Malta Evangelical Library

We provide and promote sound Christian literature that will help people to acquire a better understanding of biblical truth.

“Our purpose is to provide and promote sound Christian literature that will help people to acquire a better understanding of biblical truth. In this way they may be discipled to the Lord Jesus Christ and learn to love and serve Him in a manner worthy of the gospel.” - Malta Evangelical Library's Mission Statement Our Beliefs: We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. It is the utmost and supreme authority, the only infallible rule for faith and life. We believe that there is but one living and true God, Creator, Preserver, and Governor of the entire universe, existing eternally in Three Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. We believe that Adam was created in the image of God. When Adam sinned against God, he consequently incurred physical death and separation from God, bringing sin upon all humanity. Therefore, by the fall of man, God in His mercy and grace grants salvation to all who come to Him through Jesus Christ, and gives them eternal life. We believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. He was born of the virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, obeyed the law of God, died on the cross as a vicarious and victorious atonement for our sin and rose bodily on the third day. He ascended to the Father's right side and gave the Holy Spirit to the church. We believe that it is by grace, God's unmerited favour, that we are saved. In response to the calling of the Holy Spirit, those who trust in Jesus Christ are redeemed and given eternal life. We believe that Jesus Christ intercedes for His redeemed and it is only through Him that believers are able to come before their Heavenly Father. We believe that every sinner who is born again of the Holy Spirit is a new person. He evidences his new life by repentance and faith in the gospel. Believers are not bound by rules set outside of the Bible, but called to live and glorify God by the Holy Spirit. Their good deeds are the fruit of the Christian life and not the means for claiming righteousness. We believe that the Church is the body of Christ, which is made visible through local congregations of baptised believers, a communion of saints and a royal priesthood. They belong to Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ. We further believe that the Church is called to grow and mature to the fullest by the way of worship of God in spirit and truth, fellowship in love, discipleship, and the declaration and demonstration of the Good News of Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. We believe that the end of the world is the completion of Salvation: that Jesus Christ shall come again personally to consummate His Kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the unrighteous unto eternal punishment and the resurrection of the righteous unto eternal glory in the new heaven and the new earth. Our Library's History: The Malta Evangelical Library started on very modest lines. Actually it started as a tiny concept in the mind of a local evangelical pastor, Paul Mizzi, who is a firm believer in literature evangelism. Knowing how the Holy Spirit does use good Christian books both to convert and also to strengthen believers in their faith and walk, he had since the mid-eighties taken up the custom to lend his own books to interested people. Things developed this way for many years, until a further idea came to mind. He wrote letters to different Christian organizations, publishing houses and churches to make his desire to start a Christian library in Malta, which, as far as is known, would be the first of its kind in this country. The response was good and sometimes surprising. The Evangelical Library in London, for instance, was very generous with us in sending over large quantities of books. The Banner of Truth Trust also responded by sending us a good selection of their own titles, which are always appreciated by conservation Christians. With a quantity of books coming in, Paul had to build some shelving in his own basement to display the books and make them available to the public. He started cataloguing the books and advertising their availabiltiy by word of mouth, especially to other churches. Some people came over on purpose to have a look; books started to go out at a greater rate. However, the place was far from ideal. Finally, we decided to dedicate the entrance of our church building at Sta. Venera as the new premises for our library, now called the Malta Evangelical Library. A brother in our church, Thomas, whose job before retirement was as a joiner, built us the shelves, which can accomodate thousands of titles. Andrè Camilleri, another brother, was appointed to help with the library, seeing that he showed a keen interest in the library, and out of his own initiative bought some software for the proper registration and cataloguing of the books. Later on, his wife Miriam pitched in, assisting him in every way possible. They are still in the process of cataloguing the books; it takes a long time and a lot of patience. But the library is always taking shape, and although it is not yet officially open, books are being borrowed. There is still space available on the shelves, but as a resource, the library is fulfilling its function in providing sound literature both for believers and unbelievers. Interestingly enough, the library includes a few evangelistic books in Maltese, either translated or original. Christian literature in Maltese is very limited. Pastor Paul did most of the translations and his brother, Dr. Joe Mizzi, a paediatrician, wrote a book about the gospel with a Roman Catholic readership in mind, since Malta is largely Catholic in population. Such books are also available, and since we have a quantity of them, most of the time are given away for free to seekers. Although the Maltese people are not really strong in reading, yet the library definitely has its place and is already playing an important role in reaching to the lost and discipling others, according to the mandate given us in the Great Commission. The challenges are great, but the opportunities are even greater. And while we have freedom of speech, we certainly want to make the best use of the modern spirit of toleration to reach our nation for Christ through various means: street evangelism, tracting, personal witnessing, teaching, preaching, radio programmes, websites on the internet, and so on. The Malta Evangelical Library is also instrumental to make Christ known in all his grace and glory.

