Maranatha Commitment Statements -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Maranatha Baptist Theological Journal
Volume: MBTJ 01:1 (Spring 2011)
Article: Maranatha Commitment Statements
Author: Anonymous

Maranatha Commitment Statements

Maranatha’s Doctrinal Statement originated in the very first year of Maranatha’s existence. During the summer of 2009, the college Bible faculty and the seminary faculty created an expansion of the doctrinal statement and set forth the following declaration of its commitment to biblical truth and its application of that truth to the lives of its students, staff, and faculty. The purpose of this statement was to make clear to the Board of Trustees, as they commenced the search for the fifth president of Maranatha Baptist Bible College, the commitment of the Bible faculty to biblical truth and the positions that Maranatha has historically held.

1. Education: The Bible Department is committed to a God-centered education. We acknowledge that “of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things: to whom be glory forever.” We seek to follow the curriculum of the psalmist who sought to proclaim the praises, power, and providential work of God to the generations to come. Our ultimate goal is that students would “set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments.” We trust that this goal will permeate all of our courses and thus produce a

humble dependence and passionate desire for the person of God in both professors and students.

2. Exegesis: The Bible Department is committed to biblical exegesis. Systems of theology are always subservient to and to be sourced out of the authority of the text of Scripture. The ultimate responsibility of the Bible Department is to teach individuals to be workmen in the text who strive for an accurate understanding of the Author’s/authors’ intent. Studies in the original languages and employment of hermeneutical tools are encouraged. We seek to equip the students with exegetical skills which the Holy Spirit, the supreme Helper, can then use to illuminate His Word to the minds and hearts of the students as they prayerfully submit to the authority of the text. We are concerned for those individuals who embrace systems of theology without first obtaining the exegetical skills necessary to evaluate those systems.

3. Personal Evangelism and Missions: The Bible Department is committed to personal evangelism and global missions. Regardless of vocational calling, all believers are to recognize that life is ministry and ministry is global. Fulfillment of the Great Commission is the expected behavior of all believers at all ages in all geographical settings. Our desire is to instill within students the joy of sharing the transforming message of the gospel.

This will be accomplished thro...

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