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  • Day 2, Lesson 4: The Sabbath Day, Keep It Holy

    < Back Confirmation Day 2: God, the Triune God Day 2, Lesson 4: The Sabbath Day, Keep It Holy Objective Created for man to Study God’s Word, rest and refresh his mind; The Sabbath Day is honored Learning Outcome Explain God’s purpose for the Sabbath Day and how to honor it Confirmation Exercise Questions None Reference Material Booklet Song: The Sabbath day, let it be blest, / That thou and all thy house may rest; / Keep hand and heart from labor free / and hear mu preaching willingly. O Lord, have mercy. (SHZ 180 v.4) ​ Booklet Text: Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. (Exodus 20:8) Additional Reference Material SCRIPTURE Gen. 2:1-3; Ex. 16:23-30, 20:8-10; Heb. 4:4-10 ​ CURRICULUM Lesson 6.4 ADDITIONAL LESSON POINTS Student will understand that God has commanded a day of rest so that man has opportunity to pause beside God's Holy Word and to also rest and refresh his mind and body. The student will be able to explain how the Sabbath day is honored and give examples that demonstrate their understanding. RESOURCES​ Luther’s Small Catechism, p. 5 Part I. The Ten Commandments VZ: Keep the Sabbath Day Holy, Sept. 2007, page 2; Previous Next

  • Our Mission

    Our Mission To preach the gospel of repentance and remission of sins to the people of our communities, our nations, and throughout the world so that they might become partakers with us of the grace that God offers sin-fallen man in His Son Jesus Christ. ​ To nurture and strengthen the faith of the believing and root our children in Christian faith in God's kingdom. ​ To awaken and inspire Christian values and ethics, soberness of mind, love of homeland, and responsible citizenship among the people of our nations.

  • Day 4, Lesson 2: God's Kingdom, Our Mother

    < Back Confirmation Day 4: The Holy Spirit, The Spirit of God Day 4, Lesson 2: God's Kingdom, Our Mother Objective Small, holy group of believing people; The workplace of the Holy Spirit is in the congregation where it continues the work of Christ Learning Outcome Describe what our Mother congregation is and where it can be found. Confirmation Exercise Questions #13. What are some of the names given in the Bible for the congregation or kingdom of God? Mother, Mount Zion, the pillar and ground of truth, the True Vine, the sheepfold, Jerusalem, the golden candlestick, the Bride of Christ. #20. What is meant by the office of the keys? The authority that Jesus gave to His own to forgive sins. #21. Where and with what words did Jesus authorize His own to forgive sins? In John 20:22, 23, where He said “Receive ye the Holy Ghost: Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.” Reference Material Booklet Song: Jerusalem, God’s Zion, came down from heav’n above. / She’s our beloved mother, whom we, her children, love. / It’s here that God is dwelling, in Spirit here is found; / Of truth it is the pillar and is its very ground. (SHZ 188 v.1) ​ Booklet Text: “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:32) Additional Reference Material SCRIPTURE Luke 12:32; 1 Tim 3:15; Eph. 5:31,32; 1 Thess. 1:6 Matt. 7:21-23; Matt. 28:18-20; Mark 13:11; Luke 12:11, 12; John 14:26; 15:26; 16:7-13; 2 Pet. 1:20, 21; Acts 2:2-4; Acts 19:13-16; Rom. 5:5; 1 Cor. 4:20; 6:19; 2 Cor. 13:14; Eph. 3:4,5; 1 Thess. 1:5; 4:7, 8; 2 Tim. 1:14; Rom. 8; John 20:22,23; Acts 2:38; Matt. 7:21-23; Acts 19:13-16 ​ CURRICULUM Lesson 2.8 ADDITIONAL LESSON POINTS God has a congregation here on earth; it is made up of believers who are joined by the bonds of the Holy Spirit. The work of the Holy Spirit is explained in the Bible, the third article of the Creed, and Luther’s explanation of the third article of the Creed. RESOURCES​ By Faith 21; Christian Doctrine 44-49; The Holy Spirit and Its Work, V. Juntunen, The Sheepfold Tender, pages 102-111. Previous Next