Mission: “Our purpose is to provide and promote sound Christian literature that will help people to acquire a better understanding of biblical truth. In this way they may be discipled to the Lord Jesus Christ and learn to love and serve Him in a manner worthy of the gospel.” - Malta Evangelical Library's Mission Statement

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BOOK OF THE MONTH: DECEMBER 2019

THE DIVINE GLORY OF CHRIST
By Charles J. Brown

"Books on the deity of Christ have generally concentrated on the 'big' texts of Scripture. In these pages Charles J. Brown presents another line of evidence, often overlooked, which ought to bring the reader of Scripture no less irresistibly to the same vision of Christ's divine glory. This evidence he terms 'indirect or incidental' yet, far from losing its importance on that account, Brown's unusual approach has a particular force and appeal. In C.H. Spurgeon's opinion the book, first published in 1867, is 'small but precious and much to our personal edification'. Charles J. Brown, who died in 1884, published little in his lifetime. This is the main reason why though foremost among the Scottish preachers of the last century his name is so little remembered today."

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An enjoyable little book setting out some of the incidental proofs of Jesus’ divinity and glory. Brown then applies them to various doctrinal errors of his day which are still prevalent today - albeit in some cases under different names. A lovely little book for slow devotional reading. Also useful for apologetics with cults or Islam- for looking at the claims of Jesus from a different angle.
Mark Loughridge

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Charles John Brown, was born on 21 August 1806. Charles grew up closest to the fourth son, David, and both brothers became assured of a saving relationship to Christ during student days in Edinburgh in the 1820s, where they sat under the ministry of Dr Robert Gordon. It was his conversion that ended Charles Brown’s preparation to be a lawyer and set him on the course that led to his become a minister in 1831. He was an animated, incisive, and very spiritual preacher.’ Brown was Moderator of the Free Church General Assembly in 1872. His only books were The Divine Glory of Christ (1868) and The Way of Life (1874), both of which were made up of sermons. Charles John Brown passed away to be forever with our Lord in 1884.

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BOOK OF THE MONTH: OCTOBER 2019

THE GREAT REFORMATION
By R. Tudor Jones

"When the Augustinian monk Martin Luther rediscovered the biblical truth that God graciously justifies sinners, he had no idea to what this would lead - a religious awakening which profoundly altered the course of European history. Though the Reformation is often regarded as a closely integrated movement, it in fact took many forms. It therefore requires a wide-ranging analysis. This Dr R. Tudur Jones skilfully provides in a survey which ranges from Iceland to Poland, from Wales to Spain. Here is a concise and readable introduction to a critical period in the life of the church. "

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Many shorter surveys of the Protestant Reformation focus on England/Scotland, the Netherlands, and Germany. This is an enjoyable and informative book that actually spends some time in Reformation efforts from Poland to Spain. It's a bit dry in places, but overall, this is an excellent choice for the student or layperson seeking to get a short "big picture" of the Reformation. It's not a bad starting point for deeper study, as well. I will say it would be nice to see more treatments of the Reformation in Wales, considering the great men of God who have emerged from that country! Z. D. Houghton

About the Author

Robert Tudur Jones (1921 – 1998), better known as R. Tudur Jones, was a Welsh nationalist and one of the country's leading theologians. His nationalistic stance, combined with Calvinist doctrine, created an integrated vision that was significant to the religious life of Christian Wales in the latter half of the 20th century.

