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serving the communities of London

22nd March 2015

Because we are one

Henry Ford said: ‘Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.’

Being united in Christ through faith does not mean that ethnic and cultural differences will be erased. Rather, ethnic and other categories (economic, gender, etc.) no longer define of our identities. Galatians 3:28 – ‘There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus’ (NIV) – is not a call to erase ethnic, class and gender diversity in an absolute sense. Rather, it is a call to break down any existing barriers and inequalities between them.

Do we embrace the youth and their culture? Do we embrace women as equal partners? Do we make all ethnic groups feel welcome and whole in the church? Are we sensitive to and do we make accommodations for people with disabilities? Do we embrace those with differing viewpoints? Perhaps diversity is the greatest challenge facing the church! How can we importantly love our differences? Can we preach (live) the gospel by accepting diversity; by accepting God’s heart of unconditional love – the gospel? At King’s we are increasingly recognising and accepting, respecting and celebrating, our cultural diversity.

Only God can bring about the full restoration and reconciliation of diversity in unity. This keeps us Christians humble as we go about being faithful and obedient in being agents of reconciliation for God, knowing that our efforts will be fruitful.

Question to Consider
Do you stand for honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you want to be treated and helping those in need, regardless of their race, colour or creed?

Prayer Point
Pray that God will give us endurance and encouragement and a spirit of unity among ourselves as we follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth we may glorify Him.

We hope you have enjoyed following these Better Together daily devotionals. We would welcome any feedback or stories of how God has spoken to you or encouraged you through these words.

We will be posting some devotionals leading up to Easter Sunday to help you consider and prepare for the death and resurrection of Jesus, so central to our faith. These will start on Monday 30th March.


After that, if you are looking for a daily devotional or Bible reading plan to download, you will find a wide selection on youversion.com.




These devotionals include edited extracts from the Better Together book by Rick Warren, with additional prayer points for King's Church London. We are extremely grateful to Purpose Driven UK for permission to use the extracts.


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21st March 2015

We have a vision...

Martin Luther King had a powerful dream of people having the same opportunities, of children from different backgrounds sitting at the same table, equals in every sense: ‘I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.’ His dream mobilised many across the world and step by step changes have been made.

John had a vision full of the glory of heaven, which we read about in the book of Revelation, where there was unity and praise.

‘After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 10 And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”’ (Revelation 7: 9-10)

People of all nations, people groups and languages were worshipping God as one. Their focus was on King Jesus but something of their distinctiveness remained so John could see they were from different heritages, languages, nations. This is a wonderful illustration of the glory of the Saviour who has redeemed us from every nation and every situation.

We want to pray daily for God's will to be done on earth in just the same way it is in heaven. That means worship and praise, unity and diversity. All kinds of people together focused on Jesus. Sometimes that will be expressed as we gather on Sunday's – other times as we sit round tables sharing meals and hearing each other’s stories of grace.

Sometimes this will be easy, carried along by the Spirit; other times we will have to lift our voices for justice and defend each other in our broken society. But John's vision will be fulfilled.

Question to Consider
Who do you share meals with? Why not ask someone who comes from a different background or is in a different season of life from you round for a meal and share life together?

Prayer Points
Pray for John’s vision to be fulfilled more and more as we worship together. Pray for our society that there will be justice and peace for all.


We hope you'll be able to join us tomorrow for Diversity Sunday. Come dressed for the occasion if you would like to - national costume or just Sunday best, although, of course, you are also very welcome to come as you are!



These devotionals include edited extracts from the Better Together book by Rick Warren, with additional prayer points for King's Church London. We are extremely grateful to Purpose Driven UK for permission to use the extracts.


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20th March 2015

Belonging together

As we end our Better Together series we are focusing on celebrating our diversity across the church on Sunday 22nd March. It’s a value precious to King’s and something we continue to pray about and work on. Join with us as we thank God for all He is doing at King’s – we are Better Together.

Have you ever had that moment of joy when you opened a letter and found you were accepted to the school of your choice, the university you dreamed of, the sports team you tested out for? Or maybe for you it was the moment your wife accepted your proposal or the moment you held in your hand the keys to a flat to share with good friends.

Being accepted, included, belonging is a powerful emotion.

When the good news of Jesus was first preached, the church struggled to include everyone – they thought the message was primarily for the Jews and weren't sure how to react as Gentiles (people not born Jews) began to respond. Paul writes in Ephesians that both Jews and Gentiles were now included together in Christ. All that divided them – prejudice, rituals, customs and culture – had been broken, any barriers or hostility done away with through all Jesus did on the cross. A new people were formed in Jesus.

‘But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.’ (Ephesians 2:13)

This is really good news. We should be filled with joy and amazement that all which would separate us from each other, all that would separate us from a holy God, has been torn down in Jesus. Stop and think about that for a moment – you are part of a new household, part of a united people being built together so that God can live among us by His Spirit.

‘Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.’ (Ephesians 2:19-22)

Question to Consider
Look into your heart – do you still keep barriers in place to separate you from some people or are you open-handed, accepting as brothers and sisters all who believe in Jesus?

Prayer Points
Pray for people in King’s who feel they are not accepted or included, or that they don't belong. Pray that the Holy Spirit will use each one of us to draw them into family life at King’s.


These devotionals include edited extracts from the Better Together book by Rick Warren, with additional prayer points for King's Church London. We are extremely grateful to Purpose Driven UK for permission to use the extracts.


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19th March 2015

...by celebrating together

‘When you meet together, sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, as you praise the Lord with all your heart.’ Ephesians 5:19 (CEV)

Genuinely praising God is an outward expression of His work in your life. Ephesians 5:18 (the previous verse) commands you to let the Holy Spirit fill you. Verse 19 shows that your act of praise is the direct result of His presence.

As the earlier verses in this chapter tell us, when God invades your life He shines light that eliminates the darkness not only in your life, but also in the lives of those around you. Reading this chapter will reveal what God wants you to avoid in your life. When you commit to right living, you will avoid the trappings of this world. In this context, our praise to God is an expression of thanks for what He has either saved us from or helped us avoid.

Many people may read this and become apprehensive. Am I going to have to sing in public? Be relieved that praising can take many forms. Giving praise to God can be done by telling each other how He has helped you. You can also praise God by singing words of praise to Him. Praying words of gratitude to Him praises God too.

However you choose to give thanks to God, doing it together will bring pleasure to God, but also act as a testimony for others who need His help.

Question to Consider
When you worship, are you more concerned about what others think or what God thinks?

Prayer Point
Pray that even as your heart is truly transformed by what God has been doing in your life, you will genuinely praise Him as an outward expression of His work in your life.


These devotionals include edited extracts from the Better Together book by Rick Warren, with additional prayer points for King's Church London. We are extremely grateful to Purpose Driven UK for permission to use the extracts.


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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.

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