Livets Ord

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Livets Ord, literally Word of the Life, is the largest parish within the Swedish Word of Faith movement. The parish was founded in Uppsala by Ulf Ekman on May 24, 1983, who also served as its leader until 2000. Ekman passed on the local pastorship in Uppsala to Robert Ekh that year and instead works on expanding the church's international work. The church is the foremost example of the Charismatic movement in Sweden, closely related to Word of Faith, and it may be viewed as a Swedish expression similar to Pentecostal elements in American Christianity.

According to its supporters, Livets Ord's primary goal is to help believers put into practice what the Bible says. Faith, healing, prayer and answers to prayer, together with a conviction that God is good, are central themes in the preaching at Livets Ord. The church focuses its messages on everyday life. From the beginning, the church's worship services have been distinguished by its freer format, strong adherence to what the Bible says, focus on praise and worship, and plenty of space for preaching.

When it was founded the movement met with criticism from mass media and other churches, due to what was perceived as an inhumane perspective against people who suffer from physical disabilities and financial poverty, coupled with its authoritarian leadership. Since then the movement has consolidated, and its views have emerged as somewhat more acceptable to Swedish free churches.

Aside from church, the movement also runs academic schools for all ages and Bible Schools. It sends missionaries to Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Israel and India.

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Operation Jabotinsky

In conjunction with the Christian Zionists in the United States, the Livets Ord operate a fund to supply money to Russian Jews who want to move to Israel. The fund, named "Operation Jabotinsky", is named after Russian Vladimir Jabotinsky.

Livets Ord Theological Seminary

The congregation has started its own institution of tertiary education, Livets Ord Theological Seminary. It is affiliated with an American institution, Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the largest charismatic Christian university in the world, accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.[1] Livets Ord Theological Seminary offers American Bachelor's and Master's degrees in New Testament Studies, History, Education, and other fields under the auspices of Oral Roberts University, but lacks accreditation from the Swedish Government to award Swedish academic degrees.

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