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BOOK OF THE MONTH: SEPTEMBER 2019

MY UTMOST FOR HIS HIGHEST
by Oswald Chambers

For nearly seventy-five years, countless millions of Christians the world over have trusted the spiritual companionship of Oswald Chambers's daily devotional, "My Utmost for His Highest." These brief scripture-based readings--by turns comforting and challenging--will draw you into God's presence and form you as a disciple of the Risen Lord. You'll treasure their insight, still fresh and vital. And you'll discover what it means to offer God your very best for His greatest purpose--to truly offer Him your utmost for His highest.

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A masterpiece devotional writer, and excellent evangelist and teacher, Oswald Chambers has become near and dear to so many Christian families with the enduring "My Utmost for His Highest." Arguably the most popular classic devotional of all time, there is a reason why Oswald is read and beloved by so many saints around the world.

Each day is a new topic, with a specific scripture wherein Oswald not only leaves plenty of spiritual milk to drink, but also tons of spiritual meat to chew. Each sentence can be contemplated on forever, and each day's devotional is more than enough not only to grow in knowledge and grace, but to daily turn our affections to our blessed Lord Jesus Christ, the author of our faith.

I read Oswald every day in the morning, before I begin my day; each day Oswald reminds me the importance of picking up the cross, and the sacrifice that we must endure for the sake of gaining Christ. I plan to read this devotional throughout the rest of my life and can't wait for the day that I can give it to my children.
Brent McCulley

About the Author

Oswald Chambers was born in Scotland and spent much of his boyhood there. His ministry of teaching and preaching took him for a time to the United States and Japan. The last six years of his life were spent as principal of the Bible Training College in London, and as a chaplain to British Commonwealth troops in Egypt during World War l. After his death, the books which bear his name were compiled by his wife from her own verbatim shorthand notes of his talks.

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BOOK OF THE MONTH: AUGUST 2019

MERE CHRISTIANITY

By C.S. Lewis

"In the classic Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis, the most important writer of the 20th century, explores the common ground upon which all of those of Christian faith stand together. Bringing together Lewis’ legendary broadcast talks during World War Two from his three previous books The Case for Christianity, Christian Behavior, and Beyond Personality, Mere Christianity provides an unequalled opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike to hear this powerful apologetic for the Christian faith. One of the most popular and beloved introductions to the concept of faith ever written, ‘Mere Christianity’ has sold millions of copies worldwide. The book brings together C.S. Lewis’s legendary radio broadcasts during the war years, in which he set out simply to ‘explain and defend the belief that has been common to nearly all Christians at all times. Rejecting the boundaries that divide Christianity’s many denominations, ‘Mere Christianity’ provides an unequalled opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike to absorb a powerful, rational case for the Christian faith."

Review

It is difficult to limit my excitement about this classic work by C.S. Lewis. I first read the book while in college and now I am taking several fellows through the book in a small group setting. It is a timeless classic that is as true today as when it was originally penned by Lewis as a series of talks given in London over the BBC during the challenging days of WW2. One must remember the historical setting when they read through the work. Because this is a compilation of a series of talks, Lewis did not assume that the people who heard his first series of lectures necessarily heard the lectures in the second series. As a result, one might think he is mildly repetitive. As you work through this great book take some time to digest the material in each chapter and reflect upon the material that Lewis covers and the thoroughness of his argument and perspectives. The book is a chronology of the thinking processes Lewis went through as his spiritual journey travelled from atheism and reluctantly to Theism and ultimately to Christianity. It is amazingly refreshing and valid for any reader. One thing I have discovered about Lewis is that he typically packs more into one sentence than most authors do in a paragraph. I cannot recommend this work high enough.
Keith J. Thomas

About the Author

Clive Staples Lewis (1898–1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954, when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement.

