Each year it is a real joy to ask church members and friends to share what photos they have taken across Mid Wales to feature in our annual Mid Wales calendar. Despite the challenges of this past year, we expect these photos will not disappoint!
Below are a few examples from this year’s calendar which are matched both with a line from a Christian hymn and also a verse from the Scriptures.
We are currently distributing copies of this calendar to friends, families, neighbours and people we meet. Of course we also have copies available at the church for those who join us on our meetings at the Rock Baptist.
If you haven’t received a copy and would like one, feel free to contact us. Don’t worry, it’s not being cheeky; this calendar is meant as a free gift from our church to you!
We trust this calendar reminds you of the beauty that God has created for us here in Mid Wales and of the timeless truth and free offer of grace that God offers you within His Holy Word.
This picture illustrates the sad reality that we all must face someday; however, there is a glimmer of light even in a graveyard, for those who believe in the Gospel. In fact the light of the Gospel that once burned bright all across Wales is still changing people’s lives today, giving them hope beyond the grave and life worth living.
What is the Gospel?
The Gospel is truly good news; it is indeed the best news in this world because it is the answer to the world’s greatest problem. Does the world have a problem? Of course, we all know that it does. There is suffering and trouble in every part of this world; whether you look upon the troubled international scene or whether you look among your own friends and family, you will find people mistreating one another and lives permanently affected.
What is the world’s greatest problem?
The world’s greatest problem is what the Bible calls sin. Sin occurs in various forms, but essentially it is the breaking of the law. This is not simply the breaking of a nation’s laws but breaking the universal moral laws that God instituted to govern this world (1 John 3:4). When people choose to sin, they often hurt and offend other people; and unfortunately, everyone has sinned. You likely would admit that even you are not perfect; yet that implies that even you are a sinner. Sadly, we all are guilty of the world’s greatest problem. As the Bible says we “all have sinned” and the result of that is that we “have come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
How does God play into this?
God, as the Bible teaches, is perfectly holy and just. If God ignored this problem of sin, he would be unjust, and the Bible teaches that God will not let sin go unpunished. The penalty of sin is death (Romans 6:23). After men die in this life, the Bible says there will be a judgement given and God even speaks of an eternal death in a lake of fire as the punishment for sin. (Hebrews 9:27, Revelations 20:12, 15).
Is there any way of escape?
Yes there is. God is not only the final judge of sinners; he is also the greatest friend of sinners, offering them hope not only in this world but also in the next.
Thousands of years ago, God sent his Son to come into this world and be born of a virgin. (Galatians 6:4) His name is Jesus. As God, he lived a perfectly sinless life; and yet he died the death of a criminal on the cross. This was God’s plan. What God did on the cross of Calvary was allow Jesus to suffer the punishment for our sin and to allow sinners to be made righteous, perfect, in His sight.
“For he hath made him [Jesus] to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
“But God commendeth [showed] his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:21)
Three days after his death, Jesus rose bodily from the grave. (1 Corinthians 15:3-4) His eternal life is what is promised to all believe in His name. (1 Corinthians 15:20)
“…everyone which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:40)
This is why there can be hope even at graveyard; the only way to escape God’s judgement is to be covered by the blood of Jesus Christ.
What must I then do?
There is certainly nothing you can do to earn this salvation. Doing good deeds, going to church or being baptised cannot save you. The Bible clearly teaches that salvation is not by works (Titus 3:5, Ephesians 2:8-9). You must however call upon the name of the Lord to be saved (Romans 10:9, 13). If you place your faith in Jesus Christ, He will save you and become Lord of your life.
Do you believe this?
If you are interested in believing on the Lord Jesus Christ or have any questions, please contact us or another Christian friend you know.
As an evangelical church, we eagerly and unashamedly preach and believe in this Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is our desire that others would learn of the good news that God offers in Jesus Christ who is the same yesterday, today, and forever. This timeless message has changed and is changing our lives today; we would encourage you to let it change yours as well.