What We Believe

1.  Maranatha Bible Church is committed to being a Bible teaching church where the Word of God is the final authority in the life and decisions of the church. (Deuteronomy 6:1-4; Matthew 4:4).

2.  Maranatha exist to bring glory to God through our worship (Isaiah 6:1-7; John 4:24).

3.  Maranatha is committed to building up the Body of Christ through the ministry of prayer.  (Matthew 21:13a; Matthew 26:41; 1 Thessalonians 5:17).

4.  Maranatha is committed to assembling together for fellowship and the administration of the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

(Hebrews 10:24-25; Acts 2:46; Matthew 28:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:24-26).

5.  Maranatha is committed to being a mission-minded church.  (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8)

6.  Maranatha is committed to winning souls for Christ. (Proverbs 11:30; Matthew 9:37).

7.  Maranatha is committed to equipping the saints for the work of ministry.

(Ephesians 4:11-14).

8.  Maranatha  is committed to being a haven of love, encouragement and acceptance for all peoples. (Romans 13:8; Galatians 6:10; I Corinthians 13).

9.  Maranatha is committed as a church to strengthening the family unit. (Joshua 24:15; Ephesians 5:22-33, Ephesians 6:1-4).

THE HOLY SCRIPTURES

We teach that the Bible is God’s written revelation to man, and thus the sixty-six books of the Bible given to us by the Holy Spirit constitute the plenary (inspired equally in parts) Word of God (1 Corinthians 2:7-14; 2 Peter 1:20-21).

GOD

We teach that there is but one living and true God (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:5-7; 1 Corinthians 8:4), an infinite, all-knowing Spirit (John 4:24), perfect in all His attributes, one in essence, eternally existing in three Persons – – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14) each equally deserving worship and obedience.

JESUS

We teach Jesus Christ as the Messiah, the Word who became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:1,14).  We believe that He came to destroy the works of Satan ( 1 John 3:8). That He disarmed the rulers and authorities and made a public  display of them, having triumphed over them (Colossians 2:15).

We believe that God has proven His love for us, because when we were still a sinner Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).  We believe that He delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to His kingdom, and in Him we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins (Colossians 1:13, 14).

We believe that we are now children of God (I John 3:1-3), and that we are seated with Christ in the heavenlies (Ephesians 2:6).  We believe that we were saved by the grace of God through faith, that it was a gift and not the result of any works on our part (Ephesians 2:8).

We believe that Jesus has all authority in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18), and that He is the head over all rule and authority (Colossians 2:10).  We believe that Satan and his demons are subject to us in Christ because we are members of Christ’s body (Ephesians 1:19-23).  We therefore obey the command to resist the devil (James 4:7), and we command him in the name of Christ to leave our presence.

THE HOLY SPIRIT

We teach that the Holy Spirit is a divine Person, eternal, underived, possessing all the attributes of personality and deity including intellect (1 Corinthians 2:10-13), emotions (Ephesians 4:30), will (1 Corinthians 12:11), eternality (Hebrews 9:14), omnipresence  (Psalm 139:7-10), omniscience (Isaiah 40:13-14), omnipotence (Romans 15:13), and truthfulness (John 16:13). In all the divine attributes He is coequal and consubstantial with the Father and the Son (Matthew 28:19; Acts 5:34; 28:25-26; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Jeremiah 31:31-34 and Hebrews 10:15-17).

We teach that it is the work of the Holy Spirit to execute the divine will with relation to all mankind. We recognize His sovereign activity in creation (Genesis 1:2), the incarnation (Matthew 1:18), the written revelation (2 Peter 1:20-21), and the work of salvation (John 3:5-7).

We teach that the work of the Holy Spirit in this age began at Pentecost when He came from the Father as promised by Christ (John 14:1, 17; 15:26) to initiate and complete the building of the Body of Christ, which is His church (1 Corinthians 12:13). 

We ask our heavenly Father to fill us with His Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18), to lead us into all truth (John 16:13), and to empower our lives so that we may live above sin and not carry out the desires of the flesh (Galatians 5:16).  We crucify the flesh (Galatians 5:24) and choose to walk by the Spirit.

MAN

We teach that man was directly and immediately created by God in His image and likeness. Man was created free of sin with a rational nature, intelligence, volition, self-determination, and moral responsibility to God (Genesis 2:7, 15-25; James 3:9).

