Feast Calendar
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All Holy Days begin the evening before

Feasts 2020 2021 2022
First Day of Sacred Year Mar 26 Mar 14 Apr 2
Passover* Apr 8 Mar 27 Apr 15
Days of Unleavened Bread Apr 9-15 Mar 28-Apr 3 Apr 16-22
Pentecost May 31 May 16 Jun 5
Feast of Trumpets Sep 19 Sep 7 Sep 26
Day of Atonement Sep 28 Sep 16 Oct 5
Feast of Tabernacles Oct 3-9 Sep 21-27 Oct 10-16
Last Great Day Oct 10 Sep 28 Oct 17

* Passover service is always held the evening before.

Booklets
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How to Understand Prophecy

How to Understand Prophecy

Today’s news and tomorrow’s predictions are often filled with bad news. But Bible prophecy reveals a better time is coming. And it shows what we should be doing in the meantime.

Understanding prophecy can help you recognize what God is doing and will do. This booklet can motivate you and help you prepare for the better world God promises will come.

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Finding Hope in a Hopeless World

Finding Hope in a Hopeless World

Sometimes it seems this world is designed to suck every last ounce of hope out of us.

This booklet will give you practical, proven strategies for beating hopelessness. 

God loves you and wants you to break out of hopelessness. Learn more about the solid hope He offers.

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God’s Design for Marriage

God’s Design for Marriage

Marriage has been a long-cherished building block of society. But changing beliefs about sexuality have led to redefinitions of marriage and to unstable relationships unmoored from the Bible.

Have we humans lost sight of the ancient wisdom that leads to happiness and stability in our relationships? Learn more about this blessing from God.

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God’s Purpose for You

God’s Purpose for You

Have you ever wondered about the purpose for your life? For thousands of years mankind has searched for answers to questions like “What is the purpose for humanity?” and “Do we have a future after we die?” What if the answers were there all along in God’s Word, the Bible?
 
This booklet will guide you through Scripture to discover the amazing purpose God has for you!


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Where Is the Church Jesus Built?

Where Is the Church Jesus Built?

What church would Jesus attend today?

Discover what the Bible says about the beliefs and practices of the true Church and where it can be found today.

Download this free booklet to find out today. 

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Is the Bible True?

Is the Bible True?

Where would you go to find the answers to the most important questions in life? 

The Bible claims to have the answers—answers that are not available anywhere else. But how can you know if the Bible is true? 

Download this booklet to discover five proofs the Bible is true.

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Getting to Know the God of the Bible

Getting to Know the God of the Bible

God knows who we are, but can we get to know God?

Would you like to learn more about God's nature and His purpose for you? Download this booklet to see how God, our loving Creator, reveals Himself in the pages of the Bible.

What you will find can transform your life forever!

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The United States, Britain & the Commonwealth in Prophecy

The United States, Britain & the Commonwealth in Prophecy

The English-speaking peoples have dominated the world scene for more than 200 years. Why did such rich blessings of wealth, resources and national power come to these nations?

The British Empire was dismantled in the 20th century, and many see American power weakening. A staggering turn in world events is coming, and it will directly involve the decline of these nations. In order to understand what’s ahead, we must understand their biblical identity and prophesied future. What does the future hold for these nations and our world? 

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The Book of Revelation: The Storm Before the Calm

The Book of Revelation: The Storm Before the Calm

From vivid images of carnage to sublime visions of beauty, the book of Revelation explains what will happen before and after Jesus Christ’s return to earth. What does it mean for our lives—now and in the future?

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From Holidays to Holy Days: God’s Plan for You

From Holidays to Holy Days: God’s Plan for You

Why do the customs and celebrations of the major "Christian" holidays have so little connection to the actual events of the Bible? Which of today’s holidays are even taught in the Bible? What religious festivals did the early New Testament Church celebrate, and what did they mean to them? And most important, what do the festivals of the Bible mean for you today? God’s overlooked festivals reveal a vast eternal plan few have ever truly appreciated!

