Georg Gustafsson - församlingsledare, predikant och förebedjare inom den svenska Pingströrelsen
Sammanfattning: This thesis is about the Pentecostal preacher Georg Gustafsson (1899-1983). The aim is to describe, analyse and evaluate his devoted service for the Swedish Pentecostal movement during more than 60 years of his life. The thesis describes the person, his lifetime achievement and the context within which his work was carried out. One important point of departure has been to understand his background and roots in the revival in Småland, characterized by pietism and neoevangelism/Rosenianism. A number of questions have been raised and answered in this study, one of them being: How did Georg Gustafsson as an individual, and the Pentecostal movement as a collective consider the call of God? Another question is how Gustafsson preached, and how his preaching in form and content fitted in with the homiletic tradition which Pentecostal Pastors represented during the 1900`s? The third question relates to Georg Gustafsson`s intercession and healing ministry. Why did he devote himself to such a ministry during 60 years, and to what extent was prayer for sick people characteristic for the Pentecostal movement during the period from 1920 to 1980?The fourth question I’ve tried to answer is: What responsibilities did Georg Gustafsson and other leading persons of the Swedish Pentecostal movement have regarding Swedish society during the 1900`s? It was first in the 1940`s that the Pentecostal movement began to be seriously interested in society-related issues. The fifth and last question is: How did Gustafsson react on the development within the Swedish Pentecostal movement itself? The answers are given in this thesis.
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