Gozo Jesus Center
(Knisja Evangelika ta Kristu)
The Gozo Jesus Center (Knisja Evangelika ta Kristu) is an evangelical, charismatic Outreach Center. We seek to make the Gospel of Jesus Christ known to the community of Gozo citizens and foreign residents. Through our worship, teaching, prayer, fellowship, service, evangelism and openness to the HOLY SPIRIT we desire to show the only, biblical way of salvation to every person by simply teaching the Gospel of JESUS CHRIST.
What is our understanding of the Gospel of JESUS CHRIST? It is summarized by the five Solas (Sola gratia, Sola fide, Sola scriptura, Soulus Christus, Soli deo gloria) This is what the Reformers believed to be the only things needed in their respective functions in Christian salvation.
The five Solas are five Latin phrases (or slogans) that emerged during the Protestant Reformation and summarize the Reformers' basic theological beliefs in contradistinction to the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church.
In obedience to the Great Commission (Matthew 28) we want to make disciples of the LORD JESUS by preaching the Gospel, baptizing newly created, born again Christians and leading them into a fully committed life as disciples of the LORD JESUS Christ.
THE APOSTLES' CREED
We believe in God the Father Almighty, who created the heavens and the earth.
We believe in Jesus Christ the only begotten Son of God, who is our Lord. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered crucifixion by orders from Pontius Pilate. He died and was buried. He descended into the place where the souls of righteous men went to await the day of His resurrection.
On the third day He arose from the dead. He ascended into heaven and presently sits on at the right hand of God the Father. From there He shall return to earth as king and Judge of all people, those who will be living on the earth at that time and those who have died.
We believe in the Holy Spirit.
We believe in the holy universal Church, and in the fellowship of all true Christians.
We believe in the forgiveness of sins, in the resurrection of the body, and in life everlasting
ARTICLES OF FAITH
We hold to these truths:
1. We believe in one, living, true and everlasting God. His power, wisdom and goodness are infinite. He is the Maker of all things, whether they are visible or invisible. God is one, and subsists in three Persons - the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three Persons are one in nature, are co-eternal, and are equal in holiness, justice, wisdom, power, and dignity.
2. We believe that God the Son became a human being and was born of the Virgin Mary. The Lord Jesus Christ is one Person with two natures, the divine nature and the human nature, true God and perfect Man. He suffered and was crucified as a sacrifice for the sins of the world, to remove God's righteous anger against sinners, and to restore sinners to fellowship with God.
3. We believe that Christ arose again from death, not only in spirit but also in body, and returned to heaven, where He is sitting at the Father’s right hand until He shall return to the earth as King and Judge.
4. We believe that the Holy Spirit, who was sent by the Father and the Son, is God, the third Person of the Holy Trinity. He shares the same nature, majesty and glory as the Father and the Son from eternity.
5. We believe that the Bible is the only, final Authority, composed of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, and that it was given by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. We believe that this Bible is the Word of God to man, giving the full and complete revelation of the nature of God, His way of salvation for us and a revelation of the End time to come.
6. We believe that eternal life with God in Heaven is part of the blessedness which awaits those whose faith in Christ remains steadfast and true. Those who remain unrepentant and unbelieving will be banished for ever from the presence of the Lord, with unending punishment in hell (Matthew 25:46; Psalm 9:7; Revelation 21:7,8).
7. We believe that Jesus Christ shed His blood for the forgiveness of all our sins in order that those who repent and believe the Gospel might be regenerated (Born Again), and saved from the power of sin and the practice of sinning (Romans 3:25; 1John 3:5-10; Ephesians 2:1-10).
8. We believe and teach that a person is justified (counted righteous before God) through God’s grace, received by faith in Christ alone and not by works (Romans 5:1). Good works will follow those who truly believe.
9. We believe that Jesus Christ shed His blood for the complete cleansing of the believer from all indwelling sin, and that this cleansing is experienced after we have been born again (1John 1:7-9).
10. We believe that sanctification is a second work of grace to be received by faith, as instantaneous and definite, as the New Birth is. Sanctification gives cleansing from indwelling sin, and growth in grace and consecration to God (John 15:2; Acts 26:18). We teach that practical sanctification is needed and requires our cooperation to built up the character of Christ, becoming Christ-like.
