A church in which people feel at home and, inspired by the Holy Spirit and their love for God, align their lives to the gospel of Jesus Christ and thus prepare themselves for His return and eternal life
Reaching out to all people in order to teach them the gospel of Jesus Christ and to baptise them with water and the Holy Spirit
Providing soul care and cultivating a warm fellowship in which everyone shall expe- rience the love of God and the joy of serving Him and others
In the year 2012 the “Catechism of the New Apostolic Church” (CNAC) was published simultaneously in English, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. In the meantime it has been made available at no cost on the internet and has been translated into many other languages.
The present work, the “Catechism of the New Apostolic Church in Questions and Answers”, has been prepared in methodical-didactical format in order to facilitate access to the content of the CNAC. This will also make it possible to impart the doctrine in a suitable manner through church instruction around the world. By way of 750 questions and answers, readers are taken by the hand, so to speak, and led from one statement to the next in a manner that is easy to understand.
The content of the “Catechism of the New Apostolic Church in Questions and Answers” corresponds to the statements of the CNAC. Even in terms of structure, the work is closely modelled after the CNAC. Both books complement one another and can be used parallel to one another.
Many of the Bible quotations referenced are printed in full, resulting in a complete, continuous work. This means that even those readers who do not have a Bible on hand will also find important Bible passages concerning individual teaching contents right before their eyes. Beyond that, the work contains explanations of specific terms. This will help ensure that the remarks presented will also be understood by readers who have no theological knowledge.
Like the CNAC, this version of the Catechism is an appeal to all New Apostolic Christians to occupy themselves intensively with the content of their faith. It is also an invitation to all interested parties to become better acquainted with the New Apostolic doctrine.
May the use of this reference work serve for blessing!
Jean-Luc Schneider Zurich, March 2014
The First Article of Faith:
I believe in God, the Father, the Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth.
The Second Article of Faith:
I believe in Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried, entered the realm of the dead, rose again from the dead on the third day, and ascended into heaven. He is seated at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty, from where He will return.
The Third Article of Faith:
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the one, holy, universal, and apostolic church, the community of the saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the dead, and life everlasting.
The Fourth Article of Faith:
I believe that the Lord Jesus rules His church and thereto sent His Apostles, and until His return still sends them with the commission to teach, to forgive sins in His name, and to baptise with water and Holy Spirit.
The Fifth Article of Faith:
I believe that those designated by God for a ministry are ordained only by Apostles, and that authority, blessing, and sanctification for their ministration come forth out of the Apostle ministry.
The Sixth Article of Faith:
I believe that the Holy Baptism with water is the first step to a renewal of a human being in the Holy Spirit, and that the person baptised is adopted into the fellowship of those who believe in Jesus Christ and profess Him as their Lord.
The Seventh Article of Faith:
I believe that Holy Communion was instituted by the Lord Himself in memory of the once brought, fully valid sacrifice, and bitter suffering and death of Christ. The worthy partaking of Holy Communion establishes our fellowship with Jesus Christ, our Lord. It is celebrated with unleavened bread and wine; both must be consecrated and dispensed by a minister authorised by an Apostle.
The Eighth Article of Faith:
I believe that those baptised with water must, through an Apostle, receive the gift of the Holy Spirit to attain the childhood in God and thereby the prerequisite for becoming a firstling.
The Ninth Article of Faith:
I believe that the Lord Jesus will return as surely as He ascended into heaven and that He will take to Himself the firstfruits of the dead and living who have hoped for and were prepared for His coming; that after the marriage in heaven He will return to earth with them to establish His kingdom of peace, and that they will reign with Him as a royal priesthood. After the conclusion of the kingdom of peace, He will hold the Last Judgement. Then God will create a new heaven and a new earth and dwell with His people.
The Tenth Article of Faith:
I believe that I am obliged to obey the worldly authorities provided no godly laws are thereby transgressed.
The First Commandment
I am the Lord, your God. You shall have no other gods before Me.
The Second Commandment
You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
The Third Commandment
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
The Fourth Commandment
Honour your father and your mother that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
The Fifth Commandment
You shall not murder.
The Sixth Commandment
You shall not commit adultery.
The Seventh Commandment
You shall not steal.
The Eighth Commandment
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.
The Ninth and Tenth Commandments
You shall not covet your neighbour’s house.
You shall not covet your neighbour’s wife, nor his male servant nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbour’s.
(cf. Exodus 20: 2-17; Deuteronomy 5: 6-21)
“Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.
(According to Matthew 6: 9-13)
Repeated statements reflecting both masculine and feminine pronouns were generally avoided. Neutral forms of expression were employed wherever possible, but otherwise the masculine pronoun was used. This linguistic inequality is not intended to discriminate but was chosen in the interests of smoother reading.
To allow for greater reader friendliness, certain philological and/or scientific citation methods were avoided. Omissions in citations were generally designated using ellipsis points (...), while insertions and explanations within citations were identified by way of square brackets ([...]).
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