27th October 2016
‘Timothy, my son, I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight the battle well...’
1 Timothy 1:18
In a few weeks’ time, the King’s staff team face the exciting prospect of moving into brand new offices. For many years now, we have worked in surroundings which are far from ideal. As the number of people working here has grown, desks have been squeezed into every possible corner, storage space is in short supply, and finding a spare room for a meeting is often a challenge. So when we acquired the Lee building in 2010, our hope was to quickly move our offices over there. Various factors have meant that this did not happen as soon as we would have liked, but now at last, our spacious new office environment is nearly ready for us to move in. I am very grateful for the patience shown by everyone here throughout the delay.
So, we are starting to think about packing up, clearing out and preparing for The Big Move. In my case, this is a rather daunting task, as I am not renowned for being the tidiest of people! Why put things away, when you can have piles of all the papers you may need close to hand? Nevertheless, I have taken the opportunity to have a good sort out. Whilst looking through some files, I came across one enticingly titled ‘Prophetic Words’. It contained all the key words given to King’s over the last couple of decades. It was a fascinating read (as well as a welcome distraction from tidying up) and so good to be reminded of God’s words to me personally and to us as a church.
Yesterday, I was sharing some of what I had read with one of the senior staff members here, and he urged me to take some time to reflect on the key prophecies over my life and for King’s, to trust God and move forward. What an encouragement! It really is so helpful to return to some of these words after a period of time, to think and pray about them again.
One significant word continues to speak to me and it is one I have shared numerous times recently. It was given to me a few years ago during a trip to Zimbabwe when I had just finished preaching out of Acts 16 on the subject of God’s guidance. The essence of the word was this:
"Kings is like Niagara Falls, strong and secure. You do not need to worry about King’s, but I am calling you to be like Victoria Falls, a church whose reach goes much further, a wider calling."
It was a word that was personal to me, but which also applied to all of us who call King’s our home. If you would like to know more on how we handle prophecies at King’s, then you may be interested in reading this paper I wrote a few years ago. Knowing God’s ‘now word’ to us is a precious thing. It is good to recall and reflect on the key prophecies given to us. It helps us to keep moving forward and ‘fight the battle well’.
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.