31st January 2019
Many of you will have heard my testimony of how I became a Christian, especially if you have been at King’s for a while. Although I was brought up in a Christian home, I did not commit my life to Jesus until I was nineteen. I had attended church for most of my life, having been taken along by my parents, but it wasn’t until the sudden death of a friend of mine in a motorbike accident that I looked seriously at the claims of Jesus. I remember being at my friend’s funeral service and telling God that I’d take six months to examine the Gospel! Not long after that I gave my life to Christ and have never looked back.
From the moment I became a Christian I have wanted to tell others about the Good News of Jesus. My life was transformed overnight and I had no hesitation telling people why I had changed. Before going full-time, I witnessed to my work colleagues and ran Just Looking groups. As a young youth pastor, I once stood on a table in the middle of a crowded pub and started telling the room about Jesus – I was keen, but not always that wise when it came to the best way of communicating my faith to unbelievers! Since I came to lead King’s over twenty years ago, we have run the Alpha course each term and have seen many people come to faith through it.
Reaching people with the Gospel is central to the Christian life and that is why it’s a key part of King’s Vision 2030: to Reach, Restore and Resource. But if we are honest, many of us find sharing our faith difficult and are not too sure how to go about it. In our new series starting this Sunday, we will learn how to REACH others by looking at the best example we could possibly learn from: Jesus. Over the eight-weeks of the series, we will examine the different approaches Jesus took and see how we can apply them to our own lives.
To make the most of the series we are encouraging everyone at King’s to do the following:
• Be at church each week – it’s only eight weeks!
• Be part of a group – a great place to make friends and discuss the topics together.
• Engage daily – buy the REACH devotional workbook (just £3.50 and available at all sites on Sundays or online). This is a great way to think more deeply about the topics raised in the series during our personal prayer times.
I am very excited about this new series and believe it will empower and equip us to ‘Go and Tell’ others the Good News of Jesus. There are thousands in our community who do not yet know Him. Though only God can transform someone’s life, we can all help to plant seeds.
Our new Reach series starts this Sunday, 3rd February, at all sites.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
18th January 2019
One of the best things about being in a team is the opportunity it brings to learn from one another and to hear different perspectives and ideas. At King’s, the preaching team meet every six weeks to discuss the current teaching series and look ahead at those to come. I have had the privilege of working closely with two fantastic Teaching Pastors, Mick Taylor (who was with us until 2014) and now Andrew Wilson.
When the preaching team met last week, Andrew brought an overview of this summer’s teaching series on Revelation. My mind was blown by what he shared – what a gift to have amongst us! We then talked about the spring term REACH series, which starts in a few weeks’ time. Our hope is that this series will equip all of us at King's to maintain our missional focus, encouraging each of us to Go and Tell the Good News of Jesus, and invite people to Come and See.
Meanwhile, we are enjoying the January ENCOUNTER series with its focus on the Holy Spirit. I believe this is a perfect preparation for the REACH series. Acts 1 reminds us that the Holy Spirit enables us to be bold and effective communicators of the Gospel:
“…you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
At King’s, we want our teaching series to deepen our knowledge and understanding of Scripture. But we do that whilst eagerly desiring and expecting the presence and power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. As well as the ENCOUNTER Sunday teaching, we are also gathering the church on Wednesday evenings in January for an evening of prayer and worship, to wait upon God and invite the Holy Spirit. Our last evening will be at Lee on 23rd January, and 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. 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.