26th September 2019
I was baptised on 6th February 1983. I was 19 and had come to faith the previous autumn. Having resisted the Christian faith for years, I had finally responded to God’s call on my life.
I gave my life to Jesus during a Sunday service at the church where I had grown up in Bedford. My first response was to walk across the room and tell my pastor I wanted to be baptised. I also started to give 10% of my income to the church. I had left work the previous Friday, swearing and using bad language like most of my colleagues. When I turned up the following Monday, one of the first things my work friends noticed was that I no longer swore. The Gospel had an immediate and powerful effect on my life. I had spent many months considering the claims of Christianity and when I took the decision to turn away from my old ways and follow Jesus, I was radically changed.
This Sunday we are baptising twenty people across the church, with baptisms on every site. Twenty people, each declaring faith in Jesus and giving testimony to new life in Him! As we approach the one-year anniversary of our new Beckenham site, we are particularly excited that we have our first baptism there. How encouraging, and what potential for Gospel extension!
When we declare Jesus as Lord and give our lives to him, it is a moment of restoration; through the death and resurrection of Jesus, we are restored to God our Father, brought back into relationship with the one who created us. Baptism is a powerful declaration of faith and of individual lives restored to God. But God’s work of restoration doesn’t stop there! It is the beginning of a process of being restored, made new. By the power of his Holy Spirit, our hearts, minds and attitudes are gradually transformed as we are made more like Him.
In our new series starting this Sunday, we will consider what it really means to be RESTORED by Jesus. This promises to be an exciting and significant series, and I encourage you to make the most of it by coming on Sundays and joining a group. Neil Anderson’s excellent book, Freedom in Christ, which we will be using in groups, will be available to buy on Sundays. Meanwhile, for a taste of what’s to come in RESTORED, take a look at the video below and visit kingschurchlondon.org/restored for more details.
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.