The New Apostolic Church is an international Christian church. The foundation of its teachings is Holy Scripture. The New Apostolic Church recognizes three sacraments: Holy Baptism, Holy Sealing, and Holy Communion. The New Apostolic Church offers its members appealing and contemporary pastoral care based on the gospel of Jesus Christ. It developed from the Catholic Apostolic Church in 1863 and is led by Apostles, just like the first Christian congregations. The return of Christ to take home His bride is a central component of New Apostolic doctrine. The New Apostolic Church emphasizes the personal accountability of its members for their actions. The individual is responsible to God for his behaviour. The gospel of Christ and the system of values inherent in the Ten Commandments provide clear orientation in this respect. The New Apostolic Church is politically neutral and independent. It is financed by the voluntary donations of its members.