Bethesda Shalom

Bethesda Shalom

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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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Will You Tarry, or Press On? - Dr. David Donovan

  2 Kings 2:1-14 Dr. David Donovan and his wife Shirley head up a medical mission to the Niger Delta called New Foundations.  David shares about the work of New Foundations and intermingles this with a timely message from the Word of God.  I pray that the Lord uses this message to bless your heart!

1h 11m
Aug 15
The Greatest Commandment – Paul M. Williams

Mark 12:28-34 Concerning the Old Mosaic Covenant, Jewish tradition puts the total number of commandments at 613. 248 positive commandments to DO, and 365 negative commandments NOT to do.  Although various Rabbinic scholars have sought to compile a list of these commands, there have been slight disagreements on their precise number due to technicalities.  When asked by a Scribe, which is the greatest commandment, our Lord did not begin with "do this and don’t do that", but on the contrary, He proceeded to give the Shema. “Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord”. Having established the unity of God, what is to be our reasonable response to the worship of this One, True, Supreme Being?  “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this the first commandment. And the second like, this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these” (Mark 12:29-31).   

1h 10m
Aug 08
Setting the Sale to the Wind – Paul M. Williams

Psalm 127:1 Before the invention of the engine, there were only two ways to power a sea vessel; by human power or by nature’s power.  You could row a boat or sail a boat!!  Without a doubt, rowing involves far more effort on the part of man than does sailing.  Those oars must be pulled through the waters at speed enough to create a drag that propels the boat forward. Stop rowing and the boat stops with it!  On the other hand, a sailing boat is oarless, and the means by which it is propelled is not by hand, but by the wind.  The art of sailing is setting the sail to the wind!!  The Western Church functions today like a rowing boat.  Its source of propulsion is based upon the principle of human power. Rowing strength is the model upon which it is founded.  Oh, how we need a divine interruption into the mundane affairs of Churchianity! How we need so desperately to see the utter futility of our endless Church activities in the absence of the presence of God the Holy Ghost!!!  Oh, how we need the fresh wind of revival to blow again amidst us that we might set our sails to the wind.  Do it again Lord!

1h 9m
Aug 01
Planted by the Waters - Paul M. Williams

Jeremiah 17:5-8 I don’t know if you’ve ever had the pleasurable experience of tracing the path of a river as it meanders through the iconic English countryside.  It is a sight to behold.  The ’S’ curved bends of the river as it winds its way round hill and gully.  The flowing currents, sometimes gentle, sometimes fierce.  The exposed banks of the river with their clayey substrate. All makes for a most tranquil experience amidst the dragonflies and bees!  But with that said, this picturesque scene is not complete without mention of the mighty trees that hug the river's course.  If you know anything about trees, you will know that beneath the surface of the soil there lies an extensive root system.  Oftentimes, the tree’s roots will spread as wide as the tree is tall. It’s through these roots that the tree will absorb the vast majority of its water intake and it’s through these roots that stability is offered to the tree. A tree with no roots is a dead tree!  A tree with shallow roots is a vulnerable tree!  But a tree with good strong roots is a healthy tree!!  It is the will of God for all of His children to grow up unto maturity and to become as mighty oaks.  May this sermon be of edification to you, to this end. 

1h 4m
Jul 25
The New Covenant of Grace – Paul M. Williams

Galatians 5:1 Part 1 of 2 Having asked the question last week, “Which Covenant?”, and having answered it conclusively with authority from the Word of God; I want now in this second teaching part, to go on to look at the nature of this New Covenant as it pertains to justification and sanctification. When one understands the true nature of the Old Covenant as contrasted with that of the New, how could anyone ever want to go back?  “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage” (Gal. 5:1).    

1h 6m
Jul 18
Which Covenant? – Paul M. Williams

Part 1 of 2 I stand as a watchman to lift my voice in warning, against a movement that is fast growing in momentum across the evangelical world.  Some call it Hebrew Roots, others call it Torah Observant Christianity — call it what you like, the overriding emphasis is the same.  They tell us that the Gentile Church has been infected with Greek culture and needs desperately to return to its Jewish roots from whence it came!!  When asked what this “returning to its Jewish roots” looks like, one is speedily pointed to Moses and told that in order to be a faithful follower of Yeshua, you must keep Torah! Dietary Laws, Sabbath Laws, the Feasts and Festivals; if we are to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, then we must do so as Torah observing Christians! When everything has been said and done, the golden question that every professing believer in Jesus Messiah must answer is this; “Which Covenant are you Under?”.  To whom will you pledge your allegiance, Moses or Jesus Christ?  You cannot serve both! 

