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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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Now displaying: October, 2014

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Oct 27, 2014

Leviticus 10:1-11

The key ingredient missing in today's Christianity that was not missing in generations past is the fear and reverence of God and the things pertaining to Him!  There was a time when even sinners knew, Church was not a place for joke and idle chit-chat, the sanctuary was the sanctuary!!  There was no place for entertainment in the pulpit and the people of God in the pews had a great reverence for God's Word.  Fast forward to this generation and the whole of worship has become one great mess of entertainment!  The sacred had been consumed by the profane!  Where are the clear distinguishing marks, the boundaries, separating the holy from the unholy?  The clean from the unclean? 

This message is a call to God's people to once again put difference between the holy and the unholy!!  

Oct 25, 2014

How We Got Our Bible (Pt.8)

I’m sure that every Christian at some point in their experience when talking with an unbeliever about the Bible has had the accusation thrown at them that the Bible has been changed and is full of errors!!  When asked this question, I usually respond by throwing the question back at the person by asking them ‘how do you know?’  It is at this point that one is greeted with a barrage of responses ranging from; ‘there are so many different versions of the Bible’ to ‘there are no originals?’  These are all very valid responses and deserve a proper response.  The Christian makes a very bold claim, namely that what he holds in his hand is the Word of God.  To simply assert this whilst side-stepping the issue of preservation will simply not do.  The question that we have to deal with as Christians is the same question that every religion of antiquity has to deal with; namely, have we in our possession a true representation of what was originally written down?

In this teaching we seek to answer this question as it pertains to the Old Testament Scriptures.

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Oct 19, 2014

John 3:22-30

What is the chief cause of the downfall of so many of God’s holy ministers?  Why have so many risen through the ranks of usefulness in the kingdom of God, only to end in the dust of defeat?  Why do so many after receiving a name, suddenly fall bringing great shame and reproach to that holy name to which their lives once brought glory and honour?  The answer is contained in a five lettered word called PRIDE.  In this message, we look at the life of a humble man who knew his place!!  John the Baptist knew that he was the forerunner of the one who came after him of whose shoes he was worthy to untie!  If any man had reason to boast, it was this man.  Have you been given a ministry like unto this man’s?  Did the prophets speak of you?  Was you filled with the Holy Spirit from your mother’s womb?  Did Christ ever say of you that among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater prophet?  Yet John the Baptist knew his place because he knew His (Messiah’s) place.  His heart’s cry and confession was simple…He must increase, but I must decrease!!

Oct 19, 2014

How We Got Our Bible (Pt.7)

By what authority did the early Christians add additional books to the canon of Holy Scripture?  How did they recognise these additional books as Scripture?  Why 27 books of the New Testament and not 26 or 28?  If the Old Testament was attested to by no less authority than Jesus Christ Himself, then by what authority was the New Testament received?  Did a council of bishops convene in the 4th century to decide which books would make up the New Testament?  If not, then how did the New Testament come to be developed?  We endeavour to answer these questions in this teaching, and as we shall see, the issue of the New Testament canon cannot be tackled without placing central, the Lord Jesus Christ Himself!!

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Oct 13, 2014

Amos 8:11-14

We are living in unprecedented times in this small island called Britain.  Indeed, the prophet Amos warned Israel in his generation that there were days to come, when God was to send a famine into the land; not a famine of bread, nor of thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord!  As we survey the climate of the land of Britain, it seems apparent that a day such as this is indeed upon us as people run to and fro seeking the word of the Lord and yet are not able to find it!!

The cry of this message goes forth to the body of Christ; we need to know the Bible in context for ourselves!!  The people of God lay scattered across the mountains, perishing through lack of knowledge of the Word of God.  It's time again to get into the Word of God like never before!!  Who will recognise the terror of these times we live in and give themselves wholly to God?

Oct 6, 2014

Exodus 33:9-23

Many speak of how they cannot wait to get to heaven; but I ask why?  Is it the fact that we shall walk on streets of gold?  Is it the fact that there shall alas be no more weeping, no more sorrow and no more dying?  Is it the fact that you shall behold again loved ones who have gone before?  Dear Brethren, what makes heaven heaven is the One who abides there!!  What will make heaven heaven, is the fact that we shall at last behold Him face to face!! 

This is a very challenging message, calling the Body of Christ to a closer intimacy with the LORD in the secret place.  Do you want to go deeper with God?

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