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The Mystery of the Kingdom

The Mystery of the Kingdom

When Jesus "began to preach and to say, 'Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand'" (Matthew 4:17), most people didn't understand His message.  The reason is quite simple: He purposefully spoke in a way that hid key aspects of the truth.  Though multitudes of people thronged to hear Him, most didn't comprehend what He was saying about the Kingdom of God.

Jesus' teaching style—authorative and unlike the scribes—attracted people's attention (Matthew 7:29), and many came to be healed of physical ailments (Matthew 14:35-36).  Others likely came hoping to see a miracle or watch Jesus verbally get the best of the religious authorities or possibly a free meal (Luke 23:8; Matthew 15:1-20, 29-38; 14:13-21). But most didn't fully grasp what He was saying.  While they couldn't deny the miracles and were intrigued by His style of preaching, His message was a mystery.

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God’s 10 Commandments: Still Relevant Today

God’s 10 Commandments: Still Relevant Today

Why is the world so violent? Why do half of Western marriages end in divorce and so many children live in single-parent families? What are so many overlooking? What is the missing key to living a happy and productive life? If you want true peace and happiness, acting on the biblical lessons in this booklet is vitally important to you!

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Change Your Life

Change Your Life

“In order to change we must be sick and tired of being sick and tired,” someone once said. In other words, until we are no longer willing to accept the bad results of our actions, we won’t make the effort to change. Are you sick of how things are going in your life? Do you see the need for change, but wonder what to do?

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The Sabbath: A Neglected Gift From God

The Sabbath: A Neglected Gift From God

In today’s stressful, nonstop, 24/7 world, couldn’t you use a breather—a chance to refocus on what’s truly important? From the beginning, God designed a day of rest and refreshment as a special blessing for humanity. He made this day—the seventh-day Sabbath—to be a memorial of creation and deliverance, a sign of obedience to God and a type of the coming rule of Jesus Christ on the earth. Jesus said He is Lord of the Sabbath and that it was made for humanity’s benefit. So why do so few Christians today observe the Sabbath? In this booklet, explore the fascinating biblical story of the Sabbath and how you can enjoy the wonderful benefits of this neglected gift from God.

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Why Does God Allow Evil and Suffering?

Why Does God Allow Evil and Suffering?

If God is all powerful and all good, why doesn’t He stop every war, murder and tragedy? The Bible shows there is a time coming when He will. But why not now—and when will it be?

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The Last Enemy: What Really Happens After Death?

The Last Enemy: What Really Happens After Death?

This life is all too fleeting, and we naturally want there to be something more. But how can we really know what happens beyond the great gulf of death? Chances are you’ve never found a satisfactory or convincing answer. Is death a terrifying reality to be feared, or is there a hopeful, satisfying answer to what happens after death?

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Welcome to the Church of God, a Worldwide Association

Welcome to the Church of God, a Worldwide Association

The sponsors of this website are excited to share the good news of the coming Kingdom of God. If you would like to know more about our church and beliefs, download this short booklet. Like everything we offer, it’s free of charge.

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About Us
Church of God Pacific

The mission of the Church of God, a Worldwide Association, in New Zealand is drawn from Christ’s promise that His Church would preach a specific “gospel” (good news) message, continuing the theme of all inspired Scripture: “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14).

Also included in our mission is Christ’s charge to the early Church leaders: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20). “Making disciples” involves educating, training and caring for believers.

Our values are developed from those of the New Testament Church. We teach the living Word of God from both the Old and New Testaments, which transforms peoples’ lives.

The Church of God, a Worldwide Association, teaches and practices the same way of life Jesus Christ and the first-century Church of God followed. We observe the seventh-day Sabbath and the annual Sabbaths or Holy Days, as did Jesus and the early Church.

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Andre van BelkumAndre van Belkum

Andre van Belkum currently serves as the pastor of the Church of God, a Worldwide Association, in New Zealand and the Pacific region. Previously he pastored congregations in southern Africa, including South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi.

He graduated from Ambassador College in Bricket Wood, England, in 1969 and was ordained into the ministry in February 1970. After serving in southern Africa for 40 years he relocated to live and work in New Zealand.

Andre married his beloved wife, Elize, in 1965, and they have three grown children and 10 grandchildren. His wife has been a constant support and help in not only serving their family, but also with church-related activities. This included visiting people under difficult circumstances and in remote regions.

