Several years ago, I was in prayer in my flat in a village outside Sandnes, when the Holly Spirit started to speak to me. At that time, I was one of the preachers in a pentecostal church in the village. The Holly Spirit told me to move to Sandnes and plant a church for Him. He said that it would become an example church of the new standard that He would raise up in His kingdom.
Then, in the autumn of 2015 the Holly Spirit brough up in my heart the calling and vision He had given me, and told me that now was the time to plant. So we started with one small house church in our home. Now we have grown to four chuches on the West coast of Norway. All glory to God, who is the builder!
Words that our network has been given:
Arise and shine ...
1 Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.
2 For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you.
3 The Gentiles shall come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising.
4 "Lift up your eyes all around, and see: They all gather together, they come to you; Your sons shall come from afar, And your daughters shall be nursed at your side.
5 Then you shall see and become radiant, And your heart shall swell with joy; Because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you, The wealth of the Gentiles shall come to you.
- God's way to revival for his church.
An Example Church
7 Thus He showed me: Behold, the Lord stood on a wall made with a plumb line, with a plumb line in His hand.
8 And the Lord said to me, "Amos, what do you see?" And I said, "A plumb line." Then the Lord said: "Behold, I am setting a plumb line In the midst of My people Israel; I will not pass by them anymore.
- God is establishing His own standard in His church. He is placing the plumb line in the midst of her. And He wants us to build on His church according to His standard, not according to our ideas or the latest fashion.
1 David therefore departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam. And when his brothers and all his father's house heard it, they went down there to him.
2 And everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him. So he became captain over them. And there were about four hundred men with him.
1. Samuel 22,1-2
- God has given us this word about the men that came to David in the cave of Adullam.
They where all in some form of distress, and they were probably not individuals that anybody was counting on to do great things. They where a band of misfits.
But if you read in 2. Samuel 23,8-39 you find them again, but now as the heros of Israel, the migthy warriors. God wants us to see everyone in the church as He does; as migthy men in Christ. And we as ministry gifts are to help them all into the function God has for them.
New Life Apostolic Network
The New Life Apostolic Network consists of both local congregations and house churches. We do not necessarily build house churches as a step on the way to a regular, large church, but seek God's guidance in each case. However, if God leads in this direction, we will gladly let the house churches become regular local congregations.
We believe in the worship service as an important tool for God. We will therefore strive to bring people together to meet with God in his presence.
We long to see the whole church enter its full function, mature in the use of the gifts of the Spirit. We want to see it change from consumer to producer of spiritual blessings.
The New Life Network will also conduct leadership and preacher training. We will also have a preacher pool, consisting of all the ministry gifts Jesus has given to the network at all times. These will alternate between the various house churches and the congregations, so that we get balanced and varied preaching throughout the network.