(Korsets Seier) The first consultation on the Work of the Holy Spirit and World Evangelization, under the joint auspices of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization (LCWE) and the World Evangelical Fellowship (WEF), was held in Oslo last week, gathering 50 leading theologians, missiologists and practitioners from every continent to 4 intensive days of discussions. Our own Jan-Aage Torp of Salemkirken, Oslo was on the hosting committee for the consultation at Staffeldtsgaten, with the whole Norwegian Lausanne Committee. The international consultation coordinator was Dr. Tormod Engelsviken.
John Wimber of the reknown Vineyard Church in Los Angeles which is impacting the world with signs, wonders and church growthThe purpose of the consultation was to explore issues raised by biblical studies and contemporary experiences of the Holy Spirit in relation to evangelism and church renewal. The meeting was co-sponsored by the LCWE Theology Working Group and Theological Commission of the World Evangelical Fellowship. Among the topics that were presented and discussed were “The Holy Spirit in Creation and Providence”, “The Holy Spirit in the Godhead, “The Holy Spirit in Christ and in Christians”, "Is the Pentecostal movement in continuity with the Patristic Fathers?", "Demonic powers in the world", "Gifts of the Spirit", "Tongues and prophecy", "Renewal of congregational life and ministry". "Renewal of fellowship and unity", "The Folk-Church of Germany", "Holiness and lifestyle", and the question "A special outpouring of the Spirit in the end times?"
John Wimber of the reknown Vineyard Church in Los Angeles which is impacting the world with signs, wonders and church growth-It was a tremendous time of spiritual revelation and sharing, says young pastor Jan-Aage Torp. -Among the participants were John Wimber of the reknown Vineyard Church in Los Angeles which is impacting the world with signs, wonders and church growth. General Superintendent of Assemblies of God, Thomas Zimmermann, was with us the whole time, and even the conservative scholar of theology, James (J.I.) Packer. They disagreed on many matters, but they also learned to know each other, and that is an important step, states Jan-Aage Torp, who personally took care of John Wimber during his whole stay, picking him up at the airport, and dropping him off there at the end of the week. Other leaders who participated were, among others, Leighton Ford, Tokunbih Adeyemo, Akira Izuta, Knut Jorgensen, Myung Hyuk Kim, Ada Lum, Bruce Nicholls, Emilio Nunez, John Reid and David Wells, William Menzies, Peter Kuzmic, Olof Djurfeldt, Oskar Skarsaune, Roberta Hestenes, and Johannes Hasselhorn.
-We were privileged in Salemkirken to have Thomas Zimmermann preach in our church in both services on Sunday, and he was very well received. Then on Monday evening we brought together about 100 ministers from the Oslo area for a time of impartation from Rev. Zimmermann. That was also a great time! declares Jan-Aage Torp.