1h 9m
Jul 11
Testimony of Tobias

Rebecca Cranch shares a powerful and moving testimony of God's faithfulness in the birth of her precious son Tobias!

43m
Jul 07
Leadership in Crisis – Paul M. Williams

2 Samuel 21:15-22 As I look at the spiritual condition of the Church in this country, I’ve no other way to explain it, except to say that we’re in a spiritual crisis. As you turn on the news this evening, the headlines sound loud and clear, there’s a coming global famine, and we must prepare for it!!  Headlines like this, make us sit up and take note, yet what if I was to tell you that we are already in the midst of a famine, right here in Great Britain.  You say what!!  I didn’t know that!!  I ate breakfast this morning, and I have a lovely dinner in the fridge waiting for me when I get home!  Now of course, when I speak of famine, I’m not speaking of famine for bread, I speak of famine of hearing the Word of the LORD!! This sermon is a call and a challenge for leadership to rise up in this hour and be counted for the Lord.  It’s no time for cowardice, God is looking for men of courage.

1h 18m
Jul 04
When Do We Need Revival? – Paul M. Williams

1 Kings 18:36-39 It’s commonly been said, “God helps those who help themselves”.  Without a doubt, this is one the most oft-quoted phrases that many are fond of repeating, but did you know, it‘s nowhere to be found in the Bible?  All around us, we witness the sobering reality of spiritual dearth across the nation, both in the Church and out.  The Church resolves to pull itself up by their proverbial bootstraps; we’ll be alright she says, but Brethren, it’s too late in the hour for such fanciful thinking, the need is too great!  We need God!!  “In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears” (Ps. 18:6).  The question posed in this featured sermon is this: “When Do We Need Revival?”.  The question is answered in three points; the Church of Jesus Christ needs revival when #1. It has lost the fear of God, #2. It has lost the power of God, and #3. It has lost the call of God.  May the Lord graciously minister in each one of our lives, as we give ourselves to seek His face for mercy.

1h 9m
Jun 27
Which Covenant? – Paul M. Williams

Galatians 5:1 I stand as a watchman to lift my voice in warning, against a movement that is fast growing in momentum across the evangelical world.  Some call it Hebrew Roots, others call it Torah Observant Christianity — call it what you like, the overriding emphasis is the same.  They tell us that the Gentile Church has been infected with Greek culture and needs desperately to return to its Jewish roots from whence it came!!  When asked what this “returning to its Jewish roots” looks like, one is speedily pointed to Moses and told that in order to be a faithful follower of Yeshua, you must keep Torah! Dietary Laws, Sabbath Laws, the Feasts and Festivals; if we are to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, then we must do so as Torah observing Christians! When everything has been said and done, the golden question that every professing believer in Jesus Messiah must answer is this; “Which Covenant are you Under?”.  To whom will you pledge your allegiance, Moses or Jesus Christ?  You cannot serve both!!

44m
Jun 26
Calvary’s Dying Love – Paul M. Williams

Philippians 2:1-11 There are some things in this life that can only be truly understood by divine revelation.  No amount of seeing will ever see, and no matter how many times one might hear a thing proclaimed, it’s not until the penny drops that one really hears for the very first time!!   I do not think that one can begin to comprehend, Calvary’s dying love, without the aid of divine revelation, given them by God.  In this sermon, we attempt by God’s grace to walk through the first eleven verses of Philippians and to behold the humility of our Lord Jesus Christ.  In light of the depth of such humility, an exhortation is given to s, to walk in the same.  

54m
Jun 20
Total Surrender – Paul M. Williams

Acts 3:19 Why is it that so many who name the name of Jesus Christ, can’t ever seem to break free from the cycle of “struggle”; never coming to a place of spiritual maturity in their lives, never seeming to be able to overcome the besetting sins that have so easily entangle them for years?  At the heart of the issue lies a life that is un-surrendered to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, and until one turns in full repentance, one will never know the taste of victory.   

54m
Jun 13
Bringing Isaac to Birth – Paul M. Williams

Genesis 21:1-8 Patience is one of those virtues that we all speak about, but none of us really like to experience it.  It’s a bit like “saving”, who likes to save when you can spend! Well similarly, who likes to have to endure the pain of waiting when you can have it now!!  The whole of Western consumerism is built on this model— if you want it now, you can have it now!! Solomon wrote, “Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life” (Prov. 13:12).  Why does God then delay?  Does He not want His children happy?  Our Heavenly Father is of greater substance than that! He cares for more than our mere happiness, it is character that God’s after!!  He wants to work in us the precious virtue of patience so that we might stand complete in Him by faith! 

