About the Maranatha Reformed Church of Christ

STATEMENT OF FAITH

The Maranatha Reformed Church of Christ (hereinafter referred to as the Church) is according to its statement of faith, a church of God whose teachings are based on the Holy Bible as the Word of God and its faith is expressed in the three formularies of unity, viz. the Belgic Confession of Faith, the Heidelberg Catechism and the Canons of Dort of 1618 and 1619.

WHO ARE WE?

We, the Maranatha Reformed Church of Christ, in solemn realisation and appreciation of the greater mercy and love based on the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary and his resurrection from the dead, issuing in salvation, sanctification, regeneration and eternal life, pledge ourselves to the service of the Almighty God with dedication and determination.

We exalt Christ as Lord and Saviour and uphold the Holy Scripture as source and norm for faith and living. We believe that all Christians possess talents and divine gifts towards fulfilment of God’s pre-ordained works and that the Holy Spirit regenerates the believers and spurs them towards the realisation of their prophetic, priestly and kingly calling. This calling entails the witness to the gospel of salvation to believers and non-believers and the preservation and restoration of the universe.

We recognise the important role that the Lord has assigned to His Church to preach the message of love, peace and justice and to free humankind from bondage. Therefore we reiterate our pledge of loyalty and commit ourselves to the Christian cause and to uphold its values and ideals in accordance with the Word of God as attested in the Holy Scripture.

In order to achieve this, we commit ourselves to provisions of this Church Order to uphold good order, governance and discipline.

MOTTO

Maranatha!      Come, Lord Jesus! (1 Corinthians 16:22, Rev. 22:20).

THE MISSION OF THE CHURCH

Unto the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ is entrusted the following:

  1. the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ in a missionary situation
  2. the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ in congregational environment
  3. the serving of sacraments in accordance with Jesus Christ’s institution
  4. worship and services of prayer
  5. public proclamation of the name of God
  6. evangelisation work to those who have been estranged from the gospel of Jesus Christ and His Church
  7. witness to the state and nation
  8. Christian instruction to children
  9. pastoral care
  10. service of compassion
  11. oversight over doctrine and life of congregations, office bearers and members
  12. training of ministers of religion, elders, deacons and other bodies
  13. doing theology
  14. advancement of education and guidance of the youth in accordance with the claims of the Word of God
  15. public confession of and witness to the Catholicity and unity of the church