who we are

Maranatha Ministries is affiliated with United Pentecostal Church International.


A new Home Missions church was opened on February 10, 1974 in the city of Vancouver, British Columbia. Sunday School started with twelve in attendance. Pastor and Mrs. Simmons and family, under the appointment of Christmas for Christ, launched this new endeavour.


The church was called Vancouver United Pentecostal Church until the early '80s, at which time it was changed to Maranatha Tabernacle. In 1991, it was changed to Maranatha Ministries.


The ministers who have pastored this church have been Rev. Marvin Simmons, Rev. Terry Black, Rev. Edward Goddard, Rev. Ralph Reynolds and Rev. Larry Sims.


Larry Sims was elected as pastor in February of 1989 and he and his family are still the pastoral family as of this date.

All About Our Worship

The Core Beliefs of Maranatha Ministries

The Five Purposes of Maranatha Ministries

Importance of the Family Unit

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All About Our Worship

"Make a joyful noise unto the Lord"; "Lifting up holy hands unto the Lord"; "Let the high praises of God be in their mouth"; "Praise him with the timbrel and dance"; "Clap your hands O ye people, shout unto God with the voice of triumph".

 

These and many other Bible verses are fulfilled in the worship of the membership of Maranatha Ministries. In the special presence of God that such worship brings, lives are changed and God is greatly glorified.

 

Sometimes the worship takes on the nature of joyful celebration. At other times people are caught up in the glory of God, shedding tears of joy. Often people find themselves at loss for words to express the love they feel for God.

 

By allowing people to express their worship to God in their individual fashion, the church provides a means of personal as well as collective involvement with the presence of God.

 

 

The Way We Worship - Biblical expressions of Worship


If you have never had the opportunity to be in a Spirit-filled service before, you will discover that biblical expressions of worship are still practiced today. Join in with us as we praise God together in spirit and in truth.


WE PRAY TOGETHER ALOUD because...

in the Bible we read, "They lifted up their voice to God with one accord."

- Acts 4:24


WE LIFT OUR HANDS IN PRAISE because...

in the Bible we read, "Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord."

- Psalm 134:2


WE SING WITH ALL HEARTS because...

in the Bible we read, "Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: 

make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise."

- Psalm 98:4


WE PLAY MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS because...

in the Bible we read, "And all the house of Israel played before the LORD all manner of instruments." 

- II Samuel 6:5


WE CLAP AND SHOUT UNTO GOD because...

in the Bible we read, "O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph."

- Psalm 47:1


WE DANCE BEFORE THE LORD because...

in the Bible we read, "Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs."

- Psalm 150:4


WE TESTIFY PUBLICLY because...

in the Bible we read, "I will declare thy name unto my brethren; in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee. 

- Psalm 22:22


WE ANOINT WITH OIL FOR DIVINE HEALING because...

In the Bible we read, "Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; 

and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord."

- James 5:14


WE ALLOW THE OPERATION OF THE SPIRITUAL GIFTS because...

in the Bible we read, "When ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, 

hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation."

- I Corinthians 14:2

The Core Beliefs

of Maranatha Ministries

The doctrinal views of Maranatha reflect most of the beliefs of the Holiness-Pentecostal movement, with the exception of the "second work of grace," the historic doctrine of the Trinity, and the traditional Trinitarian formula in water baptism. It embraces the Pentecostal view that speaking in tongues is the initial sign of receiving the Holy Spirit.


Pentecostals hold a fundamental view of the Bible: "The Bible is the only God-given authority which man possesses; therefore all doctrine, faith, hope, and all instructions for the church must be based upon and harmonize with the Bible" (Manual of the United Pentecostal Church, 19). The Bible is the Word of God, and therefore inerrant and infallible. Pentecostals rejects all extrabiblical revelations and writings, and views church creeds and articles of faith only as the thinking of men.


Pentecostals hold that salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, not by works. Faith in Jesus is the means by which a person is justified. At the same time, a sinner must believe the gospel; he is commanded to repent of his sinful life, to be baptized in water in the name of Jesus Christ, and to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38; 4:12; 8:12-17; 10:43-48; 19:1-6). 


The Bible

God

Sin and Salvation

Water Baptism

Baptism of the Holy Ghost

Holiness

Divine Healing

Second Coming of Christ

THE BIBLE


The Bible is the inspired word of God, giving a true history of the creation of heaven, earth, and humanity, and containing a correct prophecy of the ages to come regarding heaven, earth, and the destiny of humanity. Moreover, there is no salvation outside of what is taught in its pages.


GOD


There is only one God (Deuteronomy 6:4). He is the creator of heaven and earth, and of all living beings. He has revealed Himself to humanity as the Father (Creator), in the son (Savior), and as the Holy Ghost (indwelling Spirit).


Father

God is a Spirit (John 4:24). He is the Eternal One, the Creator of all things, and the Father of all humanity by creation. He is the First and the Last, and beside Him there is no God (Isaiah 44:6). There was no God formed before Him; neither shall be there any after Him (Isaiah 43:10).


