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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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May 30, 2016

Romans 2:17-29

Having mounted a case against the self-righteous man and having concluded that both Jew and Gentile stand condemned before a holy God, Paul now turns his attention in particular to the religious Jew who rested in the law though he kept it not!   The Jew made his boast in his creed and pedigree, in the receiving of the law, in the external rite of circumcision.  Paul would have none of it and seeks to pull the rug of religious pride from under his feet and to lay bare his hypocrisy.  Say not we have Abraham to our father, say not we are they to whom the law came, say not we have the seal of God upon us through circumcision; does your life match up with the reality of what these things contain? 

This sermon is a challenging message for search to be made as to the genuineness of our confession of religion that our lives might match our profession of faith! 

May 28, 2016

The History and Structure of the Roman Catholic Church

If one was to consult a Catholic apologist as to what the origin of the Catholic Church was and when it was established; he would invariably respond by saying that it was the Church established by Jesus Christ; the Church born out of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection in approximately 30 AD.  The Roman Catholic Church claims to trace its history to Jesus Christ and His apostles.  It believes that its bishops are the actual successors of the apostles and its pope is the successor of Peter. 

In this second part of a teaching series looking at the core teachings of Roman Catholicism, we look at the history of the Roman Catholic Church and its elaborate structure of Church governance. 

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May 28, 2016

Introduction

The Roman Catholic Church views itself as the one and only true Church established by Jesus Christ. Many Evangelicals see no problem whatsoever in labelling Roman Catholicism Christian. What are we to make when “America’s Pastor” Rick Warren – best-selling author and Senior Pastor of Saddleback Church, the eight-largest evangelical Church in the U.S. – calls for evangelicals to unite with Roman Catholics? When Joel Osteen – the Senior Pastor of Lakewood Church the largest evangelical Church in the U.S. whose televised sermons are seen each month by over 20 million people in some 100 different countries – makes a special trip to the Vatican and praises Pope Francis for his efforts in trying to make the Church more inclusive and to take everybody in? Are the differences that separate Protestants, Catholics just minor matters of insignificance?

In this first part of a teaching series looking at the core teachings of Roman Catholicism, we give a concise but insightful insight into the teachings and beliefs of one of the largest religions on planet earth.

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May 26, 2016

2 Corinthians 13:5

Paul delivers a very simple but yet profound message on the need for us as Christians to remain in a close personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  What does it mean to walk with Jesus?  How do we as Christians walk with Jesus?  Paul endeavours with the help of God to provide many thought provoking answers to these questions and more.  May the Lord bless you as you listen/watch this rich sermon.

This sermon was preached at the 2016 Wolverhampton CMFI Fellowship Day.

May 26, 2016

2 Chronicles 18

Jim brings a very needful word about the absolute need to put ourselves in the place where we can hear from God.  This is a very heart stirring message that places the responsibility firmly in our lap.  What is the state and condition of our hearts?  Are we in the place where we can hear from God?

This sermon was preached at the 2016 Wolverhampton CMFI Fellowship Day.

May 22, 2016

Romans 2:1-16

Jesus reserved some of His most chiding words for the religious hypocrites.  Content to dwell in their self-righteousness, to sit in the seat of judgment against others yet failing to see that by that same judgment they themselves were condemned!!  Against such, Paul lays down the case and when he’s finished getting done, the righteousness of the self-righteousness is reduced to dust and ashes!!  To the Jew seeking to justify himself in the sight of God, he has been weighed and found wanting!  To the Gentile he too has been tried by the law written on his heart and has been found wanting.  Paul concludes all men under sin and announces the coming day of wrath when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ!!

This sermon is a very powerful exhortation to cast aside self-righteousness and to cast oneself upon the righteousness provided in Jesus Christ!!

May 15, 2016

Romans 1:13-32

The Apostle Paul's heart was that he might come to preach the gospel to those at Rome.  Whilst many today desire to draw in a crowd, Paul was not interested in doctoring the gospel to accomplish such means.  Whilst many today are ashamed of the foolishness of preaching, Paul desired to preach nothing less for he knew that the unadulterated gospel of Jesus Christ was the power of God unto salvation to all who would believe.

Just as the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith, so also is the terrifying wrath of God revealed against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness.  When a people decides to cast off the knowledge of God and to give the worship and glory owing to God, to another, God gives man over to his own wicked lustful heart and in removing His restraint, man begins a horrifying downward spiral into moral depravity.  This sermon is awake up call to a nation under the wrath of God!!

May 9, 2016

Romans 1:1-12

Though the book of Romans was not the first epistle to be written, yet it finds itself first among the New Testament epistles.  When we consider the great depth of its theological content and practical application, it’s hardly any surprise why we find it first in position among the epistles.  By all accounts, this epistle stands as a giant!  If all the epistles can be rightly called mountains, the book of Romans stands as Mount Everest among them. 

In this first part of a sermon series working through the book of Romans, we explore Paul’s mighty calling and the awesome possibilities of the grace of God working though his yielded life.  We look too at the power of prayer and the desperate need in our generation for prayer to be revived in the lives of God’s people for the spiritual well-being and prosperity of the Saints. 

May 1, 2016

Genesis 3:1-7

There seems to be within some sectors of the Christian Church, two opposing views when it comes to spiritual warfare.  On one extreme there exists those who deny that there is such a devil at work in the earth today and on the other, those who blame the devil for absolutely everything!  Surely the Bible presents a middle ground, not overstating his power whilst at the same time not minimising his potential influence in the life of the believer. 

Through the account given of the fall of man, this message seeks to shed light on the nature of Satan and his approach in seeking to ensnare the souls of men.  This sermon is a sober warning and a caution to Christians not to spend too long in talk with the devil for one does so to the peril of his own soul!!    

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