About us

We wish to be transparent about what we believe and how Calvary Chapel Geneva is financed and run.

This page will explain the roles that different members play in serving the church and others, under the ultimate leadership of the Lord Jesus.

We are currently praying that God will provide us with a Pastor.
When this happens, we will be in a position to add content to this page.

OUR CORE​ BELIEFS

Scripture clearly states the beliefs that are essential for a follower of Jesus to hold.

Each item in our statement of faith is biblically based and we invite readers to check the references.

THE BIBLE

  • The Bible is the inspired, inerrant, and authoritative Word of God.
  • The Bible is the final authority in every area it addresses for every individual Christian, as well as for the church collectively.

2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:21, John 10:35

GOD THE FATHER

  • There is one God who eternally exists as three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • All things were created by Him and for Him.

Deuteronomy 6:4, Isaiah 45:21-22, Matthew 28:19, Colossians 1:16

GOD THE SON

  • God the Son became a human being in the person of Jesus Christ.
  • He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born by the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless life (because He was without sin), died a substitutionary death for all humankind, was raised from the dead on the third day, ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God until His enemies are made His footstool.

John 1:1, 14, Matthew 1:18-25, 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 Peter 3:18, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, Hebrews 10:12-13

GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT

  • The Holy Spirit was sent by the Father and the Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment.
  • The Holy Spirit regenerates and indwells and seals every believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, and He empowers us to live as witnesses for Christ.
  • All of the gifts of the Holy Spirit are available to His church today.

John 14:16-17, John 16:7-11, Titus 3:5-6, Romans 8:9, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Ephesians 1:13-14, Acts 1:8, Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12-14, 1 Peter 4:10-11

HUMANITY

  • God created human beings, male and female, in His own image. He created them sinless, equal in value, dignity, and worth.
  • According to His purpose and design, men and women are created to fulfill distinct but complementary roles in the contexts of marriage, family, and the local church.

Genesis 1:26-28, Ephesians 5:22-6:4, 1 Timothy 3:1-7

SIN AND SALVATION

  • As a result of the Fall, all people are sinners by nature and in need of a Saviour, and that Jesus Christ is the one and only Saviour of the world. Salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Him.
  • All who call on the name of the Lord shall be saved eternally.

Romans 3:10, Romans 3:23, Romans 5:18-19, Matthew 1:21, 1 John 4:14, John 14:6, Acts 4:12, Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 10:9

THE CHURCH

  • There is one church, the body of Christ, consisting of men and women from every tribe, tongue, people, and nation.
  • Each local congregation is an expression of that universal church.

Ephesians 4:4, 1 Corinthians 12:12-13, Revelation 5:9, Acts 2:42-47

THE END OF THIS AGE

  • The church will be delivered from the “hour of trial” which will come upon all who dwell on the earth, being “caught up” in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air (the Rapture).

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, 1 Corinthians 15:51-55, Revelation 3:10

THE RETURN OF CHRIST

  • The saints will return with Christ to the earth, at His Second Coming, to rule and reign with Him.
  • The pre-millennial return of Christ, to sit upon the throne of David and rule over the house of Jacob (Israel), and the entire cosmos, forever.

Jude 1:14, Revelation 19:11-16, Revelation 20:1-6, Luke 1:31-33, Isaiah 9:6-7

ETERNITY

  • The resurrection of the dead. Some will be raised to life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt (hell).
  • God will create a new heaven and earth in which righteousness will dwell.
  • The throne of God and the Lamb (Jesus Christ) will be established in the New Jerusalem forever.

Daniel 12:2, John 5:25-29, Revelation 21:1-22:5

DISTINCTIVES

Guidelines

OUR PHILOSOPHY

God wants us to worship Him and serve others... but we have to do it His way not ours!
Therefore, our philosophy of ministry is based on these biblical principles.

BIBLE TEACHING

We place great emphasis on the exposition of Scripture and teaching the entire Bible chapter-by-chapter and verse-by-verse. We believe that the Spirit of God works through the Word of God in the hearts of the people of God.

CHRIST CENTRED WORSHIP

When the Lord created man in His image (Genesis 1:26) we were created with the glorious capacity to be a reflection of the Lord Himself.

EQUIPPING THE SAINTS

The Bible teaches about about walking in  the Spirit (Galatians 5:16) and having a renewed mind (Romans 12:2). We know that we should die to ourselves, pick up our cross, and follow Jesus.  Jesus gave his followers gifts to serve His people.

EVANGELISM

Jesus Christ gave himself for us on the cross, that He might give Himself to us through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, that He might live His life through us sharing the good news. We believe in and love sharing the good news of Jesus and do it with zeal.