  • Day 2, Lesson 2: Faith, a Gift from God

    < Back Confirmation Day 2: God, the Triune God Day 2, Lesson 2: Faith, a Gift from God Objective Faith is our connection to God, preserved in a clean and undefiled conscience; By Faith, we already own what we hope for, and believe in things not seen Learning Outcome Define faith and how to preserve it. Confirmation Exercise Questions None Reference Material Booklet Song: Our Faith is the greatest of gifts we could own. / Through Christ we are given the hope of a crown. / Through grace He doth give us the strength to believe / When blessing in His name and blood is received. (SHZ 403 v.2) Booklet Text: But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:6) Additional Reference Material SCRIPTURE Hab.2:4; Matt. 6:30; Rom. 1:7; 5:12; 10:17; Acts 26:18; 1 Cor. 2:5; Gal.5:22; Eph. 2:8, 4:5, 6:16; 1 Tim. 1:19, 3:9, 6:12; 2 Tim. 3:15, 4:7; Heb. 10:22,23. 11:1-3, 11-6; 1 Pet 1:7 CURRICULUM None ADDITIONAL LESSON POINTS To know God and our Savior Jesus Christ by faith is the most important matter in man’s life. A general revelation is not sufficient for knowing God Only in Jesus Christ can man truly know God Faith carries us to heaven RESOURCES Voice of Zion: Bible Concepts: What is Faith? Y. Talo, January 1993, page 13 Voice of Zion: Faith of the Heart, L. Hakso, February 200, pages 4,5 Obedience of Faith, E. Alajoki, LLC Winter Services, 1995 Faith and Reason, J. Lehtola, LLC Summer Services, 1995 Unity of Faith and Understanding, W. Lampi, LLC Summer Services, 2007 Through Faith We Understand, K. Nissalä, LLC Winter Services, 2014 Previous Next

  • Day 3, Lesson 4: The Gospel, the Message of Victory

    < Back Confirmation Day 3: Jesus, the Son of God Day 3, Lesson 4: The Gospel, the Message of Victory Objective The core of the gospel is the forgiveness of sins; The gospel is the power of God to the person who believes it Learning Outcome Explain what the core gospel is and why it is important to me, a believer. Confirmation Exercise Questions #16. What is the Gospel? The Gospel is the joyous message of Jesus Christ. #17. What is the core message of the gospel? The proclamation of the forgiveness of sins. #18. To whom is the Gospel preached? To the penitent and remorseful. Reference Material Booklet Song: And therefore Jesus gave command: / “Go forth and preach in ev’ry land / To contrite hearts, forgive their sin; / O’er Satan’s strength my work will win.” (SHZ 409 v.2) ​ Booklet Text: For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. (Romans 1:16) Additional Reference Material SCRIPTURE Isa. 55:1; Jer. 31:31-34; Matt. 4:23; Mark 1:14-15, 16:15; John 8:11; Rom. 1:16:15, 10:4, 13-17; Gal. 2:16; 1 Thess. 1:5; Tit. 2:11-14; Heb. 4:15-16. ​ CURRICULUM Lesson 3.6 ADDITIONAL LESSON POINTS The Gospel promises man the forgiveness of sins and salvation in Christ without the works of the Law. In the gospel a new man is born. Those who have come into faith through the Gospel cannot be touched by the condemnation of the Law. When the Holy Spirit sanctifies man, the grace of God teaches him to forsake sin and live in obedience to God's will. RESOURCES ​ Christian Doctrine 55; The Treasure Hidden in the Field, J. Uljas, pages 49-54 LLC Website: The Law and the Gospel, D. Rintamaki, Summer Services, Ministers and Board Meeting, 1994; Gospel of Christ – Power of God, J. Stewart, Winter Services Youth Presentation, 1994. VZ: Counsels and Rebukings of the Gospel, W. Havas, Jan/Feb 1974 page 22; The Gospel Provides Power to Battle Sin, Phoenix Winter Services, April 1994, pages 6-8; Previous Next

  • ​LLC History - 1990s

    NEXT GENERATION Format changes to The Voice of Zion were made and children’s content was printed in a new periodical, The Shepherd’s Voice. New congregations were formed and new technology was utilized. A new generation of workers took on the work and the name of the organization changed to Laestadian Lutheran Church. View a historical exhibit of Laestadian Lutherans in North America, originally prepared for the new millennium. from living seed to flourishing field_small .pdf Download PDF • 10.49MB LLC History 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s LLC Music History More

