The sacraments (64): Where the love of God breaks through

It has been called the structural law of biblical salvation history: the principle of substitution. Even the New Apostolic Church’s understanding of salvation for the departed is founded upon this. Following is the story of where the fundamental model originates—and where it ultimately leads. More

“Bethel I’ll raise”

When people are up to their necks, they usually clutch at straws. But in the case of Jacob, one of the three patriarchs of ancient Judaism, it was not merely a bit of straw, but a full-fledged ladder reaching into heaven. Here are some thoughts about images that can speak volumes. More

Together in Christ: living and experiencing it

This was the theme of a three-day youth convention for which the young people from Italy, Austria, Switzerland, and parts of France gathered at the beginning of September. Different activities took place in four camps, the highlight of which was the joint youth service in Fribourg. More

God’s word in plain language

Faith, doctrine, preaching: everything is based on the Bible, which is why it is so important that both the ministers and the members are familiar with it. Holy Scripture, however, cannot be read just like any other book. Here is a manual from a divine service by the Chief Apostle. More

He has the whole world in His hand

This is about an object of faith so great that it does not fit into a single divine service. Good thing October has five Sundays. There will be plenty of opportunity to contemplate God’s creation, and from five different angles to boot. More

Struggling for blessing

Why doesn’t God do something? Has he forgotten me? God answers questions like these and says: “You are mine!” And how does that go together? The key to this was given in a divine service held by the Chief Apostle. More

Preserving what’s old, accepting what’s new

Nothing is as constant as change. In a divine service in Mexico on 7 August the Chief Apostle put the focus on the old things, which must be preserved, and the new things, which are good. Impulses that are particularly important at this time. More

Living together in fellowship

Being kind and helping people in spite of being treated unjustly by them is not only possible, but it is also an aspect of this year’s motto. District Apostle Edy Isnugroho of Indonesia explains. More

A small contribution, but a great example

All of us can do our part. And it is not the amount that counts, but rather the love behind it—that is what the poor widow in the temple showed us. What believers today can learn from this example was the subject of a divine service in Paramaribo, Surinam on 31 July 2022. More

The sacraments (63): The polar opposite of conjuring the dead

Is the divine service for the departed some sort of spiritualistic practice? Hardly! Anyone who claims such a thing would be contradicting the facts! After all, scholarship sees these two as polar opposites in several decisive points. More

God makes all things new (6)—Perfection

First the church will triumph—and then the Lord will come? No, that’s not how perfection comes about. This was something the Chief Apostle made clear—while at the same time reminding us of what Jesus Himself had to say on the subject. More

Trembling with joy

The divine service for ministers on 30 July was all about fear and joy. Chief Apostle Jean-Luc Schneider explained exactly how these two concepts fit together with reference to an Old Testament Bible text that is still highly relevant today. More

Good recipes for cliff-hangers

Christians are not only to talk—they are also supposed to act in Christian fashion. But how is this supposed to happen, particularly in a time when Christianity has been pushed to the margins in many places of the world? Here are some excerpts from the Sunday divine services of the New Apostolic Church in the month of September. More

The sacraments (62): a powerful act even for the dead

Sacraments can also be of help to the departed. This is not only professed by the New Apostolic faith, but is also taught in the Catholic Church and in Orthodox Christianity. Following is a look at the bigger picture. More

Calling all heirs: you can inherit everything!

Childhood in God—this is not some status symbol, but rather implies a task for us, namely to become like little children and to learn to suffer with Christ. How, you ask? The explanations can be found in a divine service by the Chief Apostle. More

The unknown disciples

Hardly anything is known about the disciples of Emmaus. Coincidence? Not so, says the Chief Apostle. There is a message behind this—it is a message of love that never overlooks anyone. A divine service excerpt in moving letters… More

Good is always stronger than evil

War, pandemic, climate change: bad news dominates the media and makes it seem as though the good in this world were practically invisible. What is quickly forgotten is that victory over evil has long been a reality—and that each one of us can share in it. More

Sanctified through and through

Anyone who longs for the peace of God must first be sanctified—and must even contribute to the sanctification of others. Just how this works was explained by Chief Apostle Jean-Luc Schneider in a divine service he recently conducted in Estonia. More

Spotlight 12/2022: Let’s not shut ourselves off

During a pandemic it is important to isolate oneself in order to avert the risk of infection. In our congregational life, however, things look very different: there isolation is a danger, District Apostle Tshitshi Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of the Congo warns. More

A divine service to still our hunger and thirst

God can satisfy those who hunger and thirst for His justice. But He does not always do this in the way one would wish. The righteousness of God and how to obtain it was the subject of a recent divine service by the Chief Apostle. More