THE MISSION OF THE CHURCH, AND THE CHRISTIAN LIFE, IS ALWAYS A RESPONSE TO WHAT GOD is doing. IF NOT, IT CAN EASILY BECOME ABOUT A PERFORMANCE OR CROSSING OUT SOME SPIRITUAL NEED-TO-DO LIST. BUT NEITHER THE CHURCH, NOR LIFE, FUNCTION IN THAT WAY. WE WANT TO RESPOND TO GOD. THEREFORE OUR BIBLES ARE OPEN, OUR EARS ARE LISTENING, AND OUR PRAYERS FILLED WITH EXPECTATION.
IT IS GOD, NOT THE CHURCH, THAT HAS A MISSION IN THE WORLD.
It is He who loves the world, he who sent Jesus as savior and prepared a way for humanity to come back to him. Nevertheless the mission of leading people home to God is not detached from the believer. The God of the mission has a church. Jesus explains, “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself. When the church, the ones who believe make known the good news about Jesus, then we will draw all people to himself.
We want to respond to what God is doing, make the good news about Jesus known and join God mission in the world!
In Sentrumkirken we give Jesus to the new generation. We wish to create understandable services for young people and the ones that are not so used to church so that the good news about Jesus is made available for more people. We want to be a part of Gods mission in the world and make Jesus known in the neighborhoods, families, classes and workplaces in our world. When Jesus started his ministry he said, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father” at the same time he was known as “a friend of tax collectors and sinners.” When we live in response to what Jesus has done maybe we will get that same label?
Dan and Charlie Blythe have visited Sensommer before and we are excited to have them back with us again this year! They are in the pastoral team that lead one the fastest growing churches in Europe. When Hillsong London started they had a dream that going to church would be as popular as going to a football game. They have come a long way and been able to exalt Jesus in the metropolis in a way that have drawn thousand of people towards salvation and a new life. We will be inspired!
Carl Gustav Severin is a mission legend in Scandinavia. He has spent most of his adult life traveling around the world with the gospel and been part of the Word of Life Sweden’s charge to the former Soviet Union since the beginning of the early 90s. His stories are full of humor, miracles and faith in an almighty God. Carl Gustav’s teaching is encouraging, inspiring and full of faith. Yes to all! We want to go when God says go.
This year there will also be some separate events for teenagers with Alex Botn which is the youth pastor in Filadelfia Ålesund. In addition the kids get their own Kids Sensommerconference and we also for the first time do a separate event for girls and women.
We are looking forward to a life changing conference – both for our family and for the people in our world!