On the picture: Evangelist Asbjørn Skjortnes preaches the gospel in the Word of Life Church in Split.
Evangelist Asbjørn Skjortnes visited Split in Croatia from the 17th to the19th of February 2017. He was invited by Pastor Drago Zrno in The Word of Life Church to have evangelistic meetings this weekend.
It was in the same area, Dalmatia, that Titus preached. Titus was a close associate of the Apostle Paul and he was sent to this area to preach the gospel (2. Timothy 4:10). Later Titus returned to Crete, where he is honored as the first leader of the church in Crete. Titus died at an advanced age after completing his race for the Lord.
On the photo: Lovely and affectionate praise during the meetings in Split.
On Friday Asbjørn preached from Romans 1:16: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes”, and from Ephesians 6:19: “Pray that the right words must be given to me when I speak, so I can boldly proclaim the mystery of the gospel”.
From these verses Asbjørn explained that Paul’s vocation was constantly preaching the gospel secret both to non-believers and the churches. It is not only the evangelists, who will proclaim the gospel, but all the ministry gifts are intended to illuminate the power of the cross. (1 Corinthians 2: 2)
What is the gospel?
The Gospel means the good news of what Jesus did on the cross. He hung on the cross as our substitute. Jesus took our place so that we would not have to be judged for our sins but be saved.
The Gospel is the power of God. Many people use their entire lives to pray for strength. The good news is that the gospel is already the power of God to everyone who hears it. You do not have to ask for power, accept the good news and you’ve received power. The power is in the Gospel. We believe in the Holy Spirit, but God’s power is released when we preach the gospel. The Gospel is the power of God for salvation and healing right now!
The Gospel is the power of God to everyone who believes! Isaiah 53.1.says: “Who has believed our report? For whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? ”
The arm of the Lord is the Lord of power and it will be obvious to everyone who believes the message. What message should we believe?
Isaiah 43 verses 4-5 says: “Verily, it was our sicknesses He took on Himself our sorrows He carried, while we considered Him stricken, smitten of God and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions. He was crushed for our iniquities. The penalty for that we would get peace struck Him, and by His stripes we are healed. “
The good news is that Jesus took our sins so that we could receive forgiveness and the gift of righteousness. And that Jesus took our sicknesses and pains so we could receive healing and health. Believe the Gospel!
On Saturday Asbjørn preached from Luke. 14. 16-23, the parable of the great feast. The main focus in Asbjørn`s preaching was verse 17 .: “Come, for all things are now ready. “
On the cross, Jesus said, “It is finished!” We do not need to finish something that has already been completed. He atoned all our sins so that we may receive His grace, forgiveness and justice. Christ bore our diseases and pains, so we could receive healing and health.
He took our poverty and need, so we could receive the blessing and abundance. Jesus took our shame and condemnation, so we might be partakers of His glory and dignity. He experienced being abandoned by God, so we should never experience solitude, but rather always live in His presence. Jesus died young so that we might live long. Jesus experienced hells horror that we might experience the glory of heaven. On the cross, He was everything so that we can be sure we will get everything He is now! (1. John. 4:17)
On the picture: Many came with faith and expectation to the meetings.
On Sunday Asbjørn preached from Acts 14: 1-3, 7 and Acts 8:24. Paul and Barnabas preached so that a large amount of both Jews and Greeks believed. What was the secret to having a large amount of people come to faith in Christ?
God’s Word says that the Lord gave of his grace words and pretended signs and wonders be done by their hands. Furthermore, it says that they preached the gospel. The gospel is called the grace of God’s word. Paul received a favor from the Lord Jesus who was to testify of God’s gospel of grace. From these verses Asbjørn tought that when we clearly preach God’s gospel of grace, a large amount of people will be saved and the Lord will vindicate His Word by the sick being healed. The Gospel of Grace is that Jesus has paid the price and made everything done. Salvation, healing, deliverance and the human need to the Lord, received free, as a free gift.
Picture above: The woman boldly testified that she was instantly healed from neck and back pain after a long time of suffering.
In all the meetings several people received the Jesus as their personal Savior and Lord. Sick people also testified instantaneous healings from various diseases and ailments (see photos above).
These include in particular an elderly woman who had been suffering with back pain for 10 years. She managed to bend over for the first time after all these years and boldly testified that all aches and pains were gone after the intercession (see photos above).
Another woman testified that strong muscle pain in the body for several years had disappeared after the prayer. Several others testified instantaneous healings from pain in the neck, back and legs (see photo above).
We are grateful to the Lord for His great mercy and faithfulness!
Mission Trips Ahead:
From the 19th to the 21st of May Asbjørn will have meetings in Dubrovnik in Croatia.
Pray with us that many people will hear God’s Gospel of grace, salvation and healing and that God’s kingdom will grow and that the churches are strengthened in their faith. Thank you for your faithful support and your prayers!
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Asbjørn and Gunlaug Skjortnes