11. We believe that the Pentecostal baptism with the Holy Spirit is a provision of divine power for sanctified believers; it is a definite experience received by faith. (Luke 11:13; Acts 1:5; 2:1-4; 8:17; 10:44-46; 19:6). We understand, that it is the will of GOD to empower the body of Christ for a more fruitful ministry. On the other side it is not a criterion for being saved by the grace of GOD. Once received it is often accompanied by speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance
13. We believe in the pre-millennial Second Coming (the rapture of NT believers) of our Lord Jesus Christ; that He will come in Person and He may come at any moment. We love and wait for His appearing (1Thessalonians 4:15-18; Titus 2:13; 2Peter 3:1-4; Matthew 24:29-44; 2Timothy 4:8)
- The Doctrine of God.
- The Doctrine of Christ.
- The Doctrine of Christ's Resurrection.
- The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit.
- The Doctrine of the Bible.
- The Doctrine of Heaven and Hell.
- The Doctrine of Salvation through the Blood of Christ.
- The Doctrine of Justification by Faith.
- The Doctrine of Sanctification.
- The Doctrine of the Pentecostal Baptism.
- The Doctrine of Divine Healing
- The Doctrine of the Second Coming.
- The Ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
1. THE DOCTRINE OF GOD
The Bible reveals that there is only one living God (Deuteronomy 4:35; 6:4). The gods of the heathen are idols which do not really exist (Psalm 96:5; 115:4-8). Yet the Bible also reveals that there are three Divine Persons -Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Luke 3:21, 22; Matthew 28:19; 2Corinthians 13:14). It is hard for the human mind to understand how one God can be three Persons. We do not have to understand it, but simply believe what God's Word reveals, and to give equal trust, honor, worship, love, and obedience to this One God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
2. THE DOCTRINE OF CHRIST
It is just as difficult for the mind of man to understand how God could become man as it is to understand how one God can be three Persons. Again, we do not have to understand and explain, but believe what the Word of God reveals. The Bible reveals that after living for all eternity past with the Father in heaven, God the Son entered into the womb of the Virgin Mary and joined Himself to her seed (Isaiah 7:14; 9:6; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-35; Philippians 2:5-30). The holy child who was born of Mary was "God manifested in the flesh" (John 1:14; 1 Timothy 3:16).
The chief purpose for which the Son of God became man was to offer Himself upon the Cross as a sacrifice for the sins of the world (Matthew 20:28; John 1:29; 10:11; Romans 3:23-26; Timothy 2:5; 1 Peter 3:16; Hebrews 9:12; 10:12; John 2:2). When Jesus, on the cross, cried out, "It is finished!" (John 19:30), He meant that the act of sacrifice for human sin was complete, and the purpose for which He had become man was done. A way had been made for sinful man to be forgiven and cleansed from sin, and brought back into fellowship with God.
3. THE DOCTRINE OF CHRIST'S RESURRECTION
The Bible plainly reveals that Christ was resurrected and glorified on the third day after His death. This does not mean only that His spirit continued to live on after His body was dead. Neither does it mean that His disciples came to believe that somehow Jesus was still alive. It means that Jesus was literally raised from the dead, spirit, soul and was given a new body (Matthew 28:1-20; Mark 16:1-20; Luke 24:1-53; Corinthians 15:1-20). Jesus became the firstborn of a new creation.
It means also that He is alive today (Revelation 1:9-18; Hebrews 7:25; 13:8). Forty days after His resurrection Christ ascended back to heaven to share His Father's throne (Luke 24:50-53; Acts 1:9-11; Ephesians 1:19-21; Philippians 2:9-11; Revelation 8:21). In heaven He acts as our High Priest until His Second Coming to earth in power and glory (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 4:14-16; 7:24-27; 9:28; 10:19-22).
