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Lutheran Confessional Church of Sweden
Lutheran Confessional Church ofSweden
The beginning of the Lutheran Confessional Church of Sweden, LBK
In October 1968 the Biblicum Foundation was established on the initiative of Doctor David Hedegrd and Dean G.A. Danell. The reason was the apostacy from the Word of God at the theological faculties and inside the national church of Sweden. Seth Erlandsson was called to build up an institute for Biblical research and teaching and be its director after his doctorate. Many were longing for true biblical teaching on a regular basis in an orthodox congregation. Through Biblicum's lectures at so called Biblicumdays the contrast to the mixed teachings in the pluralistic statechurch became evident.
Dr. Seth Erlandsson
Dr. David Hedegrd
To the left Biblicum's .frst building in Uppsala, to the right Biblicum's present buildingA group of young Christians in Uppsala had for several years gathered around Doctor Hedegrd for studies of the Bible and Luther's Small Catechism. In the autumn 1970 the group called docent Seth Erlandsson to conduct services every Sunday, to assist Dr. Hedegard with preaching and to administer the Sacraments.
In 1972 pastor Per Jonsson in Landskrona published articles in favour of leaving the statechurch and establishing a free lutheran confessional church. On his proposal Biblicum invited Dr. Siegbert Becker (WELS) to Sweden in the autumn of 1972 for lectures on important Biblical doctrines.
The doctrine of church fellowship became through Becker's visit a burning issue and resulted in a split in the board of Biblicum in the beginning of 1973 when Erlandsson and Jonsson announced that they planned to leave the statechurch, convinced that a protest against the apostacy in the national Lutheran church was not enough.
Dr. Siegbert Becker visited Sweden severaltimes. His many lectures have meant a lotfor true Lutheranism in ScandinaviaThe so called separatistic services in Uppsala, mentioned above, resulted in establishing a free Lutheran congregation in September 1973 named St Matteus. Sten Johansson was called as its pastor and was ordained in the presence of two pastors from The Evangelical Lutheran Synod in USA (ELS).
Two more congregations were formed in the summer 1974: Biblestudies in Yxenhult in the south of Sweden under the leadership of Erlandsson resulted in establishing St Johannes congregation in Yxenhult. Per Jonsson formed Vr Frlsares lutherska frsamling (Our Savior's Lutheran congregation) in Landskrona and became its pastor.
In September 7, 1974 members of the three congregations met in Uppsala and constituted LBK, Lutherska Beknnelsekyrkan (The Lutheran Confessional Church). During the next seven years six more congrega-tions were established, among them two in Norway.
Dedication of Biblicumss ftrst building in Uppsala 1980The current status of our church
LBK currently has six congregations in Sweden and gathers people for services in ten cities. (Rne, jebyn, Ume, Uppsala, Stockholm, Vsters, Norrkping, Ljungby, Gteborg och Esbjerg.) There are six pastors and five evangelists in the LBK.
The main responsibility of the evangelists is to conduct Sunday services in the cities where there is no pastor, or when the pastor is traveling to serve another congregation. The LBK is closely connected to the in- dependent Bible research foundation Biblicum which has an extensive theological library, and publishes a magazine devoted to biblical research which recognizes the Bible as God's infallible word.Theological and pastoral training
The LBK had its own seminary until two years ago. Financial cutbacks have forced us to adapt a policy that seeks to utilize the opportunities to study at other CELC seminaries. We have sent our students to the seminary in Leipzig, St. Sophia Seminary in the Ukraine and WLS in Mequon. Quite a few of our young members have been given the opportunity to study at MLC in New Ulm, Minnesota and have come back with new ideas, and an increased desire to serve their congregations. The annual church conventions/summer camps usually gather about 60% of the members and serve as an opportunity for Biblical lectures and instruction, aimed for members of all ages.
The annual summercamps usually gather 60% of the members
Midsummer camp, withherring and strawberriesSkicamp in the north part of Sweden with pastor Peter man.Special circumstances
The liturgy in our church is very similar to that in other Lutheran churches. Only two of the congregations have their own church buildings. The others have to rent a place for the services or gather in homes.
All the pastors have civil jobs and take care of the church in their spare time. High taxes and no right to tax reduction for gifts make it hard to pay a full-time pastor.Prayers for our church
We would appreciate if our brothers and sisters would pray for our called workers, for new young people to want to serve the church, for our youth who are living in an extremely secularised society, and for mission and revival.Chairman of the churchboard:
Torsten Carlsson Geres vg 14 SE-75440 Uppsala Tel. +46 18 327723
Efirstname.lastname@example.orgChairman of the doctrinal committee:
Alvar SvensonKlasgatan 10SE-34014 LaganTel. +46 372 30857Eemail@example.com
Contact informationThe 40 Years Jubilee Festival of LBK on July 11-13, 2014.Theme: A letter from Christ to the world
Part I: The Foundation of faith
Part II: The Proclamation of faith Part TTT: The Application of faith
Lectures by pastors from Sweden, Norway and Finland
Guest lectures by Prof. John Brug,WELS, Pastor Andreas Drechsler, ELFK, Pastor Timothy Hartwig, ELS and Pastor Artur Villares, Lutheran Church of Portugal