1h 7m
Jun 06
Hath God Said? – Paul M. Williams

Genesis 3:1-7 Faith is to undergird our whole Christian experience, without it, we cannot function!!  There is an enemy of our souls who well knows this fact.  You don’t need me to tell you that we are in a spiritual battle — we feel its effects hourly!!  As believers in Christ, we are not to be ignorant of Satan’s devices, lest he should gain an advantage over us (2 Cor. 2:11).  One of Satan’s modes of attack is to sow seeds of doubt into the mind of the Christian so as to take from under our feet, our ground of confidence in God.  By looking at three examples in the Bible, we learn more about this scheme of assault and how we are to overcome it!

1h 8m
May 30
Let Him That Hath an Ear – Paul M. Williams

Mark 4:23 Four pastors were discussing the merits of the various translations of the Bible. One liked a particular version best because of its simple, beautiful English. Another preferred a more scholarly edition because it was closer to the original Hebrew and Greek. Still another liked a contemporary version because of its up-to-date vocabulary. The fourth minister was silent for a moment, then said, “I like my mother’s translation best.” Surprised, the other three men said they didn’t know his mother had translated the Bible. “Yes,” he replied. “She translated it into life, and it was the most convincing translation I ever saw. Let him that has an ear to hear, hear.

1h 11m
May 23
Let Us Go Up at Once – Paul M. Williams

Numbers 13:26-33 How many know that the God of history, is the same God of the present?  God is known by His attributes - those characteristics and qualities which define His person and nature.  For some, studying these divine attributes is nothing more than an academic exercise. Instead of the knowledge of the Holy impacting the life, for many, it merely impacts the head.  Friends, God reveals Himself to us, not because He has an inferiority complex, but in order that we might know Him and in so doing draw near to Him in full assurance of faith. In this featured sermon, we look at two of God’s attributes, namely, His omnipotence and His faithfulness.  Please rest assured, this shall be no dull exercise.  As we turn to look at the account of the twelve spies and the bringing up of their report to the people, we shall see that while the overwhelming majority saw only danger; two were able by faith to see past the danger unto the promised blessing because they were fully persuaded in the nature of the God who had said go up!  May this sermon both challenged and encouraged you to trust the Lord so as never to retreat.

1h 8m
May 16
When Mercy Gives Way to Wrath – Paul M. Williams

2 Chronicles 36:14-20 One of the fundamental ways by which we can know the nature and the character of God is by the attributes which He has chosen to reveal about Himself in Holy Scripture.  These attributes define His person —His eternality, his sovereignty, his omnipotence and omniscience, and His spiritual and triune nature. These very attributes define His character —His love, His grace, His holiness; His justice and righteousness; His faithfulness and mercy. In this sermon, we look at two cardinal attributes of God, namely His mercy and His wrath.  May the Lord be pleased to open the understanding of our eyes to see Him in His true glory and majesty.      

1h 21m
May 09
The Deceitfulness of Sin – Paul M. Williams

Hebrews 3:12-13 The little phrase, “take heed”, appears more than 50 times in the Word of God.  It may only be a tiny phrase consisting of two words but boy does it pack a punch and fire a shot across the bows. It is a phrase of warning; a sound of alarm; like a bell ringing or the town crier heralding FIRE!!, so the words “take heed” call immediately to arrest one’s attention. When one sees the words BEWARE, DANGER AHEAD, it is only a fool who chooses to ignore them to his own destruction. In this sermon, a strong warning goes forth to those who name the name of Jesus Christ.  Play with sin to your ruin! God is calling, today, if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts!   

1h 1m
May 02
Leaving Your First Love – Paul M. Williams

Revelation 2:1-7 The Church in Ephesus was a Church that was in declension in regards to love.  They had departed from that they once knew in glowing fervour and had grown cold in that most vital of areas.  The heat of the battle had done something to them.  All that contention against the false had jaded their glow of love.  Simply put, their love had grown cold in Jesus because they had lost that vital love relation with Him!!  Oh, Brethren, if this can happen in a marriage, it can happen with the Lord.  We grow estranged.  Other things come in, we stop spending devotional time with Him and before we know it, we’re going through the religious motions.  What effect do you think it will have on other relationships?  Cold here...cold everywhere!!!!  Brethren, it is our God-given responsibility to love others, but we can’t love as we ought without the Lord!!   

