• Service times

    Services times are:

    Saturday night 7:30 pm for our Chinese/English service [except for the second Saturday of every month when the service starts at 6:30 pm and is followed by a shared meal]. (Pastor Daniel Choi.)

    Sunday 10 am for our English language service (Pastor Jeff Whittaker).

    Sunday 11:30 am for our Chinese (Mandarin) language service. (Pastor Daniel Choi.)

  • Contact details…

    Physical and postal address:
    4 Inverary Avenue,
    Epsom,
    Auckland 1023,
    NEW ZEALAND.

    Email:
    epsombaptist@clear.net.nz

    Telephone:
    (0064 9) 6306010

    Contacts:
    Rev. Jeff Whittaker
    Pastor Daniel Choi

  • Church Officers…

    Church Treasurer: Ann Guan

    Church Secretary: Margaret Whittaker

    Church Deacons: Anne Bartley, Ian de Stigter, Kristy Choi, Helen Evans, Willa Hui, and Alfred Zhou.

Haggai no. 2

My second sermon was on Haggai 2: 1 – 9. This chapter of Haggai contains Haggai’s assertions that God is about to shake the heavens and the earth. Ironically, in the preceding week, Christchurch experienced a 6.3 (Richter scale) aftershock, a quake that did much more damage to the city than last September’s larger earthquake, and this time people were killed. I felt that I needed to address the quake, and these verses gave a context.

The gist of my message was that the people of God had already experienced the sort of shaking that Haggai was talking about. Their return from exile to chaos showed that getting over such shaking takes time.  Further, the fledgling efforts of the people to re-establish themselves, particularly in the rebuilding of the Temple was going to take time before the scoffers laid off their cynical comments. So, the people of God had already been shaken, but the turn of others was coming. It happens to everyone sooner or later that their world is turned upside down by either natural disasters or man-made convulsions. The exile and return, the Christchurch quakes, the Japanese quake and tsunami, events in North Africa and the Middle-East: our turn comes sooner or later. How will we respond?

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