Son

Jesus is the Son of God according to the flesh (Romans 1:3) and the very God Himself according to the Spirit (Matthew 1:23). Jesus is the Christ (Matthew 16:16); the creator of all things (Colossians 1:16-17); God with us (Matthew 1:23); God made flesh (John 1:1-14); God manifested in the flesh (I Timothy 3:16); He which was, which is, and which is to come, the Almighty (Revelation 1:8); the mighty God, everlasting Father, and Prince of peace (Isaiah 9:6). Jesus Himself testified of His identity as God when He said, "He that hath seen me hath seen the Father" (John 14:7-11) and "I and my Father are one" (John 10:30). It took shedding of blood for the remission of the sins of the world (Hebrews 9:22), but God the Father was a Spirit and had no blood to shed. Thus He prepared a body of flesh and blood (Hebrews 10:5) and came to earth as a man in order to save us, for in Isaiah 43:11 He said, "Beside me there is no Saviour." When He came in flesh the angels sang, "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." (Luke 2:11).


Holy Ghost

The Holy Ghost is not a third person in the Godhead, but rather the Spirit of God (the Creator), the Spirit of the resurrected Christ. The Holy Ghost comes to dwell in the hearts and lives of everyone who believes and obeys the gospel, as the comforter, Sustainer, and keeper (John 14:16-26; Romans 8:9-11).



SIN


Sin is the transgression of the law, or commandments of God (I John 3:4). The guilt of sin has fallen upon all humanity from Adam until now (Romans 3:23). The wages of sin is eternal death (Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:14) to all those who refuse to accept salvation as set forth in the Word of God.


SALVATION


Salvation consists of deliverance from all sin and unrighteousness through the blood of Jesus Christ. The New Testament experience of salvation consists of repentance from sin, water baptism in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and the baptism of the Holy Ghost, after which the Christian is to live a godly life (Acts 2:36-41).



WATER BAPTISM


Water baptism is an essential part of New Testament salvation and not merely a symbolic ritual. It is part of entering into the kingdom of God (God's church, the bride of Christ), and therefore, it is not merely a part of local church membership. (See John 3:4; Galatians 3:27).


Mode of Baptism

Water baptism is to be administered only by immersion. Paul said, "We are buried with him [Jesus Christ] by baptism (Romans 6:4; see Colossians 2:12), Jesus came up "out of the water" (Mark 1:10), and Philip and the eunuch went down "into the water" and came up "out of the water" (Acts 8:38-39). Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection are applied to our lives when we experience New Testament salvation: "Repent [death to sin], and be baptized [burial] every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost [resurrection]." (See Acts 2:38; Romans 6:1-7; 8:2). Sprinkling, pouring, or infant baptism of any kind cannot be substantiated by the Word of God, but are only human traditions.


Formula for Baptism

The name in which baptism is administered is vitally important, and this name is Jesus. Jesus' last command to His disciples was, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost" (Matthew 28:19). We should notice that He said name (singular) not names. As previously explained, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are not names of separate persons, but titles of positions held by God. An angelic announcement revealed God's saving name in the New Testament: "She shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins" (Matthew 1:21). The apostles understood that Jesus was the name to use at baptism, and from the day that the church of God was established (the Day of Pentecost) until the end of their ministry, they baptized all nations (Jews - Acts 8:16; Gentiles - Acts 19:5) in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. In fact, Jesus is the only name given for our salvation. "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved" (Acts 4:12).



BAPTISM OF THE HOLY GHOST


The baptism of the Holy Ghost is the birth of the Spirit (John 3:5). This spiritual baptism is necessary to put someone into the kingdom of God (God's church, the bride of Christ) and is evidenced by speaking in other tongues (other languages) as the Spirit of God gives utterance. It was prophesied by Joel (Joel 2:28-29) and Isaiah (Isaiah 28:11), foretold by John the Baptist (Matthew 3:11), purchased by the blood of Jesus, and promised by Him to His disciples (John 14:26; 15:16). The Holy Ghost was first poured out on the Day of Pentecost upon the Jews (Acts 2:1-4), then upon the Samaritans (Acts 8:17), and later upon the Gentiles (Acts 10:44-46; 19:6). "The promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call" (Acts 2:39).


Tongues

  1. Speaking in other tongues as the Spirit of God gives utterance is the manifestation God has given as the definite, indisputable, supernatural witness or sign of the baptism of the Holy Ghost (Acts 2:4; 10:46; 19:6). It was prophesied by the prophet Isaiah as the rest and the refreshing (Isaiah 28:11-12), foretold by Jesus as a sign that would follow believers of the gospel (Mark 16:17), and experienced by Jews and Gentiles alike. 
  2. The gift of "diverse kinds of tongues," mentioned by Paul in I Corinthians 12:1-12 and concerning which he gave regulations in I Corinthians 14:1-40, is given by both for self-edification (I Corinthians 14:4) and for the edification of the church (I Corinthians 14:27-28). In church meetings the gift of tongues is used to give a public message, and it is to be interpreted. Since this gift can be misused in public, it needs proper regulation (I Corinthians 14:23-28). Not all believers exercise the gift of tongues, which is different in function from tongues given by God as the initial witness of the baptism of the Holy Ghost. Paul said, "Forbid not to speak with tongues" (I Corinthians 14:39) and "I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all" (I Corinthians 14:8). Who dares to teach or preach to the contrary?

