the Lord to reveal His will to His servants
In the time of the apostles, it’s observed that the gifts were used, above all to reveal the will of God about His Work. We have examples of this in the spiritual gifts through which the Lord revealed to Cornelius that he should call Peter to his house (Acts10: 3-6), directed Philip to preach to the Ethiopian eunuch (Acts 8:26, 29), directed Ananias to visit Paul and pray for him (Acts9: 10-16), revealed to Peter not to hesitate but to preach the gospel to the Gentiles in the centurion’s house (Acts 10:9-16 and 19-20), revealed Paul, not to preach the gospel in Asia or in Bithynia, but in Macedonia (Acts 16:6-10), revealed to the Church that Old Testament statutes should be observed by the Gentiles who converted (Acts 15:28,29) , Paul was instructed to go up to Jerusalem to submit his teaching to the apostles (Galatians 2: 1-2), the Lord revealed that he had chosen Timothy for the ministry of the Word (II Tim.4:14), etc.
The church of our days has similar experiences, the Church has understood that the Lord Jesus must become in practice – not just in theory – the Head of the Church. Through His written Word we have the necessary doctrine and guidelines for the edification of the Church.
Our first target is to spread the Work that the Holy Spirit is in charge of performing at this last hour, revealing that the Lord Jesus is alive, manifesting the real presence of Christ in the midst of the Church and preparing the Bride for the Rapture.
We live in the prophetic moment that closely precedes the return of the Lord Jesus in glory to rapture His Church. We don’t know the day, nor the hour of the coming of Christ. However, we as a church, have an obligation to discern the signs of the times. Jesus, in His Prophetic Sermon, as well as in the book of Revelation, spoke of a plethora of such signs. These signs would be quintessential so that we could fully understand the prophetic moment we live.
We understand that, as Jesus Bride, the Church is attentive to the Lord’s return, with lamps filled with oil, that is, filled with the Holy Spirit, because, besides being baptized with the Spirit, the faithful servants of the Lord are filled continually of the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18-21).
In this prophetic moment, the Church must be preaching Jesus Gospel with power and the Word must be followed by signs that confirm it. So the need of the Church to be seeking the baptism with the Holy Spirit (Acts1: 8) and spiritual gifts. The manifestations of spiritual gifts are used by the Lord to demonstrate to the world that Jesus is alive!
In addition to proclaiming that the Lord Jesus is alive, the Church has a great responsibility to announce that He will soon return! Come, Lord Jesus!