Devotions: May

The first Sunday service in May falls under the theme Divine Guidance. Divine guidance is something that is seen, among other things, in the mission of the Apostles, which is to be the focal point of the sermon. Why do we address the Apostle ministry and its tasks in the divine services every now and then? One of the reasons is that it helps to explain why we are New Apostolic. Another reason is that it is our task to familiarise other Christians with the activities of God. The Apostles, after all, are not something that concerns only the New Apostolic Church, but the entire church of Christ. The congregations should be made aware of this time and again.

“Following” is the focal point of the second Sunday service. Following Christ is part of a Christian’s life, that is, he follows the example set by Jesus Christ as it is described in the New Testament. The Christian professes Jesus Christ as His Lord in word and deed. This is how following Christ leads to eternal fellowship with God.

In the divine service on Ascension we commemorate the salvation-bringing event of the return of Jesus Christ to His Father. This is cause for great joy: Ascension is not only a past event, but is a prospect for the future, namely the rapture of the bridal congregation to the Lord. That is why Jesus Christ is not only the first fruits in the resurrection, but also in the ascension.

On the Sunday before Pentecost we will discuss the time of anticipation, namely the anticipation of the Holy Spirit. The “power from on high” is another expression for the Holy Spirit, who is not only a divine Person, but is also a gift which moves human beings and inspires and guides them to new beginnings.

The feast of Pentecost is celebrated in commemoration of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit; one speaks of Pentecost as the day the Holy Spirit was revealed and as the birthday of the church of Christ. Pentecost is a feast of joy and celebrates the fact that the Holy Spirit is present and active in the church. The Holy Spirit invites us to come and approach God. Those who accept the invitation of the Holy Spirit and let themselves be prepared for the return of Christ through the Apostles, long for the fellowship with Christ and share this joy with their neighbour.

On the first Sunday after Pentecost it is traditionally the case to address the subject of the trinity. Pentecost marks the end of the self-revelation of God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It becomes clear to the whole world: God is triune. The subject of the trinity of God is broached in the divine service on the basis of the benediction. This Bible text from 2 Corinthians 13: 14 is one of the strongest indications in the New Testament that points to the trinity of God.

 

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