4. THE DOCTRINE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Bible reveals two great truths about the Holy Spirit. First, the Holy Spirit is not only a power, but a living Person. The words "he" and "him" are given to Him (John 14:17, 26; 15:26; 16:7-13). He is said to have intelligence (Corinthians 2:10-11), and will-power (Corinthians 12:11; Acts 15:18). He can be "grieved" (Ephesians 4:30) and "lied" to (Acts 5:3, 4). He "strives" (Genesis 6:3); "speaks" (John 16:13; Acts 10:19); "intercedes" (Romans 8:26);”works miracles" (Romans 15:19), and "sanctifies" (I Corinthians 6:11). All these are the actions of a Person, not of a power. Second, the Holy Spirit is God. He is called God (Acts 5:3, 4; I Corinthians 3:16). He has the marks of God (Psalm 139:7-10; John 16:13; Romans 8:2; Hebrews 9:14). He does the works of God (Genesis 1:2; Psalm 104:30; John 3:8; 16:8; Romans 8:11; Titus 3:5; I Peter 3:18). He is linked with the Father and the Son (Matthew 28:20; 2Corinthians 13:14; I Peter 1:2).
5. THE DOCTRINE OF THE BIBLE
The Bible is the only Book of its kind in the world. There are two great truths about the Bible for us to understand. First, it is a revelation from God to man. We cannot by ourselves find out what God is like. But God has shown Himself to us in the sixty-six books of the Bible. In the Bible we see God's picture. We see God at work. We hear God's voice, from the chapter of Genesis to the last chapter of Revelation (Hebrews 1:1, 2).
Secondly, God inspired certain men to write the books of the Bible (2Timothy 3:16; 2Peter 1:20, 21). Therefore, the Bible has divine authority. We must believe what it says, and obey its teachings. We believe that this Bible is the Word of God to man, giving the full and complete revelation of the nature of God, His way of salvation for us and a revelation of the End time to come.
6. THE DOCTRINES OF HEAVEN AND HELL
The Bible plainly teaches that there is life after death. Death is not the end of man. After death comes the Judgment (Hebrews 9:27). The future life is of two kinds. There is heaven for all who have been convicted of their sin, repented of sins, have put their faith and trust in Christ, received forgiveness and the righteousness of Christ and who continue to abide in Christ until their death (Matthew 25:46; John 11:25, 26; 14:2; 2Corinthians 5:1-8; Philippians 1:23; I Corinthians 15:49-54; Revelation 21-22).
But there is also hell, a place and state of everlasting separation from God (Matthew 25:41, 46; John 3:36; Romans 6:23; Revelation 14:10, 11; 19:20; 20:10, 12-15; 21:8). This terrible end awaits all who refuse to turn from their wickedness, and who continue to reject God's offer of salvation through Christ during their life on earth (Hebrews 2:3).
7. THE DOCTRINE OF SALVA TION THROUGH THE BLOOD OF CHRIST
"All have sinned and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). "There is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good and sinneth not" (Ecclesiastes 7:20). Moreover, it is impossible for any man to save his own soul, or become a savior of others. We can only be saved by the grace of God through the shed blood of Jesus Christ (Romans 3:24-26; Ephesians 2:4-8; Galatians 2:16; 1 Timothy 1:15; Titus 3:4, 5).
When a sinner repents and trusts in Christ many wonderful changes began to take place in his life. Our Article 7 mentions three of these changes: (1) His sins are freely and fully forgiven (Acts 10:43; 13:38; Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:14; John 2:12). (2) He is regenerated or Born Again. This means that the Holy Spirit imparts the life of God and of Jesus Christ to him, and he becomes a child of God (John 1:12,13; 3:5-8; Ephesians 2:1-10; Titus 3:5; James 1:18,21; I Peter 1:3; 2Peter 1:4; John 3:14; 5:10-14). (3) He is set free from the power of sin and the practice of sinning (Romans 6:1-23; 8:3, 4, 9-14; Titus 2:14; John 1:7, 9). This is part of the meaning of sanctification and holiness.
8. THE DOCTRINE OF JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH
The word "justification" means to be counted righteous. It is like the word of a judge when he pronounces a man "not guilty." Every person who has ever lived on earth (except Jesus Christ) is a guilty sinner in the sight of God. But the sinless Lord Jesus bore the sentence of death passed on sinful man. And every sinner who repents and trusts in Christ is pronounced "not guilty" by God because Christ paid the debt. The "prison door" is opened and he is set free, justified or counted righteous because of faith in Christ. No one can ever be justified by good works of any kind, but only by the grace of God through the shed blood of Christ. There is only one way for a sinner to be counted righteous; he must acknowledge this, confess his sins, must repent and believe the Gospel (Acts 2:37, 38; 13:38, 39; Romans 3:24; 4:1-8; Galatians 2:16).
