Bethel Free Baptist Church
Wardend Rd, Birmingham

Welcome to Bethel Free Baptist Church

Christmas Events
Thy Word is a Lamp unto my feet, and a Light unto my path
Psalm 119: 105
Baptist College Christmas concert at Bethel Free Baptist Church
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Traditional Carol Service
Sunday, 17th, at 11:00am
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Service by Candlelight
Sunday, 17th, at 6:00pm
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Neighbourhood Carolling
Wednesday, 20th, at 7:00pm
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Christmas Eve Service
Sunday, 24th, at 10:30am
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Christmas Day Service
Monday, 25th, at 10:30am
Some people love it while others loathe it. --- It’s both eagerly awaited and earnestly avoided. --- For some there’s a growing anticipation while for others there’s a gnawing aversion. How can it evoke so many different emotions?

What’s it all about?
Some tell us it’s Christian and all about Christ. Others say it’s Pagan and Christ has no part. For some it means Father Christmas or Santa, his reindeer and sleigh, a bag full of toys and presents for all. There are often big meals with turkey and trimmings to feast on for days. For some it’s just a break from work and a chance to celebrate with family and friends.

What’s it all about?
For many, Christmas is a very special occasion. Though we do not know the exact date that Jesus Christ was born, Christmas is a time that many Christians celebrate His birth into this world. It is believed that early Christians chose this date for several reasons. The northern hemisphere, in the midst of winter at this time of year, can be a cold and dreary season with dropping temperatures, short, often cloudy days, and long nights. For hundreds of years many civilisations used winter festivals in an attempt to lift the spirits of people during this period. Unfortunately, most of those were pagan festivals used to celebrate all kinds of unsavoury things in what was often pretty despicable ways. We find it was early in the fourth century when Christians first chose to use this time of year to celebrate the birth of Jesus. They saw the birth of Jesus Christ to be a worthy celebration to put us in truly festive spirits for an honourable cause and wanted to turn people away from those pagan festivities. The bright lights, festive colours and evergreen are meant to lift our spirits as we celebrate the greatest birth to ever take place.

What’s it all about?
It’s clearly about different things to different people, but to many of us it’s about an incredible event. We’d like to share with you what this celebration is about for us and the importance it holds. For us, it’s not the date but the event that is important! On whatever date it might have been, the birth of Jesus was such an awesome event, it deserves to be celebrated. Why was this event so important? The Bible gives us several reasons.

Matthew 1:20-21—”...for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy

Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.”

Matthew 1:23—”Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”

Luke 2:11—”For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”

What’s it all about?
These verses tell us that Jesus was a supernatural person because He was ‘God with us.’ He had a supernatural birth because He was born of ‘a virgin’ with a supernatural Father, conceived by ‘the Holy Ghost’. He also came for a supernatural purpose because He came as ‘a Saviour’, ‘to save His people from their sins.’
Who needs saving from their sins? Romans 3:23—”For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” Every human being! Why do people need saving from their sin? Romans 6:23—”For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Every human being has sinned and as a result faces death as a consequence.

What’s it all about?
It’s about Jesus being born into this world and being ‘God with us.’ He came as ‘a Saviour’ to save us from our sin. He came so that rather than death, we could have the ‘gift of God,’ which is ‘eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.’ This is all because of God’s great love toward us.

John 3:16—”For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

What’s it all about?
It’s about the Wonder of Christmas! It’s about He Who is worthy of our celebrations! It’s what many Christians have celebrated for hundreds of years! We may not know the exact date, but we are certain of the event and its purpose because we have God’s Word on it. Jesus came and lived a life that allowed Him to be the sinless, spotless sacrifice for our sins before a holy and just God. He gave Himself to die on a cross and shed His blood in payment for our sins. God’s acceptance of the worthy sacrifice was evidenced when Jesus rose the third day, having conquered death, hell and the grave for all who would trust in Him!!

If you would like to know more about what Jesus Christ has done for you and how you can have the confidence of knowing you have the eternal life He came to give you, please contact us.

We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a blessed and Happy New Year!

Pastor Larry Curtis and the Bethel Congregation

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