Speaking in tongues means speaking miraculously in a language unknown to the speaker, as the Spirit gives utterance. Tongues can be classified in two ways, according to function: (1) speaking in other tongues as the initial evidence of the baptism of the Holy Ghost and (2) the gift of tongues as mentioned in I Corinthians. 



HOLINESS


After we are saved from sin, we are commanded, "Go, and sin no more" (John 8:11). We are commanded to live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world (Titus 2:12) and warned that without holiness no one shall see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14). We must present ourselves as holy unto God (Romans 12:1), cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit (II Corinthians 7:1), and separate ourselves from all worldliness (James 4:4). If the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? (I Peter 4:18). No one can live a holy life by his own power, but only through the Holy Spirit. "Ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you" (Acts 1:8).



DIVINE HEALING


God has made Himself known through the ages by miraculous healings and has made special privisions in the age of grace to heal all who will come to Him in faith and obedience. Divine healing was purchased for us by the blood of Jesus Christ, especially by His stripes (Isaiah 53:5; Matthew 8:16-17; I Peter 2:24). Jesus went everywhere healing those who were sick (Matthew 4:23-24), and He commanded His disciples to do the same (Matthew 10:8). He said concerning those who believe the gospel, "They shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover" (Mark 16:18). Mighty healings and miracles followed the disciples wherever the gospel was preached. There is no sickness or disease too hard for God. Any of us, our children, or our friends can be healed by the power of God. "Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord... and the Lord shall raise him up: and if he have committed sins they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed" (James 5:14-16).



SECOND COMING OF CHRIST


Jesus Christ is coming back to earth in bodily form, just as He went away (Acts 1:11). He will catch away a holy people (His bride, His church) who have accepted redemption through His blood, by birth of water and of the Spirit, and who are found faithful when He comes. "For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord" (I Thessalonians 4:16-17). "One shall be taken and the other left" (Luke 17:36). Will we be ready? The signs of His coming are everywhere. The days of peril are here indeed, with forms of godliness void of the power of God; society and politics corrupted; and people's hearts filled with pride, blasphemies, unholiness, love of evil, and love of pleasures (II Timothy 3:1-13). These things, together with multitudes running to and fro, the increase of knowledge (Daniel 12:4), the persecution of the Jews and their return to Palestine (Luke 21:24), and scores of other things are starting signs that Jesus' coming is drawing near. Wars, rumors of wars, famines, earthquakes, storms, floods, distress of nations, perplexity, and people's hearts failing them for fear are sounding the solemn alarm that Jesus' coming is at hand (Matthew 24:6; Luke 21: 25-28). "Prepare to meet thy God" (Amos 4:12).


Resurrection

There will be a resurrection of all the dead, both just and unjust. "Marvel not this: for the hour is coming, in which the all that are in graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation" (John 5:28-29). "And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God... and the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them" (Revelation 20: 12-13). (See also Daniel 12:2; I Corinthians 15: 13-23).


Judgment

"It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment" (Hebrews 9:27). For this reason there will be a resurrection for everyone. "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad" (II Corinthians 5:10). The eternal destiny of every soul shall be determined by a just God who knows the secrets of everyone's heart. "And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: and he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world...Then shall he also say unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels...And these shall go away into everlasting punishment; but the righteousnes unto life eternal" (Matthew 25: 32-34, 41, 46).

The Five Purposes

of Maranatha Ministries

The Pentecostal church finds its beginning in the book of the Acts of the Apostles. Written by Luke, the beloved physician, Acts chronicles the work of the disciples of Jesus after he ascended into heaven and the work of the church that would begin in Jerusalem. An in-depth study of Acts reveals five areas of action that the Apostolic Church focused on.


These five summary areas are 1) Discipleship, 2) Evangelism, 3) Fellowship, 4) Ministry, 5) Worship. Each purpose carries specific import to the work of the church and allows for believer involvement in various areas.


  1. Discipleship focuses on the education and growth of believers, both new or inexperienced believers and those that are more seasoned or experienced.
  2. Evangelism focuses on the spreading of the Gospel message. It is the purpose that targets unbelievers in an attempt to connect them to the church, fellowship, and a saving relationship with Jesus Christ.
  3. Fellowship is the aspect of an Apostolic church by which believers and seekers come together in groups and get to know each other. It is the purpose that builds relationships among the people of God and creates the family.
  4. Ministry is the avenue by which believers fulfill commitments of service in various areas of the church. Ministry is the actual personal involvement of believers in the other purposes of the church.
  5. Worship is the programming of our church experiences for maximum benefit and growth in grace and knowledge. Worship seeks to bring the very presence of an infinite God and the presence of finite humanity together.

Importance of the Family Unit

Maranatha Ministries stresses and supports the family unit as God's primary institution and teaches that the church is God's redemptive fellowship for all believers.