• Service times

    Services times are:

    Saturday night 7:30 pm for our Chinese/English service. (Pastor Daniel Choi.)

    Sunday 10 am for our English language service (Senior 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@gmail.com

    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, Willa Hui, Donglan Zhang and Alfred Zhou.

New Creation…

Over the season of Lent, I have been exploring different aspects of ‘the Cross.’ Like any powerful symbol, the Cross of Jesus is multi-faceted. One of the tragedies of much church life is that the significance of the Cross has been reduced to a few theories about atonement. The Cross is about atonement, but also much, much, more. And so, last Sunday, preaching on Galatians 6: 11 – 18, I reflected on the Cross as a catalyst for new creation. Some of the points I made were:

  • In this part of his letter to the church in Galatia, Paul contrasts ‘the flesh’ with ‘new creation.’ We are probably more used to flesh – which I defined as individual rebellion against God, and not as our physical nature – being contrasted with ‘spirit,’ a contrast that can lead to an unhelpful gnostic-like emphasis on the spiritual realm while disregarding our physical nature and place within the created order.
  • When there is a gathering together of many ‘fleshes,’ one begins to see ‘the world,’ that organised system of human rebellion against God.

 

The promise of redeemed creation.

 

  • When there is a gathering together of ‘new creations,’ one can catch a glimpse of redeemed creation, which in its fullness will be recognisable as the Kingdom of God.

Let us not give up hope of seeing creation redeemed, of being able to welcome the Kingdom of God as it is revealed in this material sphere in which we live. May I encourage you to live not in the flesh, but – oriented towards the Cross – allow yourself to experience the transformation into a new creation.

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