Wilsons Meet Norwegian Adventists
at Oslo Fellowship Weekend
GC President offers condolences after violent attack.
BY TOR TJERANSEN
, communication director, Norwegian Union Conference
astor Ted N. C. Wilson, president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, while visiting Oslo as the main speaker at a fellowship weekend on September 16 and 17, offered his condolences to the people of Norway in the aftermath of the July 22, 2011, terrorist attacks. “I have personally prayed for the bereaved families, the king, and the government of Norway,” Wilson told an audience of 700 Adventists who had gathered for the annual fellowship weekend in Oslo.
This was Wilson’s third visit to the Trans-European area of the Seventh-day Adventist Church this year. Wilson talked about the difficulties of witnessing in a very secularized and sophisticated society.
STANDING WITH NORWAY: Ted N. C. Wilson, joined by his wife, Nancy, offered condolences to the Norwegian people during his visit to Oslo on September 16 and 17, 2011 [PHOTO: Adams/Elsie Tjeransen]
“I want to personally do whatever I can to help spread the gospel in this area,” said Wilson at the beginning of his Sabbath-morning sermon. The sermon focused on essential elements of Seventh-day Adventist identity. Wilson referred to the two identifying characteristics of God’s end-time church as given in Revelation 12:17, namely “[keeping] the commandments of God and [having] the testimony of Jesus Christ,” and urged church members to do their part in fulfilling the God-given mission entrusted to the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Wilson exhorted the congregation to “keep the Word of God central” in their lives with a focus on Christ and His righteousness.
On Sabbath evening Wilson answered questions on topics ranging from the ordination of women to the Great Controversy Project.
“I am impressed with the way Pastor Wilson handled the various questions in the question-and-answer session,” said Rolf Andvik, president of the East Norway Conference. “We are very happy that Pastor Wilson was able to come and visit Norway, and we would like to see him back soon,” he added.
Wilson’s wife, Nancy, and the president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Trans-European area, Bertil Wiklander, accompanied Wilson to Oslo. The event was televised through a coproduction of Hope Channel Norway and LifeStyleTV, and was transmitted live on LifeStyleTV and on the Internet. n