June 8, 2014: Munich (Germany)

Photos: NAK

Setting: A divine service from Munich transmitted around the world by satellite—millions of New Apostolic Christians on all continents witnessed the Pentecost service conducted by their Church leader, Jean-Luc Schneider. In the Olympia Stadium in the Bavarian capital alone there were 50,000 believers. In his Pentecost message, the Chief Apostle called upon the believers to become even more active in love for God and their neighbour, emphasising that “it is more blessed to give than to receive.”

Pentecost greeting: Labour in Love! With Love at Work!

Core thoughts: In reference to the first part of the Bible passage, the Chief Apostle stressed that our hope in God will not be disappointed. “We hope in His return. We hope for salvation. We hope for His help. This hope is predicated upon the love of God. And Jesus promised mankind that no one would ever be able to separate them from the love of God.” Again the Chief Apostle repeated this promise: “Your hope will not be disappointed!”

In his sermon, he also illuminated the effects of God’s love. “Love has been poured out in our hearts, and it must continually grow.” For us as individuals, this means that we must always examine our hearts to see whether they are defined by love for God and our neighbour. “Our entire being must be permeated by our love for God and our neighbour.” God is our example: He gives without calculation, without condition, and without expecting anything in return. The Chief Apostle recalled that “God allows the sun to shine upon both the good and the bad. God is the great Giver who loves us. Let us also give—without calculation, without expecting anything in return.” He went on to point out that Jesus called upon His disciples to invite the poor—namely those who could not pay back the favour—to a meal. “Those who love will also give without expecting anything in return, and without calculation.”

On the subject of love, the Chief Apostle gave the believers a well-known Bible passage to take home with them: “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20: 35). “After all, giving brings us nearer to God and into fellowship with Jesus Christ. Wherever the love of God is active, people are prompted to give—without the expectation of anything in return.”