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BOOK OF THE MONTH: JULY 2019

A Summary of Christian Doctrine
By Louis Berkhof

Just as Louis Berkhof’s Systematic Theology is outstanding in its own field, his book A Summary of Christian Doctrine is unequalled as a popular handbook of Christian doctrine, written from an evangelical and reformed standpoint.

Systematically arranged and helpfully sub-divided, A Summary of Christian Doctrine has proved ideal for church study-groups. Passages for memorization and questions for review at the close of each chapter enhance the book’s value for the student.

About the Author

Louis Berkhof (1873-1957) was born in Emmen in the Netherlands and emigrated with his family in 1882 to Grand Rapids, Michigan. In 1900, he graduated from Calvin Theological seminary and took up the pastorate of First Christian Reformed Church in Allendale, Michigan. Two years later, he went to Princeton Theological Seminary, and within two years had earned his BD degree. Then he returned to West Michigan to pastor Oakdale Park Church located in Grand Rapids. He was an outstanding teacher, and the author of some twenty-two books, including his magnum opus, Systematic Theology, first published in 1934.
In 1906 Berkhof returned to his alma mater, Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, as professor, and served on the faculty for thirty-eight years until the end of his life. He was the seminary’s President from 1931.

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BOOK OF THE MONTH: JUNE 2019

Living with the Living God

George Smeaton and John Owen

Living with the Living God brings together two of the classic works on the person and work of the Holy Spirit from two of the most renowned theologians - George Smeaton and John Owen.
"The Holy Spirit and Communion with The Holy Spirit. It must surely be a sad thing that there is so much disagreement among Christian believers about the nature and work of the Holy Spirit.
Therefore, part one looks at the Biblical teaching concerning the Holy Spirit, as Smeaton leads us on a journey of exploration through Scriptures teachings on the Holy Spirit.
Part two sees John Owen deal with the relationship between the believer and the Holy Spirit in our daily experience.
Living with the Living God provides an accessible and practical opportunity for the contemporary reader in understanding the work of the Holy Spirit.

Review

George Smeaton and John Owen have written with characteristic depth on the person and work of the Holy Spirit. Their work, however, can feel somewhat daunting to the contemporary reader and so the treasure remains unearthed. This book resolves that difficulty. A really helpful doorway into the doctrine; it is lucid, accessible and surprisingly thorough for such a short volume. Readers will find it clarifies and edifies in equal measure. (Reuben Hunter ~ Pastor, Trinity West Church, London)

About the Authors

George Smeaton (1814–89) was a Scottish theologian ordained to the ministry of the Church of Scotland at Falkland in the Presbytery of Cupar (1839). He was among the numerous ministers who emerged in 1843 during the Disruption to form the Free Church of Scotland. Smeaton was a divinity school classmate and contemporary of such men as Robert Murray McCheyne and Andrew and Horatius Bonar.
He was appointed professor at the Free Church College in Aberdeen (1854), and later became Professor of Exegetical Theology at New College, Edinburgh (1857).

John Owen (1616 - 1683) was an English theologian and "was without doubt not only the greatest theologian of the English Puritan movement but also one of the greatest European Reformed theologians of his day, and quite possibly possessed the finest theological mind that England ever produced"

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BOOK OF THE MONTH: APRIL 2019

How You Can Be Sure That You Will Spend Eternity with God

By Erwin W. Lutzer

Here is a passionate, persuasive case for the gospel that will convince the seeker and renew the faith of believers everywhere.
Lutzer addresses questions such as:

• Why did Christ teach that so many religious
people will find the door to heaven shut in their
faces?
• How perfect do you have to be to get to heaven?
• Will the gift of salvation be taken away if you commit a serious sin?
• Is it presumptuous to be sure about your eternal future?
• Is it wrong to doubt your salvation? When are doubts healthy and when are they harmful?

