Who Are We
Maranatha Christian Church arose within the gospel community as a result of an event predicted 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
The founder and the foundation are identified in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore there is no emphasis on any other name or names since the existence of the church is part of God’s prophetic plan for our days.
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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 observe the biblical doctrines 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.
However, Maranatha Christian Church, as a religious institution, was born in January 1968, 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 spiritual and social formation, Christian education, promote non-profit charitable works and moral and educational assistance, in national territory and abroad.
Origin of the word Maranatha
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 of the life of the Church that is the RAPTURE!
TThis church came forth from an evangelical background, as an option to define both a prophetic and a 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 of the Spirit was renamed Maranatha Christian Church, showing that it would be known throughout the world by the message it would be preaching: “Maranatha, the Lord Jesus is coming.”
It is a Pentecostal church, with its head office located in Vila Velha, Brazil, 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 putting people in the spotlight, all serving as voluntary and unpaid workers.
Doctrine of the 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 its daily life.
One of the reasons for the Lord Jesus to baptize His servants with the Holy Spirit – youth, adults, elders – was to allow Him 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), in other words, all those gifts that allow the Lord to reveal His will to His servants.
In the time of the apostles, one can observe 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 to 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.
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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. So that we could be able to understand the prophetic moment we are living Jesus, in His Prophetic Sermon, as well as in the book of Revelation, spoke about many of such signs.
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 being filled continually with 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. Thereof the need for the Church to be seeking the baptism with the Holy Spirit (Acts1: 8) and the spiritual gifts. The manifestations of spiritual gifts are used by the Lord in order 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 soon He will return! Even so, come, Lord Jesus!