May 27, 2012: Cologne (Germany)

Photos: NAK NRW

Setting: It was a high point of the church year for New Apostolic Christians around the world: Chief Apostle Wilhelm Leber conducted the Pentecost divine service in Cologne on 27 May 2012. The spiritual leader of all New Apostolic Christians called out to the believers with a special Pentecost message: “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.” The sermon revolved around the question as to how children of God are to lead their lives in our time. What is important is to keep faith, always be willing to make peace, subordinate our will to God’s will, and draw strength for daily life from the resurrection of Christ.

Pentecost greeting: "The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.” (Luke 18:27)

Core thoughts: “Human beings have barriers, but there are no barriers with God,” explained the Chief Apostle. He called upon the believers to draw strength out of the Holy Spirit in order to put aside disputes and annoyance and to endure difficult situations with the help of God. In this connection the Chief Apostle briefly described the global situation: Christendom around the world is on the retreat, and even in the congregations there are challenges here and there. Often we are confronted with the question of how to carry on. “But let us not only think about the situation from a human perspective! After all, we know: all things are possible for God!” said the Chief Apostle. If we trust in the help of God, it does not mean that all our difficulties will be resolved all at once, “but with God’s help it is possible to overcome barriers.” For this reason it is necessary to make use of His power.

After many years, the New Apostolic Church once again has a Chief Apostle Helper. In the Pentecost service on 27 May 2012 in Cologne Chief Apostle Wilhelm Leber appointed the French District Apostle Jean-Luc Schneider with this new commission. He will in future provide support to the Chief Apostle and also take on some of his travels. “The transition is to proceed in as continuous a manner as possible,” said the Chief Apostle. He himself is already looking toward his own retirement, he explained, and is working early to address the matter of his succession.