From a young age Andre puzzled over why humans were placed on the earth. Was there a purpose for their existence? While studying at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, he asked three of his professors if they were able to provide an answer. Their responses were vague and ill-defined.

It was at that time that he was offered a booklet produced by the Church of God entitled Why Were You Born? To his surprise, he discovered numerous logical and clearly defined biblical references as to why God created the human race. This truth was one of the motivating factors that led to his making personal contact with the Church of God, and in 1964 he and his wife were baptized .

As someone who enjoys the outdoors, he and his wife meet with friends in order to visit wildlife parks, especially in southern Africa. Hiking and gardening are favorite pastimes, while they both work out in the gym on a regular basis. He keeps abreast of world news, especially as it relates to Bible prophecy. Although he attempts to provide a balanced diet of sermons, he especially takes delight in motivating himself and others to focus on our incredible human potential, and the sure and tremendous promises God has given those who seek and please Him.

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Adulting Milestones: The Success Sequence

Insights Into Relationships

Adulting Milestones: The Success Sequence. by Isaac Khalil. The transition from our teen years to adulthood can be daunting, with a flurry of life-altering decisions and responsibilities. But here is a sequence that can lead to success.


Searching for God During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Insights Into News & Prophecy

A recent poll in the United States showed that more people are searching for answers from the Bible during this coronavirus pandemic. The poll found that: The poll found that: 44 percent of Americans said they see the current crisis as “a wake-up call for us to turn back to faith in God” or as “signs of coming judgment.”


New Zealand’s Darkest Day

Insights Into News & Prophecy

New Zealand police have been diligently working with social media sites and local Internet providers to remove the footage of the attacks from circulation. “Nowhere in the world is safe” If you Google “safest countries in the world,” you will find many lists of the world’s safest countries based on different metrics.


How to Be Happy

Insights Into Life

A 2016/17 New Zealand Health Survey found that one in six adults in New Zealand had been diagnosed with a common mental disorder (such as depression or some other anxiety disorder) at some time in their lives.


Names Have Meanings—Especially God’s

Insights Into God & the Bible

New Zealand’s Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages released a list of baby names that were attempted and denied in 2017. The office rejects names that are deemed offensive; are unreasonably long; sound like a title; or are punctuation, numbers or letters


Inhumanity: Are Evil People Animals?

Insights Into Life

Inhumanity: Are Evil People Animals? by Isaac Khalil. ... After all, we are the subject matter, and we don’t want to consider ourselves as evil people. These verses don’t describe sin and wickedness as an anomaly that makes a person less human. They describe a selfish human nature as being at the core of what we all are.


Christian Priorities: Putting God First

Insights Into Changing Your Life

Andre van Belkum currently serves as the pastor of the Church of God, a Worldwide Association, in New Zealand and the Pacific region. Previously he pastored congregations in southern Africa, including South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi.


What Will Happen to America?

Insights Into News & Prophecy

The United States and Britain (and some of its former colonies, such as Canada, Australia and New Zealand) are the nation and group of nations that best fit this biblical description. Archaeological, linguistic and historical information confirm the modern identities of these nations.


Whose Opinions Really Matter: God’s or Man’s?

Insights Into God & the Bible

Do people’s changing personal opinions change the purposes of God? It is important to understand who really has the authority to define right from wrong. To what extent are people’s opinions the primary authority in determining morality and how society should function? What if their viewpoints and plans disagree with the clear teachings of our Creator, revealed in the Bible?


Why Is God Angry?

Insights Into News & Prophecy

Please also note that many of these same things could be said about other countries like Australia, Britain, Canada and New Zealand, as well as many non-English-speaking countries. Why is God angry? God is love. He created human beings for an incredible purpose—to welcome us into His family as His children!


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Feast 2020
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Taupo is a popular resort area on the banks of scenic Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake. Volcanic mountains, often snow-capped, rise majestically in the background. Lake Taupo is renowned for its rainbow trout fishing. Single and tandem skydiving, Maori cultural shows, bungee jumping, Zorbing, jet boating and various adventure sports are also popular activities.

