Day 35: Building on a Solid Foundation in Lithuania – Staff

The Reformed church in Lithuania was already small before World War II. Afterward, a 50-year Soviet occupation brought stiff persecution that caused more than half of the small Reformed church to head to the relative safety of the larger Catholic church. Today, only about 2,000 of the country’s 2.7 million people consider themselves Reformed.

But in the last 10 years, the Reformed church has moved toward a renewed emphasis on confessions. A few years ago, one Reformed leader grew excited about The New City Catechism (NCC), which offers 52 questions and answers to help children and adults alike learn the core doctrines of the Christian faith.

The leader shared the NCC with his friends and students in the charismatic Word of Faith movement, which had been moving away from its prosperity gospel roots. Their response? To help translate the catechism into Lithuanian and, eventually, to sign identical faith statements with the Reformed church. The NCC has provided not only unity, but a way for Lithuania’s Word of Faith churches to center themselves on the gospel.

Ways to pray:

Praise that these churches have anchored their theological stance in solid doctrine
For the continued translation of theologically sound resources into Lithuanian
For the NCC to continue to instill a solid foundation for new and old believers

“But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine.” Titus 2:1

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