ESCHATOLOGY

We hold to the Pretribulational Premillennial interpretation of Biblical Eschatology. This view anticipates a literal fulfillment of yet unfulfilled prophecies just as previously fulfilled prophecies have been literally fulfilled (Matthew 5:17-18).

MALE LEADERSHIP

Gender matters to God. Masculinity and femininity are not just social constructs. When God created mankind He did so male and female. And God uses gender to teach important spiritual truths about His relationship with His people.

GOD'S GRACE AND LOVE

Grace has been defined as God’s unmerited favor. In contrasting grace, mercy and justice, we see that justice is getting what we deserve, mercy is not getting what we deserve, and grace is getting what we don’t deserve. We don’t deserve the blessing that He bestows daily on our lives.

BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AND GIFTS

The task of reaching the world with gospel of Jesus Christ is an impossible one. Impossible, that is, without the equipping and enabling of the Holy Spirit.

SERVANT LEADERS

This is the conviction among pastors that the churches they lead do not exist to serve them, but that pastors are called to serve and lay our lives down for their churches.

MORALITY AND INTEGRITY IN LEADERSHIP

As ministers of the gospel, pastors should have lives that clearly line up with scripture, and as such a pastor’s life should be marked by integrity and moral purity.

INFORMAL STYLE

We don’t get involved in a lot of spiritual hype. We don’t try to motivate people carnally, and we aren’t apt to shout at the congregation. This relaxed style stems from our belief and trust in Jesus Christ and in the Holy Spirit.

We place great emphasis on the exposition of Scripture and teaching the entire Bible chapter-by-chapter and verse-by-verse. We believe that the Spirit of God works through the Word of God in the hearts of the people of God.
Exposition is more than merely speaking about the Bible or from the Bible; it is the proclamation of the Bible itself. The work of the expositor is to determine what God has said in Scripture and then to convey it to God’s people so that God’s own voice is heard. We believe that Bible exposition is inductive: directing the listener to the Bible’s own truth without preconceived ideas. We believe that Bible exposition is exegetical: demanding that the pastor critically examine the text with accuracy and basing his message upon observable principles of interpretation.

Revelation 4:11 “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” When the Lord created man in His image (Genesis 1:26) we were created with the glorious capacity to be a reflection of the Lord Himself.  We were created to literally share His life, His nature, His character, His love and joy and peace.  Thus man at his highest identity is found as he shares his life with the Lord and the Lord shares His life with us. Thus, we were made to worship the Lord as He is so worthy to receive glory and honor and power as we have been made to bring him pleasure. And nothing brings more pleasure to man than when man is pleasing God. In Calvary Chapel, we love offering ourselves to the Lord and worshiping and praising and rejoicing and resting in Jesus for all He has accomplished for us. We worship Him for what He has done in taking our sin on Himself and giving His life for us. And we worship Him for ever living at the right hand of the Majesty on high making intercession for us and presenting us faultless. And we worship the Father and the Son and the Spirit for all they mean to us for the rest of eternity.  Yes, worship is the precious gift God has given us.

The Bible teaches about about walking in  the Spirit (Galatians 5:16) and having a renewed mind (Romans 12:2). We know that we should die to ourselves, pick up our cross, and follow Jesus.  Jesus gave his followers gifts to serve His people.
We are blessed when we learn deep and rich truths from gifted Bible teachers as we listen chapter by chapter and verse by verse through the Bible during Sunday Services and Bible Studies during the week. But we do not follow men, but servants who always point us to Jesus. The book of Ephesians teaches that we are God’s workmanship. And that God gives gifts to men; each of us has a gift of a measure of faith. When we learn that Jesus gave men gifts to serve His people, the “Equipping of the Saints” happens with great fervour. And this is how believers can be used to plant new churches and start new para church organizations, to send people all around the world for God’s glory. Here it is in all its simplicity: Win people to Jesus, Disciple that person in Jesus, Send that person for Jesus.

The word evangelism simply means “the spreading of the good news of Jesus Christ by personal witness or public preaching.” Or “a zealous advocacy of a cause.” The very birth and growth of Calvary Chapel Geneva was because Jesus Christ gave himself for us on the cross, that He might give Himself to us through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, that He might live His life through us sharing the good news. We believe in and love sharing the good news of Jesus and do it with zeal. Jesus said “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” (Mark 16:15 ). Jesus also said “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them inthe name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20). And Jesus said “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8). Thus, our Lord Jesus gave to the Body of Christ the incredible privilege and blessing and responsibility and call to go into all the world and share the glorious news that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners and to make disciples. A foundational aspect of Calvary Chapel Geneva is the teaching of the Word of God. After His resurrection, Jesus emphasized the teaching of the Word to Peter when He asked him “Do you love me?” which Peter affirmed, and then Jesus told him “then feed My sheep.” And the result of good teaching is evangelism. As Pastor Chuck Smith often said,  “Healthy sheep beget sheep.” And that is evangelism to us. Evangelism first reveals itself primarily through the Christian’s life. Paul says that Christians are “You yourselves are our letter of recommendation ... to be known and read by all” (2 Corinthians 3:2). Thus, the great majority of Christians through history have come through the personal witness of Christians. Calvary Chapel Geneva loves all manner of public preaching of the gospel, desiring to reach all we can with the good news of Jesus saving us. Thus, there are also many varied methods of preaching Christ; in public open air evangelistic meetings, missionary outreaches around the world and through many media forms. Our desire is “to know Him and make Him known.”