SALVATION

We teach that salvation is wholly of God by grace on the basis of the redemption of Jesus Christ, the merit of His shed blood, and not on the basis of human merit or works (John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-10; 1 Peter 1:18-19).

THE CHURCH

We teach that all who place their faith in Jesus Christ are immediately placed by the Holy Spirit into one united spiritual Body, the church (1 Corinthians 12:12-13), the bride of Christ (2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 5:23-32; Revelation 19:7-8), of which Christ is the Head (Ephesians 1:22; 4:15; Colossians 1:18).

DEATH

We teach that physical death involves no loss of our immaterial consciousness (Revelation 6:9-11), that the soul of the redeemed passes immediately into the presence of Christ (Luke 23:43; Philippians  1:23; 2 Corinthians 5:8), that there is a separation of soul and body (Philippians 1:21-24), and that, for the redeemed, such separation will continue until the rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17), which initiates the fist resurrection (Revelation 20:4-6), when our soul and body will be reunited to be glorified forever with our Lord  Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:8).

We teach the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life (John 6:39; Romans 8:10-11, 19-23; 2 Corinthians 4:14), and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment (Daniel 12:2; John 5:29; Revelation 20:13-15).

We choose to be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might (Ephesians 6:10).  We put no confidence in the flesh (Philippians 3:3), for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh (2 Corinthians 10:4).  We put on the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-17), and we are resolved to stand firm in our faith and resist the evil one.

We believe that apart from Christ we can do nothing (John 15:5), so we declare our dependence on Him.  We choose to abide in Christ in order to bear much fruit and glorify the Lord (John 15:8).  We announce to Satan that Jesus is our Lord (I Corinthians 12:3), and we reject any counterfeit gifts or works of Satan in our lives.

We believe that the truth will set us free (John 8:32), and that walking in the light is the only path of fellowship (I John 1:7).  Therefore, we stand against Satan’s deception by taking every thought captive in obedience to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5).  We declare that the Bible is the only authoritative standard (2 Timothy 3:15-17).  We choose to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15).

We choose to present our bodies as instruments of righteousness, a living and holy sacrifice, and we renew our mind by the living Word of God in order that we may prove that the will of God is good, acceptable, and perfect (Romans 6:13; 12:1,2).

We renounce all selfish goals and choose the ultimate goal of love (I Timothy 1:5).  We choose to obey the greatest commandment, to love the Lord my God with all my heart, soul, and mind, and to love my neighbor as myself (Matthew 22:37-39).

We are committed to assembling together for fellowship and the administration of the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Maranatha is a mission-minded church. We are dedicated to winning souls for Christ and to equipping the saints for the work of ministry. We strive to strengthen the family unit and to be a haven of love encouragement and acceptance for all peoples.

Vision

In 1988 God placed in my spirit a desire to plant a Bible teaching church in Northeast San Antonio. After much prayer and being led by the Spirit God impressed upon my heart to share the following purpose and mission for the birth of Maranatha.

 

Founder and Pastor Dr. Rander E. Draper Sr. Maranatha Bible Church is committed to being a Bible teaching church where the Word of God is the final authority in the life and decisions of the church. Maranatha exists to bring glory to God through our worship and is committed to building up the Body of Christ through the ministry of prayer.

 

We are committed to assembling together for fellowship and the administration of the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Maranatha is a mission-minded church. We are dedicated to winning souls for Christ and to equipping the saints for the work of ministry. We strive to strengthen the family unit and to be a haven of love encouragement and acceptance for all peoples.

Our Pastor

SENIOR PASTOR RANDER E. DRAPER

 

The Lord gives many gifts to His people and the greatest of these is love. Pastor Rander E. Draper possesses and dispenses love by the heaping handfuls. You need only to hear him sing about his first love to know how much he loves Jesus…and can he sing!
But his love goes deeper than a song. It rolls up its sleeves and goes to work to make sure that people not only have their spiritual needs met but their physical, material, family needs met as well.

Just as his parents gave him a good foundation, he has likewise given his church family Maranatha Bible Church in Converse, Texas a good foundation through sound doctrine. He states Sound doctrine is everything because it restrains sin and the work of Satan. It breaks the spirit of confusion it stabilizes, strengthens, matures, and liberates the saints from bondage.