Fifty years ago, some Salem friends gathered for a conference with brother Bratlie, who had travelled from Norway to meet new contacts on te westcoast of USA. This Soptember, the anniversary was celebrated with a grand feast.
In the previous article on our website we met family Tombre Nilsen in Stathelle, who shared their thoughts about the development at Brunstad. In today’s article, they talk about their own investment and also their involvement in the local church life in Grenland.
Brunstad Christian Church (BCC) is a Christian church that started in Norway on 17th May, 1898 through Johan O. Smith’s conversion and is a result of his life and work. At the present time BCC has local churches in 54 countries spread over every continent. In Norway there are 19 local churches comprising approximately 8 000 members.
BCC’s local churches also use the name Brunstad Kristelige Menighet. BCC is often popularly referred to as “Smith’s friends”.
Brunstad Christian Church works using the Bible as its source and guideline in questions of doctrine.
The main work of the Church consists of teaching people to keep all that Jesus commanded, Math. 28, 18-20. We believe in the Forgiveness of Sins, Acts. 10:43 and 13:38, through Jesus’ death for us, 1. Cor. 15:3 and Eph. 1:7. We believe that Jesus was tempted just as us, Heb. 2:18, but that He never sinned, Hebr. 4:15.
We believe and preach that we can follow in Jesus’ footsteps, He who committed no sin, 1. Pet. 2:21-23, and that we therefore can in every situation live a personal life in victory over all conscious sin, Rom. 8:37.
Help to self-help is at the very center of our missionary work. We are not interested in investing funds to be used as a pillow and a basis for passivity, but rather to stimulate local involvement according to the resources and possibilities available. Our experience is that without active involvement and hard work from those who receive help, there will be no healthy church growth.