Calvary Chapel Association holds to the Pretribulational Premillennial interpretation of Biblical Eschatology. This view anticipates a literal fulfillment of yet unfulfilled prophecies just as previously fulfilled prophecies have been literally fulfilled (Matthew 5:17-18). The Pretribulational Premillennial understanding encourages the most obvious and literal interpretation of the scriptures and has proven to be the most reliable and historically accurate form of interpretation of prophetic events (Matthew 24:25, John 14:29). Pretribulational Premillennial teaches that before the establishment of the one thousand year reign of Christ known as the millennium (Revelation 20:6). Jesus Christ will first remove His church, the bride of Christ, from earth prior to the advent of the Antichrist and the tribulation period of the end times (John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 2 Thessalonians 2:7-8; Titus 2:13). The Pretribulational Premillennial view espouses the Doctrine of Imminency which delineates between the sudden and joyous rapture of the church (Luke 21:36; 1 Corinthians 15:50-58; Revelation 3:10) from the global and predictable Second Coming of Christ with the church in judgment (Revelation 19:11-16).

Gender matters to God. Masculinity and femininity are not just social constructs. When God created mankind He did so male and female.
And God uses gender to teach important spiritual truths about His relationship with His people. The Bible reveals God as masculine, and His people as feminine. This is why in the Church and in the home, God wants our relationships between the sexes to mirror His relationship with His people. Like Christ, men should lovingly lead – and like the Church, women should willingly follow. 1 Timothy 1-3 sets out four qualifications for elders and pastors: moral character, giftedness to teach, divine calling, and male gender. God uses women in strategic ways, but pastoral authority and the teaching of doctrine in the church is reserved for qualified men. In Calvary Chapel Geneva, we have been blessed with wonderful examples of male leadership. Spiritual fathers to thousands of young people and has been models of biblical masculinity – strong yet gracious. A high priority in our philosophy is to help all our men be the servant leader God desires and their family deserves.

Grace has been defined as God’s unmerited favor. In contrasting grace, mercy and justice, I see that justice is getting what I deserve, mercy is not getting what I deserve, and grace is getting what I don’t deserve. I don’t deserve the blessing that He bestows daily on my life. In Newell’s commentary on Romans 6 he has some great comments on grace, he declares that it is God acting freely, according to His own nature of love, with no promises or obligations to fulfill: and acting righteously in view of the cross it is uncaused in the recipient: its cause lies wholly in the giver. It cannot act where there is cause or desert, it does not help, it is absolute, it does it all. Thus our proper attitude should be, to consent to be loved, though we are aware of how unworthy we are of that love; to refuse to make resolutions and vows to be better, for that is to trust in our flesh; to expect to be blessed, though we know how unworthy we are of those blessings. Satan would have me to focus on myself, and when I do, I can see many reasons for God to withhold His blessings, but when I focus on His grace, I expect and receive abundant blessings that never stop.

The task of reaching the world with gospel of Jesus Christ is an impossible one. Impossible, that is, without the equipping and enabling of the Holy Spirit. We acknowledge that to live for and serve the Lord we need the dynamic that the Lord Jesus imparts through the Baptism with the Holy Spirit. He has called us, commissioned us, and promised to equip us (Acts 1:8). The promise of this power (Dýnamis) is a gift for every believer (Acts 2:39) subsequent to the Holy Spirit’s work of regeneration and to be received by faith as a separate and distinct work of grace to that of salvation. The Lord has also promised to equip His servants with spiritual gifts for the work of the ministry (1 Corinthians 12:4-11). These gifts are for all believers to experience as the Lord wills and did not cease to be manifest at the end of the apostolic age.

