CELC - Confessional Evangelical Lutheran Conference
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Lutheran Confessional Church - Norway
Den Lutherske Bekjennelseskirke, the Lutheran Confessional Church in Norway, had its beginning in 1978. A group of believers had become more and more troubled by the situation in their national state church, Lutheran in name, a people's church that tolerated unbiblical teachings and practices. How much longer could they remain members there? What should they do? Where could they go? Help came from neighboring country Sweden, where a free Lutheran Confessional Church had been founded in 1974. Through the Biblicum institute for biblical research, and its director, Dr. Seth Erlandsson, the Norwegians were greatly strengthened. They received solid instruction in many important biblical truths, such as the doctrine of justification by grace alone, and the principles of church fellowship.
Two new congregations were founded, at Avaldsnes and Stavanger, on the southwestern coast of Norway. From the start, they were members of the Lutheran Confessional Church centered in Sweden (which also had members in Finland). However, since 2009 the congregations in Norway are organized as an independent Norwegian church body, while maintaining close ties with the sister churches in Sweden and Finland.
Members of the Lutheran Confessional Church in Norway gather regularly for worship services, Bible studies for young and old, confirmation instruction, and choir singing. In everything we do, we want to focus on the gospel of Jesus Christ and the salvation he has won for all people. We invite everyone to come and hear the wonderful message from God, given to us in his verbally inspired, inerrant, and authoritative word. The church publishes its own magazine, Bibel og Bekjennelse (Bible and Confession), which is read also by many non-members, as well as other printed materials, books and booklets in the Norwegian language. The church web site is www.luthersk-kirke.no