25th October 2018
‘…the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world – just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace.’ Colossians 1:6
In the last few weeks, I have had many occasions where I have been able to echo these words of Paul’s in Colossians, and say that the gospel is indeed 'growing throughout the world'. At the Newfrontiers Global event a couple of weeks ago, I was so encouraged to hear numerous stories from apostolic brothers of church growth and planting. And last week I had the privilege of attending a Learning Community, hosted by Dave Smith from Kingsgate in Peterborough, which gathered church leadership teams from around the country to see what we can learn together about church growth. The event was full of life and we heard from some great speakers. We heard news of Gospel breakthrough in places as far apart as Japan – historically a very challenging place to church plant - and Colombia, where we heard of a church of over 40,000 people. The conference finished with Michael Fletcher from Manna Church in Raleigh, North Carolina (which Deb and I visited during my summer sabbatical), speaking on the power of multiplication.
Today, Deb and I have the honour of going to Lambeth Palace to hear Justin Welby speak. We will be there as part of The Richmond Group, a group of UK church leaders from many denominations and church families hosted by Nicky Gumbel from HTB. I am sure we will once again be hearing of Gospel breakthrough through the wonderful Alpha Course. Alpha has now been translated into 112 different languages; millions of people around the world have done the course, and countless have come to faith through it.
We should be encouraged! The Gospel is bearing fruit and God is at work all over the world.
At King’s, we want to play our part in seeing Gospel breakthrough, and we believe we are called to an exciting vision. On Sunday, guest speaker Geoff Surratt urged us to believe God for an ‘earth-shaking move of God’ and to take hold of God’s vision for changed lives and transformed communities. If you missed his message, it is well worth listening to. I was also encouraged to bump into at least ten new people when I visited our fourth site in Beckenham. But while we are excited about all that God is doing at King’s, it is good to be reminded of God's great Vision to reconcile mankind to Him. God’s vision goes far beyond the reach of King’s and is about far more than what we can do as one church community. We look forward to a day when all those in Christ, ‘from every tribe, nation, people and language, stand before the throne and before the Lamb.' (Revelation 7;9).
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.