The Rapture - What does the Bible really teach?

Please join us for a presentation on Sunday 16th February, God willing,

Refreshments at 12:30pm for a 2pm start.

Location: Gorseinon Christadelphian Hall, 110 Pontardulais Road, SA4 4FQ

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How are your New Year's resolutions going?

We’re already into the second month of 2020 — have you kept any resolutions you have made?  Regardless of your answer, it’s always a good time to improve your quality of life.  How about making time to read God’s Word every day?

‘Seek the Lord while He may be found’ - Isaiah 55v6
‘Delight in God’s Word and meditate upon it’ - Psalm 1v2

You may have set yourself many different goals in the past and wondered why some of them were so hard to keep… the trick is to set out some realistic and achievable steps to follow.  If you do this, you will find it much easier to keep to your resolution.

Here are 5 steps to help you achieve your new goal:
  1. Set aside some time to read the Bible every day, even for just 10 minutes or so…
  2. Find a Bible or download a Bible app onto your phone.
  3. If you like to have something to follow, you could use the Daily Reading Planner (see below) or you could choose a book of the Bible to read through at your own pace. 
  4. Read carefully and meditate on what you have read.  Think about the meaning… what is God trying to say to you? 
  5. Put what you learn into practice – live your life as a follower of Christ.
‘Receive the word with all readiness of mind… search the scriptures daily’ - Acts 17v11

The FREE Bible Reading Planner suggests a chapter for each day and includes helpful notes.
To request your free copy: Email: or Phone: 01792 536535

A Sure Word of Prophecy

A large proportion of Bible content is prophecy, much of which has been fulfilled in precise detail, often against all human odds and expectations. This striking fact places the Bible in contrast to the attempts of human beings, such as Nostradamus, to predict the future. Fulfilled prophecy is powerful evidence that a supernatural God exists, who can not only predict the future, but actually controls the future. This is His claim in Isaiah 46v9-10 (ESV):
"I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose." 
One of the most remarkable prophecies is found in Daniel Ch. 2, describing a dream experienced by Nebuchadnezzar, the powerful emperor of Babylon around 600 BC. Over 2,500 years of world history in advance is depicted in an image of a human body comprised mainly of different metals.

The interpretation, given by God through the prophet Daniel is illustrated in the diagram. The metals stood for the succession of powerful empires that would particularly affect the history and destiny of Israel. History testifies to the uncanny accuracy of this prophecy.

The image was destroyed by a stone which struck the image on its feet, pulverising it into fragments blown away by the wind. The stone then grew to fill the whole earth.

The interpretation of this detail is startling. The stone represents the return of the Lord Jesus Christ, who will displace all human governments and set up the worldwide Kingdom of God on earth. The fulfilled part of the prophecy is an assurance that the return of Christ is soon to become a reality.

"The God of heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed, nor shall the kingdom be left to another people. It shall break in pieces all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, and it shall stand forever… The dream is certain, and its interpretation sure."  (Daniel 2v44-45, ESV) 

All you need is love...

The origins of Valentines day have been lost in the mists of time but still it remains with us for better or for worse as a celebration of all things romantic, an opportunity to profess our love for our significant other or a cynical commercial ploy depending on your point of view.

What is much clearer is the emphasis on love in the Bible.  Time and time again love is described in scripture as the pinnacle of Christian endeavour, the thing to aim for above all else.  It is the first and second greatest commandments, as defined by the Lord Jesus himself when questioned by a lawyer:
"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like it, You shall love your neighbour as yourself."  Matthew 22v37-39 (MKJV)
Of course, the kind of love being described here is not of the hearts and flowers variety, it is what is sometimes called “divine” love, or “agape” love (from the Greek word it is translated from in the New Testament, as opposed to “eros” which refers to what we might want to politely call “romantic” love)

Jesus tells us to show this sort of love to everyone, including most famously our enemies.  He says:
“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them” Matthew 7v12 (ESV)
This “divine” love is so called because it is something that God Himself has.  In fact, it was His love for humanity which motivated Him to send his only Son to die so that we could live, as this most well-known of Bible verses says:
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3v16 (MKJV)

New Year - New Challenge

It’s a fair guess that quite a few of you will have already broken your new year resolution by the time you read this.  Maybe you could make up for it by taking on a new one - getting to grips with what the Bible is all about.  The Bible is the world’s all-time bestseller, with over 5 billion copies sold to date.  Most people in this country have access to a Bible and anyone with an internet connection can download a copy for free.  It has never been more available, and yet it remains a closed book for most.

This is a real shame because the Bible is an intriguing book which offers those who do take the time to read it many benefits, including:

·         Lots of practical advice and guidance
·         Words of comfort and encouragement for when we are down
·         An understanding of why we are here and what is the purpose of our life 
·         Many predictions of future events, all of which to date have come true with startling accuracy
·         A real and solid hope for the future

One of the most astonishing claims made by the Bible writers is that although they physically penned the words they did so under God’s direction, as in this verse from the second letter Paul wrote to Timothy;

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.  (2 Timothy 3v16, ESV)

This makes the Bible no less than a message from God Himself to you and me.  If that is true (and we believe it is!) then surely, we can’t ignore what He has to say.

