26th September 2019
I was baptised on 6th February 1983. I was 19 and had come to faith the previous autumn. Having resisted the Christian faith for years, I had finally responded to God’s call on my life.
I gave my life to Jesus during a Sunday service at the church where I had grown up in Bedford. My first response was to walk across the room and tell my pastor I wanted to be baptised. I also started to give 10% of my income to the church. I had left work the previous Friday, swearing and using bad language like most of my colleagues. When I turned up the following Monday, one of the first things my work friends noticed was that I no longer swore. The Gospel had an immediate and powerful effect on my life. I had spent many months considering the claims of Christianity and when I took the decision to turn away from my old ways and follow Jesus, I was radically changed.
This Sunday we are baptising twenty people across the church, with baptisms on every site. Twenty people, each declaring faith in Jesus and giving testimony to new life in Him! As we approach the one-year anniversary of our new Beckenham site, we are particularly excited that we have our first baptism there. How encouraging, and what potential for Gospel extension!
When we declare Jesus as Lord and give our lives to him, it is a moment of restoration; through the death and resurrection of Jesus, we are restored to God our Father, brought back into relationship with the one who created us. Baptism is a powerful declaration of faith and of individual lives restored to God. But God’s work of restoration doesn’t stop there! It is the beginning of a process of being restored, made new. By the power of his Holy Spirit, our hearts, minds and attitudes are gradually transformed as we are made more like Him.
In our new series starting this Sunday, we will consider what it really means to be RESTORED by Jesus. This promises to be an exciting and significant series, and I encourage you to make the most of it by coming on Sundays and joining a group. Neil Anderson’s excellent book, Freedom in Christ, which we will be using in groups, will be available to buy on Sundays. Meanwhile, for a taste of what’s to come in RESTORED, take a look at the video below and visit kingschurchlondon.org/restored for more details.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
14th September 2017
It was great to see so many people at King’s last weekend for our annual Vision Sunday. It was an exciting and encouraging day (and great to be able to speak briefly at all six services!) as I shared our plans to launch a fourth site and to spend the next year focusing on discipleship. You can catch up here if you missed it or would like to listen again.
Following a week concentrating on King’s, the majority of my time this week has been spent with friends from the wider body of Christ.
On Tuesday and Wednesday I was at the Evangelical Alliance leadership summit which was held in Windermere, a beautiful place even in the rain. It was such an encouragement to hear about all that God is doing across the wider church in the UK. We spent much of our time discussing the findings of Talking Jesus, a fascinating piece of research which looked at what people in the UK know and think about Jesus, Christians and evangelism. It is well worth a look and you can learn more about its findings here.
Today I am travelling again, this time to join the national leadership of the FIEC (Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches), a movement made up of more than 500 churches in the UK. I shall be representing Newfrontiers and have been invited to speak. Please pray that I will be an encouragement to this group.
This Sunday at King’s we have the joy of baptisms at our services. I never grow tired of hearing stories of lives transformed by the power and person of Jesus. I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
12th May 2016
What an amazing weekend we have just had, with a total of nineteen people being baptised at our Catford and Lee services on Sunday. As always, it was fantastic to hear the different stories of people’s journeys towards finding faith and encountering Jesus. What is more, two people became Christians and ten responded to say they too would like to be baptised, including one of those who had just responded to salvation! Wow, praise God! This weekend it is our Downham site’s moment, with another four people testifying in word and deed to the risen Lord Jesus and taking the step of being baptised. We will be praying for another fruitful Sunday!
I do find these moments such an encouragement - witnessing each life transformed is deeply moving. With this in mind, as we approach our Annual Giving Review, I hope that we will be encouraged that our generous and sacrificial giving is bearing fruit in many lives. Please take a look again at the short video notice I shared with the church recently:
On this occasion, we are asking everyone to review their regular (revenue) giving, to review their regular multi-site giving and also to bring an additional one-off gift towards our multi-site fund. We take a monthly multi-site offering towards the fulfilment of our vision here at King’s but on these next two Sundays, 15th and 22nd May, it’s a multi-site offering with a difference: we are looking to raise £20,000 for the Ebenezer Project in Zimbabwe, where we have a growing relationship.
So as we approach the next two Sundays, let us continue to be a people who excel in faith-filled giving.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
5th May 2016
I was recently asked the question, ‘If you could summarise what King’s is about in one word, what would that word be?’'. My answer was immediate: ‘Mission’. At King’s we are clear that we are about gospel extension – about reaching our community, playing our part in the building of God’s kingdom and making disciples. That is why I get so excited about Baptism Sundays!
Over the next couple of weeks, I am thrilled to say that we will be baptising over 20 people. I never grow tired of hearing the unique testimonies of those getting baptised; each person is precious to God and an example of His on-going grace towards us. It reveals to me afresh the kindness of a Saviour who takes each person on a journey of faith. I am looking forward to speaking on Sunday and presenting the risen Jesus as Saviour and Lord. And I will be praying that many others will follow the example of those being baptised by putting their faith in Him.
Last weekend we launched our Annual Giving Review, that time of year when we ask all those who call King’s their home church to prayerfully review what they give to our Revenue and Multi-site Funds. Remember also that this year we are taking up an additional offering towards the Ebenezer project in Zimbabwe. Ebenezer runs a fantastic programme which disciples young people and trains them in farming and business, equipping them with the skills required to set up their own farming enterprises. Our target is to raise £20,000 which will go towards building much needed staff accommodation on the site. To find out more, have a read of Malcolm Kyte’s report about the King’s team’s recent visit to Zimbabwe. And if you missed it on Sunday, have a look below at the video we produced to launch our Annual Giving Review.
I cannot emphasise enough how valuable it is when God’s people commit to giving faithfully and generously. It is through the continued giving of all those at King’s that God has been able to accomplish so much here. And as that faithful giving continues into the future, I pray that it will lead to us seeing many more people coming to know Jesus as their personal Saviour and taking the step of being baptised.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham, Lee and Beckenham. 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.