What do Easter egg hunts, hot dogs and bounce houses have to do with Jesus? Turns out everything!
Jesus enjoyed people, and even as He spoke truth—sometimes hard truth—people enjoyed Him. They flocked to Him.
We want people to once again flock to Jesus. Holidays, especially our most important and most Holy holiday, are the perfect times to bring tastes of Jesus to our friends and neighbors.
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. What does a good Holiday event include? Lots of the above, lived out in the midst of a community, creating community.
And so we fill hundreds of plastic eggs with candy, we set up a bounce house, grill hot dogs, and enjoy giving people tastes of Jesus. We tell the story of His death and resurrection in words and in deeds. We invite folks to join us for Easter morning after we have invited them to be our friends.
Last Sunday at church we asked people to write the first word that came to mind when they thought of our apartment church. They said, "community," "love," "kind"—all words that truly describe Jesus and His church. One woman wrote, "open." Curious, we asked her what she meant, and she said, “You are always open and accepting.”
Community starts here.
And sometimes it starts with plastic eggs and hotdogs.