Faith

Suffering with Christ

Pakistan is a country in which Christians often face difficulties when they profess their faith in public. Chief Apostle Jean-Luc Schneider just recently preached about the Passion of Christ and that those who follow Jesus Christ often do not have an easy time of it. However, it is worth it. More


Spotlight 6/2020: To be free in Christ means learning how to love

Is it better to pick a beautiful flower and take it home or water it so that you can have the pleasure of admiring it all the time? District Apostle Enrique Minio from Argentina has an answer to this question. More


Grief is sometimes hard to cope with

Passion means suffering—enduring suffering. These days, more than ever, it seems that people have a sense of what it means to suffer. Grief and sorrow and a yearning for better times has taken hold of us. Join us for a look forward. More


How the sacrifice of Christ gives new life

Why did Jesus have to suffer and die? Well, naturally so that human beings could find their way back to God. But that is not the only significant aspect. More


As the Father loved Me …

“Jesus loves us as the Father loved Him,” Chief Apostle Jean-Luc Schneider said in Lahore recently. In order to reciprocate this love and fulfil the mission He has entrusted us with, Jesus has given us a manual. The Chief Apostle explained what it looks like … More


The sacraments (6): What matters is a matter of faith

Seven, three, or two: how many sacraments are there actually? Not even all the Christian denominations are in agreement with themselves when it comes to that question. But there is one point of intersection which all of them do acknowledge—almost all of them, that is. More


Watching the Chief Apostle from home on Easter

Easter is the “feast of consolation and hope”. Chief Apostle Jean-Luc Schneider really means it. To underline this he wants to send out a strong signal—with a worldwide divine service. More


Divine salvation: no pain, no gain

“We are responsible for our own salvation,” the Chief Apostle said in his sermon in Niamey. God puts the necessary means at our disposal so that we can obtain salvation. Our mission is to accept these means. More


The word of God brings light during the lockdown

A congregation without walls and borders—this is how hundreds of thousands of New Apostolic families experienced the past Sunday. Even though the doors to our churches were locked, the Church itself was more open than ever before. More


SOS: pastoral care is as varied as the people who need it

The body needs care and so does the soul. The image of the duality of man is shared by all churches. A priest is both a preacher and a shepherd. And both are legitimate. Pastoral care at a glance. More


Spotlight 5/2020: A healthy relationship between mankind and God

In order to attain freedom in Christ, there must be a relationship between mankind and the Lord. This is the foundation of spiritual freedom. That is how District Apostle Kububa Soko from Zambia describes it. More


The sacraments (5): Valid first, then effective

Let’s suppose a Priest proves unworthy and loses his ministry: are the baptisms he has performed still valid? The question of the efficacy of the sacraments has different answers. More


Keep calm – God will come to our aid

Sometimes the questions we have for God are so urgent that we practically want to shout them out. This is what the Israelites did in their despair when they saw no way out. The Chief Apostle explains how we can keep calm inside despite everything. More


How Jesus fills our hearts with joy

“Give me joy in my heart” we sing in one of our hymns. And how does Christ do that? Chief Apostle Jean-Luc Schneider reflected on this in a recent divine service. In his answer he found a wonderful promise. More


Get up and speak – about faith, love, and hope

A story with three different meanings: a signal to the world, a comfort for many, and an exhortation to the whole church. Following is the Chief Apostle’s analysis of the story of the widow of Nain. More


Spotlight 4/2020: Freedom is a process

God wants us to decide for Him. This requires a spiritual dynamic, a stated will to change. District Apostle Mark Woll from Canada offers some thoughts on the annual motto. More


The sacraments (4): outward signs of an invisible reality

A sacrament without signum and without res? That’s impossible. At least that is what the Catechism of the New Apostolic Church says. Sounds strange? Maybe, but there are good reasons for it. Join us for an excursion into the fifth century. More


Gratitude – service – Holy Communion: the focus of our sermons in March

According to the liturgical calendar, Christians are currently observing Lent, a period of fasting and penitence that ends shortly before Easter. Soon we will be celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, reason enough to reflect on all that God means to us and does for us. More


Peace beyond all clouds

Peace that is no longer troubled by any cloud: such is the desire of souls both here and in the beyond. And it is of this peace that we sing in the hymn, “Peace, O how precious”. — An instrumental version to set the mood for the divine service for the departed. More


Self-actualisation of a divine sort

Three notions of freedom, but only one of them leads to the goal. Which one and how? This was something the Chief Apostle explained in a youth service. And it was less about theological theory and more about concrete, everyday life. More


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