9. THE DOCTRINE OF SANCTIFICATION.
The word "sanctify" means to "make holy." There are two sides to holiness. One side of holiness is purity or cleanness. It means that the heart and life are purified or cleansed from sin. The other side of holiness is consecration to God. It means that the cleansed heart and life are set apart for God's service and glory. Only a cleansed heart and life can be set apart for God (Romans 6:11:23; 12:1, 2). Jesus died not only that sinners might be "counted righteous," but also that they might be "made holy" (John 17:17, 19; Hebrews 10:10, 14; 13:12, 20, 21). We do not enter into the experience of complete cleansing and consecration at the time of our conversion. But as a result of conversion a battle begins in the hearth. The old sinful nature begins to fight the new life of God. begins to fight the life of God (Galatians 5:17). Two results follow: (1) Growth in grace is hindered and the fruit of the Spirit is small. (2) The believer is neither willing nor fit for full consecration to the service of God.
In the Gospel of Christ God has provided a remedy for this condition in the heart of the Christian. Some passages of Scripture tell us that our hearts can be cleansed from this indwelling sin which fights against the new life of God (John 15:2,3; 17:17; Acts 15:9; 2Corinthians 7:1; Ephesians 5:25-27; Titus 2:14; John 1:7,9). Other passages describe the work of sanctification as "crucifixion with Christ" (Romans 6:6; Galatians 2:20; 6:14). Though God made provision for this cleansing and crucifixion of sin when Christ died on Calvary, just as He made provision for justification and regeneration, we must receive it by a definite act of faith. Moreover, sanctification is a second work of grace. Only after conversion do we feel our need of it or begin to desire it. But it is just as definite an experience as conversion, and instantaneous in the same sense that conversion is instantaneous
The experience of sanctification does not mean that the believer has now reached the full limits of growth in grace. It means that the chief hindrance to growth in grace has been cleansed and crucified, and that now he is fully and completely laid upon God's altar and consecrated to the service of God.
10. THE DOCTRINE OF THE PENTECOSTAL BAPTISM WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT
On the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4) the Holy Spirit was sent by the Father and the Son to the Church. The Holy Spirit had been working in the world from the beginning of creation (Genesis 1:2), especially for the conversion and sanctification of men and women. But at Pentecost He came in a new way. The Holy Spirit was poured out upon the first Christians. They were baptized with the Holy Spirit. This baptism was the gift of divine power to make the disciples strong and able witnesses for the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 1:8). The first evidence that the Holy Spirit had fallen upon the disciples was that "they began to speak with other tongues (or languages) as the Spirit gave them utterance" (Acts 1:4). The book of Acts describes similar outpourings of the Holy Spirit on other groups of believers (Acts 19:1-6). But other evidences of the Baptism with the Holy Spirit followed, such as "prophecy" (Acts 2:14; 4:8,31; 1:27-30; 21:4,9-11), "healing" (Acts 3:6-8; 5:12-16; 6:8; 8:5-8), and soul-winning (Acts 2:37-41; 8:26-40; 11:19-21). In I Corinthians 12:4-31 Paul describes various "gifts of the Spirit." While "speaking with tongues" is the initial or first evidence, the Gifts of the Spirit are later workings of the Holy Spirit through the believer's life.
The Holy Spirit still works in this way in the church. When Christians have been cleansed from indwelling sin and are fully dedicated to God, they are ready for the baptism with the Holy Spirit. They ought to desire, wait and pray for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon their hearts, and to seek to lay hold of the experience of the Pentecostal baptism with its initial evidence of praying with tongues. But this is only the beginning of the Spirit-filled life. They ought, then, to go forward to desire and experience the gifts of the Holy Spirit. who gives these supernatural gifts as He wills. As they keep sanctified (cleansed and consecrated to God) the Holy Spirit can work through them in any of His wonderful gifts at any time of need.
