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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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Aug 17, 2015

John 15:1-6

For many, the issue of fruit bearing in the Christian life is a mere side issue, one that is perhaps the concern of the more "committed", for those who are the more "spiritual".  For such, Christianity is nothing more that a one-way ticket to heaven!!  Their sins have been forgiven, their names are in the Lamb's book of life; they attend Church faithfully and try to read their Bible from time to time, but when it comes to bearing fruit, their lives are barren!

This sermon brings home the awesome reality of what it is to truly be born again of the Spirit, namely the kingdom of heaven coming into the soul of a man, the result being a transformed life!  We see clearly from the Word of God, that the issue of fruit bearing is not confined to a select few but is and must be the concern of all who name the name of Jesus Christ and profess to be Christians!  Are you bearing fruit in your Christian life?  The key to bearing fruit is in the words of our Lord; abide in me!!

Aug 10, 2015

Psalm 62:11

There exists a generation whose haughty cry ascends up into heaven; it cries forth not that power belongeth unto God but rather, power belongeth unto man.  From the media and arts, to the world of science, medicine and engineering, the consensus is the same….man in all his brilliance has superceded God!!  Yet, as man pulls further and further away from God, distancing himself from His laws and precepts, an ever widening chasm of blackness is opening beneath his feet that is engulfing our society.  To the generation that cries “away with God”, with that same cry shall also flee morality, goodness, safety and light and that society will be plunged into moral darkness!

This message is a timely encouragement in an hour of worsening darkness; our God is still on the throne!!  “God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God” (Ps. 62:11).  Through the accounts of three great deliverances that God wrought in the lives of three kings, we shall indeed that the battle is not ours, but God’s!!  Be encouraged dear Saints of God, know that in the midst of your difficulty, power belongeth unto God!! 

Aug 3, 2015

Matthew 7:1-5

There sounds forth across our western world, an ever increasing and all too familiar cry; judge not!!  In a post-modern world, where we are told, "what's right for you is right for you and what's right for me is right for me"; men are left to determine their own morality so long as it does not clash with the moral-majority and the socially accepted norm of the day.  Dare one try to define morality from the Word of God and he is met with the angry expression, "who are you to judge me!!"  "Judge not" has become the mantra of this age and sadly is all too often being heard coming from the lips of professing Christians.  

There exists much confusion in the Church regarding this issue of "judge not".  Is it ever right for a Christian to pass judgement and if so, when?  Is it every wrong for a Christian to judge another brother or sister, and if so, in what context?  This sermon attempts to answer these questions and to give a biblical answer to the command, "judge not".

Jul 27, 2015

Proverbs 24:30-34

There is not a day that goes by that we are not required to take our place on the battlefield!  The flesh, the world and the devil are our avowed enemies, bent on our destruction!!  All around, I see the multitudes of casualties scattered across the mountains, strewn across the hills. 

An urgent and pressing call sounds forth in this sermon, exhorting the Church of Jesus Christ to fight!!  Oh! How so many are tiring, turning aside to take their ease, a little sleep, a little slumber; tiring in the fight.  Dear soul, this is no time to be idle, no time to be passive; no longer is it acceptable to say everything will be okay!!  We are in a war!! Fight we must; battle we shall…to your station soldier of Christ and take your place in the battle for victory!!

 

Jul 20, 2015

2 Chronicles 18:1-26

We have all heard the saying..."I don't have the stomach for it".  What is meant by such an idiom?  In simple terms, what we are saying is that there is not the appetite or the toleration for a particular thing.  Have you a stomach for the truth?  We are living in an age where positive thinking rules.  No longer is it acceptable in the house of God to preach against sin or to name sin.  The question must be asked...why?  To which the apostle Paul responds..."For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears" (2 Tim. 4:3).

In this message a timely warning is issued not to turn away from truth.  As uncomfortable as truth is at times to receive, if we have not the stomach for it then we shall embrace a lie to our own peril!!

Jul 13, 2015

Romans 12:1-2

It is one thing fighting an enemy that you can see, but it is quite another fighting an enemy that you cannot see!!  In such situations, one is fully dependent upon intelligence, namely the gathering of information for the purpose of making visible what is invisible.  Dear Brethren, we are in an all out war, "...not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places" (Eph. 6:12).  

This world system lies under the rule of the prince of this world whose express desire is to conform us to its system and its values.  We as believers must contend in the battle for our minds.  What are we allowing to influence us?  Is it the Word of God or the spirit of this age?

Jul 6, 2015

2 Chronicles 7:14

 

Have you drifted from God in heart and in practice?  Do you look back to a time when things were not as they are now?  Is there a coldness and an indifference to the things of God?  Are you entertaining and making allowances for sin in your life?  This message is an exhortation and a passionate plea for you to return to your God!!  There are many misunderstandings about what revival is, whereas the true meaning of the word is contained within the word itself; to re-vive, to make alive again, to bring to life again that which is dead!

In this message, four clear biblical steps for personal revival are outlined and expounded from the Word of God..."If my people, which are called by name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land"  

Jun 29, 2015

1 Chronicles 17:1-4

Dear Brethren…do you have a heart-felt burden for the next generation?  There’s no doubt about it, we are living in the midst of a spiritual famine and the Church as we once knew it is quickly becoming no more!  I ask…what will be left of true authentic Biblical Christianity to hand down to the next generation if things continue as they are?  Jeremiah cried to the people in his day; “…stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein…” (Jer. 6:16).

 

King David was such a man in his generation who had a burden and a love for God, so much so that as he sat in his royal abode, his heart was smitten; here he dwelt in a house of cedar whilst the ark of God dwelt in a tent!!  Upon being refused the privilege of building a house for God David was not deterred; his heart turned wholly to the next generation, namely his son Solomon and David poured the later years of his life into making extensive preparation for the building of the temple which was to be built by his son.  This message is a challenging call for us to pave a clear way in the midst of this dessert that our children’s children might have a godly heritage.

Jun 22, 2015

Proverbs 16:6

The fear of God is greatly lacking in the Church of Jesus Christ today and for that reason, many are entangled in sin without any fear of reprise.  They would maintain that everything past, present and future is under the blood and we have only now to await heaven.  How we live between now and then is seemingly inconsequential to the final outcome, namely the saving of their souls and their entrance into heaven.  Yet, the Word of God is clear, God will not be mocked!!  If we as Christians turn from the living God in rebellion to live a life of sin, then we do so to our own peril and destruction.  Our God indeed is a consuming fire "and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil" (Prov. 16:6).

This message is a stern challenge delivered in the love of Christ, calling the Body of Christ back to the awesome fear of God, may God grant us grace to heed the warning!! 

Jun 14, 2015

Jeremiah 42

How little time and consideration we give to seeking the face and will of God for matters that face us in our lives.  How careless and hasty we often are in rushing ahead with business.  Whilst there are many things that we don't have to seek God's will for, matters that the Word of God is clear on regarding for instance morality and sin; there are matters and decisions that face us personally that we cannot afford to not seek the face of God on!

In this sermon, an honest heart searching message is given, calling the body of Christ to seek the face of God for direction in their lives regarding the decisions that need to be made at the crossroads of life and in that seeking, not to play the hypocrite with God!  Honesty is the crucial ingredient in our seeking the face of God.  When we seek the face of God, He will give us His instruction, the question is will we obey!

 

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