21st April 2016
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Act 1v8
When I was young my parents took me to church every week. Maybe ‘dragged me’ would be a better phrase, as I was a reluctant church-goer – it was definitely something to be endured rather than enjoyed. As I got older my interest in going along began to grow, but that was only because I met girls there! At that time I had never heard of the Holy Spirit and the services I sat through seemed irrelevant, lifeless and stuck in the past.
Then during my teenage years I began to notice some changes occurring at the Baptist church we attended. People started talking about the Holy Spirit and meetings were gradually transformed. There was an expectation of power, a new rise of faith that God was in our midst. As the church went through what we now call renewal, it became a place of life, vibrancy and relevance and it was during this time that I committed my life to Jesus.
How different things are now! Every week we come with an expectation that God will speak. We welcome the Holy Spirit to fill us and propel us on mission. We come with certainty and faith that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are freely available to us.
This Sunday we launch a new series on the Catford and Lee sites (it starts at Downham the following Sunday) which looks again at the work of the Holy Spirit through the book of Acts. Our intent is to ensure we retain an attitude which seeks to lean into the power of God, while remaining rooted in a clear biblical framework for the ministry of the Holy Spirit in our lives. We will teach, meet in groups and pray for God to meet with us. You can read more about When the Spirit Comes here.
I am excited about this series and would like to invite you to join us each Sunday. We also have an opportunity to meet midweek when we gather as one church on Wednesday 4th May . It will be a celebration evening where we will take time to receive and pray for the power of the Holy Spirit to come upon us. The meeting will begin at 7.45pm on the Catford site and I hope to see many of you there.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
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.