11. THE DOCTRINE OF DIVINE HEALING
The Bible teaches clearly that God is able and willing to heal bodily disease and sickness (Exodus 15:26; James 5:14-16). Many miracles of healing are recorded in the Old Testament. The ministry of Christ was partly the compassionate healing of men's bodies (Matthew 4:23-25; 14:14, 34-36). He sent out His disciples to heal the sick (Matthew 10:1; Luke 10:1, 9; Mark 16:15-18; Acts 5:12-16). The "gifts of healing" are in the church (1 Corinthians 12:9, 28), and also the ordinance of prayer and anointing of the sick with oil (James 5:14-16) by the church.
Divine healing for the body is also provided for in the atonement of Christ by His death upon the Cross. Salvation is not only for the soul, but also for the body. When Christ comes back again the dead bodies of believers will be resurrected, and the bodies of those believers who are still living will be changed. All the bodies of believers will be glorified (1 Corinthians 15:51-57; Philippians 3:20, 21; I Thessalonians 4:13-18). This is called "the redemption of our body" (Romans 8:22-25). Divine healing is a foretaste of the redemption of the body. Through faith we may experience Christ's resurrection power touching and strengthening our bodies. This is part of the full salvation which Christ purchased for us.
We need to understand, however, that the Bible does not condemn the work of doctors and nurses, or healing by natural means. All who are seeking to heal the sick are doing a good and important work.
12. THE DOCTRINE OF THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST
The Old Testament prophecies of the Messiah promised that when He comes He would set up God's Kingdom on earth, a Kingdom from which all wickedness and suffering would be banished. The Messiah would rule over all nations, and all kings and rulers would obey Him (Psalm 2:6-9; Isaiah 2:1-4; 11:1-16; Ezekiel 37:15-28; Daniel 2:44-45; 7:13,14,26,27; Zechariah 14:1-21). When Christ came the first time He did not fulfill all these promises. He set up a spiritual kingdom (Luke 17:20, 21; John 3:3-8). But He promised to come a second time in order to fulfill the Old Testament prophecies (Matthew 19:27-30; 24:21-35; 25:31-46; 26:64; Luke 17:22-37; 21:20-33; John 14:3). This promise of Christ's Second Coming is repeated many times in the New Testament (Acts 1:11; Philippians 3:20,21; Colossians 3:4; I Thessalonians 4:13-17; 2Thessalonians 1:7-12; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 9:28; John 3:2; Revelation 1:7,8; 19:11-21).
We believe that the personal, pre-millennial, second coming of Christ could occur at any moment. There will be two stages of this second coming: the first for the purpose of resurrecting the righteous dead and catching them away with the living saints who are prepared for the Rapture before the great tribulation period; and the second when He shall come back with His saints to destroy the armies of the Antichrist and to inaugurate His reign of one thousand years of peace. During this time Satan will be bound in the bottomless pit. After the millennium he will be loosed for a little season.
He will make one last desperate attempt to overthrow the kingdom of Christ. But he will fail. The people who have followed him in rebellion, together with the Resurrected wicked dead will be condemned at the great "White Throne Judgment" and will be cast, with Satan, into the lake of fire that will burn forever and ever.
After that scene of judgment upon the unrighteous, those who have put all their hope and faith in Christ will share with Him the renewed heaven and earth to all the endless ages.
While holding this immovable faith in the ultimate triumph of Jesus Christ, it is our firm conviction that amid the daily tests of faith and Christian responsibilities we must give ourselves to a ministry of faithful witnessing to His saving grace. Meanwhile we continually look for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ.
Christ established two ordinances for His people. Baptism and the Lord’s supper
Baptism is administered by immersion in water only for those who profess repentance towards GOD and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. It is a sign of the believers union with Christ in His death and resurrection. In addition it is also a sign for the forgiveness of sins and our identification with the visible body of Christ.
We practice the Lord's Supper as an ordinance of our redemption by Christ's death and believe that it points us back to Calvary and forward to Christ's coming again. Participation in this ordinance is not to be limited to our own members. The Lord's table is open to all the Lord's children and in our church they are all invited to commemorate together the death of their Lord.