Resources

Sermons that are preached at Widcombe Baptist Church are available to download here in MP3 format. Feel free to put them on your iPod, burn onto a CD to play in the car and listen to them however you wish!

This is the area where a variety of resources will be available for you to browse and download. These will include doctrinal papers, articles, essays, audios, videos, and sermon notes.

Over 1000 sermons and talks in MP3 format are currently available for download from the “Sermon Downloads” page.

To request a full CD recording of a service or for sermons that predate the website, please contact PA@Widcombe.org.

Also available for download is The Thanksgiving Service for the life of Peter Culver, our former Pastor, held at Widcombe Baptist Church on Friday 29th November 2013.


Paul Mallard's Books

Paul Mallard, one of our two Pastors, has written a number of books. Paul has been involved in full-time Christian ministry for over thirty years, during which time he has served four churches and been involved in training a new generation of church workers, in addition to speaking at numerous conferences. Paul is married to Edrie and they live in Bath, UK. They have four grown-up children and seven grandchildren. Paul is a passionate supporter of West Bromwich Albion.

Invest Your Suffering

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Let me be honest, during the last twenty years there have been times when my faith has seemed frail and fragile and almost ready to collapse. I have struggled with seeing my wife stripped of her dignity and reduced by her agony. I have doubted all kinds of things. I have exploded and lashed out. I do not like what is happening to my sweetheart one little bit. Chronic illness never goes away. Come on, realistically, how much more can we take?'

'But one thing I have never doubted is that, in the darkest circumstances, we were only ever in the hands of God. That has been the ultimate source of comfort and hope.'

As Paul Mallard knows only too well, the crucible of suffering is a horrible place to be. But lessons learned there can be powerful and memorable. And it was there that Paul and Edrie experienced unexpected intimacy with a loving God who is no stranger to suffering. They feel personally challenged to use their experience and insights to help fellow sufferers too.

Staying Fresh

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How can we maintain an intimate relationship with God in a busy world? How do we read the Bible to feed our souls, rather than "professionally", looking for the next talk we have to deliver? How do we care for ourselves and avoid either burn-out or rust-out?

Paul Mallard has written Staying Fresh for everyone involved in ministry, at whatever level that may be. While he acknowledges the importance of conviction and competence, his primary emphasis here is on character. He is passionate about the importance of integrity, of persevering in prayer and discipleship, of never giving up in our battle with sin and our service for Christ.

"But even if you are not a leader and never aspire to be one,' he says, 'I hope that what you learn here will help you to maintain the freshness of young love."

Revelation

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‘These notes from Paul Mallard provide a brilliantly accessible resource that will profit believers at any stage of their Christian lives.’ Steve Midgley, Senior Minister, Christ Church, Cambridge, and Executive Director, Biblical Counselling UK

Does the church have a future? Across the generations troubled Christians have often asked this question.

Even as early as the end of the first century the future of the church hung in the balance. False teaching, internal division and persecution were rife. You can imagine John, pacing up and down the island at night, looking across the sea to the cities on the shore, wondering, ‘Does the church have a future?’

Into this situation the Lord comes and makes these glorious revelations. He gives John this vision and tells him to write to the seven churches of Asia Minor, in the eastern part of the Roman Empire, in what is now called Turkey.

To each of these churches Jesus says, ‘I know… I know your hopes and dreams, your faults and failings, your joys and sorrows, your temptations and frustrations.’ Jesus knew each church, and so he could speak wisely and truthfully into each circumstance. He said some hard things to shake the believers out of their apathy. He also spoke words of comfort. The letter ends by pointing the believers to heaven, a reminder that despite their present struggles, ultimately they are on the victory side.

Today the church still faces internal division, opposition and persecution. It is understandable that some believers ask, ‘Does the church have a future?’

The answer is the same as it always has been.

Invest Your Disappointments

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Let’s be honest. We’re frequently disappointed. With family, friends, leaders, work, ourselves, church – sometimes, dare we say it, even with God.

‘You carry the tears inside,’ is the author’s description.

Disappointment can be devastating. It can be sudden. And it’s certainly universal.

But what if we were to use disappointment as an opportunity to check whether our motivation and priorities were in line with God’s will? Could it provide a chance to grow?