30th May 2019
‘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.’
I am looking forward to speaking out of Revelation this Sunday at King’s. It is also Diversity Sunday which is always a highlight in our church calendar for me. As usual, we are encouraging everyone to come in national dress or, if you do not have one, to dress smartly or in the colours of your nation’s flag. I will wear my suit—a rare event!
Cultural diversity is a feature of the New Testament church and a high value of King’s—we are a church made up of people from many different cultures, nations and backgrounds. In 2017, our Invited teaching series focussed on this important issue, and you will find some helpful resources from that series on our website. As we approach Diversity Sunday, I thought I would post a video interview Charles and I did at the beginning of the series.
I love being part of a church that is so diverse. I love meeting people from different cultures whose background, life experience and outlook may be very unlike my own. As I was reading the passage above in preparation for my message, I reflected what an appropriate verse it is for Diversity Sunday. Revelation paints a picture of heaven where 'a great multitude that no one could count from every nation, tribe, people and language' will be joined in worshipping Jesus. As we come together at King's this Sunday, let's take this opportunity to celebrate and appreciate our cultural differences and our unity in Christ. I look forward to seeing you there.
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.