As we are now locked down in Wales, please see our twenty-first “virtual update” as we spend this Sunday at home. This week’s update includes a new audio sermon and suggested hymn.
In this week’s sermon, we will return to Jesus Sermon on the Mount and consider what lessons we can learn through the mountain itself. Click the link below to listen to this latest sermon or visit our Sermon page to listen to more.
Due to the ruling of the Welsh Government which bans churches from having normal services during this Wales-wide lockdown, we are having to cancelall our public services for the next 3 Sundays (25th Oct, 1st Nov, 8th Nov).
As a church we are disappointed by this decision.
We are disappointed…
…as we cannot see the evidence between a rise in Covid-19 and people’s attendance in churches.
…as this ruling is inconsistent with what is done in the rest of the United Kingdom, where churches are allowed to remain open.
…as we have sought to make every reasonable effort to make things as safe as possible in the current climate.
…as we know how vital it is in a time of crisis for people to come to a church to find support – practical, mental and most importantly spiritual.
In short, we believe that the church is essential.
We are earnestly praying that the Welsh Government accepts this as well and lifts this ban on churches as soon as possible.
In the meantime
We are grateful that we can still offer a measure of online ministry. We will be posting Sunday sermons and potentially other online recordings to our website throughout this time.
We are also planning, God willing, to return to our normal “socially-distanced” worship services directly after this lockdown finishes.
We are planning for a Remembrance Day Prayer Meeting on Wednesday, 11th November at 7:30pm. This will be followed by our first return to worship after this lockdown on Sunday 15th November at 11:00am.
All these services we intend to hold at the Rock Baptist Church, but we will wait until we see the latest government guidelines before we confirm our final plans.
To pray with us as we seek God’s wisdom in these challenging days and to contact us online or over the phone if we can be of any help and support to you.
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.