This month, will you join us in praying for Norway?
Norway is well known for its natural resources of petroleum, hydropower, fish, forests, and minerals. Ironically, it is also known as a missionary-sending nation, though very few Norwegians are actively involved in Evangelical congregations. In 995, Norway’s king adopted Christianity, and in 1536, Lutheranism became the official state religion. Even today, an amazing 91% of the 5.4 million Norwegians claim Christianity as their religion, with almost 72% belonging to the Lutheran church. Though, even with these seemingly impressive numbers, only 8% are considered Evangelical and due to the society’s increased affluence these past few decades, materialism has hidden people’s deep need for a relationship with Jesus.
In Norway, many state church pastors focus on Christ and His Word, unlike leaders of government-sponsored churches in other European countries. The Norwegian Baptist Union is active and has planted many churches in recent years, some among immigrants. Among Norwegians, friendship evangelism has been the primary way for people to experience Christ and enter into a relationship with Him.
The Norwegian Baptist Union has requested help from missionaries to serve in discipleship, leadership training, evangelism, and church planting. One prime area for effective church planting is in the suburbs, reaching everyone from businesspeople to the poverty-stricken. Cities are effective places to minister to immigrants, many of whom are refugees that have settled in Norway over the past several decades.
◾️ Pray that state church pastors will be increasingly committed to biblical theology, and that God’s Spirit will spark revival in churches.
◾️ Pray for God to re-establish the roots of Norway’s rich Christian past.
◾️ Pray for Evangelical churches to be fruitful in multiplying disciples as they reach the younger generations through creative, Christ-centered ministries.
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