Ascension 2021: Let’s not stand still, but carry on

Whether witnesses are believed or not is something everybody has to decide for themselves. What counts is the credibility of their testimony and whether they themselves believe their own account! The disciples, who witnessed Jesus ascend into heaven, stuck to their version of the story and refused to budge even a millimetre. More

Seeing what makes the invisible visible

It grows in secret, but it’s growing… the new life in and from Jesus Christ. For it to be able to thrive the believer needs the proper focus. Here are some pointers from a recent service by the Chief Apostle. More

Spotlight 7/2021: Shaping our future

The idea is not to simply wait for the future, but to prepare for it and shape it. This is the tenor of the New Apostolic motto for 2021. District Apostle Michael Ehrich of Germany explains why. More

Divine things in captivity

The soul is immortal and there is even help for the dead. Where does this notion come from? And how is it explained? Here is the answer from the International Youth Convention 2019. The not so ancient Greeks will make the start. More

The greatest declaration of love

How wonderful it would be if there were a love that never stops and forgives everything? This is the kind of unconditional affection that people long for. Here is a Good Friday sermon on extraordinary manifestations of love and the human pitfalls. More

The sacraments (33): How often should we partake?

When is the table of the Lord prepared? And how often should believers come to the table? In the past and present of the various denominations, the gamut of when to partake in the Lord’s Supper runs from once a day to once a year—let’s take a tour through some of the churches. More

The story with the beans

Beans instead of grains of wheat. Chief Apostle Jean-Luc Schneider explains the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ with an experiment from his childhood. An object lesson not only for Sunday School children. More

Anticipating the Holy Spirit

Ascension Day and Pentecost are coming up. The church Jesus is looking forward to these Christian high feasts as central mysteries of the faith. The church receives testimony of this through the continuous activity of the Holy Spirit. More

Who is God?

Jesus answered this question by his contemporaries by showing them what God is like. Today it is the believers who must do this. Chief Apostle Jean-Luc Schneider explained how in a recent divine service. More

Gratitude: the power that produces fruit

It sounds menacing: those who don’t bear any fruit will be cut down. However, the parable of the barren fig tree is not a threatening message, but a message of joy. Anyone who digs deep enough will discover how the Bible interprets itself. More

Spotlight 6/2021: Let us stand together as a congregation

The past year brought many new challenges. How did we deal with them? Have they managed to distance us from God? What lies ahead of us? District Apostle Kububa Soko (Zambia) answers these questions in his own way. More

Faith alone

The Bible says that Adam and Eve were disobedient. That’s how we humans are. But Jesus was very different: He was obedient to the point of death. His sacrifice made it possible that human beings can become more and more like Jesus. More

The sacraments (32): Table manners with bread and wine

What is the real focus of the congregation when celebrating Holy Communion? Fellowship with Christ, or fellowship with one another? The answer is reflected in the manner in which the believers gather for the sacrament and receive the elements. More

Pastoral care (11): Confession and the quest for relief from guilt

Confession is a touchy subject. It is a highly sensitive and personal matter and often involves unresolved guilt. It is a difficult subject for all concerned. More

Being a Christian means praying for all people!

Gaggenau, of all places—it was in the surroundings of this town that Helge Mutschler grew up as a child. Years later, he was appointed a District Apostle Helper in this very same place. That’s how small the world often is! But that is also how great God’s work is! Well, according to the Chief Apostle, anyway. More

Spotlight 5/2021: Look up and persevere

As a little boy, Enrique learned to ride a bike. Still today he remembers some advice from his father that helped him. Thoughts on our annual motto from District Apostle Enrique Minio, who lives in Argentina. More

“What God gives is always enough”

It’s been a long time since you have been allowed to go to church. The last celebration of Holy Communion feels like forever. Is this no longer important? Here are some answers from the Chief Apostle by video. More

Jesus Christ is the standard for serving

A long development, a tough old Adam… Chief Apostle Schneider is aware of the challenges that a life modelled on Jesus brings with it. Yet, he encourages us to constantly renew this resolve. More

The sacraments (31): The sequence according to the menu

It all began as a simple table prayer and developed into a rich culture incorporating many different forms of expression. We’re talking, of course, about the celebration of Holy Communion. Where did it come from and where will it lead? Here are some similarities and differences. More

An “I” that makes you think

Suffering—hoping, being lonely—having friends: seldom in the year do these contrasts become more apparent than between Good Friday and Easter. And already for the second time, this period has been dominated by a pandemic that has now claimed the lives of over 2.7 million people. More