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18th January 2018

Revival

Shortly after going into full-time ministry, I attended Spurgeon’s Bible College to study for a diploma in theology. As a part of my course, I had to write a dissertation – quite a challenge for someone with dyslexia and an E grade for English O level! The subject I chose was the 1859 revival. It was fascinating to see how a prayer meeting, which began with just a handful of believers, led to an outpouring of gospel preaching and tens of thousands of new converts being added to the church. Of particular interest to me was the research I did on the lasting impact of revival on church attendance. The conclusion was that churches that were healthier before the revival retained and discipled more of the new believers than weaker churches. Maybe the discovery is obvious, but as a young pastor it helped me realise that the work I was doing now was important – we wanted to be prepared for sudden church growth should revival break out! Paul writes in 2 Timothy 4:2, ‘I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season.’ It is a good reminder that we should be expectant and ready for an abundant harvest at all times!

Last week I joined Terry Virgo and a group of about 20 national church leaders from many different streams, denominations and networks to share news and to pray for our nation. Once again, we called on God to move in revival power. Terry has recently written an article for Premier Christianity magazine on the subject, which is well worth a read. I felt stirred to keep praying for revival and last night, at our King’s Church prayer meeting, we called out to God to move in power in this nation. There was a rise of faith and a real hunger in the room as we prayed that we would see people turning to God in numbers that we have never see before. Let’s keep on praying, and let’s be ready for a harvest to come!

This coming Sunday I am looking forward to preaching at King's as we celebrate nine people being baptised across the church. I always love hearing the testimonies of changed lives, and my title for this Sunday’s message is The Power of a Story.  I look forward to seeing you there.


Steve Tibbert

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20th October 2016

Global 2016

Deb and I have just returned from an excellent week at the annual Newfrontiers conference. Five years on from when Terry Virgo handed over the movement to his ‘sons’, there was a tremendous sense of unity in the room as we gathered with friends from all around the world – ‘from London down to Cape Town, from LA to Beijing’, to quote one of my favourite Lex Loizides’ songs!

Following the handover from Terry in 2011, it has taken the movement a number of years to find its feet. Like a toddler taking his first experimental steps, progress has been slow at times, but this year I felt more than ever a genuine joining of hearts and faith for world mission.

Among the many highlights were the times of prayer for friends in countries where gospel preaching, or life in general, can be demanding, challenging, and sometimes dangerous. To pray and cry out to God for places such as India, Pakistan, The Crimea, China, The Middle East, Zimbabwe and many other African nations, was deeply moving. Throughout the week our worship was joyful, as we were ably led by a small band made up of a team from New York and Moscow. We were a truly international group joined by common purpose.

If you would like to keep up with news from the Newfrontiers family, do have look at the recently launched website.


Steve Tibbert

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15:47


7th July 2016

Together on a Mission

Several years have passed since Newfrontiers multiplied into autonomous spheres, when Terry Virgo handed over responsibility to his sons. It is very heartening to see how we have continued to expand since then.

The brand new Newfrontiers website, launched last week, gives a flavour of the gospel expansion taking place within the spheres. Do have a look to see how we are continuing to work together to pursue the purposes of God around the world.


Steve Tibbert

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12:01


14th January 2016

A Season of Seeing Just What God Can Do…

Having benefitted from a slightly slower pace during my study days last week, I am feeling energised and ready for all that’s coming in the year ahead. So far, this week has been a very interesting and fulfilling one. Tuesday began with our usual staff prayer meeting at King’s – I love starting the week in this way, focussing on Jesus, before we all head off to our meetings and to-do lists. Then a very full day followed by trustees and elders meetings in the evening. I have said it before, but I am so grateful to be working with such a fantastic team. That was followed by two days spent with key leaders from Newfrontiers and other church networks around the UK at a gathering hosted by Terry Virgo. I always enjoy these opportunities to share news and pray together, to hear about all that God is doing both within Newfrontiers and the wider body of Christ.

Our January focus on prayer continued on Wednesday evening, with the second of our weekly prayer and celebration nights. Dave Holden got us off to such a good start last week with his invitation to lean into the power of the Holy Spirit (available online here) – it was fantastic to have another opportunity to gather together to worship and wait on Jesus. During these weeks, I have been reflecting on the prophetic word brought to us by our friend Steve Nicholson on the opening night of the Lee auditorium:

“You took the step, you paid the price, to be in this room tonight. Now comes the harvest. This night marks the beginning of a whole new season – a season of favour, a season of harvest, a season of amazing miracles. And I think that what’s coming, is now a season of seeing just what God can do.”
Steve Nicholson, September 2014

A season of seeing just what God can do. This was one of those words that resonated – I have prayed about and reflected on it a great deal. We long to see all that God can do at King’s and I have a growing sense that we are beginning to see the fulfilment of this word. I look forward to being able to share more in the coming weeks!

This Sunday I will be preaching the next in our Start series – I hope that you are enjoying this fitting challenge to us as we set out on a new year. I will be speaking on the important topic of how to steward our lives well, and it is worth coming just to see the dramatic landing of the message – you’ll have to be there to see it!

Steve


Image: Sun and Wheat by Rick, used under CC


Steve Tibbert

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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.

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