The sole Biblical use of the phrase is found in 1 Corinthians 16:22. The word itself is a hybrid consisting of two Aramean words, “Maran” and “athah“, and means both “our Lord has come” and “come Lord!“, depending on the context.
A “community” grows out of the life of the surrounding area. It is literally a native product of the people, needs and life of the community. But a “community” is also a place for people to build authentic friendships in the midst of people who know, love, and care for one another.
A group of believers organized in covenant relationship for worship, fellowship and service, practicing and proclaiming common convictions, while growing in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
We are, first and foremost, a gathering of Christians … of “Christ followers”. Yes, we are also Baptist Christians and even Seventh Day Baptist Christians … proudly, in fact. But our name defines us better than even our associations ever could …
Maranatha Community Church is simply a group of believers desiring to build a community that develops authentic relationships based on a firm foundation of God’s Word that help us all to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ … a Lord and Savior who came once to redeem us, and will someday return for us.