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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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Apr 30, 2019

Romans 8:12-28

Pastor John shares a very heartfelt message from the Book of Romans, encouraging believers to hold fast in suffering.  Oftentimes, when going through trials, one is prone to look at the immediate and in so doing, we fail to see the bigger picture of what God is actually doing; working in us a far greater weight of eternal glory.  May the Lord encourage you!

Shared at Israel and Prophecy meeting.  For more information, visit:

www.israelandprophecy.org

Apr 30, 2019

Matthew 28:19-20

The last words of our Lord, recorded by Matthew, were not, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost”; the last words of our Lord were; “...and  lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world”. 

My Brothers and Sisters, take these words to heart!!  Let them be the meditation of your thoughts.  No matter what we go through as believers; no matter how great the offences and how bitter the disappointments; Jesus has promised that He’ll never leave us, nor forsake us, “So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me” (Heb. 13:5-6).

Shared at Israel and Prophecy meeting.  For more information, visit:

www.israelandprophecy.org

Apr 29, 2019

1 Corinthians 6:9-11

“Redeemed—how I love to proclaim it! Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb; Redeemed through His infinite mercy, His child, and forever, I am. Redeemed, redeemed, redeemed by the blood of the Lamb; redeemed, redeemed, His child, and forever, I am”.  We could go, singing the songs of Zion; forever grateful, for His great redeeming love which has been lavished upon us abundantly!!  When I think of my awful past and the manner of my former conduct; the things committed in secret of which I am now ashamed; there are no words to explain why I a former child of hell should be found a child of God, saving for the great grace and mighty love of God! 

In this sermon, we focus on the wonder of the saving grace and give glory for where God has taken us from.     

Apr 29, 2019

1 Corinthians 6:9-11

“Redeemed—how I love to proclaim it! Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb; Redeemed through His infinite mercy, His child, and forever, I am. Redeemed, redeemed, redeemed by the blood of the Lamb; redeemed, redeemed, His child, and forever, I am”.  We could go, singing the songs of Zion; forever grateful, for His great redeeming love which has been lavished upon us abundantly!!  When I think of my awful past and the manner of my former conduct; the things committed in secret of which I am now ashamed; there are no words to explain why I a former child of hell should be found a child of God, saving for the great grace and mighty love of God! 

In this sermon, we focus on the wonder of the saving grace and give glory for where God has taken us from.     

Apr 28, 2019

Revelation 8

Following the brief interlude of chapter 7, we rejoin again the events of the seven seals, which has been the central theme of Revelation, since chapter 5.  Six seals have thus far been opened, revealing dark and terrible days ahead, which shall take place upon the earth on a global scale.

Seven angels assigned with a staggering mission. To each is given a trumpet which when blown brings forth the next wave of God’s wrath!! We examine in this teaching the first four of these seven trumpet judgments.

Apr 22, 2019

Luke 8:41-56

No Christian has ever been rightly designated as such, without first having in them the seed of faith.  Yet friends, having faith in God; trusting in our Lord Jesus Christ is not a once and for all done thing.  Faith is not a one-time decision, but a continuation of ongoing decisions as we choose to place our trust and confidence in God and His Son.  Anyone who has walked for some time with the Lord, knows only too well that it’s a walk that is full of many obstacles and trials that have been in some cases designed and in other cases permitted, in order to cause our faith not only to work but also to be strengthened.

In this sermon, we look at a number of examples in the Gospels, where it seemed all hope at been removed.  Yet, in every case, though the situation seemed hopeless, it served as an opportunity to prove the power of God through faith!  

Apr 14, 2019

Genesis 5:18-27

The greatest privilege ever to have been afforded to mankind is not the freedom to pursue life, liberty, and happiness.  It is not the right to a prompt and fair trial by jury and nor is it the right to vote.  These are all fantastic privileges that for the most part, we in the West take for granted; but I want to say Brethren, that a man can have all of these and yet miss the very purpose for which he was born into this world.  In the twenty-second verse of this fifth chapter of Genesis, we are confronted with these staggering words; “And Enoch walked with God”. 

I want to ask…what does it mean to walk with God?  I submit you cannot give a reasonable answer without the use of the word relationship.  Enoch walked with God i.e. Enoch had a relationship with God and this would have involved at its heart, fellowship. 

Apr 13, 2019

Revelation 7

We come again in this teaching to another interlude (the second of a number that is found scattered throughout the Book of Revelation).  Chapters 4 and 5 both served as an interlude to bridge the gap between the events following the letters to the Seven Churches, in order to prepare the reader for the opening of the Seven Seals in chapter 6.  Six seals have thus far been opened, with the seventh seal yet still to be opened.  Seals 1-5 had as their focus, Antichrist and his wrath upon the earth.  Seals 6 & 7 by way of contrast, have as their focus, God and His wrath upon the earth which is poured out upon rebellious man and the 666 Antichrist system. This seventh chapter that is before us this evening (the gap-stop) serves then as an interlude which will allow for commentary on two events before rejoining the seal events of chapter 8 which record the opening of the seventh and final seal, and the terrifying trumpet judgments that issue forth out of it.

What then are these two events contained within this interlude?  Firstly, a group of a special class of people, numbering 144,000 who shall be on the earth during this time of Great Tribulation.  Secondly, a great multitude of Saints in heaven which no man can number who have come out of Great Tribulation.  In this teaching, we look at both and try to understand what is taking place. 

Apr 8, 2019

James 3:1-12

Admittedly, there are many things in this life that can be feigned, not least those matters relating to spirituality.  There are 101 different ways that I can give to you the impression that I’m “holy” and yet beneath the façade of public prayer, evangelistic zeal, generosity and commitment to religious duties, can be a rotten heart that’s a million miles away from God.  All the above could just be one big cover up for what I really lack, namely a real, living, vital relationship with Jesus Christ!!  Yet, there exists a member in the anatomy of the self-styled religionist that will give him away every time thus showing what manner of man he is in regards to personal holiness.  He may at first give it the big talk, but just let him keep on talking and soon enough he will reveal what manner of man he really is by what comes out of His mouth.  By a man’s words shall he be justified and by a man’s words he shall be condemned. 

This sermon is a loving reminder of the pressing need to set a watch over the words of our mouth.  It has been given to you and me to make war with this flesh and to bring our base nature to the cross, each and every time it seeks to exert its authority.  It is only by doing this, that we shall master this unruly member through the life given us in Christ!

Apr 1, 2019

Genesis 12:1-5

You’ve all heard the expression, “Patience is a virtue”.  The studious school teacher reminds the student of this and the loving parent the child.  So much truth is contained in this tiny phrase, and when we educate our young in this precious lesson, we’re really trying to teach them that being able to wait for something without becoming frustrated is a valuable character trait to have.  Yet, as one grows in age, I find that one never seems to grow out of this so-called trait of adolescence, it’s just that we adults become more adept at hiding it.  Let’s be honest; impatience plagues the human race and when we’ really set our hearts on something; not being able to realise the instant materialising of that desire, is a thing most vexing to us!  “I WANT IT NOW!!” is the general sentiments of the many and when faced with the prospect of a hindering obstacle, two choices confront us; either we can seek to force the issue or we can humble ourselves and wait!! 

As we trace the life of Abraham’s journeying, we see a God who has promised and a God who is faithful to perform that which He has spoken.  Don’t lose heart Brethren, wait upon God and He shall bring His promise to pass!

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