20th March 2015
As we end our Better Together series we are focusing on celebrating our diversity across the church on Sunday 22nd March. It’s a value precious to King’s and something we continue to pray about and work on. Join with us as we thank God for all He is doing at King’s – we are Better Together.
Have you ever had that moment of joy when you opened a letter and found you were accepted to the school of your choice, the university you dreamed of, the sports team you tested out for? Or maybe for you it was the moment your wife accepted your proposal or the moment you held in your hand the keys to a flat to share with good friends.
Being accepted, included, belonging is a powerful emotion.
When the good news of Jesus was first preached, the church struggled to include everyone – they thought the message was primarily for the Jews and weren't sure how to react as Gentiles (people not born Jews) began to respond. Paul writes in Ephesians that both Jews and Gentiles were now included together in Christ. All that divided them – prejudice, rituals, customs and culture – had been broken, any barriers or hostility done away with through all Jesus did on the cross. A new people were formed in Jesus.
‘But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.’ (Ephesians 2:13)
This is really good news. We should be filled with joy and amazement that all which would separate us from each other, all that would separate us from a holy God, has been torn down in Jesus. Stop and think about that for a moment – you are part of a new household, part of a united people being built together so that God can live among us by His Spirit.
‘Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.’ (Ephesians 2:19-22)
Question to Consider
Look into your heart – do you still keep barriers in place to separate you from some people or are you open-handed, accepting as brothers and sisters all who believe in Jesus?
Pray for people in King’s who feel they are not accepted or included, or that they don't belong. Pray that the Holy Spirit will use each one of us to draw them into family life at King’s.
These devotionals include edited extracts from the Better Together book by Rick Warren, with additional prayer points for King's Church London. We are extremely grateful to Purpose Driven UK for permission to use the extracts.
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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.