30th October 2014
Dubai is an amazing place! It has a skyline like a major American city and includes the tallest building in the world. It is a place of contrasts - you can hear the muezzin give the call to prayer as you walk through a shopping mall of such size that it would dwarf Bluewater. And at the same time there are beautiful views to be had of the desert that surrounds it, wonderful sunsets - and then there are camels!
This is our stopping off point after our week in India and tomorrow we return to London. The trip has been very fruitful but there is no place like home! We are grateful to our parents and to the fabulous Allen family for taking care of Sam while we have been away. It has been a privilege to see what God is doing among these nations!
I heard yesterday from King's that our Multi-Site offering for this month now stands at £57,000 so we are very close to reaching our £60,000 target - this is great news and a brilliant encouragement to us all! Thank you to all for your amazing response and generosity. Praise God!
I'm looking forward to seeing you all on Sunday when we'll be continuing our Making Life Work series. It has begun well and I know it will be of great use and blessing to us all.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
23rd October 2014
Last Sunday evening it was a privilege to speak with Wilben Short in Freetown, Sierra Leone, to hear from former King's leaders the challenges Sierra Leone is facing. Both Wilben and Clare are in good heart, while the situation particularly for the disadvantaged in that country is heart-rending. When the Shorts decided to return to their country to work for the good of their land, who knew that they would be facing such times as these? Only God. Please continue to pray for Wilben and Clare, for the fight against Ebola in West Africa, and the local and international leadership in all they face.
Deb and I arrived in Delhi late last night. It's an amazing city in the north of India where we are visiting our long-time friends Tim and Liz Brown. When we leave here we fly down to Mumbai for 24 hours before ending our trip to India with 48 hours in Bangalore. Although these are short stays we are glad to be able to visit these great cities that God loves and has a plan for! Finally, we stop off at Dubai to spend some time with Steve and Heather Oliver before we return to London. Please pray for good travel and good health and that God will guide and bless our conversations.
We leave King's in good heart following our highest ever Sunday on a normal week, with growth on all our sites. Praise God! Are you enjoying our Making Life Work series? I wonder if our increased attendance is due to this great series? Do come this Sunday - the title of the message is Develop Discipline. It will bless you and will do you good!
We still have a little way to go towards our total of £60,000 for our multi-site offering this month - at the moment the total stands at just over £50,000. If you have yet to contribute please come ready to give this Sunday (or you can do so online). God is at work! We are grateful for all His blessings, including a generous people!
King's! We are a church made up of the nations - can I ask you to pray particularly for the nations of India, Dubai and Sierra Leone this week? God is at work in each of these countries too - our prayers are part of our support for the people of these great nations!
Posted by Steve Tibbert
9th October 2014
Bill Hybels is one of most influential Christian leaders of our generation. He is also one of the most focused people I have ever met, as I found out some time ago when I was fortunate enough to have lunch with him. He was clearly a man with a desire to see the gospel of Jesus go forward - a great motivation to have. Willow Creek Community Church, which Bill Hybels leads, has become a byword for reaching out to those seeking God and is a church that has worked at refining a sensitive approach to seekers as the people of Willow declare the Good News of Jesus.
So, I am delighted that once again over the next two days we will be hosting the annual Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit here at King's, this Friday and Saturday, at the Catford site. There are available places still to be had - if you would like to come along on the 10th and 11th and register for this videocast conference. It will be well worth it!
Then on Sunday I will be speaking again at our Catford and Lee sites in the second week of our series based in the book of Proverbs - Making Life Work. This series is already proving popular, with all the copies of the books (written by Bill Hybels) we had provided sold out last week! More were delivered to the King's office this week, ready for you to buy if you weren't able to get hold of one last weekend. And our Downham site will begin with the introduction to the series.
Last Sunday saw another exciting milestone in the life of King's - the official opening of the new Lee auditorium. We are already anticipating great gospel fruit from this wonderful resource but you will realize that there is still much work required in the rest of the building. Can I therefore ask you all to come prepared to contribute to our Multi-Site Gift Day this Sunday, when our target for October is £60,000. We are eager to see even more gospel progress among the people and communities of southeast London. I believe it's what we are here for!
Posted by Steve Tibbert
2nd October 2014
We begin a new preaching series this coming Sunday entitled Making Life Work. It is based on a book of the same name by Bill Hybels - an immensely practical, readable and encouraging book - and draws on the wisdom teaching found in the book of Proverbs. We actually did this series 13 years ago, but 90% of the church was not around then - an amazing statistic! I'm looking forward to seeing how the riches of this Old Testament book will impact us as we go through the series.
I began to think where we were 13 years ago as a church. Who could have imagined three sites, with six meetings over all, and three meetings at our Catford site alone? This Sunday also marks the opening of the refurbished auditorium at our Lee site and there will be an outreach morning this Saturday in preparation for the start of this new term.
There are people who are now a part of our church who were first contacted through our outreach mornings and we are preparing to welcome and care for even more people who are beginning their journey of faith! Our Alpha teams are preparing to welcome those we invite - be thinking and praying about who you can speak to about coming along to Alpha. It's going to be a great year!
Have you seen our billboards around the locality? Look out for them!
And I wonder what God will do with us over the next thirteen years?
Posted by Steve Tibbert
Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham, Lee and Beckenham. 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.