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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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Mar 24, 2016

David expounds on a topic that is very dear to his heart concerning the gospel of the Kingdom.  David is clear to point out that the gospel of the Kingdom is not the gospel of the Church, nor is it the gospel of salvation. Prepare to have your minds stretched as David digs into the Word of God.  As all good Bereans, the ownness is on us after we have heard, to then search the Holy Scriptures!!

Mar 24, 2016

David expounds on two very important parables; the Parable of the Good Samaritan and the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant.  The exhortation that David brings is delivered in grace and compassion, yet is clear and absolute...if we don't forgive those who have sinned against us, then God will not forgive us who have sinned against Him!!

Mar 20, 2016

1 Kings 17:1-16


We are living in incredibly difficult times and difficult times call for times of encouragement!! Biblical encouragement is not airy fairy sentimentalism but rather is rooted and grounded on the steadfast faithfulness of a God who is able to sustain and provide for His people in times of great need!! You don’t need me to tell you that we are living in times of great famine. The preaching and teaching of truth is seldom to be heard in our land. Yet…the same God who was able to keep His people in the wilderness for 40 years, providing them fresh manna morning by morning is able to also feed His people! The same God who commanded the ravens to feed His faithful servant Elijah is the same God who will also feed us in the time of famine!!

This sermon is an exhortation to God’s Saints and a testimonial to the faithful mercies of a covenant keeping God who though He leads us into the wilderness, is able to sustain His beloved children.

Mar 13, 2016

1 Corinthians 11:24-26

The great and fundamental weakness of our make-up is that we are human – prone to discouragement, fears and doubts; afflicted with short-sightedness, so often powerless to change tomorrow!  Yet, there is One who has never known defeat nor tasted of failure, One who is never worried by tomorrow for He is Lord of the past, present and future!  To you who have tasted of the kindness of His mercies and have known and experienced His covenant keeping faithfulness in times of trouble, why so often in times of difficulty do you so soon forget His past deliverances?

Thus this sermon is a word of encouragement to all who have a testimony, to raise up memorials unto the Lord!!  Dear Brethren, a memorial serves a purpose – it is something by which the memory of a person or an event is kept alive!  God’s past mercies serve as a ground of hope and confidence for the present and future and the memorial brings those past deliverances to remembrance!!

 

Mar 6, 2016

2 Corinthians 11:2

Before ever there was the bond of parent and child, of brother and sister, there was the bond of husband and wife.  There exists no closer and more sacred a bond than that of holy matrimony.  In like manner, there is then no greater act of treachery and betrayal than when a spouse takes themselves and joins themselves to another lover. 

This sermon sheds Biblical light on spiritual adultery.  Drawing from the example of Israel, one sees the broken heart of a loving husband who is jealous for His bride.  He it was that betrothed her to Himself when no none else desired her; He it was that caused her to flourish in beauty, yet with that beauty she took herself and committed whoredom on every high hill and under every green tree, committing spiritual adultery with gods of stone and wood, alliancing herself with the kings of other nations.  Yet, this is not only the picture of an Old Testament Israel; sadly it is the picture of many who profess Jesus Christ whose hearts are in this world!  Paul said to the Corinthian Church, “...I am jealous over you with godly jealousy:  for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ” (2 Cor. 11:2).  When will His bride return?

Feb 29, 2016

1 John 3:18-24

Many who profess Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour struggle with finding assurance of their salvation.  Though they sit week in and week out in Churches up and down the length and breadth of the country, there remains a question that will not go away; am I truly saved?  In answering this question, this sermon seeks not to crop the branches but to lay the axe at the root by exploring the question, what is true biblical faith?  Many have the fanciful idea that faith is static, a mental ascent to a series of facts that they know nothing of in reality in their own lives.  My brethren, faith walks!! 

The apostle John his first epistle, furnishes us with weighty words which address the struggle that so many have in finding assurance of their salvation.  “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.” (1 Jn 3:18-19).  In other words, assurance and obedience are inextricably linked!!  We shall know that we are of the truth and shall assure our hearts before God on account of fruit being evidenced and outworked in our lives by the indwelling Holy Spirit as we walk in obedience!!  Could it be, the reason why so many Christians struggle with assurance of their salvation is because so many Christians walk in unbelief which manifests itself in disobedient lives?  May the Lord see fit to bring light to the matter at hand!! 