  • Day 6, Lesson 4: Caring for One Another

    < Back Confirmation Day 6: Caring For Faith Within the Congregation Day 6, Lesson 4: Caring for One Another Objective First we should love God; We should love our neighbor as ourselves Learning Outcome Describe how God’s love prompts me to help others Confirmation Exercise Questions None Reference Material Booklet Song: When we see our neighbor suff’ring, / When he lacks necessities, / May we share our many blessings, / All the gifts that we receive. / May we comfort him who struggles, / That he never weeps alone. / May we tell him of the Savior / Seated at the mercy throne. (SHZ 412 v.3) ​ Booklet Text: “Am I my brother's keeper?” (Genesis 4:9) Additional Reference Material SCRIPTURE Gen. 4:1-15; Gen. 23:2-6; Sam. 12-13; Matt. 7:12; 18:15-20; Luke 7:36-50; Luke 10:25-37; Luke 22:54-62; John 16:13; John 21:17; Rom. 12:10, 14-18; 1 Cor. 2:1-5; 2 Cor. 5:19,20; Gal. 1:6,7; 6:1,2; Eph. 4:1-5, 32; Col. 3:16; Heb. 12:1,2; 1Pet. 2:9. ​ CURRICULUM Lesson 7.6 ​ ADDITIONAL LESSON POINTS Joseph’s faith engendered love, which gave strength to forgive and care for others The Good Samaritan used his time, skills and money for the good of one that needed help The love that God gave as a gift teaches us to accept ourselves and our neighbors as unique persons created by God Valuing diversity does not mean approving of sin and an indecent life Continuous criticism, suppression, and derision of another person and cold indifference are foreign to the neighborly love that is the fruit of true faith. Neighborly love is being near, listening, but also caring and desiring to help when needed Neighborly love gives us a readiness to meet a diversity of cultures with an open mind. A person who has set out on a different road in faith matters may long for contact with believers. Learn to discuss in such a confidential, secure manner so that a person could openly ask questions and even question matters. Search for answers within the congregation of God. It is our task to convey the Redeemer’s loving invitation. A penitent sinner can believe sins forgiven unconditionally in the gospel proclaimed from the Kingdom of God. ​ RESOURCES ​ By Faith Lesson 37 ; Christian Doctrine 85 - Saved to Serve; How to Approach Another Person, Aimo Helen, SRK Speakers and Elders meeting at Summer Services 2013; How to Approach Another Person, Keith Waaraniemi, LLC Summer Services 2014 (Presentation based on Aimo’s Introduction); Crossing the Current: Neighborliness–An Individual and Worldwide Matter; Crossing the Current: Neighborliness – A Neighbor in Need, J. Bloomquist, pages 98-99; The Sheepfold Tender: Bear One Another’s Burdens, D. Lahti, p. 143-147; Do You Care About Me?T. Hanninen p.163-164; I Will Seek That Which is Lost, H. Kallunki, p.165-173 ; VZ: A Brother’s Keeper, Youth Page (several articles), Jul 1999, page 8 Previous Next

  • Day 1, Lesson 1: The Most Precious Matter in Our Lives

    < Back Confirmation Day 1: Welcome! Day 1, Lesson 1: The Most Precious Matter in Our Lives Objective To know God and our Savior Jesus Christ is the most precious matter in our life. Learning Outcome Describe the purpose for my Confirmation school Confirmation Exercise Questions Explain that the exercise questions will be asked on Confirmation day Direct students to the questions and answers in the back of the Student’s Booklet Reference Material Booklet Song: This precious lot was given me / When I began this journey / And made a sacred promise here: / Lord, Thine I would be only. / Thy footsteps I will follow, Lord, / Confess Thy name here in this world / From Thy blest kingdom, Jesus. (SHZ 298 v.1) Booklet Text: Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them; (Ecclesiastes 12:1) Additional Reference Material SCRIPTURE Matt. 4:4; 6:21, 33; 13:44-46; Hos. 6:6; Heb. 11:1,6; James 2:19; John 10:9; 14:6; Rom. 5:1,2; 2 Cor. 4:6; Eph. 2:12,13; Col. 1:20-22; Heb. 7:25; 1 Pet. 3:18 CURRICULUM Lessons are based on the Bible and Martin Luther’s Small Catechism Instruction on the practices in living Christianity Guidance on living a Godly life, including life in the congregation ADDITIONAL LESSON POINTS Confirmation school helps a youth to believe in God Confirmation is a continuation of the baptismal teachings On Confirmation day students will confess the faith in God and partake of Holy Communion Christian teaching is based on God’s Word The Holy Spirit is needed to open God’s Word The Holy Spirit is found in the congregation Student will understand that only in Jesus Christ can man truly know God. Resources Remember Thy Creator in the Days of Thy Youth, S. Roiko, LLC Website, Summer Services, 2010 Remember Thy Creator in the Days of Thy Youth, M. Taskila, At the Crossroads of Choosing, p. 172; The Choices of Youth, The Sheepfold Tender, pages 120-121 Previous Next