Taupo is located in the center of New Zealand’s North Island, just a four-hour drive south of Auckland International Airport. Taupo may be reached by car or bus, passing through lush green countryside that features sheep, deer and cattle farms along the way. Daily domestic air flights connect Taupo to Auckland and Wellington.

The Taupo region is known for fly-fishing, hunting and bush walking (hiking). Other places of interest include Huka Falls and Orakei Korako (Hidden Valley) Thermal Park. Small thermal hot pools are included in some motel units and are also available at affordable public pools. The city of Rotorua, renowned for its Maori cultural attractions and thermal sites, is just an hour drive north of Taupo.

Volcanic Mount Ruapehu is a two-hour drive south of Lake Taupo. The mountain, an active volcano, is known for its excellent snow skiing. Ruapehu’s ski fields are normally operating during the Feast period.

Taupo offers an excellent range of accommodations, including backpacker hostels, motels, holiday rental homes and five-star hotels. Helpful New Zealand accommodation websites are aatravel.co.nz, jasons.com and holidayhomes.co.nz.

Our Feast weather is normally temperate with cooler nights and warm sunny days. Visitors should bring warm clothing, as it can be cool in the evenings. We are expecting about 60 brethren locally within New Zealand this year. Services will be held at Wairakei Resort Taupo.

More tourist information for Taupo and New Zealand may be found on greatlaketaupo.com and newzealand.com/int.

For more information about the Feast of Tabernacles in New Zealand, contact André van Belkum at aevb@xtra.co.nz. Telephone number: +64-2102574911.

André van Belkum

André van Belkum

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Sabbath Services during Alert Level 3 and 2

24-Aug-2020

Greetings Brethren.

I acknowledge that I was disappointed upon hearing the prime minister’s announcement this afternoon. Level 3 will remain in Auckland until Sunday evening, and then we will move to level 2. However, even then groups of more than 10 will not be allowed to gather.

This means we will not be meeting in person this coming Sabbath, and very unlikely the following Sabbath as well. However, we plan to observe the Sabbath via the webcast as we have done for a number of weeks this year. We appreciate the efforts Biju and others have put forth to make it possible for us to be connected via the electronic media.

I was reminded of the Scripture in Ecclesiastes 7: 14, which states: “When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, a man cannot discover anything about his future” (NIV). Yes, presently our future about certain issues and events in this world are uncertain. When will we meet together in person again on God’s Sabbaths? What about observing the Feast? Uncertainties prevail.

However, our response is that we will not faint or become overly discouraged (Proverbs 24:10), and will be mindful that “---the Lord will not cast off His people, neither will He forsake His inheritance (Psalm 94:14). Because Christ has overcome the world (John 16:33) – including the Covid 19 virus – we have the confidence that if we remain steadfast, the world cannot overcome us (I John 5: 4-5).

Where possible, please keep in contact with one another. These are challenging times, disappointments will occur, but endurance during difficult times is necessary.

So, will “see” you all this coming Sabbath!

Take special care,

Andre van Belkum.

Welcome
Church of God Pacific

Welcome to our Church of God, Pacific website, serving New Zealand, Fiji and the South Pacific islands. 

Why do you go to church?

Is it for the relationships, the programs, the music, the worship?  Those are all reasonable reasons.  But the most important reason to attend church is to hear the truth of God taught directly from the pages of His inspired word “The Holy Bible.”  Within the pages of that book we are given the answers to life’s most important questions.  Why was I born?  In order to achieve success and peace in this life and beyond, what specifically does God teach me to do and not do?  What happens to us after we die?  These are merely three of the life altering questions God answers if we are willing to listen.

Following the instruction and example of God the Father and Jesus Christ as well as the New Testament Church, our congregation worships each Saturday.

Please take time to review our Fundamental Beliefs at your leisure for more information about us.

There is nothing more exciting in the world than understanding the word of God and the plan He has for you and me.  Why?  Because combining that information with living it leads us to greater peace in our lives today and ultimately eternal life as a spirit being.  Simply put, that is called happiness. 

See our parent websites for further detailed information.  

 

Andre van Belkum, Pastor