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Bethesda Shalom

Bethesda Shalom , "House of Mercy and Peace". A small independent Bible believing Church located in Wolverhampton, England; endeavouring to hold fast to truth and stand fast in love by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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Oct 26, 2020

Romans 10:1-4

Christianity is not for good men, nor is for the noble and the upright—that’s what they’ll become if Christ saves them, but before that glorious event, “...foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another”.  How is such a one to ever climb out of the cesspit of his iniquity and to set his hands on the rungs of the latter up to heaven and when he gets there to present his sin-stained pitiful state before the presence of the Holy God before whom angels dare to cast their sight?  Either God gives us in mercy what we do not possess, namely righteousness, or we’re doomed for all eternity!!  What saith “euangelion”? “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Lk. 19:10)

Oct 19, 2020

Psalm 60:12

The secret of the strength of Israel has always been the God of Israel!  Name one victory that ever came to this tiny nation and the hand of God was not it?  You cannot do it!!!  When Israel was right with their God, one plus God was the majority!  But when they were not right, the Almighty allowed their enemies to prevail against them that they might turn back to Him! 

In this sermon, we look at the many great triumphs in the history of this little nation as God undertook, again and again, to fight on their behalf.  In light of the current COVID crisis, why is it that so many of God’s people are hiding out in fear; confounded, and full of dismay?  Why are the doors of the Churches largely bolted and the pulpits mute at this hour of testing?  May the people of God arise and put their trust in the Lord so as to say with those of old; through God, we shall do valiantly!   

Oct 12, 2020

1 Corinthians 15:42-44

It is the earnest desire, to lay before you the certain and definite hope of the Christian.  Assurances like this cannot be found in this world due to its transient state of temporariness.  Search high and low, with diligence and scrutiny, but O man, your search will be in vain.  When Adam fell through willful disobedience, mankind was plunged into sin and death.  God in His infinite love and mercy has sought to reverse this curse in redeeming a people back unto Himself through His beloved Son. 

In this sermon, we set forth the first and second installment of this most glorious work and consider what will be when Our Blessed Saviour appears in glory to change these vile bodies so as to be fashioned like unto His!

Oct 10, 2020

Knowing the Bible for Yourself (Pt. 5)

Having examined some of the key principles for interpreting the New Testament Epistles in the last teaching session, we seek in this teaching to put these principles into practice.

Join us as we take an exegetical walk through the first four chapters of Paul’s First Epistle to the Corinthians, covering the first major theme – Divisions in the Church.  By studying the Epistle in this way, it allows us to give a practical example of the effectiveness of studying the Epistles thematically and will hopefully allow us to see how the verses and chapters connect with each other as part of this wider theme.

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Oct 5, 2020

Luke 3:1-12

If I could summarise in a word, and encapsulate in essence, the singular cry of God’s prophet, it would be the word “repent”.  This messenger of God was sent by God on a divine mission; he was to be His mouthpiece; he was to be God’s agent to effect change in the hearts of the straying multitudes.  He was never called to win popularity contests, in fact, he was for the most part hated and rejected, persecuted, and killed by the very ones to whom he was sent.  He confronted the sins of the children of Israel and charged them with breaking God’s laws!  He pronounced judgments and spoke of coming calamity. At the heart of his message was a cry of repentance for a wayward people to return back to God in order that they might be healed!! 

The burden of this sermon is twofold.  First, to show the importance of repentance and second, to discover the nature of repentance.  May the Lord bring us all to a place of true repentance! 

Sep 28, 2020

Isaiah 40:6-8

As one looks around the world in which one finds himself, admittedly, he has to confess that all about him, he sees the brilliance of man’s ingenuity. Yet, in beholding man’s brilliance, one cannot escape the notice of the finite passing of his little day on earth! 

This sermon is a reminder of the steadfast nature of God’s enduring Word.  The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand forever!!

Sep 21, 2020

John 3: 1-7

When we think of the great historic doctrines of the Christian faith—in particular, those that fall under the broader umbrella of “Soteriology” (the study of salvation), seated in their midst must surely be the glorious doctrine of Regeneration.  In the days of Popish pomp and rule, it was the doctrine of Justification that was heralded and championed by the Reformers.  Rome had for a millennium, hoodwinked the masses under a false system of works, masquerading as grace. The Reformers said NO!!  Man is not justified in the sight of God by human achievement—he’ll never work his way to heaven; the only way he’ll ever get there is by the grace of God alone, through faith alone apart from human merit. 

In this our day, it is the doctrine of regeneration that so desperately needs to be rediscovered and heralded from every pulpit in the land.  For many, becoming a Christian is nothing more than joining a Church and having one’s name inscribed on a roll call of membership. I’ve known people, near and dear to me who called themselves Christians because they were made wet with water; yet when I looked for visible fruits of life, I found none!  What saith the Lord Jesus Christ?  “Ye must be born again” (Jn. 3:7).

Sep 14, 2020

1 Samuel 15:16-17

Nothing (I believe) so moves the heart of our Heavenly Father more than humility.  Consider with me, a verse found in Isaiah 57.  “For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones” (Is. 57:15).  Like a magnet pulled with force towards a lump of rusty iron, it readily passes by the gold and the silver (it’s unattracted by them); so our God is drawn towards humility.

In this sermon, we survey the lives of those whom God had called and used, and we note the downfall of some, who though pride fell from their former standing.  May we every sense our need for God and in His lifting up of our position, let us remain in a place of humility.

Sep 6, 2020

Hebrews 12:11

I’ve come to find at length, that there are multitudes of Jonah’s in the land of the living today, occupying the pews and the pulpits of many a church building.  There in bodily presence at least, but as pertaining to their true spiritual condition, they’re on the run from God!  God has His finger on a matter in their lives that they are simply not willing to deal with.  Since God is a Father of love, He delights in the discipline of His children, but as children, we don’t take too kindly to being disciplined.

This sermon is an exhortation and encouragement to believers, to endure in trial under the loving discipline of their heavenly Father.  If we are sons and daughters of the Most-High, then we will not be without His chastening hand of God in our lives.  The Word goes forth, “My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth” (Heb. 12:5-6).  Will we be in subjection to that Father of spirits that we might live?

Sep 5, 2020

Knowing the Bible for Yourself (Pt. 4)

When we speak of an epistle, we mean by this a letter.  The English word for epistle comes from the Greek word “epistolē” which means a written message.  There are 21 such Epistles found within the Bible which comprise a third of the whole New Testament.  The New Testament Epistles are vital to the Believer in Christ because they contain the doctrines which he/she is to live by! 

In this teaching, we examine some of the key principles for interpreting the New Testament Epistles.

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