What is Slottsmissionen? We are a Christian mission organization. We work to spread the Gospel – the message about Jesus the Son of God, who came into the world to save sinners. We are very eager to reach out with this message!
We want to hold on to the old Message. We are not trying to be culturally relevant or liberal in our biblical interpretation. Some would probably say that we are still living in the 19th century. Our answer to that is that we would like to go even further back in time – to the first century. In the book of Galatians chapter 1, verses 8-9 it says: “But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.” It is very strong language that the apostle Paul uses here, and for good reason. The Gospel is about God’s Plan of Salvation – JESUS! The human must be saved! This is an incredibly serious matter. The Message includes sin, righteousness and judgment. Followed by Jesus’ vicarious sacrificial death on Calvary’s cross, about the need for repentance and faith. But also about real faith and true conversion and The Cost of Discipleship. That God is a holy God and if He has saved us by His grace – He’s also calls us to obey and follow Him. If you like the modern, more digestible and non-confrontational type of Christianity, without a cross, then you will not like our work.
We believe in working together with local churches, it is biblical. One part of the evangelist’s gift is to stir up and wake up Christians to obey the great Commission, both at home and abroad. May God fill us with His Holy Spirit so that we will have boldness to preach and witness – Acts 1:8, 4:31. The biggest obstacle is fear of man and our unbelief. “But Peter and John answered them, Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.” Acts 4:19-20. We need the fear of The Lord! It is the beginning of wisdom. The Bible says in Proverbs 29:25 that the fear of man brings a snare. The weakness of the flesh (the old sinful nature) when one stands publicly to proclaim the Gospel, but equally the strengthening and power of the Holy Spirit when we obey. God gives the Holy Spirit to those who obey him. Acts 5:32. (The new man in Christ)
Slottsmissionen likes to visit your church. We are flexible according to your needs. We can preach at the service or hold a meeting at a weekend. We can hold seminars and train the congregation how to share their testimony or how to do personal evangelism. We can hold a quare meeting in the town together or go around door to door. During the summer, we can also come and have tent meetings.
May we remind you dear readers that Jesus said in the parable ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled.’ This applies in all seasons. We are not to sit and expect sinners to come IN. There is an urgency to the Gospel! The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 6:2 “Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” and in Hebrews 3:15 “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” Unrepentant sinners go to hell even in Winter time, not only in the Summer!
Just as an aside, sometimes when we are invited to hold a meeting at the square, we are asked if we can serve coffee and cookies etc. Although we have no objections to this, it is certainly not our primary mission. It doesn’t have to be wrong and it can be a way to “get out” unaccustomed parishioners, we also have to share the Gospel! And that means confronting people concerning their sins, and then preach the cross and the resurrection, repentance and newbirth, heaven AND hell, the judgment seat etc. The Whole Message, not just the humanistically acceptable parts eg, “God loves you!” or the human value. But also why you must be saved and not to reduce the Gospel to this one mantra as many do. It is a gross misrepresentation of what the Gospel truly is. There is much to say on this matter. But when you preach the whole message, you can expect some people to get very angry, even those who call themselves Christians! Yes, some who call themselves Christians can get angry when they hear a pure Gospel. So that means they might not be so inclined to accept the coffee and cake. It is not written in the Acts of the Apostles that the disciples went around with tables and offered people coffee and cakes. It says that the believers went about preaching the Word of God, Acts 8:4.
We are certainly not against doing acts of charity or extending kindnesses to the people of this world, quite the reverse, but it should never take the place of preaching! We must not do social projects at the expense of the Gospel. This is all too often the case. There are successful mission efforts where, for example, rented ‘Folkets Hus’ and invited people to a dinner. To build friendships there, where you also let someone share their testimony about how Jesus transform lives. We have also seen churches starting a ‘Språkcafé’, which is also an excellent way to evangelize. These are some good ways to reach out to immigrants and the more isolated in society. There’s nothing wrong with any of this and we would encourage it BUT it doesn’t replace the need to publicly preach the Gospel. Acts 20:20-21 “how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you in public and from house to house, testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.”
- We believe that the Bible is the word of God and the only foundation for Christian doctrine and life. We believe that every human being can be saved through personal repentance and by faith in Jesus Christ as the only path to salvation.
- We believe that there is a heaven and a hell, and that every person’s choice to accept or reject Christ is decisive for where one will spend eternity. We are convinced that every Christian is called to spread the good news in different ways; the Gospel of God’s salvation.
- We believe in the Holy Spirit and that God himself confirms the preaching of the word by giving power to the conversion by raise people up from humiliation, through healing the wounds of the slain and by freeing people from the bondage and slavery of sin. All this happens because of Jesus Christ on the cross bore our sin and broke the power of Satan.
- We believe that God has chosen to work through his church and that the church is called to be a witness of God’s grace and a blazing torch to remind the world about God’s salvation and God’s character.