We believe in Jesus, not only as the historic person he was, but as the resurrected and living God. We therefore pray, read the Bible and worship Him, because we believe Him when he said: "I am the way, the truth and the life". Here you can find what Laget NKSS' faith and practice is based upon, in 14 points which we share with most churches in Norway.
The Fater, Son and the Holy Spirit is the one true God, eternal and unchanging, holy and allmighty, merciful and loving, and ever-present everywhere.
2. The Bible
The Bible is the reliable Word of God. The Scripture alone is the definitive norm in all questions about life and faith. Everything the Bible proclaims as truth is binding for the Church of Jesus Christ. The Bible is understood through its own account of the life of Jesus Christ and His salvation of mankind. The Word of God reveals sin and sets people free. As such, the Word is an instrument, by which the Spirit may create in us a true faith in Jesus Christ.
God has created the whole world and sustains it. Every human being is created in His image to be an object for His love, to love and honour Him, have eternal life, love one's neighbour and preside over His creation.
After the fall of man, all of humanity is a generation of sinners without a truthfull relationship with God. All stand with guilt and are therefore subject to his holy wrath and judgement with no possibiblity to, by their own means, save themselves from it. Because of sin, all of creation is left to decay, the community of man is ruled by selfishness, and injustice is allowed to flourish.
Jesus is the Messiah, the son of God, fully God and fully man, incarnated; by the power of the Spirit, from the virgin Mary. He lived, without sin, a true human life. He died on the cross, rose from death and ascended to heaven as Lord of all creation.
Through His atoning sacrifice on the cross, in our place, Jesus Christ, once and for all, reconciled all the earth with God and conquered sin, death and the devil.
Justification is the act of God, by the gift of grace. The righteousness, that Jesus Christ has won for us, is ascribed to us by faith alone. Through it, anyone may recieve forgiveness of their sins and stand before God in righteousness. Whoever believes in Jesus are – by themselves – sinners, yet they are justified and fully righteous in Jesus Christ.
In order to be saved everyone must repent from their sin and believe in Jesus Christ. Through the Word of God the Holy Spirit works faith and penitence in us. By faith and baptism the Spirit dwells in us, regenerates us, and incorporates us into the Church of Christ.
In those who are regenerated, the Spirit works in them a growing likeness to Christ; in mind and action. The old humanbeing shall die and the new shall grow. This struggle persists until our transformation, on the day that Jesus Christ returns.
10. The Church
The holy universal Church – the body of Christ – is the fellowship of all those who believe in Jesus Christ. It is sustained and renewed by the Holy Spirit through the Word of God, baptism and Holy Communion.
11. The Mission
Jesus Christ is the world's only Lord and saviour. He has given his Church the mission of making disciples of all the peoples and He has given His Spirit, who equips us with power and gifts for this mission. Every limb in the body of Christ has part in both the mission and the equipping.
12. Responsibility of Christians
Jesus Christ is lord of a Christian's life in its entirety. This commits all Christians to a correspondingly credible lifestyle. In Christ, mankinds presiding responsibility is renewed; to care for and manage creation, take responsibility in society and the world, and oppose evil and injustice.
13. Kingdom of God
The kingdom of God exist among us as a kingdom of mercy and forgiveness, but is yet to come in its full glory. All Christians still share the terms of the fallen creation; with frailty and impermanence, and suffer with Christ. Still there is revelation of the saving power and grace of the kingdom of God. When signs and miracles happen, in the name of Jesus Christ, they signal that the kingdom of God is near.
14. Return of Christ
At the end of time, Jesus Christ will return in plain sight. By his word all the dead shall rise bodily, and He shall judge each and every one – To eternal life, or to eternal perdition. Then God shall create the new heaven and the new earth, where perfect righteousness reigns, and establish the Kingdom in all its perfection.