16th March 2017
"People will come from east and west and north and south, and will take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God." Luke 13:29
Around 18 months ago I began to sense God directing us back to territory similar to that covered in our Gracism teaching series of 2008. The subject of diversity is an important one for us at King’s. A large number of people who are attending now were not here in 2008, and if we were to continue to be intentional in our desire to build a truly diverse church, a new teaching series addressing the subject seemed timely. We called the new series INVITED.
I believe it has been an excellent series – Biblical, inspiring, challenging and at times, deeply moving. As we draw this series to a close, I would like to extend a few thankyous:
Thank you to all the preachers and group leaders who have served and taught us so well over these last seven weeks. Particular thanks go to Joel Edwards and Owen Hylton, our guest speakers, who each brought such helpful words.
Thank you to our fantastic creative staff team, who spent so much time and energy producing the rich content for us to discuss around tables.
Thank you to everyone who has shared their story and engaged in discussion.
Thank you to the numerous people who have extended hospitality and welcomed others into their homes to share meals.
And thank you to all who have travelled this journey with us. In many ways, I believe INVITED has been another stage in a longer journey, one that we continue to travel and which will ultimately end when we reach our final destination – when we gather together from every corner of the earth to take our places at the feast in the kingdom of God. We have made much progress, yet I know we still have a way to go. As we continue along this path, let us embrace Owen’s word to us on Sunday, and endeavour to develop at King’s a culture of acceptance, forgiveness, empathy and common identity. “For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility.” (Ephesians 2:14)
This weekend we mark the end of this series with a time of celebration. We are asking people to come in national or smart dress. I will be wearing my suit and tie, which is my culture’s dress for important moments of thanksgiving and celebration. We are working on a few creative ideas to help us celebrate, so I can promise you that this is another Sunday at King’s not to be missed.
So let us gather together as family this Sunday, and celebrate.
Everyone is INVITED.
All the material from the series is available online at kingschurchlondon.org/invited.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
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.