This is the conviction among pastors that the churches they lead do not exist to serve them, but that pastors are called to serve and lay our lives down for their churches .One of the things the Lord has been pleased to bless in Calvary Chapel Geneva is its emphasis upon servant leadership. Jesus taught that leaders are not to be like the rulers of the Gentiles who lord their power and authority over others, but rather that the way to greatness in the kingdom of God comes by being a servant. He declared Himself to be our example in this, “the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:25-28). Pastors who consider themselves to be too important to do anything needed in order to serve the flock entrusted to them reveal that they have come to think of themselves as more self-important than our Lord. Pastors cannot represent their“Servant” Lord without being servants themselves. Pride, harshness, a sense of self-importance, or a dictatorial spirit is inconsistent with Jesus’ example. There are wonderful promises in God’s Word for those who choose to live a life of servant leadership, including 1 Peter 5:5, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

As ministers of the gospel, pastors should have lives that clearly line up with scripture, and as such a pastor’s life should be marked by integrity and moral purity. When Paul wrote to Timothy concerning the qualifications of an pastor, he made it clear that a pastor was to be “able to teach” (1 Timothy 3:2). The question is: was Paul only saying that one of the qualifications of a pastor is that he be able to verbally communicate theology, clearly? If that is the case, then even non-believers who read prepared scripts could qualify as a teacher of God’s Word, and thus become a pastor. Many church pulpits are occupied by such men. Teaching the Bible is different than teaching someone how to read, or write, or to do basic math. It is the communication of spiritual truth, and God’s Word is to be communicated by those who have personally partaken in the transforming power of the message that they now give. Paul said that pastors are to be “examples to the believers” (1 Timothy 4:12), because the Word of God is lived out amongst people, and pastors of all people are “walking sermons” before the world, and the churches that they lead. Sadly, the gospel message has often been undermined, not only by obvious heretics, but also through ministers who have not “lived out” the gospel and have, by moral failures of every kind, done damage to the message of salvation and transformation that we find in its message. In Calvary Chapel Geneva, we desire to have men who not only talk the message, but also walk the message. We take Paul’s admonition to Titus to heart, where Paul instructed Titus to “Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned” (Titus 2:7-8). As a group of men inspired by the Jesus Movement, it is our leaders' desire to keep Jesus first, to honor His name, and to keep themselves “unstained from the world.” (James 1:27). Because this is true, they  place a high emphasis on not just giving out, but living out the gospel before the world, their family, and those whom God has entrusted to their  care. Calvary Chapel pastors know that the ministry is not a job, a fast-track to fame, a place to show off their talents, or something they try to do because they are not skilled enough to do something else. It is a calling, something that theymust do because they long for nothing else. And this longing to minister is undergirded by a hunger to please God, and a desire to walk worthy of the gospel of Jesus Christ. They are aware that God has entrusted the care of His sheep to them, and because they take such a charge seriously, they guard their hearts, and they  minister with integrity, and moral purity.

We don’t get involved in a lot of spiritual hype. We don’t try to motivate people carnally, and we aren’t apt to shout at the congregation. This relaxed style stems from our belief and trust in Jesus Christ and in the Holy Spirit. We are of the belief that if the Lord doesn’t build the house, they labour in vain who build it, so all of our hype and pressure aren’t really going to do the job. We simply trust in the work of the Holy Spirit, and of Jesus Christ who is building His church as He said He would. If we have complete confidence that it’s His church, that He’s going to build it, and that He’s going to do His job, then all I have to do is be faithful. We simply need to watch His work, and then the pressure isn’t on us. We don’t get all hyped or pressured because the work of God isn’t our responsibility. It’s not "our" church. It’s His church. It’s very important to remember this, because if you try to carry the load and bear the burden, you’ll find that it’s too great for you. You’ll find yourself under pressure to create schemes and hypes, and then you begin to push and manipulate people. That isn’t the Calvary Chapel Geneva style, we are minus the hype. We’re not into the carnal pursuit of new programs or spiritual hype to try to appeal to people. It’s the Word of God that we trust in, that we teach, that we rely on. It’s the foundation upon which we are built. It’s inexhaustible. There’s no burnout with it. It just keeps going on and on and on. For this reason, we have a relaxed, casual style that’s reflected in our ministry. It’s His church so we don’t have to sweat it. We’re not really into seminars on how to build a church, how to create a user-friendly church, or how to develop a five-year plan. Who knows if we’ll even be here five years from now! Let’s minister for today!

Our Story

HOW WE GOT HERE

Calvary Chapel Geneva's ministry was started out of desperation by believers in the Geneva area who were hungry and thirsty for the undiluted word of God to be preached in church. By constantly seeking and searching they were eventually led to the Calvary Chapel Movement in the Philippines. Pastor Joseph Jo from Calvary Chapel Dumaguete came to Switzerland with the Lord’s vision, in a way similar to Paul when the Macedonians were calling him to preach in their land. Following his obedience to the Lord, Calvary Chapel Geneva was born in May 2017 in the town of Petit-Lancy in Geneva Canton. Here believers and unbelievers alike came to know Jesus Christ in the light of preaching the whole bible verse by verse, chapter by chapter and book by book. Some people who came were seeking God. Others had been wounded, bruised and abused spiritually. All came to be healed and made whole and started serving Jesus.