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
8th November 2018
The year was 1987. I was a young Christian, not yet a pastor and still working in business. Our church in Bedford was meeting in a rented hall while our own building was undergoing major extension and refurbishment. While I was enjoying worship along with the rest of the congregation, I suddenly felt God speak to me very clearly: to give the generous bonus I had recently earned towards clearing the outstanding debt on the building project. I remember walking to the front of the meeting and challenging everyone to join me so that we could clear the debt together. Thirty-one years later, the God-lesson I learnt in my twenties still applies today: Put God first, money second.
A Faith Target of £2 Million
Over the last six weeks, we have been sharing the heart of Vision 2030 – to Reach thousands with the Gospel, to Restore individual lives and the communities around us, and to be a Resource to hundreds of churches. As part of this exciting new vision, we have set a challenging faith target of £2 million for the current year, from September 2018 to the end of August 2019.
Last Sunday, I spoke about having a spirit of generosity. Please listen to the message here if you missed it – I promise it will do you good! Now I am asking each one of us to act, to give sacrificially towards the achievement of Vision 2030. As always, we are asking everyone to participate according to their individual circumstances – please give out of what you have, not out of what you do not have.
We are inviting each of you to take three steps:
1. Review your regular giving to King’s
2. Give towards Vision 2030
3. Consider making an additional up-front Vision 2030 gift
At the back of your Vision 2030 booklet (available at sites if you do not yet have one) you will find the Vision 2030 Commitment and Gift Form, detailing these three steps. We would ask you to prayerfully review your giving, complete the form and return it on or before our two Vision 2030 Gift Days on Sunday 11 and 18 November.
We have a God-given opportunity to see significant Gospel and Kingdom breakthrough over the coming decade. These next two weeks will determine the pace at which we can move forward.
King’s Church – Let’s go for it! I am praying for a huge uplift in our annual giving and a massive upfront offering.
Let’s put God first!
Posted by Steve Tibbert
11th October 2018
On Sunday 23rd September we launched Vision 2030, setting a course for King’s for the next twelve years. I spoke about how we believe we have a God-given opportunity to be involved in major Kingdom extension over the coming decade. We believe God is calling King’s to be like the Antioch Church in the book of Acts, to Reach thousands with the Gospel, to Restore individual lives and the communities around us, and to be a Resource to the wider body of Christ.
This is an important moment in the life of King’s, and if you were unable to be there on Vision Sunday, I would like to encourage you to listen below. Copies of the Vision 2030 document, which sets out our vision in more detail, are still available at all sites if you do not already have one. This is an exciting season for us! Please take some time to listen to the preach, read through the booklet and pray for Vision 2030.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
4th October 2018
‘King’s is like Niagara Falls, strong and secure. You do not need to worry about King’s…
…but I am calling you to be like Victoria Falls, a church whose reach goes much further, a wider calling.’
This is a prophetic word given to me when I was on a trip to Zimbabwe in 2013. It has proven to be a significant word for us, one which continues to shape the life and direction of King’s Church, London.
This week, we will see an example of this prophetic word in action, as we launch our fourth site in Beckenham on Sunday. Deb and I, however, are unable to be there, as we will be in Cyprus for the Newfrontiers Global conference, the annual gathering of apostolic leaders in the international Newfrontiers family. While I would love to be present at the Beckenham launch, I am fully confident that the excellent team have everything in hand and that all will go well.
I would like to ask for your prayers for this coming week. Please pray for a fantastic start for the Beckenham site on Sunday. I know that the team have been working hard delivering thousands of leaflets and we are hoping for many visitors to join us. Please pray also for an excellent Newfrontiers Global conference in Cyprus. Lastly, let us keep praying that King’s will become a church that reflects the strength and depth of Niagara Falls, while also having the wide reach of Victoria Falls.
Our Vision 2030 series continues this Sunday with Phil Varley preaching on ‘Restore’.
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.