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20th April 2017

Alpha and Omega

What a great Easter we had at King’s last weekend! Firstly, coming together on Good Friday to focus on the cross, share communion and reflect on all that Jesus sacrificed for us. And then gathering again on Sunday to celebrate his victory over death and remember that he is indeed our redeemer, our substitute, our shame remover and our victor! It is always a joy to worship with my church family at King’s, but there was one particular moment which stood out above all, when we sang the fantastic chorus Alpha and Omega. Our God really is ‘…the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End’, who died for us, conquered death for us, and is present in our lives today. It was a wonderful moment of corporate worship - the Easter story is very much our story and is worth celebrating!

It was good to be able to go into a busy week off the back of such a fantastic weekend. This week I am spending time with the Newfrontiers Together Team, led by David Devenish. The team with Dave currently are John Lanferman, Edward Buria, David Holden, P J Smyth, Steve van Rhyn and myself, with Alistair Gregory helping us in a management capacity. This is a great group, and it is a joy and privilege to serve alongside them. Do have a look at the recently relaunched Newfrontiers website to read more about these guys as well as some of the other apostolic leaders heading up their own networks around the world.

I will return from several days of meetings to another exciting Sunday at King’s. This week we have the joy of celebrating with new Christians, with baptismal services at the Lee and Catford sites. I always love to hear people's personal stories of how they have encountered Jesus and come to know Him as their saviour. It is a reminder that God continues to meet people daily and transform lives. He is indeed Alpha and Omega!


Steve Tibbert

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13th April 2017

Easter Changes Everything!

'Don’t be alarmed,' he said. 'You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here.' Mark 16:6

The cross and the resurrection of Jesus Christ are at the heart of the gospel, providing the way for us to know forgiveness and have eternal life. This weekend, along with Christians around the world, King’s will be remembering the cost of our Saviour’s sacrifice and rejoicing in His victory over sin, death and the devil.

Jesus is our Shame Remover, our Victor, our Substitute and our Redeemer! Let us gather together this Easter weekend to give thanks for this wonderful salvation.

On Good Friday, please join us for a reflective service centred around the cross, when we will break bread together. Then on Easter Sunday, we will gather again to celebrate our victorious, risen Lord Jesus Christ!

Good Friday
All sites – 10.30am to 11.30am
Please note there will be no children’s work during these services.

Easter Sunday
Our Easter Sunday services take place at the normal Sunday service times, and there will be children’s work as usual.

Catford – 9.30am, 11.30am & 5.30pm
Downham – 9.30am & 11.30am
Lee – 10.30am

Easter changes everything! I look forward to seeing you there.


Steve Tibbert

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08:59


24th March 2016

Hallelujah! What a Saviour!

I was baptised on February 6th 1983. It marked the end of one journey and the beginning of another – the old life had gone, a new life had begun. In those days, anybody being baptised in the church where I grew up could choose a worship song for their baptismal service. My choice was an old hymn – perhaps not very contemporary, but its words are so powerful:

Hallelujah! What a Saviour!

1. 'Man of Sorrows!' what a name
For the Son of God, who came
Ruined sinners to reclaim.
Hallelujah! What a Saviour!

2. Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
In my place condemned He stood;
Sealed my pardon with His blood.
Hallelujah! What a Saviour!

3. Guilty, vile, and helpless we;
Spotless Lamb of God was He;
“Full atonement!” can it be?
Hallelujah! What a Saviour!

4. Lifted up was He to die;
'It is finished!' was His cry;
Now in Heav’n exalted high.
Hallelujah! What a Saviour!

5. When He comes, our glorious King,
All His ransomed home to bring,
Then anew His song we’ll sing:
Hallelujah! What a Saviour!

Philip P. Bliss, pub. 1875

What a wonderful hymn! It may have been written over a century ago and its language may seem a little archaic to our modern ears, but the truths it expresses are timeless.

This Easter weekend our theme at King’s is Easter Changes Everything. We begin with a Good Friday service, 10.30 am at all sites. This will be a shorter meeting of around an hour during which we will break bread and reflect on Jesus’ death on the cross. Please note there will be no children’s work on Good Friday. Then on Sunday, we will celebrate the risen Lord Jesus Christ at our Easter Day services, taking place at the normal times at all three sites. And don't forget to set your alarms on Saturday night because the clocks go forward this Sunday!

The events of Easter changed everything for me, as they did for many of you reading this blog. This is a great time to invite our friends, family and neighbours to come to church, so let me encourage you again to get those invites out! We are praying that this weekend will be one where many more come to faith and realise that for them too, Easter changes everything.

I will be taking a short holiday and some study leave over the next two weeks, so I will not be writing a blog post during that time. However, next week Malcolm Kyte, recently returned from leading our King’s team trip to Zimbabwe, will be bringing a report on their time there.


Steve Tibbert

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09:02


17th March 2016

Easter Changes Everything

I clearly remember my first Easter as a Christian.

Although I was brought up in a church-going family, I did not become a Christian until I was 19. It was a decision which radically changed the direction of my life. One of the Easter traditions of the church in which I grew up and came to faith, was the ‘Good Friday Walk’. The whole church would  gather in the car park, load up into cars and drive in convoy out to the countryside. (This was not London and green space was never far away!) We would then walk, chatting, through beautiful woodland and fields. I had been on that walk many times, but that Easter, my first since committing my life to Jesus, I felt as if I was experiencing it with fresh eyes. The woods were filled with signs of spring and new growth and I was reminded once more of the new life that had begun in me.

Before becoming a Christian, the significance of Easter was lost to me – it meant no more than a welcome holiday, lots of chocolate and a few more church services to be dragged along to. But after giving my life to Christ, my eyes were opened to the reality that Easter changes everything. Suddenly I understood the meaning of Jesus’ death on the cross – not just a gruesome and painful way to die, but the moment when our Saviour died in our place, taking our brokenness upon His own shoulders that we might be set free from sin. And the story did not end there: on Easter Sunday Jesus rose from the dead, conquering sin and death for us. My journey to faith had rested on my ultimate conviction that Jesus was raised from the dead. Knowing that was true, I realised I could never be the same again – I would commit my whole life to following Jesus.

This Easter at King’s we will celebrate the truth that Easter changes everything. On Good Friday we gather at 10.30am on all sites. This will be a time to reflect on the meaning of the cross, worship and break bread together. Then on Easter Sunday we will meet on all sites at the usual times for a service of celebration and thanksgiving, as we worship the risen Lord Jesus Christ. Easter provides a great opportunity to invite friends, neighbours and family to church, so let me encourage you to start thinking now about who you can invite. Flyers are available to pick up this week, and I know many groups will be leafletting their local streets.

This coming Sunday our Transformed series continues and I am looking forward to hosting a Membership Morning. This is a great opportunity for those new to King’s to find out more about our vision and values – please contact Mary Lindsay in the King’s office if you would like to book in.

Lastly, I was thrilled to hear that five people on the Alpha course put their faith in Jesus last Saturday! As we begin to enjoy the first signs of spring during this Easter season, how fantastic to know that new life continues to be born in our community.


Image: Anglesey Abbey (NT) 02-04-2011, by Karen Roe, used under CC


Steve Tibbert

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Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham and Lee. Over the past fifteen years the church has seen continued growth, both in size and diversity. Steve is also involved in Newfrontiers and regularly coaches other lead elders. His book, Good to Grow, was published in July 2011. He is married to Deb, and they have three sons.

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