  • Day 5, Lesson 2: Repentance, a Change of Heart

    < Back Confirmation Day 5: I Need the Word Of Grace Each Day Day 5, Lesson 2: Repentance, a Change of Heart Objective Repentance is remorse over sin, believing the gospel, and the forsaking of sin; Repentance is entirely the work of God Learning Outcome Describe how an unbeliever’s life changes through repentance. Confirmation Exercise Questions #15. To whom does the Law belong according to the Bible? To the unbelieving. #19.What is true repentance or conversion? True repentance is remorse and distress over sin, believing in the proclamation of the forgiveness of sins in Jesus Christ. This is followed by a change of heart and battle against sin. Reference Material Booklet Song: This world of pain and loneliness / Brought only desolation. / Now I have hope and happiness, / True peace and consolation. / No more I roam, / But with His own, / I travel home, in Zion’s battling throng. (SHZ 321 v.6) ​ Booklet Text: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son.(John 3:16) Additional Reference Material SCRIPTURE John 13:34,35; 17:11,21,22; Acts 2:42,44-47; Eph. 4:3-6; 1 John 5:1; 2 Kings 5; Luke 15:10-24; John 3:1-8; 10:9; Matt. 16:19; Acts 8:26-38; 9:1-18; 10:23-48; Rom. 10:13-17; John 3:16; Rom. 6:20-23; Eph. 2:8; Gal. 5:16-26; Tit. 3:1-8; James 2:17,18,20 ​ CURRICULUM Lesson 3.8 ​ ADDITIONAL LESSON POINTS There are three parts of conversion identified in the Augsburg Confession. Through the means of repentance narratives in the Bible and real-life experiences, the student will understand that God has established a single means of entering the fellowship of His grace which we call conversion. Conversion happens in only one way; it is not a process of evolving, but is a particular event which happens in the twinkling of an eye. RESOURCES ​ By Faith 19a , By Faith 24 ; Christian Doctrine 71; Augsburg Confession Article XII The Treasure Hidden in the Field,J, Uljas, pages 41-48 VZ: Bible Concepts: Repentance, S. Särkiniemi, Feb. 1994, page 12 ;Repentance, J. Uljas, June 1998, page 5. Previous Next

  • Day 4, Lesson 3: Conscience, God's Voice In Us

    < Back Confirmation Day 4: The Holy Spirit, The Spirit of God Day 4, Lesson 3: Conscience, God's Voice In Us Objective The conscience guides us to do what is right, warns of sin, and instructs to repent when we have fallen; The conscience works properly when it is bound to God’s Word and the voice of the congregation Learning Outcome Describe what the conscience is and how it functions Confirmation Exercise Questions None Reference Material Booklet Song: Listen, precious young believer, / To your heart your Friend is speaking: / “Friend, I know that you are tempted. / It is you that I am seeking.” (SHZ 486 v.1) ​ Booklet Text: “How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” (Genesis 39:9) Additional Reference Material SCRIPTURE Gen. 39:7-12; Dan. 1:8; Ps. 103:8-13; Gen. 3:7,8; 1 Sam. 24:5; 2 Sam. 24:10; Job 15:20-25; 27:5,6; Ps. 32:3,4; 38:1-22; 40:11,12; 51:1-19; Prov. 16:25; Jer. 6:15; Luke 11:33-36; Acts 24:16; Rom. 2:14, 15; 7:15-23; 1 Tim. 1:18,19; 3:9; Heb. 9:14; 10:22; Isa. 1:16,18; 1 Pet. 3:15-17; 1 John 3:20-21; 1 Cor. 4:3-5; Ps. 139:23,24 ​ CURRICULUM Lesson 3.5 ADDITIONAL LESSON POINTS It is significant that God wishes to forgive and cleanse the conscience. Student will know how to care for his/her conscience. RESOURCES ​ Christian Doctrine 16; Keep Faith and a Good Conscience, J. Bloomquist, Phoenix Winter Services, Feb 1998; VZ: Faith and Good Conscience Discussed, H. Huhdanpää, Feb 1999, page 7; Decision-Making Tied to God’s Word and Good Conscience, J. Stewart, Mar. 2015, page 2 Previous Next

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