59m
Apr 25
Lord, Is It I? – Paul M. Williams

Matthew 26:17-25 Imagine being seated around the table on the night of the Last Supper with the twelve.  As you’re enjoying some last and final moments together with the Lord, Jesus suddenly turns and interjects these words, “...Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me”. You try to compose yourself — who’s He talking to?  Has an unwanted guest snuck in among us?  Looking around, you realise, no, it’s only us—the twelve.  We who have been His companions for the last 3½ years.  We ate together, drank together, and slept together under the same canopy of night.  We seldom ever left his side, how could it be that one of us should now betray him? Having no idea or suspicion as to who the Lord could possibly be pointing to, they began each of them to point the finger at themselves!  Oh, Brethren, we have a great need in this deceitful and perilous hour, to put the spotlight on ourselves and to ask the Lord this question in earnest. “Lord, is it I?”  

1h 4m
Apr 18
Brethren, Pray for Us – Paul M. Williams

1 Thessalonians 5:25 Some of the most profound and sublime truths in life are not found in the abundance of paragraphs, but in the trimmed leanness of a single sentence.  Take for instance the sentence, “I love you” — it’s not rocket science, you don’t need a degree to understand its meaning, and yet it speaks a thousand words. How about, “I’m sorry” — two words strung together in three syllables, taking a single second to say, and yet how much irreversible damage could have been prevented if someone would only have stood up to say these elementary words, “I’m sorry”.  How many wars could have been averted? How many innocent lives could have been saved from premature death? In this sermon, we take just four words at the close of Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians as the subject matter for consideration. Four words, don’t seem like a lot, but as we shall see, the strength and power of these words are life-changing! 

1h 6m
Apr 11
Comfort Ye My People - Paul M. Williams

Isaiah 40:1-2 Isaiah is the most quoted prophet in the New Testament Scriptures, and one of the most quoted books, second only to that of Psalms. It has been referred to by scholars as a miniature Bible. There are 66 Books in the Bible, and there are 66 chapters in the Book of Isaiah. There are two divisions in the Bible, and there are two divisions in the Book of Isaiah. The first part of the Bible (OT) is comprised of 39 Books, and the second (NT) is comprised of 27 Books.  The Book of Isaiah? Ditto...39 chapters in the first division (1-39), 27 chapters in the second (40-66).  It is my heart to walk you through just one chapter — the first of the second great division, Isaiah chapter 40.  As we walk together through this chapter, you will see that the central theme so prevalent in the second half of this Book —hope, the future restoration of Israel, salvation through her Messiah, is here found in this single opening chapter.  It is my hope that we might fix our eyes on God so as to be encouraged. 

1h 6m
Apr 04
Opposition to the Work of God – Paul M. Williams

Nehemiah 4:1-6 When God begins to stir the hearts of His people to a work that He has determined to do, you can be sure of one thing; the devil will also stir the hearts of his own subjects to rise up in opposition against it.  There’s scarcely a work that God has ever set about to do, that has not gone without such opposition.  In the days of Nehemiah, God was at work in the rebuilding of the city walls and sure to form, Sanballat and his men opposed the work with one objective in mind, the hinder the work and to cause it to stop.  This sermon is an encouragement to all who are part of living work in this last hour.  The work of God shall be opposed, and you too shall suffer blows from the enemy, but be of good courage, the Lord is with you in the work for good, and he shall bring it to completion!! 

1h 12m
Mar 28
Kicking the Habit – Paul M. Williams

Hebrews 12:1-2 A man’s sickness is known by his symptoms.  The symptom is not the sickness, but rather, the symptom is the indicator of the sickness present.  As I look around at the Church of Jesus Christ in the West, I don’t know any other way to say it, I see a sick Church.  You say, Brother, judge not, and I say, Brother, how can I not when the symptoms are staring me in the face!!  When a man’s temperature is registering 42 degrees C on the thermometer and his face as pale as a sheet, I’m not waiting to ask him how he feels, I’m calling the doctor!!  In like manner, when you see a Church that has lost its appetite for doctrine/teaching, it is symptomatic of a Church that is sick with sin!!  This sermon is a call for the purity of the Body of Christ.

