“And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.  And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles.  And all who believed were together and had all things in common.  And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.  And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts,  praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.”
The core values that guide Maranatha Community Church are founded in Acts 2:42-47. Here we see the early church relentlessly worshiping God and devoting themselves to teaching, prayer, community, and service. We seek to uphold these values as guideposts, learning from the new covenant church, which is established by Christ.
The human heart was created for worship. We are constantly worshiping what we love most, but God is the only one worthy of our unending affection. Worshiping God means first knowing him and then honoring him in everything we do. As a church, we proclaim God to be our good portion and our greatest treasure, that he would be glorified and we would be satisfied in him.
Biblical teaching is meant to build up and protect the church in order that everyone may be presented as mature in Christ. As a church, we submit ourselves to the teaching of the Word, believing that “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
God has called us to pray. Through our prayers we demonstrate our dependence on God, our trust in God, and our worship of God as the all-sustaining and satisfying creator of the universe. Through Jesus Christ, we are able to come to God in prayer with full assurance that he hears us and will work for the good of those who love him.
We are designed to carry out our faith within the community of the church. If you have been saved by the gospel of Jesus Christ, you have been saved into the people of God. Within community, believers are equipped for ministry and spurred on toward love and good deeds. We bear one another’s burdens and encourage one another toward maturity in Christ. It is through our love for one another that individuals will know that we are his disciples.
As believers we emulate the servant-heart of Christ, not because God needs anything from us but that our heart might be set on that which is eternal and that our hope might be set on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. We serve by practicing sacrificial love toward our neighbor, the stranger, the widow, the hungry, the sick, the imprisoned, etc. Through our serving, we testify to God’s sufficiency and abundant grace in our lives.