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9th July 2015

Better Together Update

‘Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts...’ Acts 2:46

At the beginning of this year we launched our new groups initiative at King’s, Better Together. As many of you will know, it proved to be extremely successful but I had wondered if the surge in attendance would continue over the long term. A few weeks ago I asked Hilary Dalziel, our groups pastor, to give the team some feedback on how things are going. I was amazed to hear that we have the same number of adults in groups during this second term as we had in the first, and that we have the leadership capacity for more to attend! In over 25 years of Christian ministry, I have never heard this said before.

Although King’s has many strengths, group life has not historically been one of them. However, following the implementation of lessons learned from Nelson Searcy’s book ‘Activate’, and our teaching series Better Together, our average attendance in groups has been 100% of what it is on Sundays. To have the same numbers in groups as we have on Sundays – that is a first for us!

The numbers are undoubtedly encouraging but more importantly, they demonstrate our commitment to build a community and not just a crowd. As my summer break approaches and I look back over the last church year, I feel that this is a very satisfying achievement.

Thanks to each of you who has stepped into community at King’s.


Steve Tibbert

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15th May 2015

Prayer and Planning with Purpose

Taking time out to pray, reflect and plan together has always proved invaluable to us as a team. Once a year, the senior leadership team at King’s spends a few days at the Braithwaite’s house in France to focus on what God is saying to us as a church. In fact, it was while we were in France this time last year that the original thinking for the Better Together initiative took place.  The overwhelmingly positive response to the new groups has been one of the highlights of the church year - group life at King’s is now healthier than ever before.

This week we have returned to France to enjoy the Braithwaite’s hospitality and spend a few days praying and planning with purpose. Yesterday we prayed again into the major prophetic words over us as a church, sensing a tangible rise in faith towards the vision God has set before us.  This was followed by discussions around subjects such as the next phase of our building development, preaching programmes and worship; these are just a few examples of how we spend our time together.  We also enjoy good food and much laughter!

I am looking forward to being at King’s again this Sunday before Deb and I visit Zimbabwe and South Africa at the end of next week.  I look forward to seeing you this coming weekend.


Steve Tibbert

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12:52


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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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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