1h 5m
Mar 21
Let Me to Thy Bosom Fly – Paul M. Williams

Psalms 57:1 If I was to task a man with the arduous job of naming the greatest hymn ever written, I’m sure that opinions would abound.  Take, for instance, Charles Wesley; it has been calculated that he wrote no fewer than 6000 hymns during his lifetime. Of these 6000, many are in agreement in concluding that the greatest of these (and arguably they would say, the greatest hymn ever written) is the hymn, “Jesus, Lover of my Soul”.  No one is quite certain as to the events that led Charles to pen these words.  One story tells how that on one Atlantic crossing, as Charles returned to England, a frightening storm arose at sea.  Just as it seemed that the ship would go down, threatening to take all on board with it, a frightened bird flew into Wesley’s cabin through an open window and sought safety and protection in the folds of his coat!     Jesus, Lover of my soul, let me to thy bosom fly, while the nearer waters roll, while the tempest still is high: hide me, O my Savior, hide, till the storm of life be past; safe into the haven guide, O receive my soul at last.   Other refuge have I none, hangs my helpless soul on thee; leave, ah! leave me not alone, still support and comfort me! All my trust on thee is stayed; all my help from thee I bring; cover my defenseless head with the shadow of thy wing.

1h 0m
Mar 14
Two Indispensables for Christian Perseverance – Paul M. Williams

Matthew 24:3-14 Some view the Christian race as a 100 m dash.  On your marks…get set…go!!!  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and it's over!  However, as one looks in the text of Holy Scripture, one quickly discovers that the Christian race is no 100m dash, but a marathon of lasting endurance!  In this sermon, we look at two indispensables that are necessary for Christian perseverance.  There’s a race to run dear Christian; let us run the race with endurance so as to finish!     

1h 16m
Mar 07
Going on to Spiritual Maturity – Paul M. Williams

1 John 2:12-14 What man plants a sapling, who upon his return ten years later, does not expect to find a fruit-yielding tree?  Imagine the horror at discovering that the bendy sapling is no further on in its progression as in the day it was first planted.  If it is an apple tree or a pear tree, we’d expect that tree to have come to maturity, and the sign of its maturity would be the beautiful fruit hanging from every branch.  As it is in the natural, so it also ought to be in the spiritual!!  Tell me, is the maturing of your spiritual man in proportion to the length of years you’ve walked with the Lord?  It is the heart of our Lord to see His children go on to spiritual maturity, growing from little children to young men, to fathers.  Let us prepare our hearts as to what we will do with what is said in this heart-searching sermon.

1h 9m
Feb 28
Walk as Children of the Light - Paul M. Williams

1 John 1:5-7 There’s something about light — its piercing rays of glory, its all-pervading brilliance, is no match for the darkened shadows cast by nature's night.  I find that for so many, though they name the name of Christ, they are content to live in the bluey shades of the twilight hours when Christ is calling them into the brightness of daylight.  Neither hot nor cold, neither wicked nor good — they’re content to pitch their tent in no man's land between the borders of heaven and hell.  As I look at the Bible, I don’t see any shades of grey, just life, and death, light, and darkness, day and night. If this is so, why then do we allow for shades of grey in our lives?  This is a call to walk in the light!!

1h 5m
Feb 21
Run That Ye May Obtain - Paul M. Williams

1 Corinthians 9:24-27 The athlete on the field of games is not passive.  There’s no passivity about him — see him on the starting line, he’s not passive; he is thinking through the race before him, he’s focussed.  Everything about the life of an athlete is disciplined.  You name the sport, and I’ll show you an Olympian that’s under the rule of discipline.  What he eats, what he drinks, what time he lies down to sleep, what time he rises up again; the intense training schedule for the space of four years, in season and out of season. The Apostle Paul draws on this powerful and well-known imagery to make his point.  How run ye, O Christian?

1h 9m
Feb 14
Remaining in the Place of Prayer - Paul M Williams

2 Chronicles 26:1-5 When God brings His people from one season into another, they must give careful attention and purposeful thought as to how they intend to meet this new environment.  I’ve come to learn over the years that change for some, while it ought to have been the best thing to have ever come their way; proved at last to be their undoing! A man can begin in the lowly shadows of obscurity, and behold as he rises through the ranks of success, he can find at last, he’s not the man he was at the first.  Success has gotten to his head; prosperity has clouded his vision, fogged his thinking, and corrupted his mind.  I find that a man needs to be on guard at all times, but none more so than in the midst of blessing.

1h 18m
Feb 07