In order to help you achieve your resolution we are making available a free correspondence course called “Exploring the Bible”.  To apply for this simply contact us by texting or phoning 07920 840377, writing to Freepost RTLC-RZRC-UKXT, Bible Information Service, 110 Pontarddulais Road, Gorseinon, SWANSEA, SA4 4FQ or message @gorseinonchristadelphians (Facebook), including in your message your name and email or postal address.

The Birth of Jesus

The Gospels of Matthew and Luke tell us about the birth of Jesus, remembered and celebrated by many people every year at Christmas. Much of his life, death and resurrection is in the New Testament. The apostle John records that “these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name” (John 20:31). However, the promise of Jesus goes right back to the beginning of the Bible and the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:15). Abraham was promised a descendent through whom “all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (Genesis 12:3). King David was promised an heir who would reign on his throne in Jerusalem forever (2 Samuel 7:16).  

Isaiah prophesied that “unto us a child is born ... of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom” (Isaiah 9:6-7), words echoed to Mary by the angel Gabriel: “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.” (Luke 1:28-33)

The Bible is very clear, the birth of Jesus in such humble circumstances, was for a purpose. Indeed, it was so important, it was a matter of life and death; not just for the life of Jesus, but for the life of every one of us: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (John 3:16-17)

The son of the living God, with the feelings and characteristics of his faithful mother Mary and her ancestors, Abraham and David, woven into his DNA. His conception was indeed a miracle, but the Bible tells us that his Father created all things, including life itself. His birth, promised many centuries before, was indeed a cause of great celebration. In his ministry, he brought the written words of the Old Testament Bible to life, so we could see the true character of his Father, in Jesus’ words and deeds, as an example to us. His death and resurrection offers each one of us such hope, but requires a response, a challenge to change our life. Ultimately, his birth heralds the promise that he will come again to be the righteous King over the whole Earth.

Tension and Conflict in the Middle East: Bible Prophecy Fulfilled

This May sees the 70th anniversary of the Declaration of the State of Israel on the 14th May 1948.  It was a hugely significant moment for the Jewish people who were returning to their original homeland of Israel nearly 2000 years after being removed from that land by the Romans.  Last year saw the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, and Britain's influential hand in initially facilitating the return of the Jews to what was then Palestine. Then followed the Nazi persecution and the Holocaust, prompting an exodus of Jews from Europe to Palestine, at the time opposed by Britain with its Mandate to govern Palestine.  The end of this Mandate, and subsequent Declaration of the State of Israel, was a controversial move which infuriated the Arab nations of that area and immediately sparked off the 1948 Arab-Israeli war in which five neighbouring countries launched an assault on the brand-new state of Israel, in an unsuccessful attempt to wipe it off the map.

During the seventy years, there has been many conflicts including the politically momentous Six Day War in 1967, the Yom Kippur War in 1973, wars in Lebanon and the Gaza strip. Despite the involvement of the United Nations and World powers such as the EU, the US and Russia, peace initiatives have come and gone. Tensions between Israel and its neighbours continue unabated and our news routinely includes coverage of the often violent clashes that result.  Indeed, the eyes of the world are on this country the size of Wales. 

What is less well known is the way in which so much of this was predicted in the Bible thousands of years ago by the prophets who described in advance both the scattering of the Jews around the world and their eventual regathering to the land of Israel which continues to this day.  The prophet Ezekiel who himself was taken captive from Israel to Babylon, modern day Iraq, almost 600 years before Jesus was born:

“Therefore say, So says the Lord GOD: Though I have sent them (the Jews) far off among the nations, and though I scattered them among the lands, yet I will be to them as a little sanctuary in the lands where they had gone.  Therefore say, So says the Lord GOD: I will even gather you from the people and assemble you out of the lands, in those where you were scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.”  (Ezekiel 11v16-17)

Creation: the Evidence of God's Power

All of the Bible testifies to God as the Creator of the heavens and the Earth.
"For since the beginning of the world the invisible attributes of God, e.g. his eternal power and divinity, have been plainly discernible through things which he has made and which are commonly seen and known" Romans 1:20 (Phillips NT).

Science has revealed the complexity of many of the processes essential to life, allowing us to stand in awe at how the vast universe is so perfectly designed for life. Sixty five years after the confirmation that DNA contained the genetic instructions for living organisms, the intricate molecular processes involved in turning those instructions into the building blocks of life are still to be fully understood.

Around 3000 years ago, King David wrote the following Psalm about his wonder at God's careful oversight of every stage of his life:
"For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well... Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them." Psalm 139:13-16 (ESV)

Based on probability, the spontaneous evolution of life is impossible, yet many scientists and the media promote the view that all the intricate detail of life on earth emerged from a mixture of molecules. The Bible is clear, God is the creator and the author of life.

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Life's Big Questions

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This website has answers to questions such as:

  • 'Why does God allow suffering?'
  • 'What is the meaning of life?'
  • 'Has science disproved the Bible?' 

What do you think? Why not read the Bible and find the answers for yourself...