15th October 2015
Last week Deb and I had the privilege of attending the Newfrontiers conference in Turkey. Friends from around the world gathered to spend time learning, praying and discussing our future together.
The event was hosted by David Devenish who spoke with great insight out of Titus on the important issue of contextualisation; Steve van Rhyn, from Cape Town, gave a punchy – and challenging – summary of the New Testament practice of apostles working in groups of two or sometimes more; Terry brought a great word from Exodus 17, exhorting us to work hard and pray – classic Virgo!; the Lanfermans and Holdens spoke on the importance of continuing to build strong marriages in the context of ongoing apostolic extension; and through the week we were effectively aided by the chairing and teaching skills of PJ Smyth.
However, I have to say that the prayer time on Wednesday afternoon stands out as the highlight of the week for me; hearing of churches moving forward and others being planted in many countries was just wonderful. It is always inspirational to hear news from different places, and to gather and pray for one another is a powerful thing. Our family’s reach into nation after nation continues apace. In fact, I saw on Terry Virgo’s Twitter feed on Tuesday that when Stoneleigh closed in 2001, Newfrontiers served 300 churches worldwide. Now, through multiplied teams, we serve approaching 1,500 churches!
I do hope you are enjoying the ‘Follow Me’ series in which we are addressing how to respond biblically to some of the key issues facing today’s society. I hear it has led to some fantastic discussions in groups. The series continues this Sunday, when I will be speaking in the morning on the subject of ‘Single and Satisfied’. Then in the evening I encourage you to join us again as we welcome Terry Virgo, who will be bringing the second in his three-part series on grace.
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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.