17th March 2016
I clearly remember my first Easter as a Christian.
Although I was brought up in a church-going family, I did not become a Christian until I was 19. It was a decision which radically changed the direction of my life. One of the Easter traditions of the church in which I grew up and came to faith, was the ‘Good Friday Walk’. The whole church would gather in the car park, load up into cars and drive in convoy out to the countryside. (This was not London and green space was never far away!) We would then walk, chatting, through beautiful woodland and fields. I had been on that walk many times, but that Easter, my first since committing my life to Jesus, I felt as if I was experiencing it with fresh eyes. The woods were filled with signs of spring and new growth and I was reminded once more of the new life that had begun in me.
Before becoming a Christian, the significance of Easter was lost to me – it meant no more than a welcome holiday, lots of chocolate and a few more church services to be dragged along to. But after giving my life to Christ, my eyes were opened to the reality that Easter changes everything. Suddenly I understood the meaning of Jesus’ death on the cross – not just a gruesome and painful way to die, but the moment when our Saviour died in our place, taking our brokenness upon His own shoulders that we might be set free from sin. And the story did not end there: on Easter Sunday Jesus rose from the dead, conquering sin and death for us. My journey to faith had rested on my ultimate conviction that Jesus was raised from the dead. Knowing that was true, I realised I could never be the same again – I would commit my whole life to following Jesus.
This Easter at King’s we will celebrate the truth that Easter changes everything. On Good Friday we gather at 10.30am on all sites. This will be a time to reflect on the meaning of the cross, worship and break bread together. Then on Easter Sunday we will meet on all sites at the usual times for a service of celebration and thanksgiving, as we worship the risen Lord Jesus Christ. Easter provides a great opportunity to invite friends, neighbours and family to church, so let me encourage you to start thinking now about who you can invite. Flyers are available to pick up this week, and I know many groups will be leafletting their local streets.
This coming Sunday our Transformed series continues and I am looking forward to hosting a Membership Morning. This is a great opportunity for those new to King’s to find out more about our vision and values – please contact Mary Lindsay in the King’s office if you would like to book in.
Lastly, I was thrilled to hear that five people on the Alpha course put their faith in Jesus last Saturday! As we begin to enjoy the first signs of spring during this Easter season, how fantastic to know that new life continues to be born in our community.
Image: Anglesey Abbey (NT) 02-04-2011, by Karen Roe, used under CC
Posted by Steve Tibbert
Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham, Lee and Beckenham. The church has seen continued growth since the mid-1990s, both in terms of size and diversity.
As well as leading King’s, Steve hosts and leads Newfrontiers, a fellowship of apostolic leaders with hundreds of churches around the world.
Steve is married to Deb. They have three grown up sons and one grandson.