No matter how much you know about the Gospel, this compelling book will provide a radical understanding of God's grace and power.

Review:

You should know about this book: It's so inspiring, that you simply can't stop reading.

Mr. Lutzer explains in this book the importance of grace, the free gift God gave us through Jesus. With this book, you will truly see how much God loves us that we are assured of salvation once we believe and walk the path of the Lord. This book will make you grow spiritually, something rare to find in most books. I used to hear "Jesus washed away my sins" but never quite grasped the true meaning of it: why did He have to die for Him to do so? If He was God, couldn't He simply have chosen a simpler way? With this book, the answer becomes so logical and so heart and mind touching. In trying to prove to you why yes we can be sure we will spend eternity with God, Lutzer has built one of the best and most grasping explanation of the cross and its central place in our salvation. Then you'll understand why believers can be sure of their salvation: because God paid the price instead of us...to the last cent!

Simply put, no Christian should miss reading this book: its small, exciting, biblically based, and will help you get a step closer to God.
Antoine Maalouf

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BOOK OF THE MONTH: MARCH 2019

The Strategy of Satan
How to Detect and Defeat Him

By Warren W. Wiersbe

Dr. Warren Wiersbe discusses basic biblical instruction on defeating the strategies of the devil. Centering his material on Satan's attacks as deceiver, destroyer, ruler, and accuser, the author emphasizes conquering the enemy comes by obeying God's truth. Chapters are included on defeating the devil in church and the home.

Review:

Don't enter the battle blindfolded! You have to know and understand the enemy in order to prevail. Easy reading laced with verses to back up the author's strategy. This book gives proactive Biblical insights to resist and overcome Satan's attack. He that is in us is greater than he that is in the world! Michael B. Grosser

About the Author:

Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe was born on May 16, 1929 in East Chicago, Indiana, and is an internationally known Bible teacher and the former pastor of The Moody Church in Chicago. For ten years he was associated with the “Back to the Bible” radio broadcast, first as Bible teacher and then as general director. Dr. Wiersbe has written more than 160 books. He and his wife, Betty, live in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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BOOK OF THE MONTH: FEBRUARY 2019

The Man God Uses

By Oswald J. Smith

The Man God Uses provides one of the clearest statements available on the conditions of victorious Christian living. It includes all of Oswald Smith's heart-searching messages on the deeper life, particularly the famous Morning Watch and Victorious Life.
Nothing is more needed in the Church to-day then a clear, concise, and Scriptural plea for separation, Spirit-filling and service.
The blessed truths of the Spirit-filled life are open to all the saved. This book does not concede Christianity as a creed to be memorised and carefully shelved for Sunday worship. It conceives Christianity as a life created by and centred in the Lord Jesus Christ, for use in a world steeped in sin but sought by One mighty to save.

Reviews

"His books have been used by the Holy Spirit to sear into the very depths of my soul". Billy Graham

This is a book that should be read and translated into Christian life and service. Dr.R. E. Neighbour

About the Author

Oswald J. Smith (1889-1986) was a Canadian pastor and evangelist, enthusiastic mission’s supporter, pastor, poet, hymn lyricist, and author. He pastured congregations in Chicago, Los Angeles and Toronto, but is best known as the founding pastor of ‘The Peoples Church’, a large congregation in greater Toronto. He also travelled throughout the world and used radio broadcasts to share the gospel message and stimulate missions’ awareness. He was one of the most versatile Christian leaders in the history of the Christian church. Perhaps never has one man done so many different things well. At age 13, his Sunday school teacher said, "Any of you boys might be a minister." He thought in that direction from that time on. On December 8, 1910, he surrendered completely to God. His diary states - "The great struggle is over, I surrendered completely to God. I now trust that He will send me out to the foreign field. I do not care if my life is hidden away, unknown by the civilized world, as long as it is known to Him."

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