Feb 21, 2016

Luke 12:47-48

For the Christian, their testimony is simple; light has shone into darkness!  Yet for many, though they name the name of Christ, they choose wilfully to remain in darkness and plead ignorance is bliss!  Whilst happy to rest in religion, they will not come to the light lest their evil deeds should be exposed.  For those sitting under the sound of true preaching, no such excuse can be made; the light of God Word has shone into darkness and one must now choose what to do with that light, to embrace it or to suppress it!!

This sermon is an earnest plea for all who have received light, to walk in the knowledge of that light, for to whom much is given, much is required and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.  Dear soul, with the light that has already been given to you, to what degree are you walking in that light?

Feb 15, 2016

Matthew 18:19-20

What does the gathering together of God’s people, the Church, mean to you?  Is it greeted with joy, faith, expectation, reverence and godly fear; or is such a prospect met with sorrow, unbelief, pessimism, casualness, familiarity and general contempt?  For the early Church, coming together was a most precious occurrence and privilege; we read that those early disciples continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers (Acts 2:42).  Yet for many today, doctrine has become irrelevant, fellowship a chore, the breaking of bread a formality and prayer unnecessary!!  Everything it seems has to be laced with entertainment in a sad effort to keep people in Church who wouldn’t otherwise be there!! 

This sermon considers how this would all change if Jesus was coming to Church!!  Oh how things would be different!!  The whole Church would be in attendance that morning, no late comers to be seen in sight; worship would ring with note of difference, fellowship would be sweet and there would be no shortage of prayers!!  Oh how our attitudes and hearts would be different within us!  Yet the reality is, Jesus is in the midst of His people each and every time they meet!!  Jesus said “…where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Mat. 18:20).  By the fruit of our halfheartedness and disrespect week in and week out, the Church of Jesus Christ demonstrates that it does not really believe the words of her Lord.  Dear Brethren, it’s time to give our Lord His due honour and worth as King amidst His people!!

Feb 7, 2016

2 Corinthians 9

For many Christians, there is much confusion and scepticism surrounding the issue of money; as soon as one hears the word, the backs of God’s people go up and rightly so!!  There are it seems more crooks and charlatans inside the professing Church than there are in any institute on planet earth – the majority of which have disguised themselves as pastors whose vocation it is to milk and fleece the sheep for whom Christ died!!  This combined with the false prosperity gospel of greed and the Old Testament law of tithing, the topic of money has left an indelible blight on the Church of Jesus Christ!!  Yet in the midst of this great confusion speaks a man by the name of Apostle Paul; a breath of fresh air amidst a cloud of pollution!!  Paul coveted no man’s silver, freely he had received and freely he gave his life to serve and minster to the Brethren, working with his with own hands night and  day to provide for his own needs that he might not be chargeable to the Brethren.

What does the New Testament have to say about tithing?  How are we to give as New Testament believers?  Is it right for ministers who labour in the gospel to receive support from the Church?  All of these questions and more are answered from the Word of God in this teaching sermon.  In short, despite the much abuse of money, there is a New Testament giving worthy of God’s blessing, a fruit and grace to which all believers ought to strive!! 

Jan 31, 2016

John 4:5-14

When many think of the Holy Spirit, they think of power.  Though it be true that our Lord said “…ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you; many forget that the Holy Spirit is a He and not a what!!  Whilst we thank God for the promise of the baptism of the Holy Spirit coming upon the believer in power, we thank Him infinitely more for His coming into the believer that we might live!!  Dear soul, have you tasted of that life giving spring?    

This sermon seeks to address and to answer what it means to abide in Christ, what it means to have the Living Water abiding in us.  One cannot take away from the fact that the Christian life is a supernatural one by virtue of the fact that God has come to take up His residence in our vessels of clay by His Spirit!  In brief, to abide in Christ is threefold…to abide in Him is to abide in His truth